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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Scientists Unravel the Mysteries of Seafaring, Solar-Powered Bacteria

While the practical applications may be hard for the average person to appreciate, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made a significant discovery about the energy-producing properties of a protein found

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Vast Untapped Wind Energy Potential in Mid-Atlantic

According to researchers studying the wind power potential of the Mid-Atlantic coast, the region represents a huge untapped resource.

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Up on the Roof

Benefits of rooftop solar power systems:

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Program Offers Concert Goers Green Opportunity

Green Mountain Energy Co, a provider of clean electricity and carbon offset products, and Sustainable Waves, a provider of mobile, solar powered sound and staging solutions, announced a comprehensive program for carbon neutral music tours and events, which includes the availability of solar-powered

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