Case study of a DOE Zero Energy Ready home in San Jose, CA, that achieved a HERS 69 on the California HERS score without PV, or HERS -1 with 6.4 kW of PV. The custom home has 2x6 advanced framed walls dense packed with R-23 of cellulose plus 1 in. of rigid foam exterior insulation, R-51 blown cellulose in the attic, ICF crawl space walls plus 3-in. EPS under the slab, solar hot water, an HRV, and a very high efficiency heat pump with central fan-integrated Night Ventilation cooling that cuts cooling costs by 98%.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in Sacramento, California, is looking to local renewable resources to help meet its aggressive goal of supplying 37% of its power from renewables in 2020.
" If we can convince mothers and fathers to treat their daughters and sons equally, to instill in them a sense of value for education, responsibility for their actions and decisions, love for others (not only family members), and a desire for spiritual enlightenment, we can begin to change the world."
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover this week completed its first Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- since landing in August 2012. Each day of the rover working on Mars requires several dozen rover team members completing tasks on Earth.To celebrate reaching this longevity milestone, which had been set as one of the mission's goals from the start, the Curiosity team planned staffing a special day, with women fulfilling 76 out of 102 operational roles, showcasing the important role women have to play in STEM jobs.
Last week, hundreds of solar energy leaders gathered in southern California to participate in SunShot’s biennial Grand Challenge Summit. Read a recap of the four-day event, which focused on making solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy by 2020.