Contracts & Installations

Duke Energy Renewables, Lockheed Martin Sign PPA

Carl Weinschenk

Duke Energy Renewables and security and aerospace firm Lockheed Martin have signed a 17-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for solar generated electricity. The PPA will produce 30 MW – about 72,000 mWh – annually. The electricity will be used across Lockheed Martin’s entire domestic business segments, according to the press release. The solar power will   …Continue Reading


Construction Delays in South Carolina

Carl Weinschenk

Construction of five energy efficient schools in Horry County, NC, is being delayed, according to MyHorryNews. Contracts were awarded last November, with a completion date of May 1, 2017. First Floor Energy Positive, the builder, has encountered “a series of roadblocks,” the story says. The price tag also has risen from $220,599,769 to $240,349,769. No   …Continue Reading


Follow the Money: REITs, MLPs and Yieldcos

Carl Weinschenk

Building owners and those who advise them face important choices in the financing of energy efficiency projects and, a bit more indirectly, must understand the financial underpinnings of their renewable energy suppliers. This week – in conjunction with its annual conference and expo in Washington, DC – The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) released a   …Continue Reading


Municipalities Like Solar Energy and Power Purchase Agreements

Carl Weinschenk

Municipalities big and small increasingly are looking to power purchase agreements (PPAs) to finance solar projects. On Monday, PennEnergy reported that the small upstate New York city of Watervliet has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison for almost 1 MW of DC solar power. The power, the story says, will be used in   …Continue Reading


Ohio School District Beats Energy Savings Goal

Carl Weinschenk

The New Richmond (OH) Exempted Village School District has saved $180,025 on energy costs, according to The Clermont Sun. The savings – which accrued from a program that began at the start of the 2013 school year, easily outstripped the projected savings of $110,395. The overhaul included exterior and interior lighting, HVAC upgrades and new   …Continue Reading


Is It Anchors Aweigh for Wind Power?

Carl Weinschenk

The opposition to wind power – which Energy Manager Today looked at on Monday – focuses on noise, fear of health impacts and the unsightliness of towers. Those objections largely can be neutralized by simply moving the towers to where nobody is — such as in huge bodies of water. There is a significant worldwide offshore wind   …Continue Reading


DoD Leads Significant Federal Energy Use Reduction

Carl Weinschenk

The federal government’s use of energy fell last year to 0.94 quadrillion BTUs, the lowest total since record keeping began 40 years ago. In 1975, almost 1.6 quadrillion BTUs were consumed, according to Today in Energy. The reduction, which was computed by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), was led by declines in jet fuel   …Continue Reading


Featured Product of the Year: Meazon Zi-Clamp

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by Meazon  “The non-intrusive connection capability and the inductive charging capability is well engineered and offers easy installation, management and use.” –Energy Manager Today Awards judge Energy efficiency projects suffer from a variety of limiting factors affecting ROI, including: Lack of space in the DB in order to monitor as many   …Continue Reading


Featured Project of the Year: Daintree Networks/Universal Music Group Energy Efficiency Retrofit

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by Daintree Networks. “The project is an excellent example of a wireless monitoring and management system which enables rule setting and control of all lighting and plug loads. The open protocol solution provides a number of benefits to clients and sets this solution apart from many competitors.” –Energy Manager Today Awards   …Continue Reading


Featured Project of the Year: Atlas Box Deploys Digital Lumens for Energy Intelligence

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by Digital Lumens “LEDs are being deployed rapidly these days, and the use of smart sensors certainly takes the product to the next level. This project has a great return and delivers solid reductions in energy usage. The use of data from the motion sensing system to track motion throughout the   …Continue Reading