Renewable Energy

Shine On – How DIY Solar Power Pays OffaltE Store

Shine On – How DIY Solar Power Pays Off

altE Store

While Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson are sending rockets to explore space and make Mars habitable for humans, there’s a strong argument to be made for housekeeping changes on Earth, especially if you can’t afford to relocate to the Red Planet.

New Name, New Mandate, New OutlookCapstone Green Energy

New Name, New Mandate, New Outlook

Capstone Green Energy

Capstone has expanded its offerings and completed a rebrand since Business in Focus spoke with the company back in late 2017. Originally called Capstone Turbine Corporation, the Van Nuys, California-based firm changed its name to Capstone Green Energy Corporation on Earth Day—April 22—of this year. While it is as committed as ever to cost-saving, eco-friendly energy solutions, the name change reflects the company’s much bigger vision.

Clean Mining for Clean EnergyThe Necessary Components

Clean Mining for Clean Energy

The Necessary Components

The move toward making energy generation as clean as possible remains a slow shift in some industries. In mining, several contributors are making inroads toward a brighter, cleaner future for mineral extraction. How do they mitigate the environmental and even social impacts of extracting the minerals needed to get there? In this feature, we take a look at some of the aspects surrounding the issue.

New Office, New Outlook and New MarketsCTLGroup

New Office, New Outlook and New Markets


There have been significant developments at CTLGroup since Construction in Focus profiled the Skokie, Illinois firm in October 2017. In addition to opening a New York City office, the company has adapted to the challenges of COVID and the opportunities presented by renewable energy and possible federal infrastructure funding.

Rethinking WaterWise Wastewater Management

Rethinking Water

Wise Wastewater Management

From the trickle of water we use at home to brush our teeth to the millions of gallons consumed daily by the resource sectors, agriculture, and manufacturing, every drop is precious. Fortunately, water is far from being a single-use commodity. Depending on contamination, water can be cleaned, recycled, and re-used. From industrial laundromats running their grey water through pipes to heat facilities, to homeowners using dishwater to flush toilets or irrigate gardens, water can be used far more efficiently than we may think.

Things Are Heating up For Geothermal EnergyGeosource Energy

Things Are Heating up For Geothermal Energy

Geosource Energy

Geoexchange is how geothermal energy, generated and stored below the Earth’s surface, provides efficient and cost-effective heating, cooling, and hot water to a home or structure. Because the temperature below the surface of the earth remains constant, exchanging heat is more efficient, making geoexchange more sustainable than conventional HVAC, at a fraction of the financial and environmental cost. Known as geothermal heat pumps or ground source heat pumps, these systems use the stable temperature of the ground to store heat energy so it can be pulled back out and distributed into a building using minimal electricity.

Clean, Smart Storage for Solar EnergyFortress Power

Clean, Smart Storage for Solar Energy

Fortress Power

Pennsylvania-based Fortress Power got its start when electrical engineer Jing Yu and longtime business manager Barry Moore decided to provide a better solar energy storage solution. The industry insiders recognized the need for a reliable battery to store solar energy produced during the day, when most people are not at home to take advantage of the power. By the time most consumers come home from work, the sun is going down and the time for harnessing solar energy is waning. “There is a need to store the excess power during the day and use it when you need it,” Yu says.

Going Off the GridNew Options in Residential Energy

Going Off the Grid

New Options in Residential Energy

When turning off the lights every time we leave the room and doing laundry at 2 a.m. doesn’t seem to make any difference to our utility bills, energy self-sufficiency becomes more appealing. Now, after years of paying soaring household electrical bills, many homeowners dream about going off the grid.

Into the WoodsSustainable Forestry Practices

Into the Woods

Sustainable Forestry Practices

Without forests, life on earth would cease to exist. Absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, forests are home to Indigenous persons and countless species of wildlife, and are a valuable source of wood for lumber, fuel, furniture, medicine and more.

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