HOAs are mandated to protect the aesthetics of their community. That goal is clashing with many who want to install solar panels on their roofs. States are fighting back with laws prohibiting HOAs from banning panels.
May 13, 2010 USA Today
A mesa in New Mexico is home to nearly 400 people, which makes up one of the largest communities of people in the U.S. living almost completely off the grid.
Apr 20, 2010 The New York Times
Portland, Oregon planners are updating the city's zoning to make home improvements for solar panels and eco-roofing easier to do, but some developers think it will actually make things more difficult.
Jan 2, 2010 Daily Journal of Commerce
A new program in India is teaching women in tribes that live in remote areas how to make and use solar panels.
Nov 9, 2009 Inhabitat
Environment California has released a study that shows significant growth in the state's solar power construction, and ranks cities by how many solar roofs they have. San Diego is tops.
Jul 16, 2009 Environment California
This profile from <em>Miller-McCune</em> looks at a Berkeley, California official who made use of a 100-year old funding mechanism to take the city solar.
Jun 25, 2009 Miller-McCune
Italian car designer Pininfarina has announced that it will release a fully-electric, partially solar-powered car in Europe in 2010.
Jun 9, 2009 Inhabitat
The City of Austin is set to take in a record amount of solar power to advance towards a goal of deriving 30% of local energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Feb 2, 2009 Austin American-Statesman
Plans to scrape hundreds of thousands of acres of the Mojave Desert for solar panel installations may endanger wildlife and are pitting environmentalists against each other.
Jan 23, 2009 Salon.com
Berkeley, CA has just launched a loan program for property owners who wish to install solar panels on their roofs. Despite a frail economy, the city council is optimistic about the program's success.
Sep 18, 2008 The New York Times