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Peak Load Incentives Boosted in New York City

William Opalka

Peak load incentives for the expected surge in electricity demand this summer have been boosted by 60 percent over last year’s level in New York City. Energy services company ConEdison Solutions is telling developers, building owners and institutions to take advantage of major increases in the incentives offered to large energy users. The proposed incentive   …Continue Reading


Johnson Controls Buys Air Distribution Technologies for $1.6B

Energy Manager Today Staff

Johnson Controls is buying ventilation company Air Distribution Technologies from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for about $1.6 billion. Air Distribution Technologies produces a broad range of air distribution products under brands such as Ruskin, Titus, Hart & Cooley, Krueger, PennBarry, Tuttle & Bailey. Specific product lines include grilles, registers and diffusers; terminal units; fire and smoke dampers and   …Continue Reading


Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Hit Milestone

Linda Hardesty

According to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), five million square feet of building-integrated solar air heating collectors are now installed in North America. These systems represent 250 MW of thermal energy. Solar air heating systems work by heating incoming ventilation air before it is brought into a building’s heating, ventilation and air   …Continue Reading


SunTrac, KMC Form Joint Venture for Solar HVAC

Linda Hardesty

SunTrac Solar and KMC Controls announced a joint venture in which KMC will be the exclusive manufacturer of private-label equipment controls for SunTrac. SunTrac’s solar-assisted air conditioning uses solar energy to allow air-conditioning systems to operate more efficiently. It combines an A/C system with a solar collector panel system that generates thermal energy, which is   …Continue Reading


12 Organizations Honored for Energy Efficient Parking Facilities

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department joined the non-profit Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign to recognize 12 organizations that are leading the way in efficient parking lot and parking garage lighting. Combined, these winners are saving nearly 45 million kWh and $4 million per year by upgrading to high efficiency lighting in 500,000 parking spaces nationwide.   …Continue Reading


Microsoft, UTSA Sign Data Center Distributed Energy Agreement

Energy Manager Today Staff

The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft have announced a three-year agreement to research and develop sustainable technologies aimed at making data centers more energy efficient. The multi-disciplinary research will focus on expanding business opportunities for new distributed energy technology that reduces energy consumption and emissions, improve reliability and contribute to a sustainable   …Continue Reading


Hiking Trails Lit with Solar Powered LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Sol recently completed the installation of commercial solar outdoor lights along the Maria Ygnacia Creek Trail, a 3.22-mile path in Goleta, Calif., popular with pedestrians and cyclists. The solar LED lighting was installed by the County of Santa Barbara along a 1,750-foot portion of the trail. The latest installation brings the total of solar lights   …Continue Reading


Investor Confidence Project Comes to Texas

William Opalka

An innovative program to standardize investment protocols in energy efficiency programs is coming to Texas with the introduction of Keeping PACE in Texas. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said it is dedicated to bringing property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs to the state. The do-it-yourself toolkit embeds energy efficiency protocols developed by EDF’s Investor Confidence   …Continue Reading


Detroit Schools Leverage Tax Credits for Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Detroit Public Schools is utilizing $150,000 of up to $1.8 million in energy tax credits to plan and design energy efficiency projects at 10 schools. Additional schools will be targeted for energy efficiency assessments and upgrades with the remaining tax credits. The projects will include swapping of incandescent and fluorescent lighting with LED lighting and   …Continue Reading


Yacht Club Installs ‘Long Span’ Solar Carport

Linda Hardesty

Solaire Generation’s Long Span 360 solar carport system was recently commissioned at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Mass., providing 253 kW. The Long Span 360 spans two parallel parking rows as well as the internal drive aisle. The customizable design increases a parking lot’s solar capacity by 25 percent versus a traditional solar parking   …Continue Reading


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