If you’re reading this, you probably already know that sustainability is an important issue. Solar energy, energy efficiency and green building practices all go a long way to making the planet a better place to live. In celebration of that fact, here are a few quotes about the environment and sustainability that clean energy professionals should appreciate.
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When you join the renewable energy workforce, you become a part of a larger community of people who share your interest in creating cleaner energy sources. Whether you’re pursuing a career in solar energy, or another sector of the renewable energy industry such as energy efficiency, there are several organizations you can get involved with.
Here are three organizations you should know about to get started.
Boulder, Colorado recently announced that it would commit to being powered by 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, and the solar industry has created one out of every 80 jobs in the United States. Read these stories and more in this month’s renewable energy news roundup.
Looking for a job can be a daunting task, especially when you’re looking to launch your career in renewable energy. Here are some helpful insights to put your best foot forward during your job search.
The clean energy job market is booming, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The report, titled Clean Jobs America, estimates that more than 2.5 million people now work in clean energy in the U.S.
Renewable energy is a big deal in the United States. In fact, last year more than half of all new power capacity came from clean energy, including solar energy. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are now over 1 million solar systems installed in the United States.
The new energy economy is here. There are more jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency than ever before. This is good news for technicians working in solar energy — according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar will employ more than 420,000 workers by 2020.
Interested in a job in solar energy? Here’s a quick overview of what solar photovoltaic (PV) installers do, the training needed to become a solar installer, and the career outlook for solar installers.
The world of residential solar installation has many different players, including inspectors, property managers, contractors, bankers and government agencies, as well as prospective owners and occupants. But the workhorses of the typical solar photovoltaic project are the people on the ground — the solar design and installation professionals.
Deciding to become a home energy performance professional is a major move in anyone's career journey. People enter the field of energy efficiency from various occupations and careers and at various stages of their lives. Everyone has different reasons why they think energy auditing is the correct career choice for them. One question that consistently comes from people looking to enter the home performance industry: "How do I become an Energy Auditing Professional?"
Whether driven by a genuine desire to reduce their environmental footprint, or simply to insulate themselves against rising costs, energy efficiency is becoming a significant organizational goal for many companies around the country. In order to achieve these goals, businesses are looking for direction on how they can have their buildings' designed and/or operated to consume as little energy as possible. Many have looked to the LEED Rating System to provide both the guidance for, and recognition of, exceptional energy, water and material conservation.
In an industry that keeps growing exponentially through continued investment and financing from both private and public funding, the search for quality and recognition will be necessary for the future. Even a medium-sized solar system which generates around 815 kWh a month, and costs around $10,000 and has a lifetime of up to 30 years, is a major investment for most homeowners.
As the standard in green building best practices, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is the world’s preeminent green building rating program, with 1.5 million square feet of building space certified to LEED every day. LEED version 3, also known as LEED 2009, is now up for revision as USGBC members cooperate to vote on its next iteration, LEED v4.
The decision to apply for LEED Certification is both exciting and daunting for designers and managers. Having your building recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a badge of honor in the design and construction industry, but it also means more planning, measuring and upfront costs. What's more, a simple "LEED Certified" designation no longer holds the same weight as it once did; in fact, the most common designation is now LEED Gold. This requires getting at least 60 out of the 110 possible points under the current LEED rating system.
Green buildings receive a lot of positive attention these days. The green building paradigm — lower to net-zero energy and water consumption, healthy indoor environment, connection to nature — is increasingly winning recognition and support with the public and the government. On the economic side, green buildings are projected to make a big portion of all new construction and retrofits.
Business owners, investors and entrepreneurs will parrot this saying until the end of time: "You have to spend money to make money." Counterintuitive, perhaps, when it first hits the ears, but it is one of the few steadfast truisms of commerce when done right. Businesses aren't the only beneficiaries of this stream of logic. Individuals have countless options to strategically allocate their spending to see impressive returns. And no, we're not talking about stock options
No doubt if you follow energy or environmental issues, you’ve heard over and over again that the least expensive way to tackle our energy difficulties is through efficiency. One report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) suggested that $168.6 billion could be saved through energy efficiency by 2020.