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Solar power morphs into cones and more
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All of a sudden everyone seems to be getting funky with the solar cells. From glass for balconies to spinning cells shaped like ice cream cones, solar power is looking slicker and holding more promise than ever. A Los Angeles-based company called V3Solar just made a splash with designs for sapphire blue "Spin Cells" that it says can produce 20 times more electricity than traditional flat, static photovoltaic panels. A cone containing triangular PV cells spins underneath a static shell lens to concentrate the solar power, Ubergizmo's Latif Salman explained. More

Miami launches green building resource center
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The city of Miami has converted a former fire station in western Little Havana into a resource center for homeowners and builders to learn about green, or sustainable, building practices. Funded by the 2009 stimulus package and by the Home Depot Foundation, the center officially is called the Miami Green Lab. More

Massachusetts wins top spot again for energy efficiency
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Massachusetts is once again No. 1 on a list that ranks states by their energy efficiency initiatives. The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard is compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group advocating energy efficiency policies. This is the sixth year that the group has released a scorecard. And this is the second time that Massachusetts has held the top spot. More

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Sharp develops see-through solar panel for windows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Solar power may hold the promise of free energy from the sun, but the panels used are expensive and do take up a lot of room. Typically they are installed on a roof or filling an area of land next to the building requiring the green energy. But now Sharp is offering up a third option: Solar panels that double as windows. Sharp has managed to develop a solar panel that takes the form of a sheet of glass and only partially blocks light passing through it. That allows it to still generate energy, but also act as a window. More

Walmart unveils wind turbine pilot project at Red Bluff distribution center
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The wind turbine, expected to be operational by this fall, will provide roughly one megawatt of power or 15 to 20 percent of the distribution center's yearly electrical use. The new wind turbine features a tower height (265 feet) and a blade diameter (250 feet) approximately equal to the height of a 20-story building. More

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Warehouse renovation earns LEED platinum status
The Greater Binghampton Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The redeveloped former Lincoln Supply warehouse earned a platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. The 100-year-old, four-story former warehouse was redeveloped into 30,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial and residential space in 2009 and 2010, according to Syracuse University. SU's Near Westside Initiative was a leader of the project, along with the Syracuse Center of Excellence. More

HVAC offers tremendous opportunity
Suffolk News Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Paul D. Camp Community College was established in 1970, opened its Franklin, Va., campus in 1971, and launched its workforce development program roughly 10 years ago. Since the inception of our Regional Workforce Development Center, the college has trained tens of thousands of area residents in a number of highly sought-after fields. These students' collective efforts have given root to the prosperity of the region and also have created life-changing and rewarding experiences for those taking advantage of the college's workforce development service. More


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