by Jodi Summers

Solar Panel on the wall, which state is the greenest of them all? Could it be California?

Environmentalists began pushing for our Golden State to mandate that new homes come with renewable energy systems in the early part of this millennium.

The effort to get builders to build green grew into state law SB-1. SB-1 created the Million Solar Roofs Initiative, calling for the creation of 3,000 megawatts of new, solar-generated electricity by 2016. Always one for a good challenge, Gov. Jerry Brown upped the ante, and quadrupled the solar energy goal to 12,000 megawatts, or roughly the equivalent of 12 nuclear power plants. As an FYI, A thousand megawatts of solar energy could power about 250,000 homes. 12,000 megawatts = 3,000,000 homes.

All that power gets rolled into the California Solar Initiative, which uses rebates to promote renewable energy use in previously owned homes, as well as commercial, agricultural, government and nonprofit buildings.  You can read all 193 pages here:

Okay, now that you’re up to speed, are you able to power your property at a profit?


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  1. Save the date: April 25, 2013: The MUNICIPAL GREEN BUILDING CONFERENCE & EXPO is Southern California’s longest-running and largest sustainability and green building event focusing on the unique needs and concerns of municipalities.
    Hosted annually by the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council and Southern California Gas Company, this event brings together thought-leaders in the industry with local government agencies, municipal policy makers, policy implementers, leading architects, and building industry professionals to further the development of a sustainable and energy efficient future for Southern California.
    More than 20 educational sessions will feature all aspects of sustainable design, construction, and operational practices for buildings and communities; including their impact on people, climate, the environment, and the economy.
    REGISTRATION is Open, click the link below to register for the MGBCE Conference. There is also information on the registration page to assist in also registering for the Evening Mixer session that immediatly follows the conference..

  2. The green roof on a LEED-Platinum University of California dormitory in San Diego is the first of its kind for the state’s university system and one of just a few commercial installations in the entire state.

    Home to more than 4,000 drought-tolerant succulents, flowering plants and low-spreading shrubs, the green roof reduces heating and cooling costs for the 158,000-square-foot, 500-bed building. It also serves as a wildlife habitat and a pedestrian walkway between several of the towers.

    The roof captures stormwater, which irrigates the gardens and is funneled into an on-site water reclamation facility – where all of the site’s water is collected and reused in the laundry, sinks and showers.

  3. Solar shingles are photovoltaic cells designed to look like and integrate with conventional asphalt roof shingles. First commercially available in 2005, solar shingles were much more costly than traditional “bolt-on” photovoltaic panels, and thus were used mainly by those wanting to go solar but maintain a traditional roofline. But more recently solar shingles have become price-competitive with bolt-on panels, and are getting much more popular accordingly. Eco-conscious home and building owners might find solar shingles especially attractive when they are re-shingling anyway since the solar shingles also double as functional, protective and weatherproof roof shingles in their own right.

  4. Good day

    i am so interested about the smart city wheel. it is really indicating new view for cities, but how can planner choose the smart people to live in the smart city. actually, planners try to create smart city to reserve environment. then, the impact of the smart city should be reflected in producing smart people.

    any way the wheel is very nice.

    i am trying to make a research about new housing projects in Kurdistan. my objective is to increase the sense of smart cities in my region, since the tremendous number of housing projects are delivered regardless to what is going on gust next to our region.

    i am an architect that’s why i my have different view for the smart city. it is simply for me is efficient compact aesthetic mix-use with up to date technology. as a urban planner it is livable and workable

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