Building Electrification: Why is it Such a Hot Topic in Efficiency?

greentechmedia.com, June 5, 2020. Buildings were first electrified nearly 150 years ago. So, why is it that “building electrification” is now among the energy industry’s most popular buzzwords? Most buildings run on multiple fuels. They use electricity to power lights, refrigerators and electronic devices. And they consume fossil fuels such as natural gas or propane to power […]

Wind and Solar Markets Require Change for Future Longevity

This article was originally published on greentechmedia.com on May 15, 2020. Dramatic reductions in the cost of wind and solar have led to optimism that they can be primary contributors to low-carbon electricity grids. But there’s an important obstacle to their profitability: revenue decline. Adding wind and solar to the grid tends to reduce electricity prices during the […]

USC Brings Sustainability to Forefront of Athletics Experience

This article was originally published on news.usc.edu on Feb. 27, 2020. On a misty Saturday morning, a giant crane lifted 1,100-pound pallets loaded with solar panels on top of the Galen Center. The heavy lift is a first step toward sustainability for the 14-year-old venue. Unlike many of the University Park Campus’s venerable Romanesque revival […]

Coronavirus Creates Delays in Chinese Solar Industry

This article was originally published on greentechmedia.com The novel coronavirus, a respiratory illness that’s sickened more than 17,000 and killed more than 360 people in China as of Feb. 3, may impact the Chinese-rooted solar energy supply chain, potentially contributing to labor shortages, equipment delays and global price increases. Determining the full impact of the […]

Solar Envelope is the Latest and Greatest for New Netflix Office

This article was written by Jim Paull, ERS Building integrated photovoltaics (or BIPV) are solar PV modules that are also part of the building itself. BIPV can take on different forms, such as windows, roofing, or spandrel (the space between windows in curtain-wall buildings). BIPV is becoming increasingly important as more buildings strive to reduce […]

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Hawaiian Electric Pursues Massive Solar-Plus-Storage Contracts

Written by Emma Foehringer Merchant, greentechmedia.com, January 04, 2019 Hawaiian Electric Announces ‘Mind-Blowing’ Solar-Plus-Storage Contracts “It’s hard to overstate the scale of this announcement.” This week Hawaiian Electric Company sent seven new solar-plus-storage contracts to state regulators. Six come in at record-low prices for the state, under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. The projects, which now […]