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As 2014 comes to a close, AFE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of AFE Weekly Headlines, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 6.


Map: Here's where solar power will be huge
Business Insider
From Oct. 14: Rooftop solar power is a great way for individuals to save money and achieve energy independence. But for solar power to take off on a larger scale, it's going to take a lot more than a few panels on rooftops. We'll need solar farms — huge arrays of solar panels capable of capturing and distributing massive amounts of energy.
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Salt's role in building damage identified
BUILDINGS
From Sept. 16: The potentially caustic effects of salt accumulation on buildings are well-documented. However, researchers at the Institute for Building Materials at ETH Zurich and Princeton University recently found that certain conditions and types of salt can have an increased impact on the type and scope of damage that occurs.
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Stacking the deck: A way to double the efficiency of solar cells is about to go mainstream
The Economist
From Feb. 25: 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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US Army to construct largest solar array ye
BUILDINGS
From April 22: The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25 percent of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
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New map shows explosive growth of US wind energy
Weather Underground
From April 1: New York and many other cities across the U.S., you're likely to have access to a program that will allow your home to be powered with wind energy through your local utility, reducing your home's reliance on climate-changing fossil fuels for electricity. But where are the wind farms that produce that energy?
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How to save commercial building's energy during winter
EDC Magazine
From Jan. 21: With the temperatures dropping to single digit in several parts of the country, it's almost impossible for employees to work in an office building without proper heating and insulation. Whether you are the building owner, the facility manager or simply the outside contractor performing custodial tasks, there are few things that you should consider implementing during this winter in order to save you money and energy.
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Solar power gets a boost from Google
BUILDINGS
From Aug. 26: One of the major hurdles to maximizing the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy such as solar or wind may soon be a thing of the past — the power inverters that solar panels rely on to convert DC power to usable AC power could be shrinking dramatically.
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Solar on a grand scale: Big power plants coming online in the West
The Washington Post
From Jan. 21: Tower One glows white, so bright against the pale blue sky that even at mid-afternoon in the Mojave Desert it would be easy to conclude that it is designed to illuminate the valley floor below. In fact, hundreds of thousands of glittering mirrors, carefully arranged across a broad swath of desert, reflect sunlight upward onto the tower and two others like it, heating them to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and causing the glow. Water in big pipes atop the towers turns to steam. The steam spins turbines, which generate electricity.
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Engineers invent high-tech mirror to beam heat away from buildings into space
Stanford University via Nanowerk News
From Dec. 2: Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings, even on sunny days, by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into space. A team led by electrical engineering professor Shanhui Fan and research associate Aaswath Raman reported this energy-saving breakthrough in the journal Nature.
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EPA to restrict ozone-depleting refrigerants
BUILDINGS
From Oct. 28: In keeping with the goals set in President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, the EPA has issued a new rule that puts tight restrictions on the production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons that is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The new production levels are the lowest ever allowed, and the rule also proposes a complete phase-out of the materials within the next five years.
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