Huntsville Better Buildings Challenge

Huntsville is on the move to net zero energy!

Have you seen the incredible pace of clean energy activity in Huntsville lately? It’s almost been neck-breaking but who doesn’t want to see even more? In case you’ve missed some, here are the highlights.

  1. Clean, sustainable energy startups will get a boost at summer 2015 accelerator program
  2. Huntsville is the only Alabama city in running for $5M Georgetown University Energy Prize
  3. Redstone Arsenal to be home to the largest solar power array in Alabama
  4. Another major energy project coming to RSA, aim is to make 25 MW of power from biomass-generated steam
  5. Huntsville becoming geospatial and energy center, Washington officials tell 2014 Geo-Energy Summit

It’s great to be part of a city that is working so hard to reach net zero energy. We know there are so many great things to come for our great city and for all of Alabama.

What’s not even listed yet is that we’re working on launching the North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge to encourage and assist the commercial sector, especially small businesses, with saving energy. Saved energy puts capital back to work where it belongs like hiring people, research and development and expanding.

We’re also hard at work creating an online dashboard to show you the latest clean energy activity all across Madison County. It will also let you submit your own energy-saving or energy-producing project. Reaching our goal of 100% clean and efficient energy will take everyone!

We just can’t say how proud we are of Huntsville for making such great strides is such a short amount of time. Of course there is ton more work to do to reach “net zero energy” but the future sure is bright.

Thank you for your part in helping us reach NetZeroHSV Let’s keep up the momentum!

Related Articles:

New Electric Car Charging Station at a Madison Home

We’re excited to bring this service to Madison only a block from the library and great restaurants!

Jeff Baker, a Madison resident, loves his electric car so much that he installed an electric car charging station at his home, and is allowing anyone to use it.

The simple set-up arrives a few months after a conversation with  Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy CEO Daniel Tait, who tells us, “He said, ‘I’m going to be moving into a home here soon and would really like to do something like this.’ So we just kind of kept talking about it and, lo and behold, about a month or two later she’s alive.”

Original article/video can be found on WHNT.com

Fraternity Works to Create Tiny Home Village for Homeless Vets

We’re honored to play a small part in this project!

The men of Phi Kappa Psi have created a Foundations for Tomorrow, a program to help provide Huntsville’s homeless vets with tiny homes. Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy has partnered to provide solar panels for the “tiny home” village, which will include a garden to be maintained by the residents. This is meant to be a step for these vets as they work towards improving their lives.

 

UAH Student Helps Homeless Vets with Tiny Homes

We’re ‘electrifying’ this community!

Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy is providing solar panels to help electrify a new village of tiny homes being created by a UAH student and his fraternity brothers.

They’re called tiny homes, but the idea is anything but tiny. A UAH student and his fraternity are working to raise enough money to help take homeless veterans off the streets and put them into their own homes.

Taylor Reed, Phi Kappa Psi president, has the plans in place, permits in the works, and volunteers to help create a village of the tiny homes. While tiny homes are no more than 300 square feet, their effect on the homeless could be massive.

Read the article at WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Remake Alabama Energy

Huntsville nonprofit aims to remake Alabama energy makeup

Huntsville nonprofit aims to remake Alabama energy makeup

Original Article from AL.com

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama– Net Zero in Huntsville may be a distant blip on the energy horizon, but Daniel Tait can see it coming.

Acceptance of the idea that electricity can be produced from solar panels and windmills is slowly growing, but Tait insists he’s no Don Quixote as he pursues the goal of changing Huntsville from a typical fossil fuels to a renewable energy town.

That goal has a name: NetZeroHSV. A combination of energy efficiency measures and production of renewable energy means Huntsville would totally offset its energy use from sustainable sources.

Continued on AL.com

We are excited to have so much great press about Energy Alabama and we hope you’ll be a part of the future of Huntsville with #NetZeroHSV