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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California Low-Income Families Warm up to Solar Power

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

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

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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Kohl's Catches All the Sun

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

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

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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