All posts by Terri Steele

The World’s First Solar Hydroponic Trailer Used In Sub Zero Temperatures

The ECOreport publishes a story from North of the Arctic Circle, world’s first solar hydroponic trailer used in sub zero temperatures

By Terri Steele

An innovative village of native Alaskans is joining PHIUS energy professionals and Next Generation Energy in celebrating the Summer Solstice – and the days drenched in 24 hours of sunlight it heralds in the Land of the Midnight Sun — by shedding light on the first off-grid photovoltaic (PV) solar water heating solution to heat water, channel stored energy into radiant heating and hydroponically grow fresh vegetables in sub-zero temperatures NORTH of the Arctic Circle.

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World’s First PV-Powered Solar Water Heating Solution

First in our Series about Innovators Driving Energy Independence: World’s First PV-Powered Solar Water Heating Solution Delivers Net Solar Value With or Without Net Metering Incentives.

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“What you do makes a difference. It’s up to you to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”- Jane Goodall

By Terri Steele

Made in USA
Sun Bandit partners with best-in-class manufacturers to deliver solutions that are proudly made in the USA.

Building a better mousetrap isn’t easy. Nor is qualifying for a new category for solar water heating. In truth, ICC-SRCC testing for a solar PV water heating system did not exist prior to the introduction of Sun Bandit.

On July 4, 2013, Sun Bandit parent Next Generation Energy launched an ‘all hands on deck’ effort to identify and clear the many hurdles inhibiting widespread solar water heating adoption – and to achieve the certification and street cred to bring their innovation Sun Bandit to market.

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PACE Financing Beats the Street

Second in our Series about Innovators Driving Energy Independence: PACE Financing Beats The Street With Explosive Growth In Clean Energy Financing

“PACE in general is solving a marketplace failure in the residential sector in terms of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation” – Ellen Qualls 
 Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs
 Renovate America 


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By Terri Steele

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1At a time when investors are skittish over market volatility, they couldn’t be more bullish on the economic potential of renewables, in particular a form of clean energy financing known as PACE.

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Figtree Stands Tall With Series Of Commercial PACE Firsts

Third in our Series about Innovators Driving Energy Independence: Figtree Stands Tall with Series of Commercial PACE Firsts

“This is a merger of complementary products and talents that gives us 
 remarkable marketplace traction while providing a more complete solution set to 
 businesses and consumers.” – Mahesh Shah,
 CEO
 Figtree Financing

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By Terri Steele

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1State and local governments embrace PACE because of its ability to create jobs, promote economic development, meet sustainability standards and improve local building stock using no public monies. According to PACENation, 32 US states and the District of Columbia have enabled PACE financing in their respective jurisdictions.

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The EV’s Role In The Future Of Energy Storage

UC San Diego’s Team M-BEAM’s Fund Raising Challenge: The First Cross-Country EV Trek Demonstrating New, Swappable Modular Battery Technology: The EV’s Role In the Future of Energy Storage

Special To The ECOreport & Clean Technica

By Terri Steele

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1(La Jolla, CA: September 2, 2015) — On the eve of America’s National Drive Electric Week (September 12 – 20th), a grassroots initiative known as The M-BEAM Challenge is delivering the world’s first coast-to-coast electric vehicle (EV) trek to demonstrate the versatile, range-extending capabilities of its Modular Battery Exchange and Active Management (M-BEAM) swappable battery system, designed to address the industry’s largest hurdles to widespread EV adoption: cost and range anxiety. And the inventor, engineering students and UCSD advisors behind the endeavor – aka Team M-BEAM — have launched a fundraising effort challenging the world to help take their concept mainstream while supporting their milestone journey, currently slated for October 2015.

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The Unsung Hero of Solar Power International

The ECOreport reposts The Unsung Hero of Solar Power International

by Terri Steele

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt was an absolute delight to be back at Solar Power International (SPI) this past week, not highlighting 10 SPI PV picks for the coming year, but evangelizing one pick in particular, whose game-changing solution is poised to benefit interests across the alternative energy spectrum.

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5 Energy Innovators Driving Personal Energy Independence

By Terri Steele

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1As we recover from celebrating the 238th anniversary of American Independence Day, others around the world are celebrating a personal energy independence that we helped inspire.
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Nokero Introduces World’s Most Affordable Solar Light Bulb

Nokero’s Next Generation Solar Light Bulb (the N182), Doubles Light Output, Decreases Costs and Lights the Way to Ending Extreme Energy Poverty

By Terri Steele

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Nokero International, LLC today announced availability of its ultra-efficient solar light bulb, the N182, billed as the world’s brightest and most affordable LED solar light bulb. Offering double the light output in housing two-thirds the size of its predecessor, the new, trimmer N182 employs the most efficient LED on the market today, a radically redesigned circuit board, and a cost-effective, 1-1/2” micro solar panel to collect the solar energy from which it gets its charge. With a free, 6-8 hour charge from the sun, Nokero’s N182 can provide light for five or more hours, depending on charging conditions.

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San Diego’s 25th EarthFair comes to Balboa Park April 27.

 It’s the world”s largest free Earth Day celebration.

“Our aim is to take this one day to introduce citizens to the products and lifestyle choices that can improve their quality of life each and every day.”

Terry Steele
Terry Steele

By Terri Steele

San Diego EarthWorks — the producers of EarthFair in Balboa Park, the world’s largest annual environmental fair and Earth Day celebration – is seeking businesses, non-profits, government agencies and advocacy groups eager to be among 50 New Shades of Green that highlight products, services and initiatives creating a more sustainable quality of life during the free, April 27 EarthFair celebration.
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San Diego County Board of Supervisors Approve Figtree PACE

Successive PACE Financing Wins Make San Diego-based FIGTREE A Natural Choice To Infuse New Energy Into San Diego County’s Commercial PACE Program

A news release from Figtree Pace

(San Diego, CA:  August 8, 2013) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to bring the job-creating benefits of California’s most active commercial PACE provider – FIGTREE – to the region to help property owners finance money-saving energy efficiency, solar and water conservation improvements.

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