Lighting

Better Buildings Alliance Launches Indoor Lighting Campaign for Commercial Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy launched a campaign to increase the use of high efficiency lighting in commercial buildings. Through the Better Buildings Alliance, DOE is working with key stakeholders and end users in both the public and private sectors to install more energy efficient lighting. Currently, interior lighting accounts for 20 percent of US commercial   …Continue Reading


Home Depot Sells Cree LED Flood Light for $9.97

Linda Hardesty

Cree introduced its new BR30 LED flood light to replace incandescent floods. At a price of $9.97, the bulb uses 86 percent less energy and lasts 25 times longer than the incandescents it replaces. Cree BR30 LED flood lights are ENERGY STAR compliant and available at The Home Depot. The new Cree BR30 LED uses   …Continue Reading


Neon LED Strip Light Prevents Dangers of Actual Neon Light

Linda Hardesty

Solid Apollo LED is offering a new Neon LED Strip Light in a variety of colors for indoor or outdoor use. Traditional neon light gets its vivid colors made by Neon gas. To reproduce this effect with LED, a unique plastic polymer cover is sealed over the LED strip to create the Neon lighting effect.   …Continue Reading


Framingham Saves $380,000 per Year with ESPC

Linda Hardesty

The Town of Framingham, Massachusetts, is partnering with Ameresco on a comprehensive $6 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to improve town buildings. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016. The project includes energy efficiency measures that will save $380,000 annually. The ESPC is a central tool to the town’s commitment to   …Continue Reading


EU Smart Campus Pilot Achieves 30% Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

A three-year Europe-wide Smart Campus project targeted energy efficiency in non-residential university buildings and reached a 30 percent energy savings. Smart Campus was funded by the European Commission, and used Enoro’s centralized meter data management Generis to collect the energy consumption data from the pilot campuses, validate it and provide the campuses with feedback on   …Continue Reading


Bank of America Issues $600M Green Bond

Linda Hardesty

Bank of America has issued a green bond for $600 million to advance renewable energy and promote energy efficiency. This is the company’s second green bond. In November 2013, Bank of America issued its first green bond for $500 million. The funds from Bank of America’s green bonds are used specifically to finance renewable energy projects   …Continue Reading


Dimmable LED Retrofit Kits Replace Existing Recessed Ceiling Downlights

Linda Hardesty

LEDtronics’ latest series of UL-Listed, dimmable LED recessed ceiling downlight retrofit kits directly replace 100 to 250-watt old-technology CFL, halogen and metal-halide downlights while using only 21, 25, 41 or 42 watts – a reduction of energy consumption of up to 75 percent. The new downlight kits come in various sizes and Kelvin temperatures, able   …Continue Reading


Lutron Does Energy Management for Hotels in Middle East

Linda Hardesty

Lutron is launching its lighting, temperature and shading controls – myRoom – for the Middle East hotel industry. Lutron works with major hotel groups, providing control systems for guestrooms, public areas, restaurants and amenities such as spas and conference facilities, as well as back of house. Lutron’s technologoy uses guest presence detection to save energy   …Continue Reading


Credit Union is Serious about Saving Energy

Linda Hardesty

Suncoast Credit Union operates solar PV systems at six of its branch locations in Florida. The company is tracking the energy usage to determine if some of the locations are actually net-zero-energy facilities. In addition to solar power, one location – the 5,000-sq-foot Suncoast branch in Riverview, Florida – also features geothermal cooling from wells   …Continue Reading


School District ESPC Includes Financing Help

Linda Hardesty

The Gordon-Rushville Public School District in Nebraska hired Ameresco for a comprehensive $5.8 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for a high school, a middle school and an elementary school. As part of the guaranteed savings project, Ameresco conducted a detailed investment grade audit of nearly 130,000 square feet. Some of the updates include the   …Continue Reading