What the New EPA Rule Means

Friday, June 13, 2014 16:58
Posted in category Renewables

Coal_power_plant_Datteln_2_Crop1 Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by as much as 30% by 2030. While this regulation received heavy support from both environmental groups and industry professionals, this plan would have definite effects on several states, some more negative than others.

Bad News, kids

As would be expected, the coal industry and its supporters are in opposition of the proposal. Coal mining states like West Virginia have wasted no time in voicing their opinion. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R. W.Va) sent a letter to President Obama implying that the current proposal would be “catastrophic” and urging the President to abandon the proposal. The proposal has also caused a stir in Senate offices across the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Employment Opportunity – Account Manager

    Monday, June 9, 2014 12:19
    Posted in category Uncategorized

    photo1Want to be at the forefront of clean-tech energy education? Are you looking to join an established startup?

    Great! We are looking for Account Managers to work with corporations, universities, utilities, publishers, and other educators in order to promote sustainability for our world’s future. We operate as a startup, adopting lean methodologies, where you will make a tremendous impact by supporting our sales team and growing our business.

    You will be collaborating with a highly-motivated network of grant writers, marketing specialists, and operations coordinators. It is definitely an innovative, fast-paced and exciting place to be! Read the rest of this entry »

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      Combating Carbon through the Clean Power Plan

      Tuesday, June 3, 2014 18:16
      Posted in category Clean Energy News, Renewables

      Shatura_Steam_Power_PlantWith the direction and executive authority of President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday released the Clean Power Plan, which cuts the carbon pollution from existing power plants that create 38% of the nation’s total carbon emissions. The plan is meant to cut carbon emission from the power sector nationwide by 30% below 2005 levels, which is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year. The proposal is meant to protect public health and fight climate change, moving the nation towards a cleaner environment. The EPA, in its press release, proposes that this new plan will ‘sharpen America’s competitive edge, spur innovation and create jobs’. Read the rest of this entry »

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        The Rising Relevance of the LEED AP Accreditation

        Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:54
        Posted in category Green Buildings

        greenbuildingImagine if the products employed in every day construction were manufactured with renewable resources, alleviating the need to use virgin materials. This is one of the objectives of LEED, among others, including improving indoor environmental quality and creating innovations that reduce inefficiencies in water and other resource consumption. With all the changes occurring in the environmental landscape, and the rise in value of green building, the LEED AP accreditation is becoming increasingly authoritative.

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          2 Degrees Celsius – A Keystone Pipeline Op-Ed

          Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:54
          Posted in category Clean Energy News

          Pipes_for_keystone_pipeline_in_2009While scientists recognized the fear of climate change long ago, much of the populace refuses to make out the warning signs clearly presented. With land and ocean temperatures rising, surface temperatures drastically rising, and an increase in atmospheric C02, the consequences of global warming are becoming unstoppable. In his first inaugural speech, President Obama stated he would, “roll back the specter of a warming planet.” As the President’s first year ended, little change was made; he supported an expansion in oil and gas drilling while investing in developing “clean coal.”

          At the start of the second Obama term, the President vowed to respond to the threat of climate change. Our country is about to face this year’s most delicate environment situation: the Keystone XL pipeline. Read the rest of this entry »

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            The Sun Sets on an Outdated Business Model

            Tuesday, May 20, 2014 13:41
            Posted in category Energy Efficiency, Renewables

            Solar Word Cloud

            We are beginning to see an increased sophistication of the business models in the residential solar sector. Historically, solar energy in the residential sector has largely been inaccessible to the everyman due to the high initial investment of purchasing and installing the panels.

            To combat this issue, solar manufacturers and installers, often separate companies themselves, connected homeowners with the available grants, loans and/or renewable energy financing firms. This initiative helped many homeowners realize that rooftop solar panels were affordable for them. Read the rest of this entry »

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              What is to become of the Investment Tax Credit?

              Monday, May 19, 2014 14:00
              Posted in category Clean Energy News, Renewables

              The Investment Tax Credit has been one of the major factors of growth for the solar energy industry since its establishment in 2006. The ITC is a 30% tax credit for solar systems on residential and commercial properties. Following its success, it has helped annual solar installation grow by over 1,600% since 2006. The ITC was given an eight year extension in 2008 until December 31st 2016, when it will drop to 10%. Many professionals are now wondering what will become of an industry that has been driven so much by incentives when these will be gone. Read the rest of this entry »

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                Beyond the Rooftop: Unconventional Applications of Solar Power

                Monday, May 12, 2014 11:30
                Posted in category Renewables

                The wide variety of solar technologies being developed by scientists and engineers is permitting the almost endless array of commercial applications that can be powered by the sun. Since solar technologies differ in terms of their energy conversion efficiency, cost effectiveness, weight, flexibility, durability under extreme weather conditions and unique balance of system requirements, the possibilities for developing marketable technologies using solar panels seems impossibly diverse. Three fascinating and unusual areas being explored by visionaries passionate about solar are aircrafts, wearable technologies, and public waste bins.

                Solar-Powered AircraftsSolar Powered Aircraft

                One of the most amazing technologies being built with solar panels is the zero-emission airplane. Believed to be years away in development, this technology is already in its infancy. Solar Impulse has developed an airplane that is entirely powered by solar energy. It has made successful flights all over the world and is scheduled to fly around the world (day and night) in 2015 as the first solar-powered airplane to achieve this monumental feat. Read the rest of this entry »

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                  The Solar Industry: Booming or Busting in a Lackluster Investment Environment?

                  Tuesday, April 29, 2014 15:03
                  Posted in category Clean Energy News, Renewables

                  website_bild_gtr_3_1The decline in global investments in renewable energy isn’t as worrisome as it may seem, according to the 2014 Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report, released in early April. The report, produced by the Frankfurt School – United Nations Energy Program Collaborating Center, reveals that the falling cost of producing renewable energy technologies is a major part of the equation.  Read the rest of this entry »

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                    Convincing Homeowners of the Benefits of Air Sealing

                    Friday, April 25, 2014 14:44


                    A challenge contractors often face is convincing homeowners of the many benefits of air sealing. Often times, homeowners see this as no more than an additional expense that they do not need. However, what many homeowners do not realize is that air sealing can make a great difference in air quality while also lowering energy bills. As a contractor, you want to do your best to look out for your clients. Here are some tips to convince them of the benefits of air sealing. By utilizing these, you may be able to increase air sealing sales, which benefits not only you as a contractor but the homeowners in the long term as well.

                    Show Visuals

                    Visuals can be a great tool to help convince people about the benefits of air sealing. Some studies have come to the conclusion that 65% of people are visual learners and the effective use of visuals can help decrease learning time, improve comprehension, enhance retrieval, and increase retention. I recommend showing a chart like the one above from the EPA when explaining air sealing benefits to a homeowner. Read the rest of this entry »

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