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Walmart is Top Corporate Solar User in US

Linda Hardesty

According to the third annual Solar Means Business report, which was released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the top corporate solar user in the US is Walmart for the third year in a row with 105 MW installed at 254 locations. Rounding out the Top 25 companies utilizing solar are Kohl’s, Costco, Apple,   …Continue Reading


CODA Orders 125 kW Solar + Battery Converter

Linda Hardesty

Ideal Power announced its 125 kW converter family, including a 3-port hybrid converter and 2-port battery converter. The company also announced it has received an initial order for its 125 kW hybrid converter from CODA Energy, a California based manufacturer and installer of commercial and industrial energy storage. The 125 kW converter uses the same   …Continue Reading


BJ’s Wholesale Club Uses Solar Paired with Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

SolarCity and Direct Energy will provide solar electricity and solar energy storage systems at two BJ’s Wholesale Club locations – in Framingham and Dedham, Mass. These are the first BJ’s Clubs to install solar energy coupled with storage and will be the first two sites on the East Coast to utilize SolarCity’s DemandLogic energy storage   …Continue Reading


Yahoo Signs PPA for Wind Energy

Linda Hardesty

Wind farm developer OwnEnergy entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Yahoo! under which Yahoo will purchase wind power to offset much of its energy usage in the Great Plains region. OwnEnergy partners with local energy entrepreneurs across the country to develop wind projects. The local partners play an active role in project   …Continue Reading


Labor is Most Variable Cost for Solar, Wind Projects

Linda Hardesty

A new report researched by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and commissioned by CohnReznick  ranks the major engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies for solar and wind projects as follows: Solar Companies: SunPower, First Solar, Mortenson, and E Light Wind and Solar. Wind Companies: Mortenson, IEA, RES Americas, and Blattner. The report Evolving Landscape for   …Continue Reading


Toray Plastics Launches Second Cogeneration Facility

Karen Henry

Toray Plastics has opened a second cogeneration system at its 70-acre North Kingstown, Rhode Island, campus. The new cogeneration system produces electricity and steam for the Torayfan polypropylene film division and steam for the Lumirror polyester film division. The facility, which broke ground in August 2013 and came online in August of this year, will   …Continue Reading


UK Small Businesses Get Tax Break for Onsite Solar

Linda Hardesty

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are encouraged to take advantage of their Annual Investment Allowance (AIA), a government incentive in which businesses can benefit from 100 percent tax relief until the end of 2015 on up to $798,000 spent on plant or machinery, including onsite renewable energy. Solar panel installer EvoEnergy says firms   …Continue Reading


Seattle Mariners Install Solar at Training Facility

Linda Hardesty

The Seattle Mariners spring training facility in Peoria, Ariz., now boasts a solar rooftop and carport system. Healthy Planet Partners developed and financed the project with partner Kyocera Solar, which provided engineering and project management support as well as acting as a finance partner. Sky Engineering and Construction built the system at the Peoria Sports   …Continue Reading


Texas Battles EPA on Carbon Emissions Rules

Devon Bass

Representatives and officials from the state of Texas are pushing back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new federal standards to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, saying that they will disproportionately affect the state and that the new guidelines might be out of compliance with previously-passed legislation. In an ongoing effort by the Obama administration   …Continue Reading


Membrane Technology Generates Renewable Energy from Wastewater

Karen Henry

GE has combined anaerobic digestion technology with its ZeeWeed 500 wastewater treatment membranes to create the anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR). AbMBR generates renewable energy from industrial wastewater. According to GE, the AnMBR provides reduced energy consumption, energy recovery and reduced sludge production. It solves the issues associated with traditional anaerobic process by separating solids retention   …Continue Reading


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