South Pacific island running entirely on solar power

South Pacific island running entirely on solar power

A remote tropical island has catapulted itself into the future by ditching diesel and powering all homes and businesses with the scorching South Pacific sun. Using more than 5,000 solar panels and 60 Tesla power packs, the tiny island of...

Report shows cost reductions, rapid deployment of clean energy technologies

Report shows cost reductions, rapid deployment of clean energy technologies

A new U.S. Department of Energy report highlights the accelerated deployment of five clean energy technologies: wind turbines, solar technologies for both utility-scale and distributed photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicles (EVs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Revolution…Now is annually updated and describes...

Solar-powered Singapore university building to produce as much energy as it consumes

Solar-powered Singapore university building to produce as much energy as it consumes

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has broken ground on its first net-zero energy building that will use solar panels and energy-efficient systems to produce as much energy as it consumes. Designed by international office Serie Architects in collaboration with...

Effort underway to make old D.C. condo building more eco-friendly

Condos produce some of the highest levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States each year, experts say. Constructing a building using sustainable energy sources is probably the most sensible way to go to try to reduce a carbon...

MassMutual earns environmental stewardship gold

The headquarters for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual) has been awarded LEED gold using the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system, the company announced. The building previously achieved LEED silver in recognition of the company's ongoing progress with its...

Energy Department invests $21 million to speed solar adoption, maximize benefits for states

The Energy Department will invest $21.4 million for 17 new projects to help reduce the "soft costs" commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting and connecting to the grid. As more U.S. consumers turn toward renewable energy each...

Green mosque earns prestigious award

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has given its prestigious platinum award to the Badriya Juma Masjid in Kundapur, India. The award has been given under a specially introduced category, IGBC Green Place of Worship, in recognition of the mosque’s...

Town boasts South Africa's first solar-powered airport

Town boasts South Africa's first solar-powered airport

Africa is redefining the meaning of the phrase "world's best airport" as its new airport boasts of being the first solar-powered airport in the continent. The airport in George, South Africa, a town with 150,000 residents, is slowly being recognized...

New Yorkers soon can tap solar energy for their apartments

New Yorkers soon can tap solar energy for their apartments

Soon, renters or other New Yorkers who want renewable energy but aren’t able install their own solar panels will be able to purchase electricity from neighboring solar projects. Under the new model, known as “community shared solar," installation developers will...

Honeywell's headquarters a gold facility

Honeywell's headquarters a gold facility

Honeywell’s corporate headquarters has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health...

Cheesemaker installs California's largest privately owned dairy solar array

Cheesemaker installs California's largest privately owned dairy solar array

Joseph Gallo Farms, maker of Joseph Farms Cheese, has unveiled a new 2-megawatt (MW) solar array, the largest privately owned system ever installed on a California dairy, according to a press release. The fixed-array system supplies renewable energy on-site for...

L'Oréal USA developing major solar projects in Ark., Ky.

Scenic Hill Solar is partnering with L'Oréal USA to develop two large-scale commercial solar projects in North Little Rock, Ark., and Florence, Ky., according to a press release. The Kentucky site will be a 1.5-megawatt DC solar power plant, making...

Energy Department launches $30 million effort to improve solar module materials

The U.S. Department of Energy plans a new Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortium, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMat) National Lab Consortium led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), according to a press release. DuraMat is designed to accelerate the...

Environmental center to produce more energy than it uses

Environmental center to produce more energy than it uses

The solar panels shading the parking lot at the new Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh are expected to generate about 150,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year, approximately 10,000 kilowatt hours more than the building is expected to use. The...

Ky. celebrates eco-friendly hospitality

Ky. celebrates eco-friendly hospitality

USGBC Kentucky recently celebrated certification of the first newly constructed LEED hotel in the state, according to a release. Hampton Inn & Suites Owensboro–Waterfront owner Malcolm Bryant was commended for recognizing the changing trend in consumer behavior, seizing upon it,...

First net zero townhome development going up in Tempe

Wealth development firm Caliber has broken ground on a 32-unit net zero energy townhome community in Tempe, Ariz., according to a release. The new community, called The Roosevelt, is considered the city’s first green solar townhome development designed to achieve...

Pebble-shaped office building adds icon of sustainability to Taipei

Pebble-shaped office building adds icon of sustainability to Taipei

Taipei’s skyline is best known for Taipei 101 — the world’s tallest green building — but another sculptural building will soon hold its own as the city’s latest icon of sustainability. International architecture firm Aedas is nearing completion on Lè...

Solar central to Sainsbury’s sustainability plan as supermarket tests battery storage

Solar central to Sainsbury’s sustainability plan as supermarket tests battery storage

Commercial rooftop solar is a crucial element to UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s sustainability plans, the company says. Now, it is experimenting with battery storage technologies. Speaking to Solar Power Portal for its ongoing ‘Cracking the Commercial Rooftop Market’ campaign, the...

New solar-powered Massachusetts college center epitomizes green building

New solar-powered Massachusetts college center epitomizes green building

Hampshire College's new R.W. Kern Center in Massachusetts is about as sustainable as a building can be, according to the website Inhabitat.

First green school opens in Palestinian town

The $1.3 million Aqqaba Secondary Girls School, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is the first eco-friendly school in the West Bank and Gaza. USAID and the Palestinian Education Ministry initiated the idea, closely working together until...

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