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.

Has Elon Musk discovered renewable energy’s Holy Grail? He’s already reinvented financial transactions for the Internet age with PayPal and made electric vehicles sexy with Tesla Motors.

In the energy field, who we receive our power from and what we receive may soon be our choice. In fact, some customers are already in the driver’s seat through something called ­community choice aggregation (CCA).

In February 2014, researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a report that outlines how rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays, combined with battery-based energy storage could lead electric-utility customers to opt out of the connected grid.

The community solar market barely existed just a few years ago, but now the concept that allows even renters to invest in their own photovoltaic (PV) panels is going gangbusters in a number of states.

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Sun Setting on Sky-High Solar Prices

If the high installation cost of solar photovoltaics (PV) has been the one thing preventing it from being a completely viable clean-energy alternative, the industry may finally be over that barrier.

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Study Finds Solar a Bargain for New Jersey and Pennsylvania

A recent study by the consulting firm Clean Power Research showed that solar power in New Jersey and Pennsylvania delivers value to the electric grid that exceeds its cost by a large margin, making it a bargain for consumers.

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Global Renewable Demand, and Investment, on the Rise

Two studies released recently confirm commonly accepted solutions to climate change are swelling on a global scale.

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Renewables in Europe Could Soon Displace Fossil Fuels

There will always be a little bit of the outrageous in renewable power. Yet, every day, in the realm of energy, what once seemed like the exclusive domain of fantasy becomes an accepted part of our lives.

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Microsoft Test-Markets Sludge Power

It is hardly a coincidence that renewable power and digital technology have come of age at the same time. Both thrive on innovations that help feed the other’s success.

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Smart Grid Technologies and Renewable Power Integrate

Integrating the various forms of renewable energy into our complex patterns of transmission, distribution and consumption is nothing less than a monumental transformation. On the other hand, the industry is making great strides, and new smart grid technologies are playing a vital role.

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Event Aims to Integrate EVs, the Connected Home and Mobility

AT&T, BMW and Tendril held a joint hackathon in New York on Nov. 16–18, 2012, focusing on application development around the intersection of electric vehicles (EVs), mobility services, sustainability and the connected smart home.

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