Green Building

 

A blooming industry, green building is rising with greater public demand, legislative focus, and code and standard mandates. With programs like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) becoming more popular, contractors are finding new building processes and technologies to be more efficient and environmentally minded. The below articles dive into alternative energies, energy efficiency, the smart grid, and more and include editorial from our annual special issue on the subject.

While restoration of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution systems following Hurricane Maria was still in its early stages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to have power restored to 95 percent of the commonwealth’s citizens within two months. The U.S.

Major oil company Shell is getting into the electric vehicle (EV) charging game.

A lot has been written in recent months about net-zero energy homes, especially in California, where legislation is beginning to mandate the practice.

More than thirty years after the infamous disaster, the Chernobyl exclusion zone might be transforming from an abandoned nuclear wasteland to a green energy hub.

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Turning Negawatts Into Megawatts

In 1985, Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins coined the term “negawatt” to describe the value of electricity not used, either through improved energy efficiency or reduced consumption. At the time, he was considered a bit of a fringe thinker.


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The Temple Adat Shalom solar project is in direct alignment with its commitment to fiscal responsibility and mission to fund education services and programs for the entire congregation.
Baker Electric Installs Rooftop Solar System on Calif. Synagogue

Baker Electric Commercial Solar recently installed a 76.16 kilowatts (kW) rooftop solar power system at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, Calif. The 3,124-panel system is 1.15 megawatts.


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Vestas and Tesla Team Up for Wind Power Storage

It is becoming commonplace in the renewable energy sector for overlapping industries to team up for opportunities of scale and efficiency. Witness the evolution of electric vehicles (EVs) as not just a clean way to get around but as a key storage component of the smart grid.


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DOE's New K-12 Net Zero Building Initiative

A new Department of Energy (DOE) initiative is paving the way to ensure that more and more K–12 schools built in the United States are zero energy.


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Industry Prepares for Energy Efficiency Day 2017

The second annual Energy Efficiency Day will take place October 5. This year's theme is, "Save energy. Save money."


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DOE Enters A New Phase of Solar Research

Cost competitiveness has long been solar power’s biggest challenge. The industry has made great progress on this front and now may be looking beyond cost to other challenges that impede widespread adoption.


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Clean and Green at the Grassroots

Despite a seeming current lack of interest in renewables and other green initiatives at the federal level, more companies, mayors, and states are picking up the slack and moving forward aggressively with such initiatives.


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