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Santa Monica Approves Solar Requirement for New Construction

Santa Monica Approves Solar Requirement for New Construction

The City Council of Santa Monica, Calif., voted last week to approve an ordinance requiring rooftop solar systems for all new construction in the City of Santa Monica—both residential and commercial.
Iowa Geothermal Tax Credit Provides Stopgap for Federal Incentive

Iowa Geothermal Tax Credit Provides Stopgap for Federal Incentive

On the last day of its 2016 session, the Iowa Legislature passed HF 2468, which provides for a 10 percent standalone tax credit for residential installations of geothermal heat pumps (GHP) in lieu of federal tax incentives.
Shadow Flicker Study Finds No Threat to Health

Shadow Flicker Study Finds No Threat to Health

A Parsons Brinckerhoff study on turbine shadow flicker has concluded that the frequency of the flickering poses no significant risk to health, while the few problems that have arisen have been resolved effectively using mitigation measures, in particular turbine shutdown systems.
Seminar examines how CHP can meet London’s new zero carbon dwellings policy

Seminar examines how CHP can meet London’s new zero carbon dwellings policy

The requirements of the Greater London Authority’s (GLA)  new zero carbon dwellings policy and the role of combined heat and power (CHP), will be discussed at a breakfast seminar in London on Friday 30 September. UK Green Building Council has partnered with CHP specialists ENER-G, planning and design experts Metropolis Green, and the London Borough of Ealing, to provide an informative session on the new policy,  which comes into force across London from 1 October 2016. The new policy requires all major new developments to demonstrate that the domestic element will achieve zero carbon. The seminar will address the realities of including CHP to meet the new policy requirements. CHP is one of the most effective technologies for achieving carbon savings.  However, designing and delivering CHP systems in developments requires very careful balancing of thermal capacity, electrical demand, and cost to the end user. Metropolis Green, ENER-G and London Borough of Ealing will  provide an informative session on the implementation of the new policy and how to effectively design and integrate CHP  to meet the GLA  requirements. The event will be held at 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1PL, starting at  9am, with a light breakfast provided at 8:30am. To register for the event, please contact info@metropolisgreen.com 
California Regulators Approve Pilot EV Charging Program for Southern California Edison

California Regulators Approve Pilot EV Charging Program for Southern California Edison

The California Public Utilities Commission on Jan. 14 said it has authorized Southern California Edison to develop a pilot program to incentivize the deployment of approximately 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations in the utility’s service territory.
The stratification of the grid connected solar industry

The stratification of the grid connected solar industry

The new subsegment of grid-connected solar is utility scale, which due to its scale deserves attention-- though maybe not all of it will be good.
UK Panelists to Cover Emissions, Green Power

UK Panelists to Cover Emissions, Green Power

March 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Some of the brightest minds and best resources on carbon emissions reduction will converge on the Globe 2004 conference March 31 – April 2, in Vancouver. UK panelists will discuss the country’s commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by 2050 through techniques developed to lessen the consumption of energy in city dwellings and […]
Solar Power Lights Up Future for Mongolian Herders

Solar Power Lights Up Future for Mongolian Herders

About a quarter of Mongolia's 2.8 million people are nomadic herders of yaks, cattle, sheep, goats and camels who live in gers — as their traditional tent dwellings are known — on the country's vast steppes. It is a simple life that has endured for centuries. Until recently, it was also a life without electricity.
U.S. Government to Fund Solar Decathlon

U.S. Government to Fund Solar Decathlon

The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory wants to fund the design and construction of a 500 square foot solar powered house that will compete in an event called the Solar Decathlon.
The Stratification of the Grid-connected Solar Industry

The Stratification of the Grid-connected Solar Industry

For years there have been significantly more off-grid (remote) sub-applications than existed for the grid-connected market. The introduction and painfully slow adoption of incentives for grid-connected applications did not change the paradigm. Things did not begin changing until several years after Germany launched its feed-in tariff incentive model, and even then changes came slowly and incrementally (much like technology development) until bang, it seemed to change overnight.