Another Benefit of Going Solar: Encouraging Others to Go Solar

We talk all the time about the many benefits of home solar: You save money on your electric bill, you cut your carbon footprint, you can gain a little bit of independence from your utility company, and solar panels are just beautiful to boot. But wait: There’s more! New research from Connecticut finds that one of the reasons that people go solar is because one or more of their neighbors have also gone solar. It’s like the best kind of peer pressure imaginable. The study, which appeared in the October 7 issue of the Journal of Economic Geography, bears ...

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Talk to Your Kids About Solar

If you’ve got kids, you know that they are little bundles of limitless curiosity. And maybe they’ve already asked you about the solar panels they’ve seen in the neighborhood, or at school, or when you’re out shopping. For my preschooler, the first time he asked about solar panels was when he watched the Pixar film Wall-E for about the four-hundredth time. In addition to being a sweet movie about love and environmental stewardship, Wall-E is also about a solar-powered trash-compacting robot, and my curious little kid wanted to know all about the solar panels Wall-E uses to power up ...

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NRG Acquires Pure Energies Group

NRG Energy Acquires Pure Energies Group, Adding Stronger Online Platform for Customer Access to NRG’s Rapidly Expanding Residential Solar Business Pure Energies builds on recent acquisitions to empower customers to go solar in an easy and streamlined way PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 2, 2014– NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) has acquired Pure Energies Group, Inc. (Pure Energies), a residential solar industry leader in the critical area of web-based customer acquisition. Pure Energies completes the residential solar capabilities NRG has been working to assemble and perfectly complements NRG’s acquisition earlier this year of Roof Diagnostics Solar, a leader in home solar direct sales and installation, and ...

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Top 10 Countries Using Solar Power

Back in 2010, we researched the countries that were leading the world in solar power installations. As of the end of 2009 — the latest data we could gather — the solar industry was in the very early stages of the global solar boom that has been accelerating ever since. In the interest of taking the current pulse of the global solar leaders, we’ve updated this post in September 2014 to reflect the new state of play. We’re keep the 2009 numbers in parentheses as a reference point of just how quickly the world is switching to affordable, clean ...

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Infographic: Back to School, Sustainably

Congratulations to our #smallstep winners: Patricia Lieuallen, Wayne Yates, Naomi Shapiro, Costana Hornbaker, Delrina Mauser, Julie Harwell, Randy Hilton, Alessandro Pampolino, Teri Myers, & Samantha Mutone. Each winner will receive a PURE Solar Backpack stuffed with $500 Cash! Going back to school can be challenging enough without also trying to factor in the environmental impacts of your decisions. The good news is that there are a lot of little choices you can make that will make a big difference for your footprint as well as your pocketbook. As we wind down our #smallstep for sustainability campaign, we’ve created this infographic to ...

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PURE Webinar: What Can One Person Do to Save the Planet?

If you’re reading this blog, you are probably concerned about the environment — every day we’re hearing more news about the state of the climate, and how the changes that have already started happening may accelerate and get more severe soon. As serious as the effects of climate change are, the most important things to remember are that there is still hope and the time to act is now. To show people how their individual choices can add up to a planet-saving effort, PURE Energies has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to host a webinar on Tuesday, ...

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Mike’s Ultimate Garage is PURE

In an effort to educate people across North America about the value of solar, PURE Energies partnered with Mike Holmes in 2013. The notion for our partnership began on the Rick Mercer Report, when Rick Mercer and Mike Holmes teamed up with PURE to install a solar array on an Oshawa home. On September 1st, 2014, PURE Energies was featured on Mike’s Ultimate Garage special, which aired on HGTV Canada. Viewers got an all-access pass with Canada’s most trusted contractor, Mike Holmes, as he built his dream garage. This episode featured Mike Holmes’ PURE Energies solar installation, including 40 solar ...

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PURE Sustainability – Take a #smallstep

Everybody knows that the real New Year starts in September. This year it is all about sustainability. What choices can we make to improve our practices as individual consumers to reduce our carbon footprint as members of a community? At PURE Energies, we have worked with thousands of homeowners who have taken a step towards sustainability by choosing to go solar. Oftentimes, when one homeowner goes solar, many neighbors want to get in on the sunshine, and soon, an entire community has gone solar. This school year, we want to inspire our community to think green and act sustainably! ...

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Ask a Solar Expert: Energy Generated by Solar Panels, Best Roof for Solar

Every day, as we help people go solar and save money across North America, we get asked questions about the details of home solar. To help answer these common questions, today we’re kicking off a new series at PURE called “Ask a Solar Expert.” Our lead solar designer, George Shafer, is here to shine some light on the sometimes-confusing aspects of a solar installation. Question: How much energy does an average solar panel produce? Solar panels come in all shapes and sizes these days — from the size of a cell phone to standard-sized modules for residential, commercial, and ...

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Infographic: The Top Solar Countries in the World — and How they Got There

As a companion piece to Garrett Hering’s exploration of the countries that are leading the solar revolution, we created three interactive graphics to help explain not just which countries can boast the most solar capacity, but also to show how they achieved their successes. Through three graphics, we explore the solar boom. First, let’s look at the overall rise of solar around the world. By clicking and dragging the slider below, you can see how solar has grown between 2004 and 2014 (although the 2014 data are an estimate projected at the end of 2013): Next, let’s look at ...

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