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Duke Energy Acquires 20-MW N.C. Solar Project

Karen Henry

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired a 20-MW (AC) solar project in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, from Geenex and ET Solar Energy. The Halifax Solar Power Project, developed in partnership between solar energy developer Geenex and energy investment company ET Capital, was placed into service this month. Duke Energy Renewables will own and operate the site.   …Continue Reading


Proposed Policy Would Require Portland Buildings to Report Energy Use

Karen Henry

Energy costs for commercial buildings in Portland, Oregon, are currently $335 million per year. The Portland Business Journal reports that the city is considering a policy that would require commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track and report their energy use. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) introduced the proposal in a bid   …Continue Reading


Lift Truck Manufacturer Acquires Fuel Cell Developer

Karen Henry

Lift truck manufacturer Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s operating company, NACCO Materials Handling Group has acquired Nuvera Fuel Cells. Nuvera is a development-stage technology and product development company focused on fuel cell stacks and related systems and supporting on-site hydrogen production and dispensing systems that can deliver clean energy solutions to customers. The acquisition will supply Hyster-Yale with   …Continue Reading


Are Building Codes the Key to Zero Net Energy Buildings?

Karen Henry

The interest in zero net energy (ZNE) is reflected in the growing number of ZNE-related targets, goals and certifications, such as the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Challenge, California’s ZNE goals for residential and commercial new construction, and DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes Program. According to a new report from the American Council for an   …Continue Reading


KDC Flips Switch on 6.31 MW Solar System for N.J. Hospital

Karen Henry

KDC Solar has commenced commercial operations of its 6.31-MW solar panel system located at CentraState Medical in Freehold, New Jersey. The system will provide electricity to CentraState Medical, which serves more than 14,000 inpatients and more than 250,000 outpatient visits a year. The solar panel project is the largest PV solar system supplying solar energy   …Continue Reading


Burger King Franchise Deploys GridPoint EMS

Karen Henry

Northern Illinois-based Burger King franchisee, TOMS King has deployed GridPoint Energy Manager at all 59 of its restaurants. TOMS King’s installed asset-level submetering as well as HVAC and lighting controls. The quick-serve restaurant gained access to GridPoint’s cloud-based software, GridPoint Energy Manager, which aggregates and presents data collected at each site. The franchisee also subscribed to   …Continue Reading


IEA Issues Review of US Energy Policies

Karen Henry

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a review of US energy policies, stating that while the United States is in a strong position to deliver a reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy system, the country must establish a more stable and coordinated strategic approach for the energy sector than it has in the past. The   …Continue Reading


Soraa Extends LED Lamp Line

Linda Hardesty

Soraa, a developer of gallium nitride on gallium nitride LED technology, has extended its line of PAR and AR111 lamps to provide a complete range of halogen replacement lamps from 50W to 120W equivalent lamps. The new 12.5W line features a lower wattage addition to its full visible spectrum PAR30 and AR111 LED lamps,while still   …Continue Reading


San Francisco Construction Office Uses Daylighting System in Bid to Earn Net-Zero Status

Karen Henry

DPR Construction recently installed 19 Solatube SolaMaster Series 750 DS units in its San Francisco office as part of the company’s effort to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Net-Zero Energy building (NZEB) designation. If the San Francisco building earns the designation, it will be the first one in the city to do so. Located at   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Program Cuts 13% of Energy Consumption

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric reduced core energy consumption at 300 of its facilities by 13 percent and carbon emissions from transportation by more than 16 percent through a company-wide program launched in 2011. The reductions, which the company reached at the end of the third quarter of 2014, surpassed the program’s targets. The Energy Action Program was   …Continue Reading


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