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Montrose Wastewater Installation Article

Montrose Wastewater Installation Article

“The City of Montrose and a local solar energy company have recently completed the installation of a high-efficiency photovoltaic system at the city’s wastewater treatment plant that is estimated to save the city $8,000 annually.” Read more: Watch Newspapers – High Efficiency System Installed at Wastewater Facility http://www.watchnewspapers.com/view/full_story/22752463/article-High-Efficiency-System-Installed-at-Wastewater-Facility-?instance=search_results

What Does Warren Buffet See in Solar Article

What Does Warren Buffet See in Solar Article

This month, Renewable Energy World published an article “What Does Warren Buffet See in Solar” with a discussion of what might be behind the famous investor’s recent solar interests. Check out the full article on Buffet’s current solar investment decisions: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/04/what-does-warren-buffett-see-in-solar

Off-the-Grid Mansions

Off-the-Grid Mansions

With the help of Realtor.com, Sotheby’s International Realty, Coldwell Banker Previews International and Prudential Douglas Elliman, MSN combed multiple-listing services to find available homes touting self-sustainable energy options capable of going off the grid. Take a look to see what’s out there.  Off-the-Grid Mansions http://realestate.msn.com/off-the-grid-mansions#1

A Cooler Way to Protect Silicon Surfaces

A Cooler Way to Protect Silicon Surfaces Silicon, the material of high-tech devices from computer chips to solar cells, requires a surface coating before use in these applications. The coating “passivates” the material, tying up loose atomic bonds to prevent oxidation that would ruin its electrical properties. But this passivation process consumes a lot of .. read more

Why Boulder Has to Buy Out Electric Utility for a Clean Energy Future

Why Boulder Has to Buy Out Electric Utility for a Clean Energy Future In late 2011, citizens of Boulder, CO voted to explore how to boot their incumbent electric utility, Xcel Energy, and form a municipal electric utility.  It was the culmination of a multi-year battle to get more clean, local energy from their corporate electric .. read more

Fun Friday Fact: House of Tomorrow

Fun Friday Fact: House of Tomorrow

Round One Q: Do you know where Keck’s 1930s House of Tomorrow was built? A: Chicago, IL Bonus Round Q: Do you know where the House of Tomorrow is currently? A: Beverly Shores, IN Read More: http://www.nps.gov/indu/historyculture/house-of-tomorrow.htm; http://users.marshall.edu/~brooks/1933_Chicago_World_Fair.htm      

Latin America Report: Mapping the Solar Energy Landscape

Latin America Report: Mapping the Solar Energy Landscape Latin America and the Caribbean has long been viewed as a key growth region for renewable energy. More than 450 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaics are anticipated to be installed in 2013, up from 100 MW in 2012. More than 8 gigawatts (GW) of large-scale solar projects .. read more

CMM Romer 3D Inspection Device

CMM Romer 3D Inspection Device

CMM Romer 3D Inspection Device This CMM Romer 3D inspection device can assess 3D modules rapidly and translate the findings into CAD models.

Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heat Pumps and “Negawatts”

Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heat Pumps and “Negawatts”

Take a look at Renewable Energy World’s article on energy efficiency, geothermal heat pumps and “Negawatts.” It makes a great case for GHP application ad well as addressing energy issues with a conclusion from a study summarized: “The lowest cost unit of energy is one that is not used.” But since energy use is ineveitable, consider ways .. read more

Fun Friday Fact: MIT’s 1939 Passive Solar Building

Fun Friday Fact: MIT’s 1939 Passive Solar Building

Solar I, completed in 1939, was the first house in America to be heated by the sun’s energy. A single story house-like structure on the MIT campus, Solar One used solar radiation as a heat source for the winter, but projects were also conducted on summer air conditioning and power generation. Find out more about Solar One: http://mit.edu/solardecathlon/solar1.html