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DOE invests $61 million in ‘smart building’ energy efficiency projects

DOE invests $61 million in ‘smart building’ energy efficiency projects

The U.S. Dept. of Energy is backing 10 energy efficiency pilot projects that aim to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into resilient smart buildings.
Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, microgrids provide resiliency in New York City

Nine years after Hurricane Sandy, microgrids provide resiliency in New York City

A partnership launched in response to Hurricane Sandy has produced eight, state-of-the-art microgrids to provide resiliency to New York City communities nine years after the storm.
£1.7 billion Blue Eden project to feature 320-MW tidal lagoon

£1.7 billion Blue Eden project to feature 320-MW tidal lagoon

The Blue Eden project proposed for the waterfront in Swansea, Wales, will include a new tidal lagoon, featuring underwater turbines with a capacity of 320 MW of renewable energy. The project is being led by Bridgend-based DST Innovations and a number of business partners, with support from Swansea Council and Associated British Ports. Made possible by funding from the private […]
Green goals for heavy industries in the energy transition

Green goals for heavy industries in the energy transition

We have looked at the impacts of three of the most ‘hard-to-abate’ sectors and what alternatives may look like from the perspective of their emissions, costs and practicalities.
Housing Development Comes with Solar Standard

Housing Development Comes with Solar Standard

Genself Corp., a solar photovoltaic (PV) system integrator and installer, has entered into an agreement with Sunset Springs Development, LLC, a builder of single family homes in Southern California, to provide solar electric power systems as original equipment on up to 71 soon-to-be-constructed homes in Desert Hot Springs, CA.
450-Home Housing Development to Feature Solar Systems

450-Home Housing Development to Feature Solar Systems

The Sacramento division of the national builder, Lennar, announced a partnership with PowerLight Corporation and Roseville Electric to build what it is calling the nation's largest solar community, which will integrate photovoltaic (PV) systems and upgraded energy efficiency measures into 450 new homes slated to be built in Roseville over the next two years. Lennar operates locally as Renaissance Homes and Winncrest Homes.
What are States Doing to Promote ‘Green’ Housing Developments?

What are States Doing to Promote ‘Green’ Housing Developments?

Outside of California, what has been done to encourage new home builders to offer solar power as an option for a new house? -- Gary B., Phoenix, AZ
New Housing Development Features Shared Renewable Energy

New Housing Development Features Shared Renewable Energy

In a small town in southwestern New Hampshire a big idea is emerging. It's a concept called cohousing and it's beginning to break ground across America. Here, twenty-nine families live in a neighborhood of single-, double-, and quadruple-family homes that are clustered on a small portion of 113 acres of pasture, ponds and open land. The families will live independently of each other but share some important aspects of life including a farm, entertainment space and energy.
Net-zero Energy Low-income Housing Development Raises Important Questions

Net-zero Energy Low-income Housing Development Raises Important Questions

I have written before about my interest in green building, which of course includes energy efficiency and renewable energy.  That’s why when news about new sustainable communities being built in the U.S. floats across my desk I always check it out.  A new green community, where? What green attributes will it have?  How efficient will it be? So while I […]
Vermont Affordable Housing Development Sets New Standard for Resilient, Zero-Energy Homes

Vermont Affordable Housing Development Sets New Standard for Resilient, Zero-Energy Homes

The McKnight Lane Housing Development in Waltham, Vermont is doing what no affordable housing project has done before: It is offering rural, low-income tenants zero-energy, single-family housing that also includes resilient solar energy storage systems.