Used or Leased EV Tax Credit?

Fiat 500e EV tax credit

Leasing a new electric vehicle can cost as little as $20-$100 per month. This is because you can combine the generous federal EV tax credit with state EV tax incentives to get super savings on “plugin hybrid” vehicles and “all electric” vehicles. Plus, if you have solar on your home, you can power your EV with energy from the sun… And enjoy the 30% federal investment tax credit on your solar PV system.  Then you’ll have “free” electricity to power your EV. Can I Get The EV Tax Credit On A…

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50 Eco-Friendly Small Business Ideas and How to Start

50 eco-friendly small business ideas

Environmental, or eco-friendly small business ideas can be very powerful because of their dual purpose: 1) Make money. 2) Make the world a better place. What could be better than that for a career? Green businesses can make a commitment to the environment in many ways, as described below. Eco-friendly small businesses can also grow into significant companies over time. Just look at companies like Tesla and Waste Management. Eco-friendly small business owners are driven to make money, but also because they have a mission to improve the planet, or the…

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What is Tax Equity?

What is Tax Equity?

Tax equity is a form of investment that is made in renewable energy projects, such as solar… But why is it called “Tax Equity”..? Tax and Equity The word “Tax” in tax equity refers to primary type of benefit an investor receives when making this type of investment… He or she is going to save some taxes. The “Equity” in tax equity refers to the investor’s ownership of the investment. He or she is going to own something (at least for a little while….) An Example of a Tax Equity…

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Chia… A More Sustainable Bitcoin?

An article in TechCrunch reported that a more sustainable cryptocurrency called Chia is in the works. The creator of Chia is the entrepreneur who created BitTorrent.  Bitcoin is unsustainable in its current state as it uses as much energy as a small country, just to exist.  BTW what’s up with the ridiculous typos in this “How the Chia Network Works” description? It reads like Engrish.  The article author didn’t mention the typos, but did mention that Cohen raised a lot of money… Maybe the description wasn’t written by the Chia…

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Ultimate Apathy

Ask people if they would like to be thinner, richer or more successful with the opposite sex and the answers are all likely to be “yes”. Losing weight, earning more money, asking a beautiful girl on a date… All of these require some work. But the payoff is tangible, measurable and in the near future. But even when the returns are almost immediate, getting people to take action is hard. Most of us just aren’t very good at doing what we know we should do. Ask someone if they would…

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Republicans and Renewable Energy

American Flag

It’s only a matter of time before the Republican party co-opts the mantle of renewable energy. How it will start, I don’t know… But it will happen. Perhaps a smart Senator or Congressman or lobbyist will craft a clever message tying unplugging from your utility with solar panels and battery storage to be the ultimate expression of American freedom. Maybe it will be Trump… After all there is no way to predict what he will do. If it is not him, eventually a Republican presidential candidate or right wing media…

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The Opposite of Sustainable

Does recycling packaging for a product that shouldn’t have been made in the first place make the company a better environmental steward Coca-Cola thinks so. They want a pat on the back too…  To me, the fact that Coca-Cola could be anywhere near list after list of the world’s most “Sustainable Companies” is insane.  What would you say if I proposed to you that we create a “sustainable” company that uses 300 billion gallons of fresh water each year to make 150 billion gallons of product. (Don’t worry, we’ll “replenish” all…

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Connected to Community at Birth

Working from home requires discipline… The devices in our pockets can connect us to almost anyone in the world… But sometimes it feels more lonely than ever. This can lead to introspection which can cause us to stumble into more loneliness. To quote Brooks, “…The stumbler requires community.” As the way we work, connect and learn changes, public libraries are evolving too, transforming from transactional spots (“Thanks for the book!”) to experiential destinations (“Why don’t we meet there…?”). The Dokk1 library on the waterfront in Aarhus, Denmark has taken the experiential…

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Carbon is Dead

The 100% renewable train has left the station and it’s gathering momentum, running over whatever stands in its way. Over 100 companies have signed on to a pledge to achieve 100% renewable power, some by as soon as 2020… The latest include JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citi. A 100% renewable energy future means not only reducing the energy we consume, but also shifting our consumption away from fossil fuels. The commitments are impressive and the opportunities it could create are massive. Developing sustainable businesses is a great strategy for…

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How to Get a Commercial Building Roof for Free

Commercial real estate expenses sometimes pile up, and are referred to as “deferred maintenance”. Other major investments in assets for your building are called “CapEx”. These capital expenditures could be for building systems, a new roof, boiler, chiller, windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. As a real estate investor, you’ll be intimately familiar with the cost of building repairs, maintenance and capital expenditures…  You may not know, though, that “green banks” in 20 states (and counting) offer a program called Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE) that could allow you to…

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