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.

Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would bring coal back to prominence in the United States’ energy mix, a pledge many coal-state residents took with them to the voting booth.

A lot has been written, and continues to be written, about states that are actively embracing renewable energy measures and the benefits being reaped from these measures.

On Feb. 7, The Solar Foundation released the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, an annual report on solar employment in the United States. Despite the energy source’s relatively small role on the national landscape, the solar workforce saw considerable, dramatic growth last year.

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California City Leads the Nation in Green Power

In the quest for competitiveness in mainstream energy markets, higher costs continue to be a challenge for renewable power. However, residents of at least one city in California don’t seem to mind the added expense.


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Integrys Energy Services Turning Trash into Electricity

Integrys Energy Services announced that all four units at its recently completed Winnebago Energy Center, a landfill gas-to-electricity plant located in Rockford, Ill., now are operational and actively supplying electric power to the grid.


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Solar Panel Proveders Aren't Budging in 2008

According to Global Sources’ China Sourcing Report, despite higher polysilicon prices, most Chinese solar panel manufacturers say they plan to lower or keep prices steady in 2008. Specifically, the report shows 88 percent of suppliers plan to decrease or keep prices stable.


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You're in Green Hands with Allstate

Two thousand Texas homes are getting wired into the wind grid with a donation from Allstate Insurance Co.


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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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Navy Throws Switch on First of Five Solar Energy Projects

On October 24, 2007, Captain Mick Gleason threw the switch that turned on the photovoltaic (PV) carports at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at California’s China Lake.


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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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