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Balfour Beatty commits to DOE Better Buildings Challenge to Reduce Energy

Company will leverage solar energy and green building initiatives to reduce energy consumption 20% across its housing portfolio. Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC, a leading provider of property management, development and related real estate services for the multifamily, military, and student housing markets, today announced its participation in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge, […]

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Global Renewable Energy Share to Double By 2030

The global energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030, while energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix to as much as 36pc, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said in a report on Monday. The report, “Remap 2030” maps out a […]

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$41 Million for Renewable Energy Projects To Isolated Areas

More than $41 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects will be provided to Republic of Ecuador, Sierra Leone, the Maldives, Mauritania, Samoa, and Mali by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). “IRENA and ADFD selected projects bring power to isolated off-grid populations, in some cases […]

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Passive Solar Design Ideal for Coronado Climate (San Diego County)

Thinking of renovating your house, or are you interested in a total knock down and rebuild? Have you thought about passive solar design? Those not yet au fait with passive solar design may automatically think of solar panels on residential roof tops or Earthship monstrosities made from mud and recycled tires, located in the American […]

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Dubai’s eco-friendly souq (marketplace) to open soon

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said permits have been issued to shop owners to carry out decoration works. “We expect to officially open the market in the end of the first quarter of 2014,” he added. The market, which is located in Bur Dubai, is built according to the green building specifications. “It […]

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Indian school aims for energy self-sustainability

At a school in India’s southern state of Karnataka, power cuts often disrupt studies. And the lack of electricity access means that many pupils return home to unlit houses. But the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya’s passion towards sustainability, including the establishment of environmentally-friendly buildings and an ongoing project to increase the use of solar lighting, have […]

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Integrys Energy Services Partners with Clean Power Finance for Solar Investments

Leading energy supply and services company uses the CPF market to further invest in distributed solar. Clean Power Finance (CPF) and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), a leading Midwestern utility holding company, today announced the creation of a residential solar finance fund through the CPF Market®, an […]

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5 Cleantech Firms That Could Go Public in 2014

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups — but those have been rare cleantech events over the last few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups. Will we see any […]

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Microsoft’s five sustainability predictions for 2014

2013 was a busy year for sustainability activities: more companies purchased more green energy, we saw advances in wind and solar penetration and efficiency, “natural capital” became a better defined and more prominent phrase, and environmental reporting continued to spread to more companies. At Microsoft we made progress as well – from signing our very […]

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14 Green Business Predictions for 2014

From green electioneering to increased clean energy investment, BusinessGreen runs down its predictions for the year ahead. With an election less than 18 months away, political positioning will be the dominant story in Westminster in 2014 with energy and environmental policies likely to provide one of the defining dividing lines between the three main parties. […]

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Airports to go green, reducing energy costs by $518M

Gov. Neil Abercrombie unveiled an unprecedented energy efficiency program for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Airports Division that will cut energy use by 49-percent, saving at least $518-million in energy costs over the next 20 years. The airports will be modernized with the latest in energy-efficient and green technology, providing a high-impact solution for the […]

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Solar Installation Through the Google Glass Lens

Michael Chagala, the Director of Information Technology at Sullivan Solar Power, has developed an app that allows solar installers to use Google Glass in PV system design and construction. We spoke with Chagala at last week’s U.S. Solar Market Insight event in San Diego, California. — Full Story at GreenTechSolar —

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China Announces Greener Petrol Standard

China’s Standardization Administration announced on Wednesday a stricter quality standard for petrol in an effort to bring down pollutant emissions from vehicles. The higher standard marks a step forward in accelerating the use of greener fuel in the world’s largest auto market, as vehicle exhausts are blamed as one major factor in worsening air conditions. […]

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SolarCity’s Foundation to Provide Solar-Powered Lighting to Schools Without Electricity

By giving light to one new school for each megawatt of solar power it deploys, Give Power Foundation will make clean energy accessible to schools around the world. Following the one year anniversary of the company’s initial public offering, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) today launched the Give Power Foundation™ to build a cleaner, more sustainable future […]

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Facts and Myths Behind SolarCity’s 331% Rise

Though rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panel installations totaled just 60 megawatts (MW) in its recent quarter, SolarCity (SCTY) commands a market cap exceeding that of established, utility-scale PV leaders like Canadian Solar (CSIQ) and SunPower (SPWR). Despite its rich valuation, the San Mateo, California-based solar developer has started to successfully execute on a business model that […]

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A New Race For Solar

This fall, three new solar power plants came to life on large tracts of undeveloped, remote lands in the western U.S. Although solar, these three installations are huge when compared with familiar, traditional rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems. Combined, these utility-scale power plants have the capacity to produce more than 800 MW of electricity, equal in […]

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USGBC Commends President Obama’s Memorandum to Accelerate Energy Efficiency in Building Facilities and Operations

President Obama signed a memorandum directing the federal government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, more than double the current level. — Full story at RealEstateRama —

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Solar Way launches the solar powered candle for Africa

Solar Way announces its intention to seek global partners for Solar Powered Charging Station (SPCS) Innovative African Solar company launches Power Stix, the solar powered candle, at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona BARCELONA — Solar Way, the designer and manufacturer of solar powered products for charging and lighting, today announced from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, […]

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Covanta Energy Launches New Sustainable Waste Management Strategy Game Available in the Apple App Store

MORRISTOWN, NJ–(Marketwire) – Ever wonder what it might be like to turn waste into energy, rather than sending it to an overflowing landfill? Well, users of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices will now have the chance to find out through a fun and educational simulated game experience. Covanta Energy, a world leader in sustainable […]

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OneRoof Energy Brings Hundreds of Green Solar Jobs to San Diego

CleanTECH San Diego and Mayor Jerry Sanders joined OneRoof Energy at a newly solarized home to announce the creation of 100-plus new green jobs. OneRoof Energy is the first U.S. residential solar company to work directly with roofers to sell and install its systems. The nation’s demand for solar, rising sales and OneRoof Energy’s SolarSelect® Lease […]

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