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How One TD Leader Made His Home Net Zero Energy

by Peter van Dijk, Senior Vice President, Finance, TD Bank group
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If I'm honest it started as a joke. It was April Fool's Day, and with a straight face I said to the guy who had installed the 40 solar panels on the roof of my home in Oakville, Ontario, that I would now like to have a wind turbine installed. I thought I'd be greeted with a look that said, "This one's a bit of a nutter," but instead Mihai gave me the name of a company that specialized in home wind turbines.

The List: 7 Ways to Incorporate Solar Power Into Your Life

Harness the sun to power a wide range of things you use every day.
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It’s free, it’s easily accessible, and its production is clean… it’s surprising that solar power is not more widely used. Advances in technology mean that it’s easier to manufacture solar panels, which makes them more affordable to consumers, and today’s solar panels can harness more energy with a smaller surface space.

Adam Browning: Solar Strides

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The signs of solar power becoming a truly self-sustaining industry are manifold: Solar manufacturing costs fell by between 70 and 80 per cent from 2007 to 2012 while at the same time, the efficiency rates of solar panels continue to improve. But this success has also led to pushback from many of our nation’s utilities.

New Jersey Looks to Boost Renewable Energy, Cut Consumption with New Law

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The New Jersey legislature is at work on a bill that would dramatically increase that state’s reliance on renewable energy to 80 percent while decreasing energy consumption by 30 percent. Both targets would be achieved by 2050. The bill in progress is the work of legislators, energy executives, lobbyists, and other stakeholders, who are concerned that the state is making little progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. New Jersey’s solar sector growth has slowed, and the state’s goal of building 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2020 is far behind schedule.

Honda Smart Home US Offers Vision for Zero Carbon Living and Mobility

Project achieves more than 11 tons of CO2 reduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle
Summary: 
  • Super-efficient “living laboratory” seeks to address two major sources of U.S. CO2 emissions: cars and homes 
  • Project achieves more than 11 tons of COreduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle 
  • Honda home energy management system (HEMS) maximizes the home’s energy efficiency while communicating with the electric utility to improve grid stability 
  • Home surpasses California’s 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction 
  • Member of University of California, Davis community will live in home, drive Honda Fit EV (electric vehicle) 
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  • Super-efficient “living laboratory” seeks to address two major sources of U.S. CO2 emissions: cars and homes 
  • Project achieves more than 11 tons of COreduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle 
  • Honda home energy management system (HEMS) maximizes the home’s energy efficiency while communicating with the electric utility to improve grid stability 
  • Home surpasses California’s 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction 
  • Member of University of California, Davis community will live in home, drive Honda Fit EV (electric vehicle) 

Solar Power’s Future Looks Brighter and Brighter

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In the U.S. solar power continues to lead all categories as the renewable energy mode of choice. Last year, it made up 29 percent of all new electricity capacity, second only to natural gas at 46 percent. In 2014, solar power is projected to grow by another 26 percent, according to GTM, a research firm. The Department of Energy expects solar to provide 27 percent of all electricity in America by 2050, a huge increase from its less than one percent total today.

NRG Solar, Boeing Break Ground on Dandan, Guam’s First Solar Facility

25 megawatt photovoltaic solar installation will supply clean energy to up to 10,000 homes, reduce costly fuel imports
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INARAJAN, Guam, Mar. 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar LLC, and The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), started construction on Dandan, Guam’s first solar power plant. NRG will bring its experience and ingenuity as a solar innovator to this project, proven by the company’s successful development of solutions ranging from the world’s largest solar thermal and photovoltaic facilities to professional sports stadium rooftops to customizable solar canopies.

Renewed Energy for Renewables

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A couple of decades who could have imagined that a gust of wind wafting across a Wyoming plain could power an air conditioner as far off as Southern California? But it very well may be happening soon.

Volkswagen Chattanooga Powers Up Largest Solar Park In Tennessee

Think Blue. Factory: 9.5 Megawatt solar system to provide 12.5 per-cent of electric energy to Volkswagen’s LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing plant in Chattanooga
Summary: 

• Biggest solar installation at a U.S. auto factory is going into operation
• Think Blue. Factory: 9.5 Megawatt solar system to provide 12.5 per-cent of electric energy to Volkswagen’s LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing plant in Chattanooga
 
• Silicon Ranch, Phoenix Solar partner to build and operate Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park

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• Biggest solar installation at a U.S. auto factory is going into operation
• Think Blue. Factory: 9.5 Megawatt solar system to provide 12.5 per-cent of electric energy to Volkswagen’s LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing plant in Chattanooga
 
• Silicon Ranch, Phoenix Solar partner to build and operate Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park

Solar Power Attracts Unlikely Supporters -Energy Minute for January 27, 2014

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January 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The growth of solar power is attracting some unlikely supporters and creating some unusual alliances. Conservatives, Tea Party activists, and free market libertarians are joining with progressives and environmentalists to address economic issues raised by the increasing adoption of solar power.

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