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Wisconsin Health Board Says Turbines Pose a Threat

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Scott Gibson

Utility-scale wind turbines have been blamed for a variety of health problems by people living nearby, but what's become known as "wind turbine syndrome" is not recognized as a medical condition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.

A Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax Credits

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Scott Gibson

The president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is promising to fight for the continuation of a 30 percent federal income tax credit (ITC) for solar equipment beyond its scheduled expiration at the end of 2016.

Speaking to the opening session of the Solar Power International trade show in Las Vegas on October 20, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch said the SEIA would lead the "Extend the ITC" campaign to keep the tax credit at its current level.

Big Companies Offer Employees a Solar Bargain

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Scott Gibson

More than 100,000 employees of several large corporations will get the chance to buy or lease photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) systems for their homes at discount prices, thanks to a group-buying plan hatched by the World Wildlife Fund.

Federal Agencies Can Pick the Green Rating System They Like

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Scott Gibson

The U.S. Department of Energy won't be directing federal agencies to use any particular green-building rating system when they design new buildings and plan major renovations. But whatever system they choose will have to meet certain criteria.

Rather than choose the U.S. Green Building Council's LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. system or the competing Green Globes program — both of which have been found to be acceptable by the General Services Administration (GSA) — the rule leaves the choice to agency planners.

Massachusetts is Tops in Energy Efficiency Poll

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Scott Gibson

A national scorecard on energy efficiency puts Massachusetts at the top of the list for the fourth year in a row.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington-based non-profit, released its eighth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard on October 22, praising state legislatures and governors for continued progress in lowering energy costs and reducing pollution through energy efficiency efforts.

In Nevada, Calls for a Smart Meter Probe

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Scott Gibson

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has opened an investigation into the safety of smart meters after fire chiefs in two cities, Reno and Sparks, connected them to nine fires in their communities, The Reno Gazette-Journal said in a story posted on October 16.

NV Energy has installed smart meters on more than 1 million homes in Nevada since 2011, with a total of 70 of the devices reported as "consumed," meaning the meter housings were either burned or breached.

Solar Energy Costs Fall in 2013

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Scott Gibson

Prices for photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) systems fell by between 12% and 19% last year, and should drop another 3% to 12% this year, a joint report from two national laboratories says.

The trend toward lower prices is keeping the country on track to meeting the targets of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative, the report said, which forecasts a price reduction of 75% in the cost of solar-generated electricity between 2010 and 2020, to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Hammer & Hand Shares Its Construction Guide

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Scott Gibson

Hammer & Hand, a well-known construction company in the Pacific Northwest, has posted its Best Practices Manual online.

Used by Hammer & Hand carpenters in the field, the guide includes 180 step-by-step illustrations on dealing with a range of details, including crawl spaces, rainscreens, window installation, and wall penetrations.

Report Says Walmart Owners Undercut Solar Growth

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Scott Gibson

The family that owns Walmart, the country's biggest retailer, has spent millions of dollars to slow the growth of residential photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) systems while making public claims about its commitment to sustainability, a non-profit research organization said in a report published this month.

In San Francisco, a Solar Array on Every Roof

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Scott Gibson

The president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors says that he will propose a resolution requiring all new buildings in the city, both residential and commercial, to include rooftop photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) arrays where feasible, SFGate.com reports.

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