Author Archives: Carl Weinschenk

Apartment Buildings Get on the Energy Efficiency Train

Carl Weinschenk

Many of the issues are the same as in other classes of buildings, but working through complex owner/tenant relationships can be a challenge.


Huawei Cell Plan Approved by ITU

Carl Weinschenk

The explosion of wireless technology is a drain on the energy budgets of telecommunications companies, who have to pay to power cell sites, base stations and towers. This challenge will become worse as the next generation of 5G comes online. 5G uses higher frequencies which have shorter ranges and, thus, require more sites. Huawei has   …Continue Reading


A Microgrid Grows in Brooklyn

Carl Weinschenk

The Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn, NY, will the site of the first microgrid emerging from Con Edison’s Brooklyn-Queens Neighborhood Program (BQNP). The complex, which is in the Brownsville section, is owned by L+M Development Partners. The microgrid includes a 400KW system, a 400 KW fuel cell, and a 300 KW/1,200 kWh lithium-ion battery, according   …Continue Reading


Iron Mountain Launches Ambitious Solar Project

Carl Weinschenk

The information storage and management firm is serious about harnessing energy from the sun – even in New Jersey.


Taylor Farms Using Solar in Texas

Carl Weinschenk

  Taylor Farms is using a 1.1 MW roof-mounted solar array at its prepared fresh foods facility in Dallas. The array spans almost four acres and features 3,520 panels.  The company said in a press release that it is among the largest commercial solar installations in Texas. It is the company’s first large scale energy   …Continue Reading


OpTerra Introduces Financing Platform

Carl Weinschenk

OpTerra Energy Services has introduced OpTerraADVANTAGE, an in-house financing platform. The goal is to enable commercial, industrial and institutional customers to work around common financial obstacles to energy efficiency projects, the press release says. These can include strict return on investment (ROI) requirements, budget challenges and capital expenditure (capex) limits. The release says that the   …Continue Reading


The City Energy Project Grows

Carl Weinschenk

A lot of information has been amassed about how communities can cut energy use. Two goals of the CEP are to make sure that data is effectively implemented and shared.


Energy Efficiency at Heart of FBI HQ Planning

Carl Weinschenk

Energy efficiency is expected to be at the center of planning and construction of the replacement building for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) headquarters. The site of the new facility has not yet been chosen. ConstructionDive says that “the building will likely feature the energy-efficient features for which federal government buildings have become known.”   …Continue Reading


Ameresco Building Solar Facility in Sturbridge, MA

Carl Weinschenk

Ameresco will construct a 2.4 MW solar facility in the town of Sturbridge, MA, according to the company. The project is being built under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that calls for half of the energy provided by the array to be used by the town in the form of metering credits. The other   …Continue Reading


Commercial PACE Financing Keeping Pace

Carl Weinschenk

Property Assisted Clean Energy financing is making progress on the commercial side. But obstacles and uncertainties–including a potential change in approach by the incoming administration–cloud the future.