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Marian Griffin

New York City, New York, United States

Member since May 15, 2013


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    Making Green Energy Profitable: The Boom In Distributed Renewable Energy

    This is a guest post written by Nick Blitterswyk, founder and CEO of Urban Green Energy (UGE).

    The distributed renewable energy (DRE) industry has gone through significant changes in the last five years, as the industry grew from a cottage industry to one with worldwide revenues of $100 billion and rising. The market has come back down to earth from the highs of 2005 to 2009, when investors’ bets on technology companies and manufacturers went sour as supply outstripped demand. As the latter continued to grow, profitable business models and clear leaders have emerged, and along have come opportunities. Successful IPO’s have countered a lackluster clean tech investment environment, showing that there is success to be had for companies with a winning formula.

    SolarCity is one stellar example: they took a pretty simple piece of technology, rooftop solar panels, and became the leading solar installer in the U.S. by revolutionizing the financial vehicles that allow customers to receive a system with no money down, at less cost than their current electricity rate, and without having to go through all the paperwork necessary to monetize government incentives. Financing provided by SolarCity is much more than a revenue growth accelerator, it’s at the core of the business model itself. By focusing only on states that offer adequate government incentives, a relatively small market when compared to the g...

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    Jakarta Crown Eco Management, No environment, no economy

    In the path of prosperity, modern economies devastated many of the natural resources. In the name of economic growth, industrial activity squandered ecosystems services (responsible for the maintenance of biodiversity), disfiguring nature on several fronts. Arguably, climate has been - and is being - caused by "man-economics." The goal? To make the economy grow exponentially producing in excess to meet the excessive consumption. The result? The environment threatened by excessive consumption. The result of this? Environmental depletion.

    Unequivocally, economic output implies destruction and degradation of the environment. By itself, it is enough to guide decision-making towards the development of a new economic paradigm geared to ecological orders, not to market-led ideology.

    If we do not change the current economic paradigm it is the very economy that increasingly plays into the abyss of destruction, as Lester Brown remembered, "the economy depends on the environment. If there is no environment, if everything is destroyed, there is no economy."

    Regarding this line of analysis, Clovis Cavalcanti tells us that "there is no society (and economy) without an ecological system, but there can be an environment without society (and economy)." "Without recovering the environment, the economy is not saved, without recovering the economy, you don't save the environment," contextualized ...

  • Jakarta Crown Eco Management: Hole in the Sun

    Community, Communication Design

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    Jakarta Crown Eco Management, Hole in the Sun

    Coronal holes are areas where the Sun's corona is darker, and colder, and has lower-density plasma than average. In this case it looks like a giant hole in the middle of the sun. These were first found when X-ray telescopes in the Skylab mission were flown above the Earth's atmosphere to reveal the structure of the corona. An extensive coronal hole rotated towards Earth recently (May 28-31, 2013). The massive coronal area is one of the largest seen in a year or more. Coronal holes are the source of strong solar wind gusts that carry solar particles out to our magnetosphere and beyond. Solar wind streams take 2-3 days to travel from the Sun to Earth, and the coronal holes in which they originate are more likely to affect Earth after they have rotated more than halfway around the visible hemisphere of the Sun, which is the case here.

    Watching the solar corona is like observing the patterns of clouds in the sky. They can form all sorts of shapes. In June 2012, for example, there was a big bird image. Snapped through three of NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory extreme ultraviolet filters, this current coronal hole is caused by a low density region of hot plasma.

    The Sun's corona, or extended outer layer, is a region of plasma that is heated to over a million degrees Celsius. As a result of thermal collisions, the particles within the inner corona have a range and distribution of speeds described by a Maxwellian distribution. The ...

  • Crown Eco Capital Management Gas Boiler Technology

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    6th EHPA Forum discusses heat pump labelling: consumers willing to pay for better environmental ratings

    Around 150 participants gathered on 15 May 2013 in Brussels, Belgium for the 6th EHPA (European Heat Pump Forum). In addition to presentations on the role of heat pumps in balancing energy demand and a debate about their continued existence without f-gases, Antonia Dickmanlooked at heat pumps from the consumer perspective asking “How interested are consumers in renewable heat and what impact can energy labelling have?”

    Although heat pumps are currently a niche technology in many EU countries, they are expected to form a necessary part of Europe’s low carbon future. Renewable heat policies alone however, will not be able to shift heat pumps to the mainstream. At the EHPA (European Heat Pump Forum) Forum held earlier this month, Antonia Dickman looked at the impact of energy labelling on consumer purchases, and whether these could be used to help influence the heat pump uptake.

    To answer the question, “could labelling help consumers make more informed choices?” Antonia Dickman’s presentation looked at two key studies:

    DECC, More Efficient Heating Study - a GB case study DG Energy, Study into EU product label options

    Untapped market potential for heat pumps in those that “don’t know” about renewable heating

    The “More Efficient Heating Study” indicates that UK consumers are wedded to their gas boilers. The study survey of around 2,900 British homeowners ...

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    Business earns energy accolade

    James Lane Air Conditioning and Plumbing has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

    “We want to be the community leader in offering energy efficiency solutions. The Energy Star rating is another way to promote creating and implementing a sustainable operation business model,” spokesperson Clayton Lane said.

    “Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch.

    “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s Energy Star certification.”

    Original article: http://coleni0027.livejournal.com/676.html

    Read more: http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2013/may/01/business-earns-energy-accolade/

    http://www.wattpad.com/17033492-crown-capital-eco-management-business-earns-energy

    http://scarlettwilliams01.tumblr.com/post/50464124201/crown-capital-eco-management-business-earns-energy

    http://angelaaa014.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/crown-capital-eco-management-business-earns-energy-accolade/

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    Business earns energy accolade

    James Lane Air Conditioning and Plumbing has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

    “We want to be the community leader in offering energy efficiency solutions. The Energy Star rating is another way to promote creating and implementing a sustainable operation business model,” spokesperson Clayton Lane said.

    “Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch.

    “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s Energy Star certification.”

    Original article: http://angelaaa014.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/crown-capital-eco-management-business-earns-energy-accolade/

    Read more: http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2013/may/01/business-earns-energy-accolade/

    http://www.wattpad.com/17033492-crown-capital-eco-management-business-earns-energy

    http://scarlettwilliams01.tumblr.com/post/50464124201/crown-capital-eco-management-business-earns-energy