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DOE Announces New Partnership To Certify Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes

August 20 -- The Energy Department today announced a new partnership between the Department's Challenge Home program and Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) on a voluntary certification process for homes that are so energy-efficient, they can offset most or all of their utility bills with a small renewable energy system. These homes are referred to as zero net-energy ready homes. Home builders participating in these programs gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace by providing their customers with homes featuring unparalleled energy savings, quality, comfort, health, and durability. >>View Article

Colorado Community Solar Gardens Developer Initiative Sells Out In 30 Minutes

August 21 -- Local, smaller scale solar PV project developers are showing very strong interest in building so-called “solar gardens” in Colorado. So many applied for Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Community solar gardens program this past week—the first time it’s been opened to project developers—that the utility had to close the application window just 30 minutes after it opened. >>View Article

Sun-Powered Sundays: Solar Comes To The NFL

August 23 -- A ribbon of glowing Jets-green shone around the top rim of MetLife Stadium last night. Later, the ring turned big blue for the New York Giants, a nod to the fact that two teams share not only a $1.8 billion stadium but also that stadium’s newest gee-whiz feature. >>View Article


Boston Mayor Menino To Install Solar Panels On His House

August 23 --  Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has been pushing real estate developers and property owners to make their buildings more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Now he’s going green at home, too: Menino is installing solar panels on the roof of his home to help promote a state program that makes it cheaper for residents to go solar. >>View Article

America’s Military Renewables Plan Fast-Tracked And Mission Critical

August 24 -- This months’ announcement from the White House calling for green energy bids and its plan to fast-track wind and solar projects delivered a clear message that renewable energy is something the American military – and its government – whole-heartily believes in. The federal government’s Renewable Energy Partnership Plan (Plan), headed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), is pushing new project development on and near numerous military installations to the tune of $7 billion dollars. >>View Article

Clean Energy Companies Are Powering Economic Recovery And Job Growth

August 24 -- A few years ago, Craig Winn launched a new company with two employees and a good idea: leverage the auto industry’s engineering prowess to improve solar manufacturing. Three years later, the Michigan-based company has hired nearly 50 workers and doubled its production capacity. The secret to its success is using precision techniques from car manufacturing to make the metal frames that hold solar panels. Business has been so good the company is opening a new plant in Ohio this year. >>View Article

Clean Energy Law Drives Innovation, Creates Jobs, Attracts Investments

August 27 -- A quality cost-benefit analysis looks at real costs and real benefits, using recognized economic models that have been peer-reviewed. The recent analysis commissioned by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association to look at Assembly Bill 32, our state's landmark clean energy law, misfires on both sides of the cost/benefit equation. And its underlying model takes serious departures from accepted economic modeling. >>View Article


BMW Launches Electric Vehicle Rental Service In Bay Area

August 28 -- A BMW 1 Series costs more than $30,000. But for the price of a few gallons of gas, Bay Area residents can zip around in a purely electric version of the compact coupe using DriveNow, a electric-car-sharing service from the German automaker. >>View Article

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