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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!

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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

Energy Alabama Obtains Guidestar Exchange Silver Participation Level

Energy Alabama Obtains Guidestar Exchange Silver Participation Level for Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

Huntsville, AL – Energy Alabama today received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Energy Alabama’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Daniel Tait, CEO. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, Energy Alabama had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on www.guidestar.org for the Silver level of participation.

“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Daniel Tait. “We are engaged in exciting clean energy initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”

About the GuideStar Exchange

The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.

About the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy

Energy Alabama is accelerating the transition to sustainable, clean energy throughout Alabama. We do this by widely promoting sustainable energy as a feasible, state-wide goal, by executing high-impact clean energy projects across the State, and by providing people with information and opportunities to help make clean energy choices. We work with policy makers, public agencies, local governments, educational institutions, utilities, business and civic leaders and individuals to transform Alabama’s energy marketplace and beyond. Energy Alabama is committed to powering Huntsville with 100% clean and efficient energy by 2025 and Alabama by 2035.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Tait at (256) 303-7773 or email at dtait@alcse.org.

Nonprofit wants Huntsville AL to Achieve Net Zero Energy by 2025

Energy Alabama wants Huntsville AL to achieve net zero energy by 2025. That’s our goal, but we need your help to meet this goal.

Originally posted and written by Energy Manager Today

Huntsville, Ala., is home to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, which is active in helping the Army achieve its congressionally mandated energy goal of 25 percent production of energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Now, a new nonprofit in Huntsville – Energy Alabama – wants to see the metro area of Huntsville, itself, transition to 100-percent clean energy by 2025 and Alabama by 2035.  Energy Alabama has dubbed its goal – NetZeroHSV (HSV is the abbreviation for the Huntsville airport).

Although the group is new and looking for funding, it is working with policy makers, businesses and utilities to help Alabama transition to more renewable energy, reports AL.com.

Daniel Tait, CEO of the nonprofit, said Alabamians are receptive to the idea of more renewable energy, especially if couched in terms of economic benefit.

Original article: http://www.energymanagertoday.com/nonprofit-wants-huntsville-ala-achieve-net-zero-energy-2025-0104257/

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