GreenTechMedia: Obama’s Better Buildings Program Celebrates First Year LATEST NEWS: Obama’s Better Buildings Program Celebrates First Year Earthtechling, Randy Woods – June 27, 2013 In its first year, President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge has signed up 7,700 participants that have reduced energy use by 2.5 percent on average. SMA Talks Residential Staff – June 27, 2013 Bates Marshall of SMA talks about its most recent product, Sunny Boy TL-US, and why the transformer-less string inverter puts them at the front of the pack. Siemens Financing Arm Finds Energy and Infrastructure Market Niche Breaking Energy, Conway Irwin – June 27, 2013 “There’s a lot of money looking for opportunities that offer higher returns, and energy and infrastructure tend to offer that.” CPV: Amonix Founder Speaks, Blames VCs, Laments Lack of Supply Chain Eric Wesoff – June 27, 2013 Amonix claims 30-megawatt Alamosa CPV plant has a 99.6 percent availability. Solar Grows as Part of the Connected Home Offering Katherine Tweed – June 27, 2013 Alarm.com teams up with One Block Off the Grid. Bankrupt, Bought-Out EV Maker Coda Tries Energy Storage Jeff St. John – June 27, 2013 A bankrupt EV startup repurposes for the grid. Microsoft Says ‘Computational Demand Response’ Could Lower Data Center Emissions 99% Stephen Lacey – June 27, 2013 Could math be the key to data center intelligence? Silicon: The Element of Desire Joseph McCabe – June 27, 2013 A riff on the meaning of silicon, inspired by Michael Pollan’s book, The Botany of Desire Sol Voltaics: GaAs Nanowires for Solar Cells Get $6M Eric Wesoff – June 27, 2013 New solar technologies and innovation from Sweden A Whole New Way of Thinking About Geothermal Herman K. Trabish – June 27, 2013 It’s baseload, but it can also make the grid work for wind and solar.