On-Site Energy

Indiana School District Goes Totally Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Sheridan Community Schools – which serve the central Indiana town of the same name — are going 100 percent solar, according to WFYI. The story says that the district, which has slightly more than 1,000 students, expects to save between $4 million and $5 million over a 20-year period. The move is expected to cut the percentage   …Continue Reading


A Microgrid Grows in Brooklyn

Carl Weinschenk

The Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn, NY, will the site of the first microgrid emerging from Con Edison’s Brooklyn-Queens Neighborhood Program (BQNP). The complex, which is in the Brownsville section, is owned by L+M Development Partners. The microgrid includes a 400KW system, a 400 KW fuel cell, and a 300 KW/1,200 kWh lithium-ion battery, according   …Continue Reading


Iron Mountain Launches Ambitious Solar Project

Carl Weinschenk

The information storage and management firm is serious about harnessing energy from the sun – even in New Jersey.


Taylor Farms Using Solar in Texas

Carl Weinschenk

  Taylor Farms is using a 1.1 MW roof-mounted solar array at its prepared fresh foods facility in Dallas. The array spans almost four acres and features 3,520 panels.  The company said in a press release that it is among the largest commercial solar installations in Texas. It is the company’s first large scale energy   …Continue Reading


Ameresco Building Solar Facility in Sturbridge, MA

Carl Weinschenk

Ameresco will construct a 2.4 MW solar facility in the town of Sturbridge, MA, according to the company. The project is being built under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that calls for half of the energy provided by the array to be used by the town in the form of metering credits. The other   …Continue Reading


Big Solar Farm Launches Near Charlotte, NC

Carl Weinschenk

The Melink Corp.’s 5.25MW solar farm in Canover, NC has begun operations. The company says that the farm, which is near Charlotte on land owned by the Rock Barn Country Club & Spa, became operational on November 18. The energy produced by the solar farm will be sold to Duke Energy. The life expectancy of   …Continue Reading


Xcel Opens Wind Farm in N.D.

Carl Weinschenk

Xcel Energy’s Courtney Wind Farm is online, according to the company. The 200MW farm is located near the town of Courtney, which is north of Jamestown, N.D. It includes 100 turbines that cover 25,000 acres that are owned by 60 landowners. It is capable of powering an average of about 100,000 homes. The farm is   …Continue Reading


NextEra, TVA Launch Largest Solar Project in Alabama

Carl Weinschenk

NextEra Energy Resources and the Tennessee Valley Authority have launched the largest solar project in Alabama, according to The News Courier news. The River Bend Solar Energy Center is comprised of more than 300,000 solar panels, which employ trackers that follow the sun on its daily trek across the sky. The panels have a generating   …Continue Reading


IKEA Builds Sustainability, Energy Savings

Carl Weinschenk

The furniture retailer is deploying fuel cells and solar. The two approaches complement each other–but will they connect?


Miramar FAA Location Taps Solar

Carl Weinschenk

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using Independent Energy Solutions’ carport solar system to provide electricity for the vital air traffic control facility at the Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON) in Miramar, CA. The site controls more than 6,000 flights daily. The story at The Coast News says that the air traffic location is   …Continue Reading