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Green Builder Media's March 5, 2015 Vantage Enewsletter

Diogenes’ Dilemma Known as one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy, the ancient Greek, Diogenes, is best remembered for carrying a lamp in the daytime, claiming to be searching for “an honest man.” What kind of luck would he have in today’s world?

Developing North America’s Energy Future

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When you turn your lights on, do you ever wonder where that power comes from? How about when you are cooking dinner or making your morning coffee? What about when you are heating your home on a cold winter night? We often take our lifestyle based on a convenient and abundant supply of energy for granted. We switch our appliances on; drive our cars, use computers and cellphones without giving it a second thought. We use energy every day because it’s essential to our modern way of life. But do you ever wonder where the energy comes from?

Renewables More Attractive Than Ever


Since last summer, the price of a barrel of oil has decreased by more than 50%, from approximately $90 to $45. In the U.S., drivers are rejoicing, saving a total of $630 million per day, but oil producing states like Louisiana are panicked by slumping economies and an uncertain future.

Global Investment in Clean Energy Rises 16% in 2014 - The Minute

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance is reporting that three hundred ten billion dollars was invested globally in green energy last year, a rise of sixteen percent over 2013. That amount almost matches the record total of three hundred seventeen billion, set in 2011. It should be noted that due to decreasing costs, the dollars invested in 2014 bought almost double the clean electricity capacity than in 2011.

White Paper Released for Net-Zero Demonstration Home


Green Builder Media recently released a White Paper on the VISION House Tucson project - a below net-zero energy home with a HERS rating of -17. The home is optimized for performance and includes the most efficient features, materials, and technologies available on the market including products from Rheem, Panasonic, Boral, Johns Manville, Schneider Electric, MI Windows and Doors, Whirlpool, Beam Electrolux, NFPA, Vetrazzo, Kohler, Crossville, Gladiator and O

Turn Any Window into a Solar Panel


IMAGINE AN ORGANIC SUBSTANCE that can be sprayed on to any window in a home--making the window behave like a photovoltaic panel, generating electricity. The technology is real, and according to its creators, it's ready for prime time.

A company called New Energy Technologies (shown here with scientists from the NREL) claims to have successfully developed and tested such a coating, Their SolarWindow prototypes so far look very promising.

EPA’s McCarthy, HUD’s Castro at Solar Energy Home Builds for Low-Income Families in D.C.

Projects address national policy issues as industry sets new records.
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - 

Thurs., Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m., Ivy City community, Northeast, Washington, D.C.

Mars Chocolate Australia Goes Solar

Mars Chocolate Australia officially launched its solar installation – Project Stegosaurus – a significant milestone that will help the business deliver on its SiG commitments.
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August 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Mars Chocolate Australia officially launched its solar installation – Project Stegosaurus – a significant milestone that will help the business deliver on its SiG commitments

The Deputy Premier of Victoria, Peter Ryan, and the Mayor of Ballarat, Cr Josh Morris, officiated at the event, which was well attended by Members of Parliament, councillors, industry body representatives, project partners and the media.

Renewable Energy Gains Ground in U.S. and Global Power Picture - The Minute

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California continues to lead the country in the move toward renewable energy sources. Over 20 percent of the state’s electricity is now sourced from renewables by its three biggest utilities. In March of this year, a record level of renewable use was recorded, when utility-scale solar supplied three million homes with 4.5 gigawatts of power, accounting for five percent of the state’s overall electricity demand. This total rises to 17 percent of demand when wind, geothermal, and biomass are counted in the numbers, and to 22 percent when hydropower is included.

Boeing's Enlightening Partnerships (video)

Boeing and NRG Energy team up on a solar project to build a better planet
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Boeing and NRG Energy brought their first solar power plant online in Brawley, Calif., 10 months after the project began.

Six megawatts of power – generated via 25,000 solar panels arranged on 3,100 solar arrays spread across 37 acres -- started feeding the southern California power grid with clean, renewable energy.  Engineers supporting the project say the new solar farm, known as “Community,” can power 2,200 average homes at full capacity.


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