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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Habitat for Humanity has dedicated 11 homes in the Washington DC’s Ivy City neighborhood. All of the homes feature “passive” construction. Passive homes use a combination of low-energy building techniques and efficient power generating technologies, such as solar energy, so that energy consumption is much lower than that of homes built to traditional codes. As a result, homeowners will be able to consume significantly less energy overall and greatly reduce their water usage. These benefits will not only save the homeowners money, but will empower them to create a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • The International City/County Management Association has announced that it is the prime recipient of a multi-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The new award, part of the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) program, will establish a prominent national recognition program to energize local solar marketplaces.
  • Southern Company recently hosted industry leaders and local dignitaries at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour at the largest battery storage research project in its operating system. Located in Cedartown, Georgia, the new research project will test and evaluate a 1-megawatt (MW)/2-megawatt-hour (MWh) battery storage system using lithium-ion battery technology – similar to the battery chemistry in electric vehicles and many of today’s consumer electronics.
  • DuPont Microcircuit Materials (DuPont) was granted the 2015 Solar Industry Award in the photovoltaic (PV) Materials category for its DuPont Solamet PV19x series of PV metallization pastes, designed to help boost the power output of solar panels, lower overall system costs and improve the return on investments in solar energy systems. The company accepted the award at a ceremony held during the European PV Solar Energy Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
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