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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Solar Power Surge

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

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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Staring Directly into the Sun - Solar Collection Made More Efficient

A mirror alignment measurement device, invented by Rich Diver, a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories, may soon make one of the most popular solar collector systems—parabolic troughs— more affordable and energy efficient.

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Nothing Goes to Waste in Los Angeles

On April 5, 2007, the city of Los Angeles celebrated a groundbreaking of the nation’s first power plant fueled by human waste.

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Sustainable Success

National green certification programs now exist to recognize and encourage green building. They share the same goal—to promote green construction and create buildings and homes that use less energy, water and other natural resources; improve indoor air quality; and create less waste. The U.S.

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An Efficient Source of Information

The amount of data in the world is piling up, making data centers a necessity. Even companies and organizations that may not be the traditional candidates for data centers are turning to them for data storage and management needs.

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