Articles by Greg Magnus

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Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar Team Up

Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar Team Up to Bring Automotive Battery Innovation to the U.S. Residential Solar Market Exclusive collaboration marks entrance of Mercedes-Benz Energy products into U.S. market Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) today announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the U.S. The […]


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Ithaca College Solar Array Installed

Borrego Solar and Greenwood Energy Complete Ithaca College Solar Array Given solar energy is now competitive with fossil fuels, you’ll see more press releases from universities, corporations and residential developers in 2017. It is my expectation that the growth of solar energy will be substantial in 2017 and beyond. Below is an excerpt of a PRWEB […]


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Major Trends in the U.S. Solar Industry Insight Report

Executive Summary of the Solar Market Insight 2016 Q4 Report The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a new report that discusses PV trends in the U.S. solar industry, The quarterly SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight ™ report. You can view the executive summary and/or purchase the full report from SEIA (see source below). […]


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Green Battery Technology – EnergyBar 100

Solar-powered portable batteries are getting greener, lighter, and more powerful. And now, AspectSolar is offering the EnergyBar 100 which is designed with green battery technology in mind. It is a recyclable, Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4)  battery that is TSA approved for carry-on and checked baggage (the battery is shown in the photo). The following is […]


The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest Winner

Tulus Simatupang of British Columbia, Canada won the Grand Prize for the 2013 Digital Photo Contest sponsored by The Nature Conservancy. The photo that won is of a heron in flight with a red-winged blackbird. It was a top choice by judges and also received the most 1st place votes from supporters. Visit The Nature […]



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Nest Thermostats Facing Challenges

Nest, the company that makes what they claim to be the “next generation thermostat” is facing a few challenges. Out-dated HVAC systems, Wifi connectivity, and vocal, unhappy customers during a national cold spell  are in the forefront in today’s news. TechCrunch discusses the situation on a recent blog post here. You can learn more about the […]


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Improve Your Gas Mileage Before Holiday Travel

Traveling for the holidays? To improve your gas mileage consider changing your oil and air filter to improve your ride. I’m always amazed at how much better my car runs after changing the oil and air filter. What else can you do to increase your fuel mileage? Make sure your air pressure in the tires […]


Understanding a Cool Roof and Insulation For Energy Efficiency

Can you benefit from a Cool Roof? Or are you better off investing in more insulation? No doubt, a cool roof can help many building owners save money while protecting the environment but not everyone should rush to get one.Your money might be better spent on attic insulation depending on where you live as well […]



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Is Geothermal Always Worth It?

Geothermal Pros & Cons Earlier this year, I wrote a post on the Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP). As it turns out, there is more to the story. I am in the process of evaluating HVAC systems for an existing home that is getting an addition. The addition is almost the size […]


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Waste Plastic to Oil Conversion – $10 a Barrel

Is reducing the price per barrel of oil a step in the right direction? If so, Envion Inc. claims they are leading the charge towards a green future with the introduction of a plastic-to-oil conversion technology. According to the manufacturer, the Envion Oil Generator is a first-of-its-kind technology that converts plastic waste into synthetic light […]