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Housing Authority Signs ESPC with Ameresco

Linda Hardesty

Ameresco will begin construction on a second energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for the Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) in western Massachusetts. The $2.3 million project is expected to provide over $4.5 million in energy and water savings to HHA over the 15-year term. Upgrades will be made to over 600 units in the Authority’s portfolio   …Continue Reading


ATG Designs 120-watt LED Fixture for Gas Station Canopies

Linda Hardesty

ATG Electronics introduced the Lucent Nebula LED Gas Station Canopy. The retrofit fixture is DesignLights Consortium (DLC)-qualified. The 120-watt Nebula offers a direct one-for-one replacement for the 400-watt metal halide fixtures commonly found in gas station canopies, saving up to 70 percent in energy consumption. Additionally, when energy savings combine with maintenance reductions, end-users will   …Continue Reading


FridgeWize Unveils HVAC EC Motors

Linda Hardesty

FridgeWize is targeting larger hotels, hospitals and office buildings with its new high efficiency HVAC EC motors. Electronically Commutated (EC) motors are brushless DC motors. FridgeWize’s new HVAC EC Motors lineup includes: Eon 42 – Fan Coil Blower Motors. It is a energy efficient solution for retrofitting fan coils and blower decks, saving up to   …Continue Reading


Aztec AMC Modular HVAC system Reduces Data Center Cooling Costs

Linda Hardesty

Mestex’s new HVAC product design, the Aztec AMC, is created to meet more stringent codes and standards for commercial HVAC systems, including data center applications. The new HVAC design combines energy-efficient evaporative cooling technology with an advanced air turnover system. The Aztec system can harness cooler outside air to support indoor cooling and lower power usage   …Continue Reading


Overcoming Obstacles in the Energy Analytics Industry

Matthew Cohen

The energy management software industry has transformed itself from a novelty to a necessity for building owners and managers in the last few years. The energy management software industry is thriving. It is moving quickly to adapt to a market that is experiencing exponential growth and building owners whose need for performance data has increased   …Continue Reading


Corpus Christi Receives Incentive for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

The Corpus Christi City Council received a check for $87,071 from the American Electric Power (AEP) Texas CitySmart Program, which offers financial incentives based on the total amount of energy that improvements save. Corpus Christi worked with McKinstry to implement a number of improvements to city buildings as a part of the Corpus Christi Energy   …Continue Reading


Jet Manufacturer Saves 90% on Lighting Energy with LED System

Linda Hardesty

Dassault Falcon Jet has deployed the Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting System across its distribution center in Little Ferry, New Jersey, saving 90 percent on lighting-related energy. With the lighting system, Dassault Falcon Jet will reduce the facility’s annual energy consumption from 610,677 kWh to 62,809 kWh, cutting roughly $53,691 from the annual energy bills. It   …Continue Reading


DOE Invests $8M in Next-Gen HVAC Systems

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $8 million to advance research and development of next-generation HVAC technologies in the areas of advanced vapor compression technology and non-vapor compression technology. Advanced vapor compression systems projects will use highly efficient versions of the technologies that currently drive HVAC systems but with refrigerants that have a   …Continue Reading


High-Rise Restrooms Hold Energy Saving Opportunities

Karen Henry

Understanding the schedule for hot water, exhaust fans and lighting systems and matching system operation to building occupancy is the first step toward improving energy efficiency in commercial restrooms, according to an article in Highrisefacilities.com. Restrooms in high-rise commercial buildings are often overlooked when it comes to energy savings, but there are a number of opportunities   …Continue Reading


DrivePak HVAC Upgrade Achieves Energy Efficiency Milestone

Linda Hardesty

NexRev says the installed base of its HVAC retrofit product, DrivePak, passed the $1-saved-per-second mark, and at its current pace DrivePak will save NexRev customers over $30 million in 2015. Dollar value calculations are based the US national average electricity price of $0.10 per kWh. DrivePak’s variable frequency drive (VFD) retrofit technology is targeted to   …Continue Reading