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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City of Salem Signs onto EPA Community Energy Challenge

As public concern about global climate change continues to grow, the city of Salem, Mass., is joining with the natural gas utility KeySpan and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase energy efficiency throughout the city.

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Delaware Team Sets Solar Cell Record

Using a technology that adds multiple innovations to a very high-performance crystalline silicon solar cell platform, a consortium led by the University of Delaware has achieved a record-breaking combined solar cell efficiency of 42.8 percent from sunlight at standard terrestrial conditions.

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Georgia Coast Has Great Potential for Wind Power

Offshore wind power on the Atlantic coast experienced another gust of positive news. As projects are being considered in states such as Delaware, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a recent study adds Georgia to the list of locales with great potential for development.

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Researchers Think Pink to Produce 'Green' Solar Energy

When it comes to producing earth-friendly solar energy, pink may be the new green, according to Ohio State University researchers.

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Breezes Favorable for Wind Power Industry

Things are looking good for the wind power industry. According to the first annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program on the wind power industry, the U.S. wind market is the fastest growing in the world. The report, “Annual Report on U.S.

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Offshore Wind Power Project Clears Environmental Hurdle in Massachusetts

The embattled Cape Wind project got a boost this spring from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

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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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