Home Energy Upgrades Get U.S.-Backed Loans 
Many U.S. homeowners are now eligible for up to $25,000 in federally insured loans to make energy-efficient upgrades such as adding insulation, sealing ducts, or replacing windows, the Obama administration announced Thursday. (USA Today)

Study Finds Solar Panels Increase Home Values 
Looking at sales of California homes with and without photovoltaic systems, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found strong evidence that solar-clad dwellings sold for a premium over comparable houses without PV systems. (New York Times)

Switch Introduces Affordable LED Light Bulbs 
The Cradle to Cradle bulbs—in 40-, 60-, and 75-watt equivalents—have a self-cooling design that maximizes brightness and requires fewer LEDs. (Jetson Green)

Honeywell’s Residential Wind Turbine Goes on Sale 
The much-anticipated 6-foot turbine, designed by WindTronics, generates power in winds as light as 2 mph and can provide up to 1,500 kWh annually. (Inhabitat)

Energy Department Announces $2.1 Billion Loan Guarantee for Mojave Desert Solar Project 
When completed, the Blythe Solar Power Project, which will cover 7,025 acres of federal land, is expected to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power roughly 300,000 single-family homes a year. (San Jose Mercury News)

Boulder County, Colo., Commissioners Consider New Rules to Nurture Solar Gardens 
Staffers from the Land Use Department are recommending commissioners allow solar arrays to be installed on up to 1 acre of land in any zoning district if applicants pass the county’s site plan review process. (Daily Camera)

Dim Hopes for Central Washington Solar Plant 
A proposal to build the largest photovoltaic plant in the Pacific Northwest may be on the verge of collapse due to financing problems. (Seattle Times)

Remodelers Tackle National Green Building Standard Revision 
Home remodeling will become a new stand-alone section of the National Green Building Standard after revision by the Task Group on Remodeling. (NAHB)

Fund Fueling Big Rebates for Solar Water Heating in Hawaii Runs Dry 
A program that temporarily doubled the rebate for solar water heating systems to $1,500 for Hawaiian Electric Co. customers has ended early after overwhelming demand from homeowners depleted its funding in less than a month. (Honolulu Star Advertiser)

EPA to Examine Health Concerns Over Two Spray-Foam Chemicals 
The Environmental Protection Agency intends to study whether it needs to address potential health risks of two chemicals found in spray polyurethane foam and used in compounds that seal concrete and finish floors. (ProSales)

Pulte Offering Solar for Active-Adult Communities in Arizona 
Del Webb, an arm of production builder Pulte Group specializing in master-planned communities for the 55+ market, announced it will offer solar and other green features standard in two of its active-adult communities in Arizona. (EcoHome)