02/15/2010

The Surges of Green Power

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The Surges of Green Power

The economy giveth and the economy taketh away. Owing to slowing investment, 2009 won’t be remembered as a stellar year for the advancement of green energy. However, White House efforts to harness alternative power may make 2010 a better year.

Such has been the story of green energy – a movement in perpetual advance and retreat, and more often subject to ink than action. New York City-based Ardour Capital Investments, for instance, reports that solar energy accounts for only 0.01 percent of U.S. generating capacity. Investors won’t see solar providers taking a place beside Exxon Mobil anytime soon.

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Green Power’s Future is Now Green Power’s Future is Now
No matter where your buildings are located, you have the opportunity to make an impact by incorporating green power into your energy mix.
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February 15, 2010
 
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