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.

As with conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, 
the consumer market for electric vehicles (EVs) gets the glamour, but fleets can be where real money is made.

Government has always played an indispensable role 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.

While most media coverage of solar power has focused on the industry’s steady growth, not all reports are rosy. According to the online electrical industry news source, Utility Dive, solar’s bright fortunes could be taking a slight dip on the horizon.

Last month, I went over a brief history of California’s Title 24, Part 6, the current rules and what’s coming up. This month, let’s get more detailed about some of the current rules.

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British Universities Embark on Solar Power Research

Funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Manchester and Imperial College London plan to investigate a number of new solar cell designs over the next three-and-a-half years, in an attempt to produce a more efficient solar power system.


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Catching Some Rays: World's Largest Solar Power Plant Opens in Portugal

In March 2007, Portugal opened what is being considered the world’s largest-producing solar power plant.


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Spain Enjoying the Breeze

According to the nation’s electricity network authority, Spain’s wind energy generators reached an all-time high in electricity production late in March, exceeding power generated by all other means.


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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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