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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Oregon Expands Tax Credits for Renewable Power

Earlier this summer, as its session drew to a close, the Oregon State Legislature passed a bevy of bills to boost the state’s renewable energy market. Two days before the end of session, the legislature passed HB 3201, which expanded Oregon’s existing Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC).

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Painting for Power
by Staff |

Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. “Someday, homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers.

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USGBC Makes $1 Million Commitment to Support Green Building
by Staff |

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it would commit $1 million to green building research.

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U.S. and Danish Labs to Research Wind Energy
by Staff |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Denmark’s Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), signed an agreement to cooperate on improving wind energy technologies.

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Solar Power Surge
by Staff |

A limited supply of silicon used to make solar panels and a deluge of homeowners rushing to install solar power before state rebates are reduced have made it difficult for installation companies to meet demand.

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California to Track Renewable Energy Production

The California Energy Commission has launched the world’s largest renewable energy registry and tracking system called the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS).

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Renewable Energy Whisked Away to Malaysian Resort Island
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Distributed Energy Systems Corporation announced the shipment of two 100-kW wind power systems for installation this summer on the Malaysian resort island of Pulau Perhentian.

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