Monday, April 18, 2011

Facebook Users Push for Renewable Energy

Tens of thousands of Facebook users recently established a new Guiness World Record for the most comments to a Facebook post in 24 hours. The eco-conscious commenters joined with Greenpeace to call on the social network to begin powering services with renewable energy instead of coal and nuclear power.

The numerous comments will be displayed on an LED screen outside Facebook's California office, encouraging the company to meet Greenpeace's Earth Day challenge to announce a plan to phase out its use of coal power over the next decade.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wall Street Journal Poll

The Wall Street Journal wants to know: What should happen with U.S. government subsidies of renewable energy development? Share your opinion by submitting an answer to this poll at

New Solar Hot Water Incentives in NY

The New York Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $25 million over the next five years to promote solar hot water system conversion.

The program provides incentives of up to $4,000 per eligible residential site and up to $25,000 per eligible commercial and non-profit site. Customers must currently use electricity to produce hot water.

State Agricultural Commissioner Darrel Aubertine is encouraging farms with electric hot water systems to apply for the incentives for solar thermal systems. Dairy farms, in particular, use a significant amount of hot water daily to sanitize milking equipment.

By combining federal and state tax incentives with the new program, incentives are expected to cover 70 to 75 percent of installed costs.

Visit for more information and to apply.