Fracking: Fracturing Maryland?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:19
Posted in category Clean Energy News, Renewables

No FrackingThe case to ban fracking is growing more popular in a society that is becoming more environmentally aware. Fracking, technically known as hydraulic fracturing, is defined as the process in which “fractures in rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas or oil.” While fracking has its advantages, politics is strongly divided over this issue.

The state of Maryland faces a split in opinions over this energy source; Read the rest of this entry »

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    Gateway to Green Building – LEED Green Associate

    Monday, April 21, 2014 11:27

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    Getting a LEED certification is not just a way of demonstrating a commitment to environmental wellness; it’s also a way of enhancing the asset value of a building.

    More than 30 major cities across the US enacted disclosure requirements last year, requiring commercial building owners to disclose green building performance metrics. With the focus of the green building industry gaining importance, the practice of greening a building spans from existing constructions to new design projects.

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      Push Coming to Shove For Those Seeking to Take LEED Exam

      Monday, March 31, 2014 16:26

      LEED v4 exam prep

      LEED version 4 is approaching, and with it comes a suite of changes to the exam content, material and format. Individuals who have passed the test before the changeover, which occurs in June, will be grandfathered into the updated designation without having to retest. Considering the extent of the modifications, many candidates are hurrying to sit for the exam while it is still in the decidedly more manageable version 3 format.

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        How the Military is (Indirectly) Fueling the Solar Industry

        Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:28
        Posted in category Energy Efficiency

        Obama Solar MilitaryIf ever there was a champion of efficiency, the military would be it. Energy efficiency is no exception to this generalization. As The Solar Foundation (TSF) and Operation Free tell us in a recent Veterans in Solar report, the U.S. military has scaled up its use of distributed renewable energy technologies, at home and in combat zones, to strengthen energy security and improve operational costs and capabilities.

        Always occupying a certain crest on the waves of technological innovation, the American military has made efforts toward energy independence, bolstered by a Department of Defense (DoD) mandate to use renewable power for 25% of total facility energy consumption by 2025. Read the rest of this entry »

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          Are solar thermal power farms still relevant?

          Monday, February 24, 2014 14:00
          Posted in category Clean Energy News

          392 megawatts, 173,000 heliostats, 347,000 mirrors, $2.2 billion investment and a $1.6 billion federal loan. These are the tremendous numbers surrounding the development and construction of the Ivanpah solar thermal power facility in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles south of Las Vegas. Such a plant, who can energizes up to 140,000 houses, is a massive solar energy provider, but with the decrease of governmental incentives and the collapse of some rival technologies’ prices, are giant solar plants still a viable option? Read the rest of this entry »

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            The 7 Successes of Solar

            Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:37
            Posted in category Renewables


            How the solar energy industry is becoming one of the most widely beneficial sectors in the country

            New York Solar

            Things are looking up for the solar energy industry. Its growth has skyrocketed over the past few years and is projected to endure. If current trends continue, solar will account for 10% of American electricity by 2022.
            A diverse array of stakeholders is largely affected by this booming industry, from veterans to homeowners to that all-pervading stakeholder, the environment. To help understand the state of the industry and what’s on the horizon, here’s a list of the ways in which the solar energy industry is fast becoming one of the most valuable sectors in the nation. Read the rest of this entry »
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              Nailing Down the Difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4

              Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:52

              Difference between LEED v3 and LEED v4As the standard in green building best practices, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is the world’s preeminent green building rating program, with 1.5 million square feet of building space certified to LEED every day. LEED version 3, also known as LEED 2009, is now up for revision as USGBC members cooperate to vote on its next iteration, LEED v4.

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                For Most, Going Solar is All About the Money

                Friday, February 7, 2014 9:00
                Posted in category Clean Energy News

                Why Go SolarEnergy independence, environmental impact, climate change mitigation, contingency plans in case of a power outage – these are all good reasons to have solar power installed in one’s home or business. But for the majority of people plugging into solar energy, the best reason remains a financial one. Does nothing ever change? Read the rest of this entry »

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                  Future positive prospects for solar should boost the public interest, but how easy is it to get and survive into solar?

                  Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:43
                  Posted in category Clean Energy News

                  2013 was the year of the resurgence for the solar industry; more than 35 gigawatts of photovoltaic worldwide were installed last year. In the U.S it reached a 4.2 GW record, a 15% growth in a year. According to experts this bounce will continue in 2014 and they are expecting between 43 GW (Mercom Capital) and 49 GW (NPD Solar Buzz) of PV installations within the next 10 months. This represents a double-digit growth and a remarkable level for an industry that installed less than half this number four years ago.  Markets such as China, the U.S or even Japan, that had to compensate for the closure of its nuclear power plants, have pulled the demand and as a direct effect many PV constructors, SunPower for example, became profitable during Q2 or Q3 last year after months and sometime years of losses. Read the rest of this entry »

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                    United Nations Sustainable Development 6th and 7th Open Working Groups

                    Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:04
                    Posted in category Clean Energy News

                    The 6th and 7th Open Working Groups (OWG) on Sustainable Development took place at the United Nations’ New York headquarters December 16th-20 and January 6-10, respectively (8 total over the past year). I took part in the meetings as a representative of the International Network for Sustainable Energy (Inforse), an NGO created out of the first UN sustainable summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The end goal of the eight meetings is to develop a framework for the post 2015 sustainable development in the absence of any such apparatus since the Kyoto Protocol expired in December 2012. Perhaps the most promising aspect of these working groups is the tacit understanding by most stakeholders that climates are changing, whether due to humans or not, and a global sustainable development policy framework can mitigate inherent consequences of this phenomenon.

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