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.

Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets.

Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030.


Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential.

You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

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California Low-Income Families Warm up to Solar Power
by Staff |

While experts and advocates tout the importance of using solar power, few, if any, have done anything to lower the cost.

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Alternative Overview

In addition to conserving resources, alternative energies—and the federal and state policies—relating to them offer electrical contractors many opportunities to provide their customers with new technologies and value-added services and expertise.

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German Team Wins 2007 Solar Decathlon
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Germany's Technische Universitat Darmstadt earned top honors in the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, DC. From Oct.

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Bill Clinton Has Environmental Relations
by Staff |

President Bill Clinton announced two new partnerships to make green products more affordable and accessible to city governments and consumers across the United States.

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Alternity Wind Power Launched
by Staff |

The Conti Group, a 100-year-old construction and engineering firm headquartered in New Jersey, announced the formation of Alternity Wind Power as an integrated developer of utility-scale wind-farm projects in North America.

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Frito-Lay Flips on Solar Power at Arizona Facility
by Staff |

Frito-Lay employees dedicated the company’s new solar electric power system that has been installed on the roof of its Arizona service center in Phoenix, the company’s largest distribution center in the United States.

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SunPower Follows the Sun to Spain
by Staff |

SunPower Corporation announced that its Spanish subsidiary will design and construct an 18-megawatt (MW) Olivenza solar electric power plant in the Badajoz region of Spain. Olivenza is expected to generate more than 32 million kilowatt-hours of power per year upon completion.

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