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How do Modern Building Designs Promote Energy Efficiency?

While architecture for many years was solely related to the appearance of a building, there have been many changes in recent years. Given the level of environmental awareness that we are all now expected to have, modern architecture is reflective of this. Today’s new buildings are greener and more energy efficient than ever before. We looked at how modern designs promote this new outlook, and what the long-term impacts and results will be.  Location Location No, there isn’t a glut of buildings under construction in a particular part of the world because it has more exposure to sunlight or wind. However, the location of buildings in terms of how they are constructed plays a central role in determining energy efficiency, especially when it comes to relying on solar power. A building that faces the south, for example, can expect to enjoy more natural light than it otherwise would. These buildings can therefore benefit more from solar harnessing, should they engage in it, or a massively reduced energy bill as they wouldn’t rely on artificial light during the day. Material Gains The range of materials used in the construction industry is perhaps the biggest factor when it comes to promoting energy efficiency in new builds. In recent years, products such as ETFE, texlon, and other tensiles have become widely used as designers look to create the most environmentally friendly constructions possible. The benefits that can be enjoyed from such materials is enormous. As well as the environmental positives that lead to a huge reduction in energy usage and costs, they are also great for bringing down the actual construction costs, too. The low weight of most of these also means that the use of metals such as steel and iron has been reduced dramatically, which is another positive step. The Bigger Picture Modern building trends are moving towards completely sustainable constructions, rather than those that may have a solar roof that can heat 50% of a buildings’ water, for example. Today, initiatives such as carbon capture are high on the agenda of designers and scientists, so that any emissions buildings do create can be re-used positively. The growing use of on-site waste and water recycling practices are also combining to make buildings more efficient than ever before, with owners happy to become accountable for their carbon footprint and act accordingly to reduce this. In today’s environmentally conscious world, energy efficiency is regarded as a minimum expectation, and any aesthetic or other benefits that extend from this are seen as a welcome addition. How something looks isn’t the beginning and the end of the debate anymore, which can only be a...

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PV Magazine Quotes Deep Patel, GoGreenSolar.com CEO

Deep Patel, CEO of GoGreenSolar.com, was quoted in PV Magazine’s year-end article along with several top industry executives.  PV Magazine is an independent trade publication that focuses on trends in technology, market developments across the globe, and news related to photovoltaics.  PV Magazine’s article, The 2012 Solar Year in Review and What Lies Ahead in 2013, identified many of the challenges facing the industry, including U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers’ ongoing conflict with China and the resulting plunge of prices for solar panels.  In the article, GoGreenSolar.com CEO, Deep Patel, comments on how some of these challenges could be opening doors: ‘It’s accurate to say that 2012 was rough for solar manufacturers, but business wasn’t as dismal for everyone else,” commented Deep Patel, founder and CEO of GoGreenSolar.com, a West Covina, California-based manufacturer and installer green power systems for both ratepayers and public utilities. He told pv magazine, “The falling price of PV enabled more consumers to go solar, which meant more business for [installers and balance of system producers]. This year also saw both Enphase and SolarCity go public [in the United States]. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be in solar and we’re looking forward to another great year!’ See the original article...

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Warren Buffett Invests in Solar?
Jan09

Warren Buffett Invests in Solar?

Last week, Warren Buffett purchased the largest photovoltaic project to date.  Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy Holding Co. acquired the Antelope Valley Solar Projects from SunPower Corporation for $2 billion- $2.5 billion.  Warren Buffett is one of the wealthiest people on the planet. Located in Los Angeles County and Kern County, the two plants of the Antelope Valley Solar Projects amount to the largest photovoltaic project worldwide:  579 Megawatts.  To give you an idea of how massive this project is, a solar panel used in residential applications might be around 230 Watts. That would mean more than 2,500,000 230 Watt solar panels.  SunPower Corporation, which has been planning the Antelope Valley Solar Projects for the last four years, will develop and operate the plants with MidAmerican.  Construction for the project begins this quarter and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.  During construction, the Antelope Valley Solar Projects are expected to create more than 650 jobs. The low-cost renewable energy will be supplied to Southern California Edison through power purchase agreements, which will help California work towards its energy goals.  “The Antelope Valley Solar Projects mark a historic milestone for the energy industry,” says Howard Wenger of SunPower Corporation. “We are delivering highly reliable low-cost renewable energy at a very large scale. SunPower is proud to partner with MidAmerican Solar and SCE, recognized leaders in clean energy development, bringing critically needed jobs and economic opportunity to California and helping the state achieve its renewable portfolio requirement.”  The subsidiary of Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, MidAmerican Renewables, now holds over 1,830 megawatts of solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro assets.  The Antelope Valley Solar Projects is not only the largest photovoltaic project to date, but it underscores the viability of solar as a practical investment. Having Warren Buffett behind a project like this is definitely a step forward for solar....

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How Much Will Solar Cost You?
Jan09

How Much Will Solar Cost You?

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Looking Back on Solar in 2012

Looking back on the solar in 2012, U.S. manufacturers have struggled to stay afloat amidst the solar trade issues with China, but it wasn’t as bad for the rest of the industry.  Despite the attempt to promote U.S. manufacturing of PV by cracking down on Chinese dumping of solar products below fair market value, Chinese manufacturers found loopholes in the legislation to circumnavigate the tariffs imposed on US imports.  It’s tariffs were put on the cells manufactured in China. Solar cells are manufactured outside of the country, and then assembled into solar panels in China before shipping to the U.S.  This has created all sorts of turmoil for U.S. manufactures and we’re seeing some players start to slip away.    Yet the ongoing drop of prices meant that more people were able to go solar.  Overall, 2012 has been a record year for photovoltaic installations. The third quarter of 2012 saw the installation of 684 megawatts of solar- a 44% growth over last year’s Q3, making it the third largest on record for the United States PV industry.  For more information from SEIA, check this out: U.S. Solar Market Insight: Third Quarter 2012. From the beginning of 2010 to now, the cost of residential solar installations fell 21.8% to around $5.46 per watt, according to GTM Research. The same plummeting prices that have hurt U.S. manufacturers have meant more work for U.S. retailers, third-party financing, inverter manufacturers, and installers. This year, we also witnessed two solar companies go public.  In late March of this year, Enphase Energy went public.  This past month, Elon Musk’s SolarCity also announced the pricing for their initial public offering.   Moving forward into 2013, GoGreenSolar.com is optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead for customers and the industry at large.  Solar panel prices are low, competition is high, customers are buying, and the technology continues to improve.  Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be in the solar business.  Thanks for being a part of our story! What do you think 2013 has in store for solar?...

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