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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Kohl's Catches All the Sun
by Staff |

Kohl's department stores flipped the switch on a rooftop solar energy system at its Laguna Niguel, Calif., store as part of the largest planned U.S. photovoltaic (PV) solar rollout to date.

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Hall's Warehouse to Build Largest Rooftop Solar Electric System
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Hall's Warehouse Corporation, a family-owned refrigerated and frozen food storage and distribution company, announced an agreement to build a 2-megawatt solar electric power system to supply electricity to their facility in South Plainfield, N.J.

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IPL Proposes to Catch Iowa's Breath
by Staff |

In January 2007, Interstate Power aand Light Company (IPL) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced details of its Energy for a New Generation plan. Energy-efficiency initiatives and wind energy are key components of the long-term generation plan.

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Now They're Teaching Wind Power
by Staff |

The Kansas Wind for Schools program and the Wind Applications Center at Kansas State University (KSU) selected several schools to each receive a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine as part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind for Schools initiative.

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How Many Organizations Does It Take ... ?
by Staff |

October was Energy Awareness month, and many organizations offered information and incentives to buy and use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Sylvania hosted the kickoff to the U.S.

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Solar Decathlon to Bring Sun to National Mall
by Staff |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) third Solar Decathlon competition was held Oct. 12–20, 2007, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Future Looks Bright for Solar Power
by Staff |

According to USA Today, solar power has been a cost-prohibitive alternative energy source for years, but several companies are working to make it more affordable.

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