Contracts & Installations

FuelCell Finalizes DOE Awards

Carl Weinschenk

Fuel cell power plant firm FuelCell Energy has finalized four awards from The U.S. Department of Energy. The projects, which were previously announced, involve the commercialization of solid oxide fuel cell technology and utilization of carbonate fuel cell power plants. The projects include installation of a 2.3 MW fuel cell power plant capable of carbon   …Continue Reading

New Wind Farm to Sell Power to Hawaii County Department of Water Supply

Carl Weinschenk

A Hawaiian wind farm that was decommissioned by the Hawaii Electric Light Company in 2010 is getting a second life. The Lalamilo Wind Company is building five turbines at the former Lalamilo Wind Farm location near Puako. Beginning late next year, the turbines will generate 3.3 MW to power eight Hawaii County Department of Water   …Continue Reading

ESG Upgrades Schools in Alabama, Illinois

Carl Weinschenk

Infrastructure improvements in Selma (AL) City Schools will improve the learning environment and reduce utility costs by an estimated $9.3 million over a 20 year period. The $5.9 million contract is between the city and Energy Systems Group (ESG). It includes interior and exterior lighting, energy management control systems in all buildings, occupancy sensors, water   …Continue Reading

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Switches to LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville – the home of the National Hockey League’s Predators and site of the all-star festivities in January, 2016 – now is illuminated by LED lighting, according to Facility Executive. The new lights were switched on for the September 20 exhibition game between the Predators and the Florida Panthers. The LEDs were   …Continue Reading

Santa Cruz Saves with Six Battery Tower

Carl Weinschenk

Santa Cruz County in California has partnered with Green Charge Networks on six lithium-ion battery towers at the Santa Cruz Governmental Center. The batteries may save residents $190,000 during the next ten years. The county is paying nothing for the platform, which is valued at $250,000, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The contract will provide   …Continue Reading

Pattern Energy Completes 200 MW Logan’s Gap Wind Facility in Texas

Karen Henry

Pattern Energy has completed construction of its 200 MW Logan’s Gap Wind facility in Comanche County, Texas. This is the power company’s fourth operational wind facility in Texas. Walmart has a 10-year power purchase agreement to acquire 58 percent of the expected output from the facility. Seventeen percent of the expected output will be sold   …Continue Reading

Marine Corps Upgrading 37 Buildings at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Carl Weinschenk

Agreement has been reached for a steam decentralization project at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The Utility Energy Services Contract, which was signed in March, is between the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic, the Piedmont Natural Gas Company and Energy Services Group. There is no upfront cost to the military, according to   …Continue Reading

Raleigh, N.C. Finally Getting its LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

Raleigh, N.C. is on the road to replacing about 30,000 high pressure sodium and mercury vapor street lights with LEDs. The city is working with Duke Energy on the project and expects to save $400,000 annually with the switch. The LEDs already deployed – 1,500 in a pilot project – have been well received. Commentary at the   …Continue Reading

Sleeman Centre in Guelph Transitions to LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Canada, has replaced its existing metal halide lighting with LEDs. The cost of the changeover, which was done during the summer, was $112,000. The savings, however, will be significant. The story at The Guelph Mercury says that just the LEDs over the ice pad will save about $13,000 annually, with   …Continue Reading

Daikin Applied Replaces HVAC System at Bethel University

Carl Weinschenk

Contracting Business offers a case study of the use of equipment from Daikin Applied at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. The two residence halls – which are connected by a lounge – are a combined 52,720 square feet. The 40-year-old equipment serving them was not keeping students comfortable. The goal was to replace the system   …Continue Reading