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The Sustainability Edge in Real Estate Investing

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by Kimberly Ryan, Senior Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo Private Bank

Commercial real estate can have a significant impact on the environment and an increasing number of real estate industry professionals are incorporating sustainability practices into corporate strategy and building management. Kimberly Ryan, Portfolio Manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Social Impact Investing (SII) REIT strategies offers her thoughts on the benefits of integrating sustainability and ESG analysis into the REIT investment process.

Innovation Gets in the Weeds Under Solar Panels

College students in Florida design robots to cut grass beneath hard-to-reach solar panels
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Solar power plants provide many benefits but at least one perpetual challenge: How do you keep grass under the panels from growing too high?

Mowers with traditional blades can damage equipment. Hand-held weed-whackers are a labor-intensive solution. Even the sheep tried at one small site behaved unreliably.

So why not innovate and let engineers-to-be address this question for college credit?

Green Mountain Energy Adds Solar Energy at Three Texas State Parks

Sustainability Partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Brings More Than 67 Kilowatts of Renewable Energy across Texas
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GLEN ROSE, Texas, April 18, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Green Mountain Energy and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) today announced the completion of solar installations at three state parks across Texas as part of their long-standing sustainability partnership.

Park visitors can now experience the benefits of solar energy whether they are comparing shoe sizes to actual dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park, enjoying the spectacular South Texas wildlife at Estero Llano Grande State Park or camping near the Red River at Eisenhower State Park.

Major Businesses Call on International Trade Commission to Reconsider Solar Tariff

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October 25, 2017 /3BL Media/ - In a letter sent today, major businesses are calling on the head of the International Trade Commission to reconsider its recommendation to impose a tariff or trade restrictions on imported solar products, citing the potential impacts on U.S. businesses and homeowners.

LG Unveils Its Highest Power Residential Solar Module with Enhanced Performance

LG NeON R delivering now for residential installation
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LAS VEGAS, September 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ - LG Electronics brings its most powerful and energy efficient solar module technology to Solar Power International in the form of the LG NeON®R. The new residential module, available in the US this month, creates a system with seamless installation and use, improved temperature coefficient and heightened visual appeal making it an all-around win for energy-conscious homeowners.

LG Residential and Commercial Solar Panels Combine Performance, Convenience

Advanced LG Solar Solutions on Display at SPI 2017 Outperform the Competition with Innovation, Reliability
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LAS VEGAS, September 11, 2017 /3BL Media/ - LG Electronics USA is bringing a diverse range of solar products to Solar Power International 2017 to showcase its lineup of high-power and advanced integrated technologies catering to both the residential and commercial markets.

“The solar market is very diverse and each homeowner or business has a different need. LG is committed to providing reliable, durable, easy to install and sleek solar panels to any application,” said Stephen Hahm, vice president and head of LG Electronics USA’s Energy Solutions business.

Want Solar Energy? New NC Law Makes It Easier for You

New customer offerings, rebates and a whole lot more solar highlight law
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Renewable energy and consumers will benefit from a new law in North Carolina to increase the amount of solar energy in the state.

The “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina” law signed recently by Gov. Roy Cooper positions the state for continued solar growth while saving customers money.

International Convention Center Sydney (ICC Sydney) Awarded U.S. Green Building Council Certification

AEG’s ICC Sydney Receives LEED® Gold Certification in Sustainability
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LOS ANGELES, July 25, 2017 /3BL Media/ – AEG’s International Convention Center Sydney (ICC Sydney), Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the preeminent rating system for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

LG Solar Launches Sleek Residential Panels with Enhanced Performance

LG NeON® is the Only Module of its Kind, with 30 Busbars on the Rear of the Unit, Boosting Aesthetics and Efficiency
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 13, 2017 /3BL Media/  LG Electronics USA debuted a first of its kind LG NeON®R, 60-cell solar panel for residential installation, with back contact this week at Intersolar 2017. The newly released technology, with all electrodes on the rear side, creates a panel with polished aesthetics, improved temperature coefficient and heightened visual appeal making for an all-around win for energy efficient customers.

Higher Efficiency in Any Environment, Without Sacrificing Aesthetics

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