Solar

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People at all levels of the green power field are expressing confidence in the future of alternative energy.  But they also see a tremendous challenge if New York is going to reach its goal to have 50% of electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030.  David Mooney is Director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.  He says most of the new generation of electricity is green.

 “In 4 of the last 5 years, new capacity additions, the majority have been wind and solar. 63% is the wind and solar, 66% here, and going back to 2012 where there’s 53%.”

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For the past two days, the 15th Annual New York State Green Building Council brought together experts from the field to discuss the latest trends and advancements.  A discussion on green home building designs was held Friday morning.  The Owner of Unity Homes, Tedd Benson of New Hampshire, designs energy efficient homes with an array of solar panels based on how much power they’ll draw.  His formula for larger homes built in colder climates requires about 7 kilowatts per square foot.