Eric Mack, CNET

Eric Mack


New Mexico, United States

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Past articles by Eric:

What Is a Hybrid Solar System?

Solar systems can be designed to operate on or off the grid. Going hybrid can offer the best of both. → Read More

How Living Off-Grid Transformed More Than Just My Bills

Greater independence can be a nice way to confront some long-ignored inadequacies. → Read More

My Off-Grid Project: The Secrets I Learned to Save on Solar

Setting up a solar energy system can be a big expense, but planning well can maximize savings. → Read More

Sunrun vs. SunPower: Which Major Solar Company Is Best?

Two of the biggest US players in solar look to help two different sets of customers add solar panels to their homes. → Read More

How Much Does a Tesla Solar Roof Cost?

Tesla's Solar Roof System is one of the sleekest systems for harvesting power from the sun, but it's also one of the priciest. → Read More

The Hidden (and Not So Hidden) Expenses of Living Off Grid

Budgeting for the off-grid essentials is one thing, but planning for the hidden costs is another. Here's what I learned and mistakes to avoid. → Read More

The Biggest Pros and Cons of Living Off-Grid Aren't What I Expected

The independence is great, but there are hidden challenges and revelations to sourcing everything myself. → Read More

For Life Off the Grid, Batteries Mean Independence

You can't put fire in a bottle, but you can capture the sun and store it under your stairs. → Read More

How Living With Solar Panels Demystified Electricity for Me

Solar panels might seem liberating, but they're still limited by the most basic patterns on Earth, and so are you. → Read More

Moving Off-Grid: The Ultimate Pandemic Project Is About More Than Utility Bills

My family lives 100% energy and water independent. Here's why, what we learned and how we made it happen. → Read More

Primitive Power Solar Review: A Unique Business Model With Pros and Cons

The company acts as a broker for solar system installation, but aims to stick with its customers for the long run. → Read More

Blue Raven Solar Review: A Strong Reputation for Solar Satisfaction

It's now part of one of the oldest solar companies in the country, but still offers a hometown installer's touch. → Read More

Sunnova Solar Review: Set It and Forget It for 25 Years

This public company pitches itself as an "energy as a service" provider, promising to keep your system producing for 25 years -- but not all customers have been satisfied. → Read More

Pulling Power From the Ocean Is the Final Frontier for Renewable Energy

From tide-turned turbines to pulling power up from the depths, marine energy is getting a boost in the fight against climate change. → Read More

Qcells Solar Review: A Solid Manufacturer Expanding Its Reach

The electric carmaker offers a strong warranty and top-of-the-line energy storage. It also promises to be the cheapest. → Read More

Momentum Solar Review: More Strengths Than Weaknesses

Momentum Solar offers a complete solar package, including experience, if you happen to be in the right state. → Read More

Power From Plants? Newly Discovered Photosynthesis 'Leak' Means More Juice

Scientists think they've found a way to harvest more electricity from plants, a finding that could ripple out to other renewable energy technologies. → Read More

Scientists Found a 'Leak' in Photosynthesis That Could Fill Humanity's Energy Bucket

Researchers believe they've found a way to tap deeper into one of nature's most impressive, life-sustaining mechanisms. → Read More

This Insect Pees at High Speed Using 'Butt Flicker'

The glassy-winged sharpshooter has a decidedly low-brow superpower. → Read More

AI Could Be Made Obsolete by 'Biocomputers' Running on Human Brain Cells

Scientists are pushing for the development of "organoid intelligence," or OI. → Read More