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13 States Receive $4 Million to Support Energy Efficiency

13 States Receive $4 Million to Support Energy Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Thirteen states received awards this week to help them advance energy efficiency through a range of projects across the U.S. The U.S. Department of Energy announced a total of $4 million in awards that will support projects at public institutions, local governments and industrial sectors. The recipient states are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, […]

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    $7 Million Invested in Clean Energy on Tribal Lands

    $7 Million Invested in Clean Energy on Tribal Lands

    Efficient lighting systems, solar panels and job opportunities are coming to tribal lands across the country, along with funds to support them. The Obama Administration announced this month that it would fund nine clean energy projects on tribal lands from New York to Arizona with $7 million through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The awards will help American […]

    Arizona Imposes Unprecedented Fee on Solar Energy Users

    Arizona Imposes Unprecedented Fee on Solar Energy Users

    In Arizona, contractors won’t be only ones collecting money from those with solar panels. The state’s largest utility can impose a fee of about $4.90 a month on customers with solar systems, following the Arizona Corporation Commission’s (ACC) 3-to-2 vote in favor of Arizona Public Service Co (APS). The collections will begin next year for residents who […]

    Google Invests $80 Million in 6 New Solar Projects

    Google Invests $80 Million in 6 New Solar Projects

    November marks another month and another substantial renewable energy investment for Google. The Web company has plans to invest $80 million in six solar facilities under construction in California and Arizona. The announcement comes a little more than a month after Google invested $103 million in Silver Ridge Power’s 265.7-megawatt (MW) Mount Signal Solar project. To date, […]

    Light Rail Benefits Economy and Environment—Why Oppose It?

    Light Rail Benefits Economy and Environment—Why Oppose It?

    By Rob Perks Photo courtesy of Shutterstock I recently returned from a transportation conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on the economic benefits of building a light rail system to connect the Triangle region (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). The event—dubbed the “Transit Makes $ense” summit—was organized by the area’s leading “good growth” advocacy group WakeUP Wake County. The event featured more than 250 […]

    Colombian Community Builds Renewable Technologies for a Sustainable Future

    Colombian Community Builds Renewable Technologies for a Sustainable Future

    By Laurie Guevara-​Stone The plains of eastern Colombia are a tough land—the haunt of drug trafficking, guerilla warfare, and paramilitary groups; a place where the soil is so poor everyone said nothing could grow. Paolo Lugari, the founder of the 200-person community of Gaviotas, believed otherwise. In the face of adversity, he built a thriving, self-sustaining […]

    Facebook to Power Data Center With Wind

    Facebook to Power Data Center With Wind

    The world’s largest social network has joined the likes of Google and Apple as the latest tech company to use renewable energy to power a data center. Facebook announced today that its Altoona, IA data center will be fully powered by wind by early 2015 when construction is complete and the center is operational. The power […]

    Brad Pitt’s Foundation Embraces Green Building and Solar Energy

    Brad Pitt’s Foundation Embraces Green Building and Solar Energy

    Brad Pitt’s foundation on Saturday brought sustainability and green building to an area of Kansas City that struggles with high unemployment and crime rates. Make It Right, Pitt’s six-year-old green building organization, cut the ribbon on Bancroft School Apartments, a former school building that now contains 50 LEED Platinum certified rental units under a solar roof with […]