Building Panels Materials Market 2017 – 2021: Top Manufactures, Market Size, Key Venders, Applications – The Iowa DeltaChi


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Building Panels Materials Market 2017 – 2021: Top Manufactures, Market Size, Key Venders, Applications
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Building panels are used to construct the external and internal features of a building. Specific types of panels can be used to insulate the interior parts of a structure. They can be in the form of pre-fabricated concrete blocks or structural

Valley Dining Center to celebrate its LEED Gold certification – WMU News


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Valley Dining Center to celebrate its LEED Gold certification
WMU News
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will recognize the Valley Dining Center's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—LEED—certification during a brief program later this month. The University community is invited to attend and learn …
USGBC Launches LEED Zero Certification for Net-Zero BuildingsARCHITECT Magazine
Middle school in Evans, Colo., receives LEED Gold certificationAmerican School & University

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USGBC Launches LEED Zero Certification for Net-Zero Buildings – ARCHITECT Magazine


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USGBC Launches LEED Zero Certification for Net-Zero Buildings
ARCHITECT Magazine
Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings. “Net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward,” said Melissa Baker, senior

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ForeFront Power develops solar carport, storage system for University of California, Santa Cruz

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The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) has partnered with ForeFront Power to develop a 2-MW solar parking canopy structure plus energy storage system that will provide clean, reliable electricity to the campus over a 20-year term. UCSC procured renewable energy with ForeFront Power through a streamlined procurement process via School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR). By utilizing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) framework with no upfront cost through ForeFront Power and SPURR, the University will benefit from $6 million in electricity savings during the project term.

“We considered a number of options and the partnership for this project was determined to be the most expedient and the best and the cleanest solution,” said Traci Ferdolage, Associate Vice Chancellor of UCSC. “ForeFront Power and SPURR have been very responsive and supportive of the University’s renewable goals.”

The solar parking canopy project will contribute to the University’s Campus Sustainability Plan, which includes the goal of installing 4 MW of solar photovoltaic technology on the main campus. Moreover, this project is part of the campus’ strategy to meet the UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, and partnerships like this project, will be a key component to meet this 2025 goal.1 Over 3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from the project will result in more than 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent avoided from the grid.

In addition to the benefits of on-site solar energy, the project will include 1.2 MW of energy storage to reduce peak demand and shift load to times of day when electricity is cheaper. The intelligent use of energy from the storage units combined with on-site solar energy generation helps maximize clean energy generation and enhance on-site sustainability.

“The inclusion of energy storage increases the value of the on-site solar project to the University,” said Go Mizoguchi, Co-CEO of ForeFront Power. “The University is able to save even more money while incurring no upfront cost.”

Since 2015, the SPURR Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) program and the ForeFront Power team have helped over 20 school districts, colleges, and municipalities procure more than 50 MW of clean solar power across more than 100 sites.

“It is exciting to see our program extended to the UC System at Santa Cruz so that more public organizations can benefit from the saved time, effort, and money by using our procurement process,” said Michael Rochman, Managing Director of SPURR. “SPURR strives to offer clear, fair, and competitively-sourced terms and conditions that allow for easy sourcing.”

ForeFront Power will be working with local Santa Cruz based companies to complete the installation. Together, ForeFront Power and UC Santa Cruz will engage in a phased construction approach to minimize impact on students and faculty. Engineers have already begun working closely with UCSC staff to ensure a safe connection to a complex campus grid that includes a natural gas fueled cogeneration plant.

The schools will also receive free post-secondary level lesson plans from Schools Power, a leading national education organization that provides schools and colleges with standards-based renewable energy curriculum packages. ForeFront Power and Schools Power announced their partnership in July 2017.

— Solar Builder magazine

Freedom Forever expands its residential solar services (and 25-year power guarantee) to Colorado

Colorado solar

Residential solar energy installer Freedom Forever is expanding into Colorado. Currently serving customers in California, Arizona and Nevada, the company says it selected Colorado as its next market because of the large growth potential for solar energy in that state, due to its climate and solar-friendly regulatory environment. With solar energy production expected to reach over 1800 MW in the next five years according to SEIA, Freedom Forever is confident that Colorado is on track to be a leading solar state.

Freedom Forever brings a unique approach to home solar that prioritizes ownership, return on investment and reliable long-term support designed to increase home value. Freedom Forever offers a unique 25-year production guarantee that ensures all installed systems meet or exceed kilowatt hour production for 25 years. As part of this guarantee, Freedom Forever not only services solar systems as needed, but they will also compensate homeowners for non-production.

Recently, Freedom Forever took its customer-centric philosophy one step further with a public commitment to absorb all cost increases that come as a result of recent tariffs on solar panels and power inverters that have raised the overall cost of solar energy systems over the past year. This bold move was taken due to a commitment to ensuring solar affordability, growing the adoption of renewable energy across the United States and continuing to cultivate consumer demand for home solar.

“As Freedom Forever seeks to expand its footprint, Colorado represents one of the most attractive markets for us – a state with the right policies in place to encourage the adoption of solar power, a population looking for green energy solutions and an environment currently underserved by innovative solar installers,” said Jessica Sumikawa, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Freedom Forever. “We look forward to becoming a key part of the next chapter of energy generation in Colorado and helping to foster a market for clean power across the state.”

— Solar Builder magazine