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U.S. House Passes Energy Efficiency Bills H.R. 4092 and H.R. 4801

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. The US House of Representatives passed two energy efficiency bills, one of which is to better assist schools with energy-efficient enhancements, and the other instructs the Department of Energy to research the effect of insulation on energy and water usage on federal buildings. The School Energy…

Renewable Energy May Not Cause A Utility ‘Death Spiral’ After All

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. Last year, the Edison Electric Institute predicted that the widespread adoption of renewable energy (especially on-site electricity generation) is going to destroy the traditional utility business model that power companies have been using for all these years. New research says: not so much. People do not want to have…

How Ventilation Works To Keep You Cool

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. There is a common concern about ventilation bringing warm air into rooms. While this is true, it still helps to keep you cool by blowing out the even warmer air inside your home, and by helping to reduce humidity which makes you feel warmer. In many…

President Obama Speaks About Climate Change At UC-Irvine Graduation

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. President Barack Obama recently attended a commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. With the students, he mentioned the cold, hard reality that there are many politicians that deny climate change’s existence altogether. This compromises climate change mitigation efforts (which is most…

Ford Saves Enough Water For 1 Billion Showers

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. As water scarcity is reported around the world, some large organizations have tried to reduce their environmental footprint by conserving water. In some regions wasting water means someone else will have to do without. To address this growing problem and save some money to boot, Ford Motor…

The 6MW Community 1 Solar Power Plant Is Now Complete

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. On a patch of land owned by the SDSU lies the newly-built 6 MW (AC) Community 1 solar power plant, which comprises 25,000 solar panels that span 37 acres. This plant is large for a reason — it powers 2,200 households when operating at its maximum capacity. This solar power…

Thermoelectric Generator Developed For Army Exceeds 200W Design Goal

Originally published on Cleantechnica By Nicholas Brown. GMZ has successfully tested a thermoelectric generator (TEG) that converts the heat from automotive engine exhaust systems to electricity. It even exceeded its target generation capacity of 200 watts. This unit can save fuel by reducing the load on vehicle alternators. Reducing the amount of electricity drawn from the…

Certain Building Designs Make It Hard To Live Without A/C

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. I have made numerous efficiency-enhancing suggestions to people who can’t afford air conditioning. However, they said that their homes’ designs can’t accommodate those enhancements easily. After encountering that road block so many times, I decided it was necessary to discuss it (along with potential solutions) in…

New York Will Offer Up To $8,000 Per Household In Incentives

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. The state of New York will provide $34 million of incentives to individuals and zero-net-energy homes (buildings which generate more energy than they consume). This works out to be $2,000 to $8,000 per household. The Real Deal says that “A zero-net-energy building relies on, among other things, solar…

Trina Solar Is The First To Guide Over 1GW Of PV Module Shipments

Originally published on Green Building Elements By Nicholas Brown. Trina Solar released its Q1 2014 financial results on May 21st. It revealed that Trina Solar’s profitability and module shipment guidance have improved for Q2’14. The company has guided 950 MW to 1,010 MW of module shipments this quarter (Q2’14), marking the first time that a photovoltaic solar…