Obama pledges more solar, energy efficiency

On Friday, President Barack Obama delivered a speech highlighting the importance of energy efficiency and solar energy as a way to curb greenhouse gas emissions, save money, and create U.S. jobs. The venue for the President’s speech was a Bay Area Wal-Mart that has implemented energy efficiency measures including LED lights and a rooftop solar…

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New Sustainable Community Center Honors Bill Sinkin

San Antonio College’s new sustainability-focused community outreach center, the William R. Sinkin EcoCentro Building, will officially open on Earth Day. A grand opening celebration for the public will begin at 9:30 a.m. on April 22 with a dedication ceremony and mural unveiling. Festivities continue throughout the day with an Eco Fair from 10 a.m. to…

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San Antonio Ranks 6th in Nation for Solar Energy

San Antonio ranks 6th in the nation and 1st in the state for the amount of solar installed among major cities, according to a report by The Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. The Alamo City led the way among Texas cities, ranking far above Austin, Dallas, and Houston with 84 megawatts, according to the…

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Energy Payback for Solar PV Cells

Many people know that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels emit no pollution while generating electricity and do not use fossil-fuel resources. However, there are some questions about how much energy is required to produce the panels so they can in turn provide clean energy. This is known as the “energy payback” for solar PV cells. Depending…