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Cuximala, An Environmental Luxury Nest – Mexico

17/05/2011 Comments off

Cuximala, An Environmental Luxury Nest – Mexico

Cuixmala, a luxurious and protected habitat sitting at the Pacific Coast of Mexico, houses over a mile of lush vegetation, golden sand beaches and lagoons. All of this natural beauty if surrounded a plethora of luxurious villas and private casitas. If service, setting and environmental experience is what you are looking for, Cuixmala delivers an exceptional product. With its own organic farms, Biosphere and protected habitat for endangered species, Cuixmala demonstrates that luxury does not have to be impacted by the commitment to maintain an environmentally integrated development.

via Yatzer

Beautiful Norwegian Foliage-Covered Green Roofs

08/05/2011 1 comment

Green roofs may be a newer phenomenon in many places, but Norwegians have been planting greenery atop their houses for hundreds of years. Some have flowers mixed in with grass, and a few even have small trees. The verdant roofs have many advantages like the fact that they help stabilize homes, provide good insulation and are long-lasting.

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Location Efficiency: The Energy Impact of Where We Build

05/05/2011 Comments off

We spend a lot of time and money making our homes more energy efficient. Whether adding insulation, upgrading windows, replacing incandescent light bulbs, or replacing appliances, efforts we make to use less energy save us money and help the environment. But what about where we live?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released a report on “location efficiency”–the idea that where we live has an impact on our energy consumption. The findings are clear and profound. In conventional suburban development, an average American home uses 108 million BTUs (British Thermal Units–a measure of energy consumption) per year for operation (heating, cooling, lighting, etc.). But that same house uses 132 million BTUs per year in transportation energy use–for a total of 240 million BTU/year. In other words, for that average home, 55% of its total energy use is for transportation, and 45% is for operations. Read more…

Electronic Health Records Could Cut Carbon Emissions by 1.7 Million Tons

05/05/2011 Comments off

 


The health care industry is responsible for up to eight percent of our country’s annual CO2 emissions, but a full transition from paper to electronic medical records could take the industry from major emitter to minor emitter.  A new study by Kaiser Permanente found that if electronic health records were implemented across the entire U.S. population, it would reduce CO2 emissions by 1.7 million tons. Read more…

The Top 10 Solar States

03/05/2011 1 comment

A lineman installing solar panels in Totowa, N.J.Juan Arredondo for The New York Times A lineman installing solar panels in Totowa, N.J.

 

New Jersey is the nation’s second largest solar market behind California thanks to the state government’s commitment to increase the amount of electricity derived from renewable energy sources over the next decade.

But where are the other leaders in solar energy?

Here, courtesy of the Solar Energy Industries Association, is a Top 10 list for cumulative installed solar capacity in the United States as of 2010.

1. California: 47 percent with 971 megawatts

2. New Jersey: 14 percent with 293 MW

3. Colorado: 5 percent with 108 MW

4. Arizona: 5 percent with 101 MW

5. Nevada: 5 percent with 97 MW

6. Florida: 4 percent with 73 MW

7. New York: 3 percent with 54 MW

8. Pennsylvania: 3 percent with 54 MW

9. New Mexico: 2 percent with 45 MW

10. North Carolina: 2 percent with 42 MW

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Mitsubishi iMiEV Will Be Cheapest EV in U.S.

26/04/2011 1 comment

The popular Japanese EV, the Mitusbishi iMiEV, is finally coming to the U.S. next January and at $27,990 before incentives, it will be the cheapest plug-in car on the market.

The tiny all-electric will be eligible for some major incentives:  a $7,500 Federal tax credit, thousands more in state credits (California offers $5,000, Colorado $6,000, etc.), regional and local credits like the $3,000 rebate for residents of the San Joaquin Valley and some companies like Sony Pictures are offering up another $5,000 to employees.

In fact, if you are among the handful of Sony Pictures employees who reside in the San Joaquin Valley, you can get the iMiEV for about $8,000 after all the incentives are cashed in.  Pretty incredible.

Even if you’re not among that small group, you can expect to take at least $10,000 off the top, which puts this car in the range of something like the Honda Fit. For an additional $2,790, it comes with a DC fast-charge port that delivers an 80 percent battery charge in only 30 minutes.

Interested buyers can register to pre-order the vehicle starting today.

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Cape Wind Gets Final Approval, Could Begin Construction This Fall

22/04/2011 Comments off

 
It’s official:  the U.S. is definitely getting its first offshore wind farmCape Wind has gotten final approval and could begin construction as early as this fall.

Yesterday, the Interior department signed off on the construction and operation plan for the large offshore wind farm and said it should send a signal that the U.S. is ready for major renewable energy development.  The department hopes it will spur investment from the international community in more U.S.-based energy projects.  Let’s hope the ten years it took to get Cape Wind approved won’t be a deterrent.

The project is all set from a regulatory perspective but it still needs utility contracts for half of the power it will produce.  National Grid has already agreed to purchase the first half.

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