Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, a new company comes along with a different approach. SolTech Energy makes an innovative roof tile — similar but distinguishable from this thin-film solar tile offered by SRS Energy — that harvests solar energy with a traditional looking glass tile. Currently offered in Spain and Sweden, the SolTech System can be installed to work in conjunction with most common heating solutions on the market.
Notwithstanding the economy, I imagine there are folks in Manhattan that would drop $6.8 million on a green townhouse without batting an eyelash. Here’s such a place, now listed with Michael Pellegrino of Sotheby’s, that received a mention in the Wall Street Journal. The home includes 12 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 15 closets, 2 laundry rooms, 1 wine cellar, and a personal elevator. It comes with LEED Gold certification.
Recently, Chelsea Green Publishing sent us a copy of a new book, A Solar Buyer’s Guide for the Home and Office, by Stephen and Rebekah Hren, also the authors of the Carbon-Free Home. Just like the first book, the authors chose a topic that they’re clearly expert to talk about. Stephen is a builder and teacher with experience in passive and active solar heating technologies, while Rebekah is an NABCEP-certified photovoltaics installer, licensed electrical contractor, and ISPQ-certified solar instructor.
Colorado-based Ice Energy today announced an infusion of Series C financing in the form of $24 million, according to a press release. The company will use this money to support the deployment of utility-scale distributed energy storage products and a 53-megawatt project in California. Ice Energy also wants to explore new products and expand to a wider set of customers.
- Business for greater good.
- Advice for an urban composter.
- Consumers sensitive to green product pricing.
- New prefabs employ green building practices.
- Gifford files $100 million lawsuit against USGBC.
- Some find value in small wind turbines.
- Small house Utopia.
Last April we mentioned a noteworthy project called the Passive House in the Woods. It’s a Wisconsin home with carbon-neutral ambitions designed by Tim Delhey Eian of TE Studio. It’s also the first Passive House in the state. PHitW meets the requirements of the Passive House standard, i.e. ultra-tight envelope, high efficiency heating and cooling, and minimal energy demand.