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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


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


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


Des Moines Gets First Net-Zero Commercial Building

Karen Henry

MODUS, an engineering design firm based in Des Moines, Iowa, has transformed a century-year-old warehouse into the city’s first net-zero office building, Engineering.com reports. The $17 million renovation project includes $2 million in energy efficiency upgrades. The facility, located in the city’s historic Market District, is powered by a 189 kW solar car canopy array   …Continue Reading


Acuity Brands Acquires Indoor Location Software Company

Linda Hardesty

Acuity Brands acquired the patent portfolio and all other intellectual property rights of ByteLight, a provider of indoor location software for LED lighting. Acuity Brands says the combination of ByteLight’s indoor positioning technology with Acuity Brands’ communication-enabled drivers and LED lighting platforms provides retailers with a method of delivering digital content to shoppers and associates   …Continue Reading


NJ School District Hires Honeywell for Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Lower Cape May Regional School District in New Jersey announced an energy savings improvement program with New Jersey-based Honeywell. The program features a mix of conservation measures and equipment upgrades at the Lower Cape May Regional High School, Richard M. Teitelman Middle School and ancillary district buildings. The program is expected to reduce the district’s   …Continue Reading


San Antonio Macy’s Store Showcases Better Buildings Challenge Measures

Linda Hardesty

Through the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, Macy’s has committed to reduce its energy use by 20 percent across its entire building portfolio by 2020. At Macy’s Better Buildings Challenge showcase project in San Antonio, Texas, the retailer has reduced the store’s electricity use by 30 percent by replacing over 1,100 accent lights with LED lamps   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency in Food Service Businesses

Mark Masterson

When you are the owner or manager of a food service business, using less energy for day-to-day operations becomes an important consideration. Food service businesses use almost two-and-a-half times more energy than other businesses. Concerns about sustainability and climate change have helped to turn the focus toward energy efficiency in all businesses, especially food service.   …Continue Reading