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Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

Linda Hardesty

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison’s service territories. As part of the decision, the CPUC approved the Option R rate, which was proposed and supported by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) lobby   …Continue Reading


CHP Offers Major Benefits to NY Commercial Property Owners

Linda Hardesty

Combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, is a worthwhile investment for mid-size to large commercial property owners in New York, particularly in the five boroughs of New York City where a variety of financial incentives are available, according to a white paper issued by ConEdison Solutions. The energy services company said there has   …Continue Reading


Energy Storage Project to Address Grid Challenges

Linda Hardesty

AEG Power Solutions, Spanish utility Iberdola and innovation foundation Tecnalia have jointly developed a prototype battery energy storage station. The prototype includes a wireless battery management system, storage converter and local monitoring unit that will be field-tested for the first time. The project, called SAGER, includes the design, installation, integration and validation of a new   …Continue Reading


Duke Preps for Distributed Solar on Heels of Net Metering Decision

Linda Hardesty

Duke Energy will deliver a distributed solar development plan to the South Carolina public utilities commission in February in response to the net metering agreement reached last week. In December, South Carolina became the 44th state to institute net metering. Net metering allows solar customers to get credit on their utility bills at the retail rate   …Continue Reading


Soraa Extends LED Lamp Line

Linda Hardesty

Soraa, a developer of gallium nitride on gallium nitride LED technology, has extended its line of PAR and AR111 lamps to provide a complete range of halogen replacement lamps from 50W to 120W equivalent lamps. The new 12.5W line features a lower wattage addition to its full visible spectrum PAR30 and AR111 LED lamps,while still   …Continue Reading


San Francisco Construction Office Uses Daylighting System in Bid to Earn Net-Zero Status

Karen Henry

DPR Construction recently installed 19 Solatube SolaMaster Series 750 DS units in its San Francisco office as part of the company’s effort to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Net-Zero Energy building (NZEB) designation. If the San Francisco building earns the designation, it will be the first one in the city to do so. Located at   …Continue Reading


IWS Sewage Heat Recovery System Aims to End Waste

Linda Hardesty

International Wastewater Systems has developed a sewage heat recovery system for large residential and commercial buildings that delivers efficiency savings five times the investment. The sewage, once it’s captured and the solids are removed, is put through a heat exchanger  and used to produce 140 degree Fahrenheit water for domestic potable use. The process is 500   …Continue Reading


Commercial BAS Market to Exceed $86B by 2023

Karen Henry

According to a new report from Navigant Research, global revenue for commercial building automation systems (BAS) is expected to grow from $59.3 billion annually in 2013 to $86.7 billion in 2023. At the beginning of 2014, Navigant released a report projecting the BAS market to reach $34 billion by 2021. Growth in the BAS market   …Continue Reading


Where Solar Energy Meets Energy Storage

Michael C. Polentz

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the installation of solar photovoltaics in the United States increased by more than 400% from 2010 to 2014.  Looking towards 2015 and beyond, industry analysts continue to be bullish on solar’s continued growth in residential, commercial and utility scale projects stemming in large part from the drop in   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Program Cuts 13% of Energy Consumption

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric reduced core energy consumption at 300 of its facilities by 13 percent and carbon emissions from transportation by more than 16 percent through a company-wide program launched in 2011. The reductions, which the company reached at the end of the third quarter of 2014, surpassed the program’s targets. The Energy Action Program was   …Continue Reading


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