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Mass. Governor Patrick Urges Big Box Solar

Posted by Margaret Collins In Saturday, November 22 2008 under: Massachusetts Solar, Boston, Solar Power Info, box store, Menino, governor, Deval Patrick

In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has been a proponent of renewable energies from the beginning of his term, and a new press release from the governor's office shows he's still committed. What he proposes is moving towards building codes that mandate the use of at least some solar power for buildings greater than 50,000 square feet (big box stores and malls, not that there's been much construction of either, lately). Patrick is also pushing a voluntary building code that municipalities could vote in for stricter energy conservation guidelines; this code should be available to municipalities in the state sometime next year. These measures are amorphous right now: the high efficiency building code is completely optional and the press release doesn't offer any details about how solar for big construction projects will be incentivized more than it is already.

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Big Box Stores and their Big Solar Dreams

Posted by Margaret Collins In Wednesday, August 20 2008 under: box store, Sam's Club, Solar Homes, solar retail, WalMart

Right off the bat, I need to excuse myself for not discussing sustainability in this post. No matter how many green products and solar installations a Wal-Mart may feature, it's hardly the missing piece of the sustainability puzzle. But if you're going to be an energy-hogging, supply-chain-domineering monster, you might as well power yourself with solar, is what I always say. Or at least, just said.

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