Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Emerging, Thanks To NZEB Goals

Clean Technica, Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Emerging, Thanks To NZEB Goals, March 2019 Incorporating solar generation in commercial building materials may finally become a mainstream practice, with both solar windows and solar panels used to create net-zero buildings. Evolving regulations in leading jurisdictions like California and Germany are driving the building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) with adoption deadlines as early as next year. The …

The mere act of electrification has a powerful effect on efficiency: electrifying the US economy from carbon free sources will reduce the amount of energy needed by more than half

The Green New Deal: The enormous opportunity in shooting for the moon.  Decarbonizing with massive electrification will bring about a new American abundance. Saul Griffith, Feb 20, 2019 The conversation about a Green New Deal is bold, timely, and necessary. The most important component of the Green New Deal as currently drafted is its commitment to complete decarbonization. That is the destination, the …

With $15-20K installation, homeowners on fuel oil and propane are saving 50% on heating with Dandelion’s geothermal ground source heat pump system

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, March 2019 Have you heard of home geothermal heating and cooling? It’s an energy system that can save homeowners serious money on utility bills. Unfortunately, many people have never heard of home geothermal, or they don’t understand it. A lot of people think it has something to do with capturing heat from volcanoes or geysers.  That …

Zero-Energy Homes: Tunneling Through the (Electrification) Cost Barrier in Cold Climates

RMI found that, in every instance, pursuing ZER homes was more economical than just electrifying space-heating equipment with code-compliant equipment, and in colder climates it actually changed the economics of electrification from being painful to homeowners to being beneficial.   ZE homes told a more interesting economic story. Over the resale timeframe, they performed economically in a fairly similar way to …

Prolonged presence of green space is important: children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors

Growing up in urban environments is associated with risk of developing psychiatric disorders, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Green space can provide mental health benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing …

Net-zero energy homes have arrived — and are shaking up the US housing market

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities just unveiled a new package of incentives for homeowners to give up their oil and gas furnaces in favor of electric heat pumps.  The incentives come under the state’s Mass Save program as part of the its new Three‑Year Energy Efficiency Plan for electric and gas distribution companies. Overall, the plan is expected to save customers …

Public Banking for Infrastructure Finance

By providing counsel, BND helps municipalities with limited knowledge of financial markets or the grant application process to access capital at lower rates and with cheaper transaction costs. Second, to address declining public revenues for infrastructure, BND’s direct low-interest loans allow it to leverage capital on terms that are favorable to the public. Finally, the centralized management of public funds …

The World’s first renewable island – when a community embraces wind power

RapidTransition.org story posted 4 February 2019. See lessons The Danish island of Samsø went from being entirely fossil fuel dependent to becoming the World’s first 100% renewable island, in under a decade. In 1997, the Danish Government launched a competition to develop a model renewable energy community, in order to prove that the country’s Kyoto climate target to reduce carbon emissions …

Just purchased by Shell: sonnen provides virtual power plant and grid balancing services equivalent to two peaker plants, from home energy storage systems

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/15/shell-acquires-sonnen/ excerpt: …The real secret sauce with sonnen is its ability to innovate beyond just the hardware. Building a smart energy storage appliance is neat and noteworthy, but sonnen has demonstrated its ability to innovate beyond the box and has shaken the foundations of the industry with its disruptive innovations in neighborhood energy storage and whole home energy storage that includes smart …