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.

Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets.

Separated from the U.S. mainland’s electric supply by an ocean, Hawaii is working toward a goal mandated by Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires 40 percent of the state’s electricity to be derived from clean-energy sources by 2030.


Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential.

You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans.

More on Green Building

 
It Might Be Easy Being Green
by Staff |

Not only do companies stand to improve their reputation in the eyes of shareholders and customers by going green, but they also stand to save money.

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County in Washington State Goes Green

Whatcom County Council, Washington state, approved a resolution in September that requires 100 percent of the energy used in county buildings to come from renewable power in 2007.

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New Strategies to Attack Rising Energy Costs
by Staff |

According to an article in the Albany Business Review, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and green are the key words for electrical contractors working in New York.

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New England Solar Energy Plant Now Largest Brightfield in the Nation
by Staff |

ON OCTOBER 26, BROCKTON MASSACHUSETTS, inaugurated its new brightfield, an environmentally remediated brownfield that now features a 425 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system. The Brockton Brightfield is the biggest of its kind in New England, and it is the biggest brightfield in the nation.

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Pennsylvania Governor Announces $6.4 Million for Clean Energy Projects
by Staff |

GOVERNOR EDWARD RENDELL announced on October 5 that Pennsylvania is investing $6.4 million in 16 clean energy projects that will create 316 permanent and up to 280 construction jobs in the commonwealth, as well as to leverage more than $38 million in private funds.

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Study Shows Market for Energy-Efficiency Upgrades
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In a study conducted by Harris Interactive, researchers found executives recognized energy-efficiency in the data center as a buying priority, but the majority of survey respondents admitted they were not aware of how much their company was spending on energy costs or the amount of greenhouse gas (G

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Wisconsin Utility Signs on for Power from Proposed Iowa Wind Farm
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Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) increased its wind power portfolio by nearly four times when it signed an agreement with Midwest Renewable Energy Projects LLC (MRE Projects) to build an 18-turbine, 30 megawatt wind farm near Mason City, Iowa.

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