Net-Zero Energy & Renewables

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With alternative energy sources becoming more affordable, we are finally starting to wean ourselves off fossil fuels.

But as the industry expands, there are some growing pains. These systems open up new ways of thinking about our relationship to energy production and consumption, and they impact rating systems such as LEED and Passive House.

The resources found here provide guidance and a better understanding of topics like:

  • net-zero energy

  • thermal energy storage

  • innovative battery systems

  • fuel cells

  • community solar

Net-Zero Energy & Renewables

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  • Do Solar Panels Need to be Cleaned?

    Blog Post

    The accumulation of dust, pollen, and bird droppings affects the energy production of a PV array.  This blog post looks into how important cleaning of solar panels really is.  

  • Zero-Energy Buildings for All

    Blog Post

    There is increasing movement for buildings to reach net-zero energy, but they can't do it alone. Here's how to fix the system.

  • Net Zero Energy Is Achievable: Here’s How

    Blog Post

    The concept of the net zero energy (NZE) is a mature one, with established technology providing a clear path, especially for low- and mid-rise buildings.

  • On the Path to Net Zero

    Op-Ed

    At Leonard Farm, we’ve taken another big step in our quest for net-zero energy and net-zero carbon—but we’re not there yet!

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