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US solar panel installation levels soar, though few are made in US
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Despite years of very slow progress, deployment of solar panels systems by home owners and especially businesses have soared in 2012, but the predicted benefits to U.S. manufacturing have not be realized, as pricing is in the toilet globally. Estimates are that some 2500 megawatts of solar panel energy production capacity will be installed in the U.S. by year's end. That's as much as was deployed in the full decade of 2001 to 2010, and by one measure is equal to the electricity production capacity of two nuclear power plants. More

Industries consumed more than 30 percent of US energy in 2011
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The U.S. industrial sector was responsible for more than 30 percent of total U.S. energy consumption in 2011. While the term "industrial sector" may sound remote to the general public, its impact on daily life is highlighted by the wide range of industrial activities represented by the products and equipment found at a local supermarket. The chart above shows energy consumption for individual industries in 2011: non-energy-intensive manufacturing, energy-intensive manufacturing and non-manufacturing. More

UC Merced seeks ideas for sustainable buildings
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A global sustainable architecture competition is being used by the University of California-Merced to design its next buildings. "Architecture at Zero 2012" is a competition in which student and professional participants from around the world are invited to design examples of a new administration or student housing building and a district energy plan using the principles of zero net energy use. To date, all of the UC Merced buildings have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as meeting LEED standards. More

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Report: Two-thirds of solar panels installed worldwide in 2011 were in Europe
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While the U.S. prepares to hand over $197 million in government funding to solar power startup SoloPower, a new report from the European Union's Joint Research Centre indicates that the vast majority of solar panels installed worldwide in 2011 were placed in Europe. Two-thirds of solar panels — 18.5 gigawatts — were installed in Europe last year, a project that totaled roughly $84 billion and grew Europe's solar photovoltaic industry by an average of more than 40 percent annually. More

Green building benefits 'need better documentation'
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Wider financial, environmental and social benefits need to be documented for green building if it is to maintain the growth seen in the past decade, according to research by McGraw-Hill Construction. For "Determining the Value of Green Building Investments: A Perspective From Industry Leaders on Triple Bottom Line Decision Making," McGraw-Hill conducted interviews with sustainability leaders from the education, health care, retail, manufacturing and federal government sectors on their perspectives about decision making for green building investments. It found that the most important factor driving green building is return on investment. More

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Google using wind to power Oklahoma data center
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Google Inc. announced it has agreed to buy 48 megawatts of wind power from the Grand River Dam Authority for its Mayes County, Okla., data center. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Google will purchase electricity from the authority's share of the 300-megawatt Canadian Hills Wind project. More

When choosing an HVAC system, first consider your space and needs
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When you're remodeling your home it seems that there's an endless list of design and decor choices to consider. At the end of the day, your decisions often revolve around helping your home put its best face forward. You might choose hardwood floors because of how they'll look when the sunlight hits them in a well-lit room. Or perhaps you opt for a vibrant color on an accent wall in a room that doesn't get a lot of light. Selecting your HVAC system is no different: You want the one that functions the best in your home and meets your needs for comfort. More


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