FROM THE EDITOR
Growth in Solar Power Use by Corporations Spotlights Financial Sense
A new scorecard from the Solar Energy Industries Association delivers a high grade to the corporate adoption of solar power in the U.S. The top 25 corporate users of solar have more than doubled their capacity over the past two years. Eight of the top 13 companies on the list are big box retailers, led by Walmart, and including Costco, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Target, IKEA, Staples, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Others who made the grade are tech leaders (Apple, Intel, AT&T) and car companies (Volkswagen, Toyota, GM). This explosive growth is fueled by a basic business dynamic: costs to install commercial photovoltaic systems have dropped by more than 45 percent since 2012, and electricity rates have risen by more than 20 percent in the past 10 years. Sounds like bottom line fundamentals are making a profitable business case for renewable energy.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Green building is more than just a development trend. It involves a range of environmental aspects such as emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, temperature moderation, and waste reduction. Greenbuild 2014, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, which began in New Orleans, highlights these aspects and showcases the latest technologies and innovations in sustainable building.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Common Cause, a U.K. based charity, is a brilliant and simple idea: is the first crowdfunding site that allows people to work directly with individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them build micro-enterprises, and financial independence. The organisation simply cuts out the middleman so people can work directly with entrepreneurs and see the difference they are making to their lives.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – According to the World Water Development Report 2014, an estimated 768 million people worldwide remain without access to an improved source of water. The number of people whose right to water is not satisfied is as high as 3.5 billion. In the wake of depleting drinking water resources globally, it has become critically important to raise awareness and implement efficient water resource management projects to serve a growing world population.