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Published Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You don't negotiate the terms of a mortgage when you buy a house -- it's a pretty standard document. And you sign with the bank, not the realtor, not the builder and usually not the seller.

But if you want to enter a power purchase agreement (PPA) to finance a solar system on a commercial or residential roof, there is no standard document and there is no standard entry point -- you can get the PPA through a variety of integrators or through a PPA firm. 

Published Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The year was 1986. A gallon of gas cost 89 cents, Paul Simon’s Graceland won the Grammy for album of the year, and the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which governs how law enforcement can access electronic data, was signed into law.

Published Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NEW YORK CITY — The Buckminster Fuller Institute is proud to announce that thirty-three outstanding entries to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge have been advanced to the final stage of review.

The jury will select the winner of the Challenge, to be announced to the public in May 2009. The $100,000 prize and the OmniOculi sculpture will be conferred at a public event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago on June 6th, 2009 to coincide with Starting With the Universe, the acclaimed retrospective exhibition on the pioneering legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller opening March 14th and on view until June 21st.

Published Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – ZERO." - Voltaire (1729)

Anyone who sees this new regulation and feels safe leaving their money in money market funds needs to have their head examined.  The "intent" is to prevent a "run" on money market funds when the next crisis hits.  Essentially the passage of that regulation signals the high probability of such a crisis happening.

Published Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Social Analyst is a weekly column by Mashable Co-Editor Ben Parr, where he digs into social media trends and how they are affecting companies in the space.

We’ve seen some major world events unfold on the social media stage this week, the biggest being Google’s threat to pull out of China and the Haiti earthquake.

Published Friday, January 15, 2010

Huffington Post Impact has put together a comprehensive list of links to donate and get involved in relief efforts for victims of Tuesday's devastating earthquake. You can also go to The Goods: Help Send Relief To Haiti, an online store by Causecast and HuffPost Impact, where you can purchase products for organizations that will be directly used on the ground in Haiti.

The U.S. State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747

Published Monday, January 4, 2010

As we’ve all heard before, it’s often “who you know,” instead of “what you know,” when it comes to the world of business. And that’s even more true for the greentech industry, which became the leading venture capital investment sector in the third quarter of 2009 largely based on investments from the U.S. government’s stimulus package.

Published Monday, January 4, 2010
workers from namaste solar electric install solar panels on a house

Although the Recession has slowed down the rapid rise of alternative energy technologies like solar, wind, wave and biofuels, the future is still quite bright. The good news for homeowners and businesses large and small is that the benefits of home solar power are not restricted just to the sunniest states. Impressive gains are being seen in some unlikely places as well.

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