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The North Face Gets A Sustainable New Headquarters

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It’s a pretty exciting day for us at The North Face as today we moved into our new headquarters in Alameda California.  We are joined by our VF Outdoor coalition partners JanSport and lucy at this new location. The new 14-acre campus embodies the brands’ outdoor ethos and commitment to their associates, community and the environment. The goal from the beginning was to create a work environment that mirrored the commitment to the outdoors that The North Face believes in.

Grand Opening of Environmentally Focused Hope Manor Apartments Celebrates Supportive Housing for America’s Military

Energy-saving solar thermal hot water system funded by Energizer’s EcoAd Positivity contest
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(3BL Media) Chicago, IL – May 24, 2012 – Volunteers of America of Illinois, CBS EcoMedia Inc. (“EcoMedia”) and Energizer celebrated the grand opening today of the eco-minded Hope Manor Apartments, a supportive housing development that will provide housing and intensive services to more than 80 veterans a year who are struggling with the transition to civilian life and are dealing with homelessness, unemployment, mental health challenges or addiction.

Sun Devils Soak Up Solar Power

Arizona State University exceeds 10 megawatts of solar-energy capacity
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Arizona State University exceeds 10 megawatts (MW) of solar-energy capacity, making it the only higher education institution in the United States to have a solar capacity of this size. Ten MW is enough energy to power 2,500 Arizona homes and represents roughly 20 percent of ASU’s peak load, reducing the university's carbon footprint between 5 to 10 percent. Pushing ASU past the 10 MW mark is its latest 700-panel, 168-kilowatt (kW), ground-mount photovoltaic installation on its Tempe campus.

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Arizona State University exceeds 10 megawatts (MW) of solar-energy capacity, making it the only higher education institution in the United States to have a solar capacity of this size. Ten MW is enough energy to power 2,500 Arizona homes and represents roughly 20 percent of ASU’s peak load, reducing the university's carbon footprint between 5 to 10 percent. Pushing ASU past the 10 MW mark is its latest 700-panel, 168-kilowatt (kW), ground-mount photovoltaic installation on its Tempe campus.

Solar Power Goes Mainstream with Help from Solar Brokers

Solar brokers expand the solar market by making solar sales easier and cheaper
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The growth of the US solar power industry has been extraordinary by any standard in recent years. The solar industry grew 67% in 2010 despite sluggish economic conditions overall, performance that few other industries can match. The solar market is growing rapidly in states like New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Pennsylvania as high energy prices, solar incentives, and falling solar panel prices boost the solar market. The growth of the solar market means that it is not just for treehuggers.

The Changing State of Solar Power in California

Solar rebates are declining in California while new businesses like solar brokers emerge here and elsewhere
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From Glenn Croston's blog at Cleantechies:

Good Sun: Finding the Best Place for Solar

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Some places actually have “better” sun than others for producing solar power, but identifying those places isn’t always intuitive.

Contrary to what I would have guessed, Hawaii does not have the best sun for solar energy production. Factors like cloud cover, water vapor and atmospheric pressure determine how effectively the sun’s energy can be converted into electricity, so even places one might consider to be “sunny” aren’t necessarily the best for electricity production.

Xcel Energy and SunPower Complete 19-Megawatt Solar PV Plant, Colorado's Largest to Date

Additional 30-MW PV solar power plant underway
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) DENVER - March 24, 2011 - Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) today announced the completion and commissioning of a 19-megawatt (ac) photovoltaic solar power plant in Colorado’s Alamosa County. The Greater Sandhill installation began generating power on December 22, 2010 and is currently the largest operating PV solar power plant in Colorado.

GE Invests in New Solar Technology

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LiveWire blogs about GE's multi-million dollar investment partnership in 1366 Technologies, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based company whose mission is to make the cost of solar power competitive with coal power. The company has developed a new process to create silicon wafers for photovoltaic (PV) panels, which reduces the cost of manufacturing solar panels by 65% and conserves 50% of silicon raw material.

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LiveWire blogs about GE's multi-million dollar investment partnership in 1366 Technologies, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based company whose mission is to make the cost of solar power competitive with coal power. The company has developed a new process to create silicon wafers for photovoltaic (PV) panels, which reduces the cost of manufacturing solar panels by 65% and conserves 50% of silicon raw material.

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