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Getting Paid for Using Renewable Energy

At Pringle Creek Community, we champion sustainability through our renewable energy practices. Our homes have options of using solar with the potential of giving back to the grid. This means our residents receive credit for energy they produce. ANNA BRUCE-LOCKHART | June 9, 2016 View Original Source at World Economic Forum.  This country made so much clean energy it had to pay people to use it BY ANNA BRUCE-LOCKHAROn a bright and blustery day last month, a surreal event took place in the world of German energy prices. Sunny and windy weather lit up the country's solar and wind farms, causing a surge of ... Read more

Pringle Creek Community featured in The Power of Zero

At Pringle Creek Community, we embrace sustainable practices that produce net zero solutions. Sharing innovative approaches with the greater community creates a more diverse conversation for these sustainable solutions to emerge. The International Living Future Institute has written an article about the new book called, The Power of Zero: Learning from the World's Leading Net Zero Energy Buildings. This book features net zero projects from across the nation including the Zero Cottage in San Francisco, Smith College's Bechtel Environmental Classroom in Whatley, Massachusetts, as well as our very own Painters Hall at Pringle Creek Community. The Power of Zero book describes ... Read more

Energy Efficiency Creates Low-Cost, High Quality Comfort

Man!  It is super windy around here these days with the weather shifting from fall into winter.  Although I hear the wind whipping around outside, giving me thoughts of chilly, cold experiences, I am really comfortable here in the office at Painters Hall.  The level of coziness continues to surprise me; I grew up in Minnesota and recall very well cold winter evenings hanging out by the fireplace.  Our house was warm, but I remember my Dad reminding us to quickly close the doors to keep the heat in; I even recall seeing frost on the inside of the windows when ... Read more

Solar Panels Make the Net Zero Home Complete

Our latest build, the Net Zero house in John Muir Circle, is now truly a Net Zero home!  SolarCity technicians installed 24 solar panels that will create an estimated 6,165 kwH of power annually.  This is enough energy to offset 234,643 pounds of CO2 over 20 years, equivalent to driving a car 254,010 miles or saving 47,046 gallons of water that would be used to generate electricity. To live in this home is certainly to live lightly!  Each time you turn on the lights, the television, or use the refrigerator, you'll have the sun an your solar panels to thank, ... Read more

National Investment in Solar and Renewables is Soaring

Renewable energy as a percentage of the total power generated in the United States is soaring. Solar, geothermal, and wind are gaining ground as coal and gas are declining in the United States’ collective energy portfolio. Utility-scale solar power generation increased 100% in 2014 nationally. By 2030, it is anticipated that the US will generate 10 – 20% of its power through solar. At Pringle Creek Community, we strive to be ahead of the curve. Our community can meet nearly all of its energy needs through solar and geothermal energy. Our ‘net zero’ community center, Painters Hall, actually creates more ... Read more
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