Hard results of green buildings in Colorado accelerate the adoption

Buildings are improving, becoming more comfortable but also more efficient in use of energy and water. How can this adoption of best technologies and designs be accelerated? A panel of experts at the Rocky Mountain Green Conference held in Denver recently agreed that examples help. And Colorado has many examples. “At the end of the day, hard results are the best education,” …

Energy Department Launches Funding Portal

The Energy Department has launched a new Financing & Funding portal on its web site to help financiers and developers of energy technology and projects find applicable programs. The Energy Finance Working Group created three parts: resources for businesses; resources for projects; and additional resources. Information on financing a new energy business can be found at: Federal Finance Facilities Available for Energy Efficiency …

NREL Develops Energy Audit Tool

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Denver-based software developer concept3D have developed the simuwatt Energy Auditor, a tool that could replace clipboard-style audits with a computer model that could save money for building owners. The tool that pinpoints potential energy savings could cost 35 percent to 75 percent less than traditional audits. The package is set to hit the energy …

Financial innovation is the next big thing in clean energy and efficiency

Financial innovation is the next big thing in clean energy and efficiency By: Chris Nelder- Smart Planet A new wave of innovation is sweeping the energy transition sector, promising to accelerate deployment and cut the costs of energy-efficiency measures, as well as wind and solar generation. It isn’t a technological improvement, like cutting hardware and labor costs. It isn’t a policy …

Third Consecutive IEEE Cherry Award for NREL

We would like to congratulate our partners at NREL, on their third consecutive IEEE Cherry Award. The research that NREL that is conducted at NREL is top notch: keep up the great work! Learn more about the award below: Keith Emery always had amazing computer programming skills, but he lacked that special gift for creating solar cells. So, 30 years ago …