Deals & Partnerships

Trimble Acquires Sefaira

Carl Weinschenk

Trimble has acquired Sefaira, a developer of cloud-based software for the design of sustainable and high performance buildings. The press release on the acquisition of the company – which has offices in New York City and London, expands Trimble’s design-build-operate (DBO) portfolio that are aimed at designs in the early conceptual phases of a project.   …Continue Reading

Dover, N.H., Saves More Than Projected Under EPC

Carl Weinschenk

Johnson Controls has told the City of Dover’s (N.H.) Department of Planning and Community Development that from November 28, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2015 it saved $354,849 under the energy performance contract (EPC) between the two entities, according to Fosters. Cost savings for the year – the fourth of the contract – were projected to   …Continue Reading

Everyone Wins with an EPC–At Least that’s the Plan

Carl Weinschenk

Two significant energy performance contracts (EPCs) were announced during the past few weeks. The city and county of Denver entered into an agreement with Ameresco. The EPC, which has a value of almost $2 million, will focus on 88 energy efficiency improvements to 14 buildings in the city, the press release said. The contract calls for   …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

Earthplace Nears End of Phase 2 of Sustainability Upgrade

Carl Weinschenk

Earthplace, a 62-acre nature sanctuary in Westport, CT, has secure financing and is closing in on the end of the second phase of a sustainability upgrade, according to The Hour. The recent work was the addition of 32 kW of solar power, an LED retrofit and upgrades to the heating system.  The $300,000 second phase   …Continue Reading

Salesforce Buys More Wind Power

Carl Weinschenk has agreed to buy 24 MW of wind-generated power from EDF Renewable Energy, according to Bloomberg. The Salt Fork Wind project in Texas will be completed this year. The deal, the story says, follows an agreement last month in which agreed to by 40 MW of power from a wind farm in West   …Continue Reading

Wind at the Back of United Wind

Carl Weinschenk

United Wind has gotten $200 million in funding from Forum Equity Partners, according to BusinessInsider. United Wind, which is based in New York City, leases wind turbines to farms and rural homes. The story says that the investment from the Toronto-based firm is the largest ever in small wind projects. The company told Reuters that   …Continue Reading

Virginia: 8% More Solar in 3 Years

Carl Weinschenk

The Commonwealth of Virginia announced today that it will increase the proportion of renewable energy in its operations by 8 percent during the next three years, according to NBC29. Solar power will be used to achieve the goals of the project, the story said. The announcement was made in conjunction with the release of a   …Continue Reading

Bill Gates-Led Group, India Establishing Energy Funds

Carl Weinschenk

Some of the richest people in the world have pledged a collective $2 billion to the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which aims to eliminate the cost premium for eliminating carbon emissions. The group, which is comprised of 27 private investors and the University of California, is being led by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, according to Bloomberg.   …Continue Reading

Comverge, Apogee Partner on Customer Care

Carl Weinschenk

Demand management firm Comverge and Apogee Interactive are partnering on a product that the companies say will provide multiple data streams and analytics that will generate “relevant, personal and actionable energy efficiency insights and tips to consumers.” Apogee’s customer engagement and energy analysis software will be integrated into Comverge’s IntelliSOURCE customer engagement portal. Insights from the platform   …Continue Reading