NREL examines solar policy pathways for states

The following report from NREL concerning issues in state solar energy policies should prove timely and useful to those involved with commercial and residential renewable energy products. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the NREL research team was able to contextualize the impact of various solar policies on photovoltaic…

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New and Very Practical Art Forms: Buildings on the Cheap

One of the most popular places to visit at GBE concerns buildings on the cheap, the remarkably alluring Hobbit-like house Wales residents Simon and Jasmine Dale built into a hillside using a hodgepodge of used and organic materials.  Their estimated cost for the entire project came in at less than $5,000. This was a tremendous accomplishment for a young couple with two children and very little money, a reality that is all too familiar to a significant sample of our population.…

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New Book: “Making Better Buildings”

Chris Magwood’s comprehensive book concerning sustainable construction for homeowners and contractors has just been released by New Society Publishers. For those wanting to know more, here are some comments: “Making Better Buildings is essential reading for home builders, owner-builders, or anyone interested in hiring a contractor to build their dream green home. This book is full of useful, up-to-date, cutting edge information and is amazingly thorough and easy to read. It will help readers make the best decisions possible regarding…

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SolarWorld Has Injected $1.5 Billion into U.S. Economy since 2008

Positive Impact on U.S manufacturing In a vivid illustration of domestic manufacturing’s potent impact on the U.S. economy, SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, announced today that it purchased more than $1.46 billion in goods and services from other American manufacturers and employers between 2008 and 2013. This industrial wellspring of business for suppliers, shippers and professional service providers highlights solar manufacturing’s demonstrated “multiplier effect” in creating jobs, filling factories and fueling investment nationwide. In…

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