Author Archives: Sean Connolly

Employee Walks the Walk

My name is Sean, I’m 29 years old, and I’m a Real Goods Solar employee. I write content for, and I have written a few blog posts as well. Through a $0-down solar lease, I had a solar PV system installed at my house in Northglenn, Colorado in December 2013. I’ve been a supporter… read more

Shining More Light on Energy Efficiency and Green Building

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This article was contributed by Samantha Alexander, contributor to the blog. The blog serves as a resource center for insurance consumers and homebuyers across the country. Going solar produces obvious benefits for the environment and for your pocketbook – you already know you can save money while eliminating or at least reducing your… read more

Real Goods Solar Smart Electric Sweepstakes

The Real Goods Solar Smart Electric Sweepstakes is now open! This year we’re giving away a 3-year lease for a smart electric drive (also known as the Smart ForTwo or the smart ED) plus a 1.5 kW solar electric system installed on the winner’s roof to charge it with. A 3-Year Smart Electric Drive Lease… read more

Consumption Habits and the Ideas of Less and More

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Revisited Of the three ingredients in the environmental movement’s “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra, “reduce” is most often overlooked. “Reuse” is celebrated by a culture of artists who transform would-be trash into sculptures, mosaics or birdhouses, and by a niche market of products that extend other goods’ lives (for example, a plastic bag… read more

Electric Vehicles: Making Clean Count with Solar

There is an expression derived from Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It’s clearly true in the literal sense, but has come to be used figuratively to illustrate the importance of well-roundedness in strategies, teams, projects, etc. The expression also applies to one of the hottest… read more

What Does Going Solar with Real Goods Solar Look Like?

Want to know more about going solar with Real Goods? Energy Hunter’s George “Woody” Wood did, so he stopped by a Winchester, Massachusetts home on the day of its solar system installation to ask the homeowner and the Real Goods Solar installers all about it (as well as share some info about the system at… read more

The Balance and Benefits of Beekeeping

We just can’t appreciate some things when we’re young. Baths, vegetables, going to school – few children honestly enjoy them. And bees…just the thought of the fuzzy little pollinators’ stingers is enough to drive some children to tears. Of course, we don’t all grow to enjoy everything we disliked as children. But the more you… read more

Home Solar in Rhode Island Becoming More Accessible

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Calling all Rhode Islanders interested in solar! Contact us for a free solar quote and consultation soon for the best chance to take advantage of these funds. 2013 is already ushering in some good news for those interested in home solar in Rhode Island. Previously available only to commercial and affordable housing solar PV projects,… read more


It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world as these lowly organised(sic) creatures. CHARLES DARWIN on EARTHWORMS, 1881  Everyone’s heard of a back yard compost pile, but did you know you can create even richer compost if you let worms… read more

Sustainable Vacations Across the USA

It wasn’t long ago that the concept of ecotourism was limited to flower children and conservationists. Only over the last two decades, as humans’ impact on the planet’s climate and natural resources has become more apparent, has the notion of a sustainable vacation gained traction. While the exact definition of “ecotourism” varies across the organizations… read more

Real Goods Solar and BMW Partnership Provides Ultimate Green Experience

Real Goods Solar is thrilled to announce a partnership with BMW North America that will make the new, all-electric BMW ActiveE the ultimate green machine. ActiveE drivers in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York can now get 35% off a home solar system from Real Goods Solar. The marriage of solar panels and… read more

Building Bottle Schools in Guatemala + Beyond

Imagine solving environmental, social, educational and financial problems for an impoverished community all at the same time and with one project. A project that truly realized those ambitious goals would need to identify a community in need and put that community’s people to work in addressing those needs – getting money circulating locally while producing… read more

87 Solar Myths eBook

Download the free 87 Solar Myths eBook today to get the dirt on common myths about solar power that are floating around out there and could be standing between you and renewable, affordable solar energy! Real Goods has been helping people go solar since 1978 and if there’s one company out there that’s qualified to… read more

Bike-Friendly Cities in the USA

How Do You Identify a Bike-Friendly City? One of the easiest, most fun ways to regulate your carbon footprint is to replace car travel with pedal power. Of course, bike commuting isn’t always realistic. Winter weather can certainly be a deterrent, and the bike-friendliness of your city makes a big difference. So what makes a… read more

Home Composting 101

Why and How to Begin Composting Home composting is one of the greenest things you can do because the benefits are twofold: a reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfills and the creation of rich organic, soil-stabilizing fertilizer. According to the EPA, yard trimmings and food waste make up 26% of municipal solid… read more

Ecovillages Across the USA

We sometimes get discouraged trying hard to live with a light ecological footprint but not seeing the same commitment to the Earth in others. Living sustainably is much easier and much more enjoyable with a support group of like-minded friends or family members who can reinforce the benefits of preserving the environment. Maybe you’ve already… read more

Colorado Springs’ First Solar Farm

For David Amster-Olszewski, it was a realized dream, attended by Governor John Hickenlooper and supported by the crowd of hundreds that turned out for the groundbreaking ceremony of his company’s first project. For RGS Energy (the commercial division of Real Goods Solar), it was approximately the 12,000th time mounting the first solar panel in an… read more

Natural Pest Control

Pesticides are designed to kill. Designed to kill pests, yes — but anything that’s made to destroy living organisms is, well, poison. If you want a natural, green home, you probably don’t want anything like that hanging around your children, your pets, or your food or clothing. But what to do about pest control? The… read more

Green Home on a Budget

If you’re wondering how to be green, at first glance the answer might seem to be: Open your wallet. Organic foods, alternative fuel vehicles and items made from recycled materials all tend to cost more than their conventional counterparts. But the benefits of a green home often show up in less obvious ways than a… read more