Soup Kitchen and Brooklyn Microgrid Team up for Energy Resilience

A soup kitchen and homeless shelter for pregnant women in Park Slope, Brooklyn plans to become a microgrid hub for the local community. The nonprofit CHiPs, is teaming up with Brooklyn Microgrid to purchase solar panels for their rooftop and hopefully generate enough electricity to share with neighbors. CHiPs feeds 250 people a day from its soup kitchen and houses nine homeless families in the building's all-electric residential units. Building operators pays a hefty price for heating and cooling the kitchen while individual residents pay their own electricity. Funded ...

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Fostering a Culture of Energy Efficiency in the Schools

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An innovative program called the Better Buildings Challenge is creating a culture of energy efficiency in the schools while helping them save more than a little money.  The program provides a living laboratory for educating youth about energy use, data and technology while also putting money back into shrinking budgets. Crystal McDonald, energy policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy and K-12 sector lead for the Better Buildings Challenge, spoke to a group of high school students in the Washington D.C. area. “Our country is spending $80 billion dollars ...

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Bringing Clean Energy to Working Families with Community Power

Gripped with eye-opening statistics I watched a panel session from VERGE 16 called “Energy equity: How community power empowers communities” hosted by Michelle Moore, CEO of Groundswell. “The poorest 20 percent of our neighbors in this country are paying the most for electricity and 10 percent of their entire household income is going to keep the lights on.” Moore believes these statistics are evidence enough for a call to action and Groundswell is her vehicle for carrying it out. Groundswell is a nonprofit accelerating clean energy opportunities for working ...

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A Big Ray of Hope from our Clean Energy President

Fortunately for clean energy enthusiasts who were not able to attend the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, President Obama's talk is available on YouTube. Seeing is believing, and I wanted to get this groundbreaking discussion with our clean energy President down in writing. His speech was full of statistics about the progress of wind and and solar energy, status of clean energy investments, and the industry's contribution to jobs and our future. I learned a few facts that have been circulating in the news recently. I appreciated having all of these ...

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Go Green Initiative: Educational Resource For Renewable Energy

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Here's a series of fun YouTube videos created by Go Green Initiative as a resource for K-12 teachers to help kids learn about fossil fuels, renewable energy, and carbon emissions. I think we can all learn a few lessons from these simple educational messages and approach for teaching our communities (young and old) the relationship between energy and carbon emissions and what we can do about it. Go Green Initiative hopes educators across the U.S. will find these entertaining science-based videos a helpful resource. The science information for the video comes from ...

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Community Solar – Is it for me?

As much as I’d like to do my part to conserve, right now I don’t have the money to buy and install solar panels on my roof… Trees surround my house, my roof faces north, and I doubt solar panels would work on my rooftop…  I’m a renter and since I pay the electricity, my landlord has little incentive to install solar panels... I’d really like to find a way to reduce my dependency on fossil fuels and help fight global warming… If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you're in good company. The Obama Administration initiated a program to increase solar ...

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