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Apple Powers 120 Retail Stores with Renewables

Linda Hardesty

Apple’s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson told Wired that 120 of the company’s retail stores are powered by renewable energy, including its flagship stores in Palo Alto, Chicago and New York. The company will have to convert its other 135 stores in the US to renewables to reach its goal of 100 percent   …Continue Reading

Google’s Iowa Data Center Buys 407 MW of RECs

Linda Hardesty

Google signed a contract with MidAmerican Energy to supply its new Council Bluffs, Iowa, data center with up to 407 MW of wind energy, as tracked by renewable energy certificates (RECs). This agreement covers not only its current facilities but will allow for future expansion as well. This is Google’s seventh and largest renewable energy   …Continue Reading

Past Honeywell Energy Savings Finance Future Pa. Retrofit

Leon Walker

The Harrisburg Housing Authority (HHA) in Pennsylvania will help finance the renovation of a vacant housing complex using guaranteed energy savings from previous Honeywell-led improvements at other authority-owned properties. Some $10.8 million of the $21 million needed to renovate the 159-unit Jackson Towers complex will be drawn from previous Honeywell-guaranteed energy savings. Those prior efforts have helped HHA   …Continue Reading

AC Kinetics Releases VSD Motor Control Software

Linda Hardesty

AC Kinetics, a developer of energy efficient motion-control and vibration reduction technology for motors, has released a modular software library for variable speed drives (VSDs) to enable a reduction in the energy used by AC induction motors. AC Kinetics developed several algorithms for electric motor control that reduce energy consumption in large motors, averaging 10   …Continue Reading

Schneider InRow RC Improves Data Center Cooling

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric introduced the second generation of its InRow RC as the latest addition to its InRow product line for data centers. This second generation release introduces two new models that improve cooling efficiency by reducing power consumption while also increasing capacity. The high temperature model, designed for optimal heat removal, leverages warmer water temperatures   …Continue Reading

PV Monitoring Portal Reaches 100 TWh

Linda Hardesty

SMA says its web-based PV monitoring platform Sunny Portal has monitored 100 terawatt hours (TWh) of solar energy. Sunny Portal provides free system monitoring for photovoltaic plants throughout the world and currently supports more than 150,000 systems. It allows system owners to access PV system data via the Internet or Sunny Portal application for iPhone,   …Continue Reading

Solar Owners Hit with Surcharges in Oklahoma

Linda Hardesty

Oklahoma has become the second state to allow utilities to tack surcharges onto the bills of customers with rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1456, which will require the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to establish a separate customer class for new distributed generation customers. Fallin also issued an   …Continue Reading

Little Hesitation for Green Energy in the UK

William Opalka

Eight major renewable electricity projects, with a significant emphasis on offshore wind, were awarded contracts in the UK, giving a massive boost to green energy growth. By 2020 the projects could add a further 4.5 GW of low-carbon electricity to Britain’s energy mix (about 4 percent of capacity). They include five offshore wind projects totaling   …Continue Reading

San Diego, LA Shine When It Comes to Solar PV Capacity

Linda Hardesty

Twenty cities, representing just 0.1 percent of the land area of the United States, account for 7 percent of solar PV capacity in the United States, according to a report from the Environment California Research & Policy Center. These top 20 cities contain more solar power today than was installed in the entire US six   …Continue Reading

San Luis Obispo Saves 65% on Streetlight Energy

Linda Hardesty

City officials of San Luis Obispo, Calif., collaborated with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to replace more than 2,000 outdated high pressure sodium streetlights with Cree XSP Series LED streetlights, reducing the city’s annual energy consumption by more than 65 percent. The city also expects to cut maintenance and service expenses by 60 percent   …Continue Reading

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