Diamond-Cut Life

Rich In What Matters

Diamond-Cut Life random header image

Entries Tagged as 'solar energy'

Living Off The Sun, Or, No Electricity Bill

May 19th, 2013 · 6 Comments · climate change (global warming), energy, home & garden, lifestyle

One year into having our rooftop solar panels installed here in Portland Oregon, we’re living off the sun. That’s to say, we producing slightly more electricity than we’re using. Yippee! (The wonks among us call this achieving net zero.) What’s the secret to living off the sun? The secret is to use 


[

Tags: ···

110,000 New Jobs In Solar Industry

May 16th, 2009 · No Comments · energy, lifestyle, sustainability, work

Today’s post is a guest column from Frank Marquardt, author of  The Solar Job Guide. The solar industry could create as many as 110,000 jobs over the next two years as a result of stimulus spending, according to the American Solar Energy Society. Now a new book, The Solar Job Guide, tells you how you [...]


[

Tags: ··········

Renewables Are Not Sugar-Daddies, But Equal-Opportunity Lovers

March 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · energy, lifestyle, simplicity, sustainability

In his lean, lovely book Deep Economy, Bill McKibben explains that we should see wind and solar energy as our partners in meeting our energy needs. They’re not sugar-daddies, like fossil fuels, giving us whatever we want when we want it. (OK, sugar-daddy is my phrase, not Bill’s. So is equal-opportunity lover). We have to [...]


[

Tags: ···············

Living Out The Triple Bottom Line

November 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · energy, sustainability

This is a guest post by Thor Hinckley, manager of Portland General Electric’s renewable energy program. The project he’s describing below embodies sustainability’s triple bottom line of economy, environment and equity (social justice — in this case, jobs for all). ‘Beyond limitations’ is an apt description for John Murphy, President of the Portland Habilitation Center [...]


[

Tags: ·············

Oregon’s New Solar Highway

August 8th, 2008 · 8 Comments · energy, transportation

Oregon’s new ‘solar highway’ project officially kicked off yesterday at the I-5/I205 interchange — yet another intersection between energy and transportation as the fields work toward sustainability (see Electric Vehicles). Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is partnering with Portland General Electric to install solar panels that will produce 104 kilowatts of energy — equivalent to [...]


[

Tags: ·······