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Energy and Water Efficiency for Restaurants

Mark Masterson

Americans, unfortunately, are a wasteful culture. According to the USDA, food waste from stores, restaurants, and homes topped an estimated 133 billion pounds of food, about 30-40% of the entire food supply. That’s not just an environmental problem, it’s a social problem. For restaurateurs, it’s also an economic one. That’s why some restaurants are turning   …Continue Reading


Denver Launches Project to Save $1.3B in Energy

Karen Henry

The city of Denver, Colo., has launched the Denver City Energy Project, a plan to unlock $1.3 billion in energy savings from commercial and multi-family buildings. So far, 57 building owners have committed to benchmarking and measuring their performance. The buildings are using Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark their performance and are sharing the   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cells Power Shopping Mall

Linda Hardesty

Bloom Energy will power the 1.3 million-sq-foot Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut with a 750 kW Bloom Energy fuel cell system. Bloom is working with Macerich real estate investment trust, which owns the shopping center. The project was financed in partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems and the Connecticut Low-emission Renewable Energy Certificate Program. The Danbury   …Continue Reading


College Gets $400,000 in Guaranteed Annual Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., has signed an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Schneider Electric to help the institution save nearly $400,000 in energy costs annually over 15 years. The university anticipates an additional $400,000 in utility incentives to offset campus-wide upgrades across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems. The   …Continue Reading


Cree SC5 Technology Platform Doubles LED Light Output

Linda Hardesty

Cree says its new SC5 Technology Platform with Extreme High Power (XHP) LEDs can reduce system costs by up to 40 percent in most lighting applications. The SC5 Technology Platform doubles the lumens out of a single LED and significantly reduces thermal, mechanical and optical costs at the system level. It is built on Cree’s   …Continue Reading


Lennox Offers Heat Pump Models in Light Commercial Rooftop Line

Linda Hardesty

Lennox has expanded its light commercial Raider rooftop unit line to include new 7.5-, 8.5- and 10-ton heat pump models. These new models join existing Raider units in 3- to 12.5-ton, gas/electric and electric/electric models. Raider units offer efficiency levels of up to 13 SEER, 11.5 EER and 13.2 IEER. These units are built to   …Continue Reading


Is a Market Developing for Solar PV in Small Commercial Facilities?

Martin Flusberg

Small commercial facilities, those under 10,000 sq. ft., represent almost 70% of the approximately 5 million commercial buildings in the US; buildings under 25,000 sq. ft. represent a full 90%. And yet, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, installation of PV systems smaller than 100kW, which is the size appropriate for smaller commercial facilities,   …Continue Reading


Noribachi Completes Lighting Retrofit for TSA

Linda Hardesty

Noribachi completed one of the largest LED retrofit projects of an existing building in the US for the 29-year-old Transportation Security Administration (TSA) headquarters. The TSA project was a three-year, four-phase project focused on its 550,000-sq-foot building and parking garage. The agency is on track to save $550,000 in 2014 electrical expenses, which exceeds forecasts, due   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Saves Ohio School District $500K

Karen Henry

The Medina City School District in Ohio has saved more than $500,000 so far this year—or 43 percent over last year—due to its energy conservation program, Cleveland.com reports. The school district took advantage of Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to borrow a limited amount of money for energy efficiency improvements without having   …Continue Reading


Rutgers Saves $1M in 2 Years with Energy Monitoring

Linda Hardesty

A program of continuous energy oversight for the chiller plant, boiler and cogeneration plant at the Newark Campus of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) has resulted in $1,155,000 in savings in its first two years of operation. The RBHS facility is a district energy plant that provides utilities to Rutgers RBHS and University Hospital   …Continue Reading


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