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COVO, Design-Forward, ‘Small-Lot’ Homes Open in Silver Lake

Planet Home Living has unveiled COVO, a collection of 10 sleek, small-lot homes in the heart of Silver Lake. The community includes a new, fully-furnished model home set to grand open on Saturday, April 22nd and is open “by appointment only” prior to the grand opening.
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Clean energy coalition supports proposed FERC revision of interconnection process

A coalition of clean energy groups voiced their support today for proposed interconnection changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to improve the efficiency and transparency of interconnection requests and remove barriers to renewable energy development
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Personal Safety Company Guard Llama Scores Deal on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

With an offer of $100,000 from investor Barbara Corcoran, 2015 REach real estate technology accelerator participant and personal safety device company, Guard Llama(link is external), is officially a part of “Shark Tank” television history.
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NREL Brings Together Clean Energy Innovators at Industry Growth Forum

The Industry Growth Forum, hosted by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this week attracted more than 400 investors, entrepreneurs, technologists and thought leaders to Denver, Colo. Three companies were honored with Best Venture and Outstanding Venture Awards at the conclusion of the event.
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NREL Researchers Capture Excess Photon Energy to Produce Solar Fuels

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat
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NREL Establishes World Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.
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Homesnap Now Available To Over 500,000 Agents

Homesnap, which is the public face of the Broker Public Portal (BPP), has surged past the 500,000 agent mark and is now available to agents and their clients in over 50 large and small markets across the country. Since the BPP became operational at the beginning of 2017, many MLSs have signed up to participate in the portal, accelerating the growth of the platform through the first quarter of the year. Already, agents using the app have invited more than 13 million clients to connect with them in Homesnap.
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Mobile App Creates Reports Based on Smart Home and Energy Efficiency Data

Growing numbers of homebuyers and sellers are looking for energy efficient homes and the Homeselfe®RE app empowers agents with several tools to serve these clients. A survey of brokers and agents released last week by the National Association of REALTORS®(NAR)reveals that nearly 80% feel that Utility Costs are very or somewhat important to homebuyers. Based on its patent pending technology, Homeselfe®RE can easily generate smart home, energy efficiency and solar reports an agent can use in listing presentations and marketing materials.
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Brookfield Residential Debuts New Distinctive Home Designs by KTGY Architecture + Planning at Kissing...

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s new distinctive home designs targeting the needs of today’s discerning active adults were recently unveiled at Kissing Tree in San Marcos, Texas. Kissing Tree is the first baby boomer, master-planned community, for those 55 and better by Brookfield Residential Properties, and the first of its kind in San Marcos. The 3,200-home community is located on 1,332 acres in Central Texas, halfway between San Antonio and Austin in the heart of the Texas Hill Country
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VA Awards Grants to Develop Technology to Help Veterans, Service Members Modify Homes

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the awarding of $599,802 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to eligible individuals, researchers and organizations to develop new technology that may enhance Veterans’ and service members’ ability to live in a specially adapted home.

Alliance Applauds Senate Energy Markup, Bipartisan Approval Of Portman-Shaheen

The Alliance to Save Energy is calling for Congress to pass several important energy efficiency bills that cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday with broad bipartisan support, including the “Portman-Shaheen” bill that would create thousands of jobs and save consumers billions of dollar
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SEIA Testifies to NV Legislature on NEM Reinstatement

SEIA's Sean Gallagher testified before the Energy Subcommittee of the Nevada Legislature's Commerce and Labor Committee on Monday, proposing that the subcommittee amend the bill that killed the state's net metering policy in 2015
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SEIA Launches National Consumer Education Campaign

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar industry, is launching a nationwide consumer education campaign to inform and protect solar consumers while further simplifying the process of going solar.
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New Report Shines Light on Installed Costs and Deployment Barriers for Residential Solar PV...

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are making available the most detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns to date for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar systems equipped with energy storage-and quantifying previously unknown soft costs for the first time.

How Frank Lloyd Wright Brought High Design to Residential Real Estate

Frank Lloyd Wright is undoubtedly one of the greatest American architects that ever lived. He was a true visionary that wasn’t afraid to push boundaries and let nature influence his designs. His work blended the latest techniques and technology with old world craftsmanship
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RESO Offers Free Web API Tools to Enable Rapid Real Estate Software Development

Real estate software developers will now be able to more rapidly deploy real estate software with the just released Web API client tool now available for free from the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). Developed by RESO specifically for connecting to the hundreds of MLSs nationwide that have implemented RESO API Standards, the free software package includes the Web API client application itself, as well as the source code for the open source client software.
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Colorado startup zavvie helps real estate agents dominate their neighborhoods

From Denver to Colorado Springs, Boulder to Fort Collins, zavvie - a new Colorado real estate startup - is offering to turn top producing real estate agents into the “Digital Mayor” of their neighborhoods.
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CORELOGIC TO INTEGRATE CENTRALIZED SHOWING SERVICE WITH MATRIX

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced a new agreement to integrate Centralized Showing Service (CSS) functionality with its real estate solutions, including the Matrix™ multiple listing platform. With four call centers serving more than 200,000 agents across the U.S., CSS is the nation’s leader in real estate showing management.
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ARPA-E Projects Receive more than $1.8 Billion in Private Follow-on Funding for Transformational Energy...

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced that a group of 74 project teams has attracted over $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding since the agency’s founding in 2009. The announcement was made at the eighth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

New York’s Energy Czar, Richard Kauffman, Receives SEIA Solar Champion Award

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presented Richard Kauffman, New York’s chairman of energy and finance and NYSERDA Board chair, with the prestigious SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar energy in America.

SEIA Forms New Committee to Expand Efforts in Midwest

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced the formation of the Midwest State Committee in an effort to expand its education and advocacy efforts in the region.

American Solar Job Force Hits New Record Growth, Now Stands at 260,000-Strong

Experiencing its biggest growth year yet, the solar industry in the United States now employs more than 260,000 Americans, according to The Solar Foundation's seventh annual National Solar Jobs Census released today.

Learn How to Use Layers in this Upcoming NCS Webinar

Industry professionals interested in learning how to use layers in the nation’s leading CAD standard should attend the upcoming webinar hosted by the developers of the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS)—The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

Maryland Legislature Successfully Overrides Clean Energy Veto

Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on today’s override by the Maryland Legislature of the veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act

Marketer of Water Filtration Systems Settles with FTC, Agrees to Drop Misleading ‘Made in...

A Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems will stop making misleading unqualified claims that its products are made in the United States, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

Department of Energy Resources Extends Solar Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced today plans to extend the Commonwealth’s successful Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC 2) program further into 2017 along with a new proposal for a long-term replacement of the program. Since its inception, the SREC 2 program has led Massachusetts to more than 1,600 megawatts of solar development and supported thousands of local jobs, economic investments and a healthier environment for Bay State families and businesses.

Gulf Power Demand Charge Proposal Eliminates Choice for Floridian

Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on Gulf Power’s effort to impose demand charges on its customers

U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building

USGBC announced the Top 10 States for LEED, an annual ranking that highlights states throughout the United States that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year. LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system

$5M Foundation Gift to Help Support US-China Energy Center at Berkeley Lab

In 2015, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley announced a partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing. They formed the Berkeley Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change, a center helping to develop scientifically based clean energy solutions and the next generation of leaders to champion those solutions

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Duke Energy Corporation for Violating Premerger Notification and Waiting...

The Department of Justice announced today a settlement with Duke Energy Corporation (Duke) for violating the reporting and waiting period requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act).  The settlement requires Duke to pay $600,000 in civil penalties to resolve the department’s charges that, after agreeing to purchase the Osprey Energy Center (Osprey) from Calpine Corporation, Duke took control of Osprey’s business before filing required HSR Act notifications and waiting for the expiration of the mandatory waiting period for antitrust review.

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MISMO Version 3.3 Industry Standards Approved for General Use

MISMO, the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization, has elevated Version 3.3 of the MISMO Reference Model standard to "Recommendation" status. "Recommendation" status is the highest possible level given to a MISMO standard. MISMO members recently voted to elevate Version 3.3 to Recommendation status based on evidence of multiple successful industry implementations.

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Brown Statement on CFPB Action Against Ocwen Financial for Failing Homeowners

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee – issued the following statement regarding today’s action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and state regulators against Ocwen Financial Corp. The CFPB alleges that Ocwen, one of the nation’s largest nonbank mortgage servicers, for years “engaged in significant and systemic misconduct at nearly every stage of the mortgage servicing process,” according to the bureau.