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Linda Hardesty is the managing editor of Energy Manager Today. She has been a trade journalist since the mid-1990s, alternately writing about cable television and environmental issues. She's worked for Cable World magazine, Communications Technology and Colorado Green Business. She can be reached at 970.377.9505 x 704 or

Pavilion Dotted with Solar ‘Skylights’

Linda Hardesty

NRG Energy will install a solar pavilion on the east side of the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The new pavilion will be dotted throughout with circles spanning 16 to 24 feet in diameter and will appear to be sky-lights, but are actually translucent solar panels using Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solar technology. The new solar   …Continue Reading

UK Gives $15M for Energy-Saving Pilot

Linda Hardesty

The UK held its first ever Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) auction, giving organizations the chance to bid for $15 million in government funding to reduce their energy demand. The funding will go toward energy saving upgrades and will test whether organizations can provide lasting electricity savings at peak times of demand. This is typically during   …Continue Reading

DOE Offers $45M More for Solar

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is making $45 million available to move innovative solar manufacturing technologies to market. The $45 million Technology to Market funding opportunity combines three historically separate SunShot Initiative funding programs – Incubator, Solar Manufacturing Technology, and Scaling Up Nascent PV at Home – into one that will support projects with the potential   …Continue Reading

Bright Power Opens West Coast Office

Linda Hardesty

Bright Power, an energy management firm based in New York City, has opened its first satellite office, located in Oakland, Calif. In late 2014, Bright Power closed a $5 million round of fundraising from WindSail Capital Group, a portion of which will be allocated to the opening of this new office. Bright Power specializes in   …Continue Reading

Wind Power Rebounds in 2014

Linda Hardesty

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says the industry rebounded in 2014, with over four times more new wind energy coming online than in 2013, according to its Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2014 Market Report. 2014 saw the completion of 4,854 MW in generating capacity, with cumulative installed capacity increasing eight percent to a total   …Continue Reading

Reducing Energy Challenges Data Center REITs

Linda Hardesty

Aaron Binkley, director of sustainability at Digital Realty Trust, joined to discuss the unique sustainability challenges facing the data center sector. Digital Realty, a provider of data center and colocation solutions, is offering clients renewable energy certificates (RECs) under its new Clean Start Program.

Trina Solar Launches Higher Efficiency Modules

Linda Hardesty

Trina Solar launched two new high-efficiency modules, the Honey Plus (PC05A II), a multi-crystalline module, and the Honey M Plus (DC05A II), a mono-crystalline module, which offer average power outputs of 275W and 285W, respectively. The Honey Plus offers an average cell efficiency of 18.7 percent while the Honey M Plus offers an average cell   …Continue Reading

Wind Offsets 22% of Whirlpool Factory Energy Needs

Linda Hardesty

Whirlpool Corporation will use wind energy to help power its manufacturing facility in Findlay, Ohio. The $18 million Findlay Wind Farm is financed by Findlay-based One Energy, which will also oversee construction of the project. The wind farm will be comprised of five wind turbines erected on 70 acres, which One Energy has bought north of the   …Continue Reading

Microgrid Alliance Becomes Part of ADS

Linda Hardesty

Less than a year after its formation, The Microgrid Alliance (MGA) has become part of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). The Microgrid Alliance was established in early 2014 to bring together companies and individuals involved in or interested in the microgrid space so that they could exchange information and expertise, and   …Continue Reading

Army Hires Eaton to Improve Power Reliability at Testing Facility

Linda Hardesty

Eaton will help the US Army modernize the electrical infrastructure of its Temperature Test Facility at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. Under the contract, Eaton will provide engineering services and power distribution equipment to improve power reliability and system safety at the specially designed laboratory. In addition to electrical system design,   …Continue Reading

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