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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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Forecast Is Clear for Solar With One-Year Extension of Federal Grants

For solar industry advocates, a ray of light emerged recently from the new Congress. As reported in the January 2011 issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, Congress passed and President Obama signed tax legislation that included a one-year extension of federal grants for renewable energies in December.


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First U.S. Commercial Tidal Power Plant Proposed for New York City's East River

New York-based Verdant Power has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that would allow the company to install up to 30 new tidal power turbines in the East Channel of the East River in New York City.


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San Francisco Planning for Total Green Energy by 2020

By 2020, the city and county of San Francisco is planning to be 100 percent powered by green energy. Talk about a highly ambitious energy plan.


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States Lead the Charge on the Clean-Energy Front

In the aftermath of the November 2010 elections, few are expecting the same level of support and generosity for renewable power that was the hallmark of the first two years of the Obama administration.


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Editors' Pick
A Rising Star

The nation’s nearly 130 million homes generate more than 20 percent of our nation’s carbon dioxide emissions. Combine that with roughly 75 billion square feet of commercial, industrial and institutional space, and the carbon footprint grows exponentially.


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Solar Commons

Individual rooftop solar panels have become a more familiar sight over the past several years. But not everyone has the correct south-facing rooftop, and renters are out of the market entirely.


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DOE Announces Nearly $21 Million in Technical Assistance Projects

During a live online chat at the White House, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 24 projects are receiving a total of $21 million in technical assistance to dramatically reduce the energy used in their commercial buildings.


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