Friday Round-Up 11/30/2012

Friday, November 30, 2012 11:11
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SolarCity Prices Its IPO But Is It A Solar Company Or A Financial Firm?

Solar Panel InstallationSolarCity on Tuesday priced its initial public offering between $13 and $15 a share, going where few companies have dared to go as the market has grown hostile to green tech startups, particularly those in the solar business.

While SolarCity does indeed install photovoltaic panels on residential and commercial rooftops, its business and future success depends on putting together investment funds that finance solar leases for homeowners. Some 90% of SolarCity’s customers opt to rent their solar panels for a monthly fee rather than fork over five figures for a typical photovoltaic arrays.


Polar Ice Sheets Melt Faster

Melting GlaciersHigher temperatures over the past two decades have caused the polar ice sheets to melt at an accelerating rate, contributing to an almost half-inch rise in global sea levels, according to the most comprehensive study done so far.

The new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that the melting of the ice sheets as a whole has raised global sea levels by 11.1 millimeters (0.43 inch) since 1992. That represents one-fifth of the total sea-level increase recorded in that period. In the 1990s, melting of the polar ice sheets was responsible for about 10% of the global sea-level rise, but now it represents about 30%, the data suggest.

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NC Energy Conservation Code Impacts Green Jobs

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 16:38
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If you have not sought certification as a building analyst or energy auditor, then now is the perfect time to enroll in an energy auditing course so you can get started working as a certified energy auditor. Even more reason to obtain your energy auditor or BPI certification is the passage of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code, which sets regulations for minimum energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings. Now that North Carolina buildings have to meet these requirements, the demand for energy auditors who provide recommendations for building improvements should see an increase.

Hopefully this North Carolina law will help change the climate for green building practices. For North Carolina energy consumers, the law will reduce their energy costs considerably, while the energy auditors who will be more appealing to hire for energy improvement projects will see an influx of new customers, with the commercial building customers providing a large share of profits for building improvements. If you work in renovation or provide building retrofits, then you should certainly pursue an energy auditor certificate or BPI certification so you can work as a building analyst.

The energy conservation code is just one example of a state government interceding in building practices to make commercial and residential properties less expensive to operate and to set standards for energy efficiency in buildings. Building professionals with BPI certification and certified energy auditors position themselves well to take on more customers thanks to the eco-friendly climate created by legislation such as the energy conservation code.

BPI certification paves the way toward large-scale building improvement projects that promise higher returns on investment than private home energy improvement projects. The way to become BPI certified is to take an energy auditor training course so you can take and pass the BPI exam for building analysts.