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Stacking the deck: A way to double the efficiency of solar cells is about to go mainstream
The Economist
Sunlight is free, but that is no reason to waste it. Yet even the best silicon solar cells — by far the most common sort — convert only a quarter of the light that falls on them. Silicon has the merit of being cheap: manufacturing improvements have brought its price to a point where it is snapping at the heels of fossil fuels. But many scientists would like to replace it with something fundamentally better.
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GBI launches compliance program for new construction of federal buildings
EDC Magazine
The Green Building Initiative announced the launch of Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction of federal buildings, according to GBI President Jerry Yudelson. This program for assessing building sustainability was developed with extensive input from federal government agencies and is now in use.
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US Air Force scores biggest ever military solar power plant
Clean Technica
It looks like the Air Force wins in terms of military renewable energy projects. The biggest military solar power plant in the US has just been completed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, a 16.4 megawatt installation that is expected to save about $500,000 in electricity costs yearly and provide about 35 percent of the base’s electricity needs.
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Top 10 LEED states of 2013
EDC Magazine
The USGBC released its ranking of the top 10 states for LEED, the world's most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The list highlights the regions around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation. Utilizing less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
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Can solar energy compete with fossil fuels?
By Stefanie Heerwig
Taking more than four years to build and costing $2.5 billion, the Invanpah solar plant opened recently in California. The world's biggest solar plant is estimated to produce as much electricity as a coal- or natural-gas-fired power plant. And with tough renewable portfolio standards like in California, more of these plants are here to come. According to the Edison Electric Institute, such utility-sized solar plants will soon appear across the United States with 232 under construction, in testing or to be granted with permits. One question, however, remains: Can solar compete with fossil fuels in terms of price?
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Singapore ramps up energy-efficient buildings
Today's Facility Manager
Climate change has been a hot topic globally for the last two decades. Worldwide, the building sector is one which has a big bearing on climate change. This is especially so for Singapore, being a highly urbanized and densely built up city where buildings consume 30 percent of the total electricity generated there. Singapore has always been a strong proponent in this area, with initiatives targeting different aspects that impact the cause, such as water and energy conservation, clean technologies development, and sustainable waste solutions. As a small city-state with no natural resources, it is imperative to balance environmental sustainability with economic development.
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On-site wastewater treatment: Turn blackwater into a green opportunity
BUILDINGS
Ready to turn your building into its own waste treatment facility? While greywater and rainwater harvesting are popular conservation strategies, blackwater remains a murky proposition for many properties. Until owners take the plunge, they can be hindered by concerns about odor, safety, performance, and occupant acceptance.
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