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.

Gaston Electrical's headquarters

In March, Gaston Electrical Co.
 Inc. installed a 175.8-kilowatt (kW) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar-power system on the roof of its headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The system eliminates 55 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, according to a press release.

Solar power has been met with controversy in states such as Arizona and Oklahoma. In contrast, lawmakers and voters in Florida seem to have warmed 
to the idea.

Government has always played an indispensable role in fostering the growth of renewable-energy resources. Just as one city or state can have tremendous impact, the effect of that involvement is magnified when multiple agencies share a common vision.

The world’s six leading oil and gas companies, collectively known as the “supermajors,” face a conundrum.

More on Green Building

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alternity Wind Power Launched

The Conti Group, a 100-year-old construction and engineering firm headquartered in New Jersey, announced the formation of Alternity Wind Power as an integrated developer of utility-scale wind-farm projects in North America.

Frito-Lay Flips on Solar Power at Arizona Facility

Frito-Lay employees dedicated the company’s new solar electric power system that has been installed on the roof of its Arizona service center in Phoenix, the company’s largest distribution center in the United States.

SunPower Follows the Sun to Spain

SunPower Corporation announced that its Spanish subsidiary will design and construct an 18-megawatt (MW) Olivenza solar electric power plant in the Badajoz region of Spain. Olivenza is expected to generate more than 32 million kilowatt-hours of power per year upon completion.