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Arizona Utility Does a 180 on Solar

Linda Hardesty

Although utility Arizona Public Service (APS) admitted to funding anti-solar advertisements last year, this week the company filed an application with the Arizona Corporation Commission for permission to get into the solar business, itself. Its application states, “Responding to clear customer interest, APS proposes AZ Sun DG: a 20 MW utility-owned residential DG program.” APS   …Continue Reading


Tesla, Panasonic Reach ‘Gigafactory’ Deal

Karen Henry

Tesla Motors and Panasonic have reached a deal for Panasonic to invest in Tesla’s “gigafactory,” according to reports citing Japan’s Nikkei. Panasonic would invest about $200 million to $300 million in the factory. An official announcement is expected by the end of the month. Shares of the electric car maker rose 2.5 percent on the   …Continue Reading


NRG Invests $35M in FuelCell Energy

Linda Hardesty

NRG Energy bought $35 million of stock in FuelCell Energy and extended a $40 million loan for project development, project finance and working capital support. NRG Energy now owns about 17 million shares of FuelCell Energy’s common stock, or 6 percent, including 2.4 million shares owned prior to this transaction. In addition to the common   …Continue Reading


Leidos Awarded $55M Contract to Manage ActOnEnergy Programs

Karen Henry

Leidos was awarded a contract by Ameren Illinois to implement business and residential energy efficiency programs for Ameren Illinois customers. The contract has a three-year period of performance and a total contract value of $55 million. The agreement covers work Leidos will perform to help business and residential customers save energy through Ameren Illinois’s ActOnEnergy   …Continue Reading


Hotel Reduces Cooling Costs 44% with Solar Carports

Linda Hardesty

REC Solar completed a 102 kW array for The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport in Bakersfield, Calif. The carport-mounted installation will offset 44 percent of the electricity costs for the 94-room hotel, saving up to $8,800 per month. With temperatures regularly reaching 115 degrees, the Bakersfield hotel faces steep cooling costs. The Hampton Inn   …Continue Reading


Enertiv Raises $750,000 in Seed Funding

Linda Hardesty

Enertiv, which was founded in 2011 and provides a hardware and software based energy monitoring platform secured a seed round of $750,000. Enertiv will use this funding to accelerate its growth and continue hiring hardware and software engineers, designers and salespeople. Leading this round of investment was Vaidya Capital Partners and R/GA Ventures. Other investors included:   …Continue Reading


Iowa Electric Co-op Activates Solar Array

Linda Hardesty

Farmers Electric Cooperative cut the ribbon on a new solar array of 2,900 panels capable of generating more than one million kWh each year. The 650-member Farmers Electric Cooperative is now capable of generating up to 1800 watts of solar power per customer. The solar farm joins other renewable generation of the co-op, including geothermal   …Continue Reading


DECC: UK Remains a Net Importer of Energy

Karen Henry

The UK remained a net importer of energy, with an increased dependency level of 47 percent, according to the “Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2014” released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This continues the trend from 2004 when the UK once again became a net importer of fuel. In 2013 the   …Continue Reading


Siemens Building Technologies Selects Sander Mechanical Service as Solution Partner

Karen Henry

Sander Mechanical Service has been selected by Siemens Building Technologies to be an authorized Siemens Solution Partner. The agreement enables the New Jersey-based mechanical contractor to offer the TALON Building Control System and other Siemens technologies to its customers. The Siemens TALON platform is an open-protocol building management system that uses the Tridium Niagara Framework   …Continue Reading


utiliVisor Installs Energy Monitoring at St. Francis Hospital

Linda Hardesty

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., has awarded a contract to utiliVisor for energy monitoring services, which is estimated to save the hospital almost $200,000 annually. Under its contract, utiliVisor will provide continuous energy oversight for the hospital’s central energy plant, which includes three steam boilers, four electric chillers, a steam absorption   …Continue Reading


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