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Electricity from Renewables Cost Competitive with Coal

Linda Hardesty

Although a recent story from Spectrum IEEE said Google researchers gave up on a project to produce electricity from renewables more cheaply than electricity from coal, a story in the New York Times says some renewable electricity is already cost competitive with coal. The story cites a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, which   …Continue Reading


Canadian Schools Sign FIT Agreements with Ameresco

Linda Hardesty

Two Ontario school boards, Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) in Brantford and Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) in Ottawa, signed 20-year solar agreements with Ameresco Canada. Ameresco has completed the installation of 20 PV rooftop systems with GEDSB, and 12 PV rooftop systems with CEPEO, with an aggregate capacity   …Continue Reading


Walmart Expands Relationship with SolarCity

Linda Hardesty

Walmart hired SolarCity for the installation of new solar projects at facilities in up to 36 states over the next four years. SolarCity has completed more than 200 solar projects at Walmart locations since 2010. SolarCity has also installed and tested energy storage projects co-located with solar power generation at 13 Walmart facilities since early   …Continue Reading


Wind Power Dominates New Generating Capacity in US

Karen Henry

Wind power provided over two-thirds of new US electrical generating capacity in October 2014, according to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. Specifically, five wind farms in Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Texas came on line last month, accounting for 574 MW of new capacity. In   …Continue Reading


Microinverters: The Future of Solar

Karen Henry

Even though the solar market has become more financially viable, widespread adoption will require further cost reductions. This means, according to a blog post on the Nasdaq website, that solar companies have much to do in terms of innovation. Based on the progress happening in the space right now, it seems that not only is   …Continue Reading


NRG Energy Builds Energy Efficient Headquarters

Linda Hardesty

NRG Energy broke ground for its new grid resilient corporate headquarters in Princeton, NJ, slated to open in 2016. The new building is being developed in collaboration with Boston Properties, which will own the building and sign a 15-year lease with NRG. The three-floor, 130,000-sq-foot headquarters will incorporate, among other technologies: Two on-site solar fields, with   …Continue Reading


California Approves $13.5M in Loans for Energy Upgrades to Schools

Linda Hardesty

The California Energy Commission approved $13.5 million for energy efficiency measures to 14 schools in three school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin County and Orange County. Funding is provided by the Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) through the Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA) and must be used for energy projects.   …Continue Reading


Historic Courthouse Gets Net-Zero Retrofit

Karen Henry

The US General Services Administration (GSA) is aggressively pursuing avenues to eliminate the Federal government’s impacts on the natural environment. To prove that net-zero energy goals can be achieved in a historic building with a bevy of preservation requirements, GSA completed a deep retrofit at the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse in   …Continue Reading


NREL Conducts Tests with SolarCity, Hawaiian Electric

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at   …Continue Reading


ACEEE Examines CHP in State Scorecard

Karen Henry

Assessing the state friendliness of combined heat and power (CHP) is an inexact science. Many factors impact CHP development. Favorable CHP policies and programs can encourage CHP deployment, but fluctuating electricity and natural gas prices can dramatically impact the business case for CHP. To examine the relationship between policy and deployment, the American Council for   …Continue Reading


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