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Report: Price of US solar PV systems declines rapidly
EDC Magazine
The annual PV cost-tracking report "Tracking the Sun" by Berkely Lab shows installed price of solar photovoltaic power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2012 and through the first half of 2013.
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Study: Life-cycle costing critical in intelligent business industry
EDC Magazine
As the building technologies market strides toward optimizing intelligent building investments by managing end-user experiences, energy efficiencies, and monitoring and maintenance of assets, life-cycle costing proves of paramount importance. Through collaborative research between the Continental Automated Buildings Association and Frost & Sullivan, findings show that cost evaluations are not the industry norm; instead, purchases are most often based on the lowest costs and relationships with past vendors. Despite this, industry participants agree the use and adoption of LCC as a valid prerequisite for building technology purchases is a key benchmark in the years to come.
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With an 'all-out' federal renewable energy strategy, how long before we could be 100 percent renewably powered?
Probably 20 to 30 years to get to 70 to 80 percent, but 80 years to get the last 20 to 30 percent. Let's clarify that the assumption here is that the United States actually decides to do this per the hypothetical. That means that for whatever reason, the politics have shifted massively from where it currently stands. There are a lot of roadblocks to 100 percent renewable energy, but relatively few toward mostly renewable energy — assuming you've solved the politics problem. Here's what you need.
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US solar capacity increased tenfold since 2007
The Coloradoan
U.S. capacity to generate solar energy has tripled since 2010 and increased tenfold since 2007, according to a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Environment America. Despite the increases, America gets less than 1 percent of its electricity from solar power, but the rapid growth is heartening to solar supporters.
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Wind farms take root out at sea
The New York Times
In a warehouse district on the outskirts of Bremen in northwestern Germany is a big, well-lighted work space dominated by the massive top section of a wind turbine called a nacelle. It is here that Siemens, the German power systems giant, trains new employees and gives refresher courses on how to work safely on modern windmills that can rise 90 meters, or about 300 feet, and weigh more than 100 tons.
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FM issue: Cool down
Today's Facility Manager
Cool roofs are a simple and effective approach to lowering the cooling energy loads of buildings and for increasing occupant comfort. By reflecting solar radiation, cool roofs reduce the amount of sunlight that is absorbed as heat in a building. As a result, the need to control indoor air temperatures with air conditioning systems decreases, which in turn lowers energy bills.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Smart glass blocks heat or light at flick of a switch (Nature)
With US-made panels, White House goes solar — again (The Christian Science Monitor)
China to invest in energy saving industries to tackle pollution (The Guardian)
The benefit of recertifying green buildings (By Kevin Stover)

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