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Five Green Shades of Melbourne: Development Projects Changing Capital of Victoria

October 10th, 2016
Artist's rendering of green roof potential of Melbourne, Australia. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/new-maps-show-melbournes-unused-rooftops-are-ripe-for-greening-20151109-gku4yq.html

Artist’s rendering of green roof potential of Melbourne, Australia. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/new-maps-show-melbournes-unused-rooftops-are-ripe-for-greening-20151109-gku4yq.html

According to The Economist’s Global Liveability Survey 2016, Melbourne’s remains the world’s most livable city for the sixth year running, and judging by the hike in eco-friendly development projects, it could soon bring home the medal as the planet’s greenest metropolis as well. With the upgrade to solar power we’ve seen in the CBD (Central Business District) of late and the Melbourne Water’s pledge to a more sustainable and livable Melbourne encompassing a number of projects, we’re witnessing a rise of environmentally conscious developments that will change the face of Victoria’s capital for good, for the better, and for the greener, too. » Read more: Five Green Shades of Melbourne: Development Projects Changing Capital of Victoria

CoPower – providing green investing options for the consumer

April 29th, 2016

Green Bonds are bonds that are designated as having some sort of environmental bent to them. The world of green bonds is still young, so there is not a lot of regulation around them yet. I have wanted to invest in green bonds for awhile, but until now they have not been available to the consumer. Enter CoPower.

CoPower was formed in 2013 when the founders identified a particular hole in the green investing and technology market. They have developed a market for people who want to invest their money in clean-tech while providing businesses who do clean tech with capital. But they are not looking at start-ups and risky investing. CoPower is providing money for a variety of businesses that install renewable energy projects and energy efficiency projects such as improving a building’s insulation and replacing lighting with LEDs. They only invest in projects using experienced designers-installers who use proven technologies.

» Read more: CoPower – providing green investing options for the consumer

Now on pre-order, the battery systems sell for about $1,200, and can be daisy-chained to exceed Tesla Powerwall storage capability

April 11th, 2016

I am a huge fan of Tesla and the groundbreaking rules-changing ways the company goes about its business.  So when there’s a company that challenges it at first I get a little upset, and then when I’ve calmed down, I realize that if the product is a good thing, it will only raise the sustainability bar. In this case, there is a new home charging battery on the horizon which installs in your home in a few seconds; all you have to do is plug it in. Seems pretty simple!

» Read more: Now on pre-order, the battery systems sell for about $1,200, and can be daisy-chained to exceed Tesla Powerwall storage capability

Two Awesome Websites to Determine Your Roof’s Potential – Coming to a (US) City Near You (when are you coming to Canada?)

February 26th, 2016

Mapdwell

Just saw this neat new website on Greenbuilder Media that looks at the solar potential for solar panels in certain US cities. Developed by the brains at MIT, it will give you a pretty good idea of whether or not you are solar ready. However, as the website cautions, a professional analysis needs to be completed if you wish to pursue solar panels as the satellite display may not account for foliage or other obstructions. Still, it lets you see what kind of potential your neighbourhood has for solar panels.

New App Can Map Every Rooftop in a City and Tell You Its Solar Payoff, Output and Potential in Seconds

solar map of Boston

http://www.mapdwell.com/en/boston

Visit the Mapdwell WEBSITE

– See more at: http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/energy-solutions/new-app-can-map-every-rooftop-in-a-city-and-tell-you-its-solar-payoff-output-and-potential-in-seconds#sthash.uDhXIRcb.dpuf

» Read more: Two Awesome Websites to Determine Your Roof’s Potential – Coming to a (US) City Near You (when are you coming to Canada?)

Green Solar Power Benefits and Guidelines

May 29th, 2015
Green Solar Power and Benefits

Green Solar Power and Benefits

There are quite a few reasons why you can simply agree that spending a smaller amount of hard earned cash on high energy bills around your home is preferable. Making sure your bills are low however can be a real challenge, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Thankfully there are great solutions in the face of solar power you can make use of and go toward a more suitable solution. Green energy takes dedication and a specific approach, which makes residential solar power an excellent choice. The following guidelines will point out why that is:

  • Commercial systems, i.e. the solar systems used for variety of purpose – from powering entire industrial areas to building complexes will have a great deal of advantages you can make use of, especially when you compare them with other power systems used today. They make use of well-lit locales where the technology can be used to its fullest extent, making great use of storage cells and other features of related photovoltaic technology.
  • There is a good reason why when you often think green energy, the first thing that comes to mind is solar power. Not only does it use natural sources of energy that will be around long after we’re gone, but it they also allows us to become more and more independent from the local power suppliers. Installing solar panels on or next to your home is an actual possibility, so you would do well to ensure you have done this after a major move to a new place. Taking advantage of this just as you’re moving in will allow you to deal with the task before you’ve completely settled in.
  • There are many ways you can make use of efficient technologies other than photovoltaic ones, such as making use of solar water heating systems or SWHS. This will provide you with an effective alternative to your photovoltaic system, making use of sunlight in efficient ways without the larger cost attached to a traditional photovoltaic system.
  • Once you decide on what system you want to work with, you will need to work out the subsidies of either a typical SWHS system of a normal solar power cell. Depending on what your needs may be you can take either approach, but in the end you will likely need to do an energy audit for your home to see what the best way may be.
  • As petroleum products and natural gas costs are not exactly falling, but actually rising as the decades roll ahead, there are a quite a few reasons why solar power is one of the best decisions all around. If you want to use solar power to supplement your current energy needs, then you can go right ahead, but with the right approach you may even completely separate yourself from the local power grid. You can easily do that, but do keep in mind that you should consider the option after a specialist has looked through your home to figure out whether it happens to be a viable option all the way. Moving into a new home gives you a chance to use the space as you see fit, so it would be the best time to do so. For more moving and storage ideas visit: Reputable Removal Vans in Chiswick.

 

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