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Rice University's Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden Blossoms With Sustainability and Solar Upgrades

Thanks to Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, the holistic garden at Rice University flips the switch on a new off-grid solar solution, greenhouse, rainwater collection system and more
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HOUSTON, May 4, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Today, Rice University’s gardening community celebrates a solar upgrade and improvements at the Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden, a place where anyone can learn how to improve their quality of life and neighborhoods through gardening. Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, a program created by renewable electricity provider Green Mountain Energy to advance sustainability in the community, awarded a $77,000 sustainability grant to make the garden self-powered with an on-site solar array, greenhouse, rainwater harvesting and composting systems.

Dazzling Solutions for a Sunnier Future

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Coming up with a bright, innovative idea is hard enough. Breaking through with that idea and making it a reality can be harder still.

That has been the experience of the solar industry in China. With a decline of state subsidies in recent years, tapping the potential of solar power stations to increase their capacity and efficiency to compensate for the reduction in subsidies has been a key focus for the country’s power industry.

Grow Pittsburgh Builds New Greenhouses and Agricultural Hub in Wilkinsburg

Green Mountain Energy Sun Club provides funding for greenhouses, renovations for agricultural hub and a solar array to offset 100% of the farm’s electricity needs
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PITTSURGH, October 15, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Construction and renovations are set to begin at Grow Pittsburgh’s newest production site, Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery in Wilkinsburg later this month.

Bakers Island Light Station celebrates new solar array and battery system

Green Mountain Energy Sun Club teams up with Essex Heritage for new solar and battery storage system to power 200-year-old lighthouse
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SALEM, Mass., August 25, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Solar panels are becoming an increasingly popular choice for nonprofit organizations looking to reduce their carbon footprint. On Monday, Essex Heritage flipped the switch on a new solar array during a virtual event at Bakers Island Light Station. The system is designed to run their facility on 100 percent renewable energy.

Renewable Energy in Real Estate: Data Centers Lead the Way

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by Sam Adams, VERT Asset Management 

Data centers have made significant investments in energy efficiency, but our insatiable appetite for data continues to grow. Renewable energy can reduce our data’s carbon footprint. 

El Abra, a Freeport-McMoRan Company, Installs Solar Panels for Clean Water System in Rural Chile

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Minera El Abra recently helped nearby residents of Lasana receive cheaper clean water by donating a photovoltaic system that will help reduce residential electric bills.

The plant uses 20 solar panels, which is projected to reduce the electric bills of the residents of the rural town in the northern Antofagasta region of Chile by more than 50 percent.

To learn more about how Freeport-McMoRan supports the communities in which it operates, please visit fcx.com.

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.

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