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Energy Efficiency

Meet the Smartbulb

smartbulbsRemember when light bulbs were simple? There was one kind (incandescent) at maybe four wattages- 25, 40, 60 and 100 were common- and sometimes you’d encounter something fancy like a 3-way bulb or maybe a colored bulb. Sure, they were inefficient and unrecyclable, but they were ubiquitous, and every grocery store, gas station and hardware store in American carried the exact same ones.

Then along came the CFL and everything changed. Incandescents were out; CFLs, halogens and fluorescents were in. Yes, they had traces of mercury in them that made them dangerous to break, and they had to go back to the store to be recycled. So LEDs were introduced. With their super-long lifespans and ultra-efficient electricity consumption, they seem to have won the game.

Enter the smartbulb.

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“More Trees, More Plants, More Raptors”: Meet Nilda Mesa, NYC’s New Sustainability Director

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Last week, the de Blasio administration announced some major changes in the city’s sustainability programs: The Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability  and the Office of Environmental Coordination will merge into a single Office of Sustainability, to be led by Nilda Mesa, formerly of Columbia University. Ms. Mesa has led the Office of Environmental Coordination since September.

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Meet a NYSERDA EDGE ROC: Samuel Man

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The Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program offers local, regionally-based access to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) energy efficiency, renewable energy and research and development (R&D) programs.

NYSERDA works with 27 Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) strategically located throughout New York State’s 10 regions to extend NYSERDA’s program outreach to commercial, institutional, municipal, industrial and residential customers. Sam i soine of them; he works at Solar One.

Tell me about your background.
I was born in Manhattan, attended Brooklyn Tech High School then enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves as a communications technician.  I graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Urban Planning and am currently taking classes at CCNY towards a graduate degree in sustainability.

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Intro to Green for Coops & Condos: Meeting Your Building’s Special Needs

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How can I make my heating system quieter? Reduce my bills? Eliminate drafts? Stop smelling foul smells from my neighbors?

In this educational evening, you will learn some basic building science and solutions to your heat and comfort problems, techniques for working with your building residents, and state monies available to help make everything work better.

October 1
6:30-9:30pm
at NYSERDA
1359 Broadway bet 36th and 37th Sts

Attend as our guest for FREE by using the discount code “Solar1″ when you register here.

Clean EC Panel Series Returns Sept 22 with The Utility Business Model: Evolution or Revolution?

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After more than a century of thinking in a certain way about electricity and how it is delivered and sold, things are changing. Every day seems to herald a new milestone in renewable energy, and in distributed generation in particular. The role and leverage of the utilities seems like its about to undergo a fundamental change, and in New York State, the NY Sun Initiative is poised to invest never-before-seen sums into expanding the use of solar power through community solar initiatives and microgrid projects.

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Solar One In the News: NYSERDA EDGE Edition

carnegiehouse_bigWhat do you do with a 350+ unit, 52 year old condominium on one of the most valuable corners in Manhattan, when you realize it needs a top-to-bottom modernization and energy efficiency upgrade?

You call the NYSERDA EDGE Team! In this great piece by Amy Zimmer for DNAInfo.com, you can learn how Carnegie House got help from NYSERDA to pay for their upgrades, which helped cut energy bills by 15%, enabling the building to pay for their upgrades in only six years.

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