Below is an initial list of some of the online sources on solar energy that the editors of SolarChargedDriving.Com have found interesting and useful. (Last update = June 9, 2010)
American Solar Energy Society
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals & advocates. Its aims to inspire energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy.
Electric Vehicle Charging & Solar Initiative
The EV Charging & Solar Initiative provides assistance to organizations to procure affordable EV charging stations, with the option to site solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. Participants of this Initiative will receive free assistance to assess and ultimately secure EV charging stations and/or solar PV systems at workplaces throughout the South Coast air basin. Non-profit organizations, local and state governments, colleges and private sector companies located in the South Coast air basin may participate in this Initiative. Technical experts will work with fleet, facility and sustainability managers to identify the best energy system for individual company needs. By joining this initiative, your organization will receive free services that may include: training and educational resources for decision makers, project feasibility assessments, and procurement and vendor selection assistance.
George Washington University Solar Institute
The George Washington University Solar Institute focuses on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges.
This commercial website clearinghouse for solar actively promotes solar and consumers going solar. It offers a number of different resources, including an FAQ page and a drop-down list of 50 U.S. states and solar policies, information, etc. for each state.
National Council for Solar Growth
The National Council for Solar Growth is a non profit group with a mission to educate homeowners and businesses about the economic and environmental benefits of PV solar. Its primary objective is to influence a greater number of solar panel installations on homes, schools, and businesses across the US and the rest of the world at an accelerating pace. The Council does not accept advertising and while both national brands as well as regional and local installers are promoted on EvergreenSolar.com our aim is solely to connect the homeowner with the best possible manufacturers, suppliers, equipment, and installers. The Council’s “proprietary scoring system” ranks local solar installers by a combination of feedback from city inspectors, local utility companies, BBB, and customer surveys.
NREL Solar Research Pages
Produced by the nation’s premier renewable energy research organization, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL’s solar pages offer an array of information about various aspects of solar energy.
NREL Open PV Project Pages
This is an absolutely fascinating site devoted to chronicling the installation of all solar PV projects in all of the U.S. It’s got some great data and maps. For instance, you can see how many solar PV installations there are in each state in the U.S., you can watch a video map of the U.S. that lights up across time as more and more PV installations go up. Finally, you can add your own solar PV installation to the map and project! Highly recommended!
A solar power portal of sorts, PowerScout.Com offers an overview of the many different components that are part of home solar, including an assessment of home battery packs. It also offers consumers the chance to compare different solar companies and offers.
SolarBuzz.Com Media Pages
SolarBuzz.Com analyzes the global solar industry and offers statistics on its growth, both on a national and international basis.
Solar Electric Power Association
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is a non-profit resource for information about solar technologies, policies, and programs. SEPA focuses on working with electric utilities, but provides value to all businesses that have an interest in solar electricity.
Solar Industries Association
Founded in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the leading national trade association for the solar energy industry in the U.S. It works to expand markets, strengthen research and development, remove market barriers and improve education and outreach for solar energy professionals.
Solar Living Institute
Established in 1998 as a spin-off from Real Goods Trading Company, the Solar Living Institute is a non-profit educational organization aimed at mission promoting sustainable living through inspirational environmental education. The Institute provides practical, education by example and hands-on workshops on renewable energy, green building, sustainable living, permaculture, organic gardening and alternative, environmental, construction methods.
SolarPowerRocks.Com seeks to change the perceptions of legislators, decisionmakers, homeowners, and business-owners alike to get more solar technology on roofs. Activities include educating readers about their local subsidies and solar related legislation, as well as connecting them to solar installers in their areas to make their dream of renewable energy a reality. The site synthesizes solar data, maintain an updated state-by-state solar incentive resource with validated cost-impact analyses, and champions solar legislation and technology around the world.
An interactive citizen’s activist site and online community devoted to promoting solar energy
Solar Today is magazine published by the American Solar Energy Society, and is sold on newsstands nationwide.
The Vote Solar Initiative
Similar to SolarChargedDriving.Com’s aim of helping solar-charged driving go mainstream, Vote Solar’s primary aim is to help solar, in general, go mainstream. To that end, Vote Solar works at the state level to implement the necessary policies to build robust solar markets — and pave the way for a transition to a renewable energy economy.