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CHP Offers Major Benefits to NY Commercial Property Owners

Linda Hardesty

Combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, is a worthwhile investment for mid-size to large commercial property owners in New York, particularly in the five boroughs of New York City where a variety of financial incentives are available, according to a white paper issued by ConEdison Solutions. The energy services company said there has   …Continue Reading

Duke Preps for Distributed Solar on Heels of Net Metering Decision

Linda Hardesty

Duke Energy will deliver a distributed solar development plan to the South Carolina public utilities commission in February in response to the net metering agreement reached last week. In December, South Carolina became the 44th state to institute net metering. Net metering allows solar customers to get credit on their utility bills at the retail rate   …Continue Reading

Where Solar Energy Meets Energy Storage

Michael C. Polentz

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the installation of solar photovoltaics in the United States increased by more than 400% from 2010 to 2014.  Looking towards 2015 and beyond, industry analysts continue to be bullish on solar’s continued growth in residential, commercial and utility scale projects stemming in large part from the drop in   …Continue Reading

Sempra Energy Snags Top Award for Renewable Energy Production

Linda Hardesty

Sempra US Gas & Power has more than 1,500 megawatts of solar and wind generation in operation and another 308 MW under construction, milestones that helped the company earn the Industry Leadership – Electricity Generation award at the 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards in December. Sempra US Gas & Power has natural gas and renewable   …Continue Reading

NREL Demos 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types of solar cells. NREL’s new solar cell, which is designed for operation in a   …Continue Reading

Fuel Cells Capture Carbon

Linda Hardesty

FuelCell Energy of Danbury, Conn., is conducting research in its laboratory to use fuel cells to capture carbon, reports the New York Times. The US Department of Energy has provided a $2.5 million grant for the experiment, which involves feeding fuel cells carbon dioxide in order to help power the fuel cells. According to the   …Continue Reading

Congress Extends Energy Tax Credits Through 2014

Linda Hardesty

Over the weekend, the 113th Congress took action on several bills that will affect energy efficiency, according to Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: Congress appropriated money for the rest of the 2015 fiscal year, including $1.93 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable   …Continue Reading

South Carolina Allows Solar Net Metering

Linda Hardesty

South Carolina has become the 44th state to institute net metering, and the state of New York has significantly expanded its net metering cap, according to The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC). Net metering allows solar customers to get credit on their utility bills at the retail rate for any excess power their rooftop solar   …Continue Reading

Project Looks at the Intelligent Coupling of Solar and CHP

Karen Henry

German solar inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology; German HVAC company, Vaillant; and RWTH Aachen University in Germany are conducting a joint research project to find out how best to intelligently couple PV systems with CHP plants and heat pump heating systems. The goal of the PV-KWK project is to develop optimized system solutions that create   …Continue Reading

Honda Helps Car Dealers Reduce Building Energy

Linda Hardesty

Honda has developed a comprehensive energy efficiency roadmap for dealerships and similar commercial buildings. Honda is publicly releasing its 93-page “Green Dealer Guide” to help automakers across all brands reduce their environmental footprint. The Honda Green Dealer Guide synthesizes the company’s experience over the past three years helping its US dealers reduce their energy consumption   …Continue Reading

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