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Some Go Solar for Savings, Not the Planet

July 7 -- When San Francisco game developer Matt Householder installed solar panels on his rooftop four years ago, he wasn't thinking about saving the planet. He wanted to increase the value of his home.

“My thinking was the cost of installation was basically going to be recovered when I sold the house because it increases the value of the house as a fixture," Householder said. "It’s like adding a bathroom." >>View Article

Obama's carbon emissions reduction plan not bad for business

July 7 -- A recent Hartford Business Journal op-ed by the coal industry lobbying group "Electric Reliability Coordinating Council" declared that President Obama's plans to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants will be "bad for business." The piece said the proposal would cost consumers too much, and have little impact on global warming.

It is instructive to recall that in 1966, Henry Ford opposed mandatory seat belt installation, claiming the cost would force his company's closure. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts have saved over 255,000 lives since 1975. >>View Article

Maine business owners tout value of renewable energy, urge government support

July 7 -- A century-old farmhouse, winsome llamas, a flock of chickens, rolling fields encircled by dense woods and distant mountains.

Quaint? Yes. But look again at Maple Hill Farm, an inn and conference center in Hallowell, outside the town’s center and not far from bustling Augusta. A wind turbine rises above the woods. Solar panels line the rustic conference center’s roof. Rooms are illuminated with LED bulbs. Every aspect of the care of the facility and its guests is informed by technologies and practices related to renewable energy and other sustainable initiatives.

“It’s been a deep-rooted part of my personal philosophy,” says Maple Hill Farm co-owner Scott Cowger. “I believe we should all be doing our part, as individuals and as businesses, to counter the effects of climate change.” >>View Article

From Trash to Treasure

June 3 -- Wherever there are people, there is waste. That’s just a fact. However, what humanity has chosen to do with that waste has changed throughout the years. First, of course, we didn’t do anything. But that wasn’t sanitary, so we started to bury it. Now, advances in technology have made burying waste inefficient. >>View Article

Renewables Projected to Add Triple the Capacity of New Fossil Fuel Plants by 2030

June 3 -- The “world is already adding more renewable-energy capacity each year than fossil fuel capacity,” Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) explained earlier this year. And BNEF’s just-released 2030 Market Outlook projects that disparity will skyrocket, concluding that “renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels.” >>View Article

Iowa has first gallon of cellulosic ethanol

July 2 -- Quad County Corn Processors beat DuPont and Poet to produce the state’s first-ever gallon of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol.

The northwest Iowa company produced a limited amount Monday but plans to quickly scale-up so that it’s producing about 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year. >>View Article

Indianapolis Motor Speedway goes solar

July 2 -- What was once an empty lot used occasionally for storage by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is now a solar farm large enough to power 2,700 homes.

The farm, located less than a mile away from the track on West 21st Street, has a capacity of 9 megawatts, making it the largest solar farm at any sporting facility in the world, said Kevin Forbes, engineering and construction director for the speedway. >>View Article

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