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NASA’s Sustainability Base: Open for Business

NASA’s Sustainability Base: Open for Business

NASA’s “Sustainability Base” is open for business, setting the bar for green federal buildings by exceeding LEED-Platinum and making use of the same closed loop processes used in space travel. Designed by pre-eminent green architect Bill McDonough, known for cradle-to-cradle solutions, the new building is designed to showcase NASA’s culture of innovation by adapting many of its technologies to

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Solar Will Grow 20% in 2013

Demand for solar energy in the United States is expected to grow 20 percent this year, building the market up to a record 4.3 gigawatts, according to an industry analysis report. NPD Solarbuzz released its quarterly report on the North American solar market and found that four states will make up 70 percent of the

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Report: Solar PV Market to Recover by 2015

Solar photovoltaic manufacturers must be starting to breathe again. Over the past few years, they’ve struggled to keep their heads above a tide of overproduction that’s been washing out weaker competitors and strengthening others. Now, a growing body of evidence shows that the tide is changing. Case in point, a new report from Lux Research

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How China Will Transform The Energy Industry

When I started in the energy business back in the early 1980’s, the utility paradigm was to continually build more power plants to serve growing customer loads.  This lead to environmental and economic difficulties, especially as the cost of completing planned nuclear power plants skyrocketed. At the utility where I worked, Pacific Gas and Electric,

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75% of New Energy Investments Are Renewable

In a striking keynote, Michael Liebreich President of BNEF spoke about the continued compound growth in renewables and the disconnect between GDP and electricity consumption. In the last 5 years, Electricity consumption in Australia and California have disconnected from GDP growth and that trend is now spreading through the developed world. Rising efficiency in motor

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Europe 2012: $2.35B Invested in Smart Grid

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), a Directorate-General of the European Commission that provides independent scientific and technical advice to the European Commission to support a wide range of EU policies has published an update of the 2011 report “Smart Grid projects in Europe: lessons learned and current developments,” which is the most comprehensive inventory of

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PV Manufacturers Ready for Good News

A new NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz report anticipates that photovoltaic manufacturers will start to see a rebound in profitability—if they can make it to 2017. By then the research company anticipates that the PV manufacturing market will reach $32 billion. But that’s still a couple years away, and prior to that Solarbuzz anticipates that the market

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