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What Does Warren Buffett See in Solar?

What Does Warren Buffett See in Solar? | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to see inside Warren Buffett's head. One of the world's most successful investors, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is a rock star among those who check the markets before their breakfast.
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If #warrenbuffett views solar as an investment what should that tell the public?

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The Future of Green Building May Be Closer than You Think

The Future of Green Building May Be Closer than You Think | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it

Buildings that consume no outside energy are being developed today -- with existing technology. So much innovative work has been done in green building that a growing number of people are now shifting their focus from means to ends. Their goal: Create buildings that generate as much energy as they need to operate, called net-zero energy buildings (NZEB). Efforts to achieve NZEB are underway in all sectors -- government, academia, the military, not-for-profits and business -- and at all scales: residential, community and commercial. While it is still early days, the results have been impressive.
http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=3247


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Stunning Satellite Images of Earth

Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years.

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good day Sir, pls need help on fixing scan line errors on lansat7 ETM images from 2003 using for example ArcMap9.3 or ENVI4.5 or.........thank you so much
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summer work KQ2 key concepts: remote sensing, deforestation, desertification, land use, geospatial

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Great images!

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What is Net Zero? Net-Zero Energy Consumption & Zero Energy Homes | Net Zero USA

What is Net Zero? Net-Zero Energy Consumption & Zero Energy Homes | Net Zero USA | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
According to the Department of Energy, anything that is using 60-70 percent less than a conventional home or business falls under their category of Net Zero.
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Lansing, MI installs solar EV charging station good for 300,000 emission-free miles

Lansing, MI installs solar EV charging station good for 300,000 emission-free miles | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
Lansing, MI, just had solar powered charging stations installed to power a municipal utility's electric vehicle fleet.

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The city of Lansing, MI, will reduce emissions and save money on its electric bill by going solar. Lansing celebrated Earth Day with the installation of a five-kilowatt solar carport, called "Energy Parking," supplied by Italian company Giulio Barbieri S.p.A. and its Canadian partner renewz sustainable solutions inc.

The installation of the solar charging station at the riverside City Market will generate enough renewable energy to recharge the plug-in vehicle fleet of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, the municipal utility that provides electricity and water to the residents of Lansing. It's projected to reducing Lansing's greenhouse gas emissions by more than 115 tons and power about 300,000 miles of clean driving over the next 25 years.

The EV charging station was developed by renewz with chargers by Eaton and solar panels by SILFAB Americas; LED lighting and highly visible side and top banners were also installed. The modular aluminum structure was designed with Michigan weather in mind. The structure is 100 percent waterproof and fully wind, snow and seismic code compliant.

Giulio Barbieri, founder of his company based in Ferrara, Italy, thinks the Lansing installation places his company in a strong position to serve the growing renewable energy market in the US. Sass Peress, CEO of renewz, says the solar canopy was built in the city that will soon assemble the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid and demonstrates how municipalities can power fleets sustainably.

Lansing's solar chargers might offer a solution to the city of Watertown, NY. City Attorney Robert Slye recently determined that installing charging stations in a municipal parking lot would be unconstitutional. New York state's comptroller issued the same opinion to the city of Ogdensburg, NY. It looks like New York and its municipalities may not allow public charging projects unless users can be charged for the electricity. Perhaps creating free electricity from solar power could be a win-win situation for New York?

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Companies: what is your unique contribution to a sustainable future?

Companies: what is your unique contribution to a sustainable future? | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
To secure a sustainable future, companies must identify their unique contribution and embed it into their business models, writes Alan Knight

 

One of my earliest memories is of the moon landing in 1969. Then, as now, you could make a case for it as representing one of the most impressive feats of collective human endeavour. Putting a man on the moon within a decade was a goal, set by President John F Kennedy, in 1961. When that goal was announced, no one knew how it was going to be achieved. It was a huge, visible target, literally hanging in the sky.


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Solar Photovoltaic Module Revenues to Rebound to $32 Billion by 2017, According to NPD Solarbuzz

Solar Photovoltaic Module Revenues to Rebound to $32 Billion by 2017, According to NPD Solarbuzz | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it

Solar photovoltaic (PV) industry module revenues are forecast to decline 20% in 2013 to $20.5 billion from $25.5 billion in 2012. While revenues will remain below 2012 levels during 2013 and 2014, they are set to increase from 2015 onward. According to the NPD Solarbuzz 2013 Marketbuzz report, PV module revenue is expected to reach $32 billion by 2017.


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California Has More Solar Jobs Than Actors : Greentech Media

California Has More Solar Jobs Than Actors : Greentech Media | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
How does your state rank in solar jobs? (RT @algore: There are now more solar jobs in CA than actors. In TX, there are more solar workers than ranchers.
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What is the Difference between Net-Zero and Off-Grid Living? | Net Zero USA

What is the Difference between Net-Zero and Off-Grid Living? | Net Zero USA | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
If you've considered eliminating your power bill, you may have wondered where to start and thought to yourself, “What is the difference between net-zero and off-grid living?” You are not alone in asking this question.
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Top 10 Cities with the Greenest Homes

Top 10 Cities with the Greenest Homes | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it

San Francisco and Washington D.C. are two of the country's 10 cities with the greenest homes. The newly released analysis covered each city's overall carbon dioxide emissions and the number of homes for sale with green features or ratings. 

 

Sustainable features included solar panels, low-flow faucets, dual-pane windows, Energy Star-labeled appliances, LEED certification, and new construction by green builders.

Visit the article link for further information about each top-10 city’s green initiatives.


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This real-estate service provides homeowners with quality homes through a service that adheres to providing excellent customer quality.

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More and more cities are starting to realize how important it is ti be eco friendly
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Energy Efficiency Stocks Rally on Shaheen-Portman Bill - Alternative Energy Stocks

Energy Efficiency Stocks Rally on Shaheen-Portman Bill - Alternative Energy Stocks | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
Alternative Energy Stocks Energy Efficiency Stocks Rally on Shaheen-Portman Bill Alternative Energy Stocks While the chance for broad energy reform to come out of our dysfunctional and divided Congress are slim, there is one area of broad agreement...
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Solar Energy Prices Continue Falling - The Energy Collective

Solar Energy Prices Continue Falling - The Energy Collective | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the price of solar has been dropping. A new Tracking the Sun report from the Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) confirms the trend: solar keeps getting cheaper.
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Homeowners Save on Electric Bill, Living and Driving on Sunshine

Homeowners Save on Electric Bill, Living and Driving on Sunshine | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
Hopkins Family Salt Lake City, Utah Testimonial from Sun Power “ It works a lot better than people think and it’s not as expensive as you think. I like to compare it to a kitchen remodel that pays ...
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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost? | Solar Energy USA

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost? | Solar Energy USA | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
If you are like most home owners considering purchasing a solar panel system for your home, your main question is likely related to how much solar energy costs.
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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s a Solar Powered Plane! | Solar Energy USA

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s a Solar Powered Plane! | Solar Energy USA | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
The team at Solar Impulse is taking solar power to a whole new level. A deep-blue array of 12,000 silicon solar cells stretches across the plane's more than 60-meter wingspan, which is nearly as long as a Boeing 747’s.
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Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach historic high of 400ppm

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach historic high of 400ppm | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii have registered atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 400ppm, highs unseen for over 3 million years.

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Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii registered atmospheric concentrations of CO2 at 400 ppm. Creative Commons: 2008

Scientists at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii have confirmed that the heat-trapping greenhouse gases in our atmosphere have reached unprecedented levels, unseen for more than 3 million years.

New data released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) have passed the ominous milestone of 400 parts per million (ppm).

Professor Ralph Keeling from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii said:

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Is the Sun the Only Thing Powerful Enough to Unite Democrats and Republicans?

Is the Sun the Only Thing Powerful Enough to Unite Democrats and Republicans? | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
Renewable energy has recently garnered unlikely support from bipartisan legislators. (Can the sun unite us?
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Climate change is simple: David Roberts at TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege

David Roberts is staff writer at Grist.org. In "Climate Change is Simple" he describes the causes and effects of climate change in blunt, plain terms. On Apr...

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Just what you do not want the hear

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Case Study – Home Solar Panel Installation Leads to 115% Savings! | Solar Energy USA

Case Study – Home Solar Panel Installation Leads to 115% Savings! | Solar Energy USA | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
After analyzing the home owners' power bills and talking about different home energy improvement packages, a 22 panel solar array was determined to be the best solution to both maximize solar tax credits and cover a majority of energy costs.
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Neighbors Helping Neighbors be Energy Efficient in NC - Public News Service - Public News Service

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - As temperatures begin to rise, so do the utility bills of North Carolina residents as they try to cool their home.
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Think outside the fuse box: Unique energy-saving home improvements - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Think outside the fuse box: Unique energy-saving home improvements - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Net Zero USA | Scoop.it
Think outside the fuse box: Unique energy-saving home improvements Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (BPT) - You've replaced your home's 20-year-old windows with new, Energy Star-rated models, upgraded to electricity-sipping appliances and there's not a...
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