Interest in Solar Panels Could Heat Up
With the price of solar panels falling, now may be a good time for consumers to take a look at the technology. (The Wall Street Journal)

Demand Grows for Smaller Homes
Forget the "McMansions" of the boom years; these days, small is the new big. (The Baltimore Sun)

Yale Exhibition Features Beautiful, Sustainable Homes
A new Yale School of Architecture exhibit looks at 20 houses that epitomize the new architectural response to combining both pleasing design and responsible environmental principles. (The New Haven Register)

Ohio Creates Loan Discount Program for Green Home Upgrades
Homeowners will be able to receive a 3% interest rate reduction for five years on qualifying bank loans for green projects such as weatherization and the purchase of new appliances. (The Dayton Business Journal)

Habitat Teams With Exelon for Energy-Efficient Retrofits
Chicago-based Exelon Corp. is working with Habitat for Humanity to reduce the energy bills of 70 low-income homes in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas. (The New York Times)

Eugene, Ore., Offers Incentives to Help Green Builders
The city is making it less expensive and time consuming for structures that meet green building standards. (The Register-Guard)

Jacksonville, Fla., Looks at Water-Saving Regulations
City managers will host a public workshop with design experts who are promoting ways to use rainwater better and to lower the amount of drinkable water being used outdoors in new-home developments. (The Florida Times-Union)

N.J. Solar Installations Surpass 4,000
New Jersey has become a contender for the nickname "Sunshine State," with the highest number of solar energy installations of any state except California. (The Bergen County Record)

Boulder Plugs In to Smart Grid
Xcel Energy customers will monitor and minimize energy usage through in-home devices. (EcoHome)

Tornado-Resistant Silo Home Debuts in Greensburg, Kan.
Despite the slumping construction market, the town’s first Eco-Home opens to tourists from around the world. (EcoHome)

Green-Sector Executives Give Investment Advice
Clean-tech providers, venture capitalists, and green entrepreneurs weigh in about which industries they would invest in and which technologies they would steer clear of. (Mass High Tech)