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Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

March 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, recently released a report that warns about the potentially devastating impacts of climate change.  The report explains about impacts the world is already experiencing due to climate change, such as melting ice caps, collapsing sea ice in the Arctic, water supplies coming [...]

Nature: Human Warming Now Pushing Entire Greenland Ice Sheet into the Ocean

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Nature: Human Warming Now Pushing Entire Greenland Ice Sheet into the Ocean

Greenland — a vast store of ice three kilometers tall at its center and the final remnant of the Northern Hemisphere’s great glaciers of the last ice age has now begun what is likely an unstoppable rush to the sea. For according to a new report in Nature Climate Change, the last stable region of glacial [...]

Climate risks as conclusive as smoking and lung cancer link

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Climate risks as conclusive as smoking and lung cancer link

In an unusual policy intervention, U.S. scientists say evidence that the world is warming is as conclusive as the link between smoking and lung cancer.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, released a report on Tuesday that reiterates what many in the scientific community have already said. “The science linking human activities [...]

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

During May of last year, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) crossed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history.  This year, we are already seeing numbers over the 400 ppm threshold.  Atmospheric carbon dioxide usually peaks in May, and if levels continue to rise in the next few months, April or May [...]

U.S. Wind Sector Reaches Major Generation Milestones In 2013

March 12th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

U.S. Wind Sector Reaches Major Generation Milestones In 2013

According to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), U.S. wind power topped 4% of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year and has delivered 30% of all new generating capacity for the last five years. In Iowa and South Dakota, wind power now exceeds 25% of total electricity production. In nine [...]

New research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates a rooftop photovoltaic system can increase a house’s price. Researchers were able to quantify how much of a premium solar can command.

March 11th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Renewable Energy, Residential

New research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates a rooftop photovoltaic system can increase a house's price. Researchers were able to quantify how much of a premium solar can command.

Although the installation of photovoltaic projects is increasing, appraisers and other real estate industry professionals often assign no value to a home’s PV systems.  New research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates a rooftop photovoltaic system can increase a house’s price. Researchers were able to quantify how much of a premium solar can command [...]

Public Transit Use In U.S. Is At a 57-Year High, Report Finds

March 10th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Municipal, Residential

Public Transit Use In U.S. Is At a 57-Year High, Report Finds

According to a new report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), more Americans used public transit last year than in any year since 1956.  Americans used public transportation for a total of 10.7 billion trips in 2013, which is an increase of 37.2% since 1995. The study also found that use of public transit isn’t [...]

US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013

March 7th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013

According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, the number of US solar installations continues to grow as costs continues to decline.  Compared to 2012, solar installations increased 41% in 2013, totaling 4,751 megawatts of solar PV installed during 2013 alone.  Solar was the second-largest source of new [...]

Solar Photovoltaic Financing

February 18th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Renewable Energy, Residential

Solar Photovoltaic Financing

NYSERDA provides financial incentives for qualified homeowners who install a PV system through a participating contractor. A properly sized and installed system can provide a significant percentage of your electric needs. In addition to the existing program incentives, NYSERDA now offers two low-interest rate financing options for residential buildings with four or fewer dwelling units. For those that [...]

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Green Bank Is Open for Business

February 12th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Ask the Experts:, Challenge News, Municipal, Renewable Energy

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Green Bank Is Open for Business

Green Bank Will Help Make New York a Cleaner State Albany, NY (February 11, 2014) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of business operations for the New York Green Bank, which will work to stimulate private sector financing and accelerate the transition to a more cost-effective, resilient and clean energy system. The largest [...]

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