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Chiller Plant Upgrade Saves $500,000 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

Pepco Energy Services hired Tustin Energy Solutions to improve the operation of its Midtown Thermal Control Center (MTCC) in Atlantic City, NJ. Tustin’s services resulted in a nearly 25 percent improvement in operating efficiencies and a savings of over $500,000 annually in energy and operation costs. Pepco’s chiller plant operates 24 hours a day, 365   …Continue Reading


DOE Announces $53 Million to Cut Solar Cost

Karen Henry

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing more than $53 million for 40 research and development projects that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy, addressing key aspects of technology development in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly. Supporting the development of next-generation PV solar technologies and advanced   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Program Saves Ohio School District $500K

Karen Henry

The Medina City School District in Ohio has saved more than $500,000 so far this year—or 43 percent over last year—due to its energy conservation program, Cleveland.com reports. The school district took advantage of Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to borrow a limited amount of money for energy efficiency improvements without having   …Continue Reading


Turks and Caicos Joins Carbon War Room

Linda Hardesty

Turks & Caicos signed a memorandum of understanding to advance renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge. The Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Rocky Mountain Institute, will provide a range of technical, project management, communications, and business advisory support services to Turks & Caicos.   …Continue Reading


Rutgers Saves $1M in 2 Years with Energy Monitoring

Linda Hardesty

A program of continuous energy oversight for the chiller plant, boiler and cogeneration plant at the Newark Campus of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) has resulted in $1,155,000 in savings in its first two years of operation. The RBHS facility is a district energy plant that provides utilities to Rutgers RBHS and University Hospital   …Continue Reading


Enphase Introduces System to Accelerate Mainstream Solar Adoption

Karen Henry

Enphase Energy has introduced a system that enables large-scale implementation of grid-ready solar power. The system integrates solar generation, storage, cloud-connected communications and load management, which allows solar installers and distributors to more easily manage the design, installation and management of solar arrays. The system provides utilities with a higher level of visibility, insight and   …Continue Reading


Greenbuild Features On-Site Microgrid

Linda Hardesty

The 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans features a Net Zero Zone where booths are fully powered by an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution. The Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild includes 1,500 square feet of exhibit space and an outdoor demonstration   …Continue Reading


Newport-Mesa Uses Prop 39 Funds to Install Solar

Linda Hardesty

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California has identified 32 sites to install solar panels. The electricity generated will offset more than 35 percent of each site’s electricity needs, according to the Orange County Register. Newport-Mesa’s board approved the $13 million project, which will generate about 3,239 kW. Borrego Solar Systems has been chosen as   …Continue Reading


Swinerton Switches to Locus for Solar Monitoring

Linda Hardesty

Swinerton Renewable Energy, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider for solar markets, has standardized its entire solar fleet on Locus Energy’s SolarNOC monitoring platform. A spokeswoman said, “The two companies have been in discussions for many months now, so everything is integrated at this point.” Swinerton had been using its own Solar Operations Live View (SOLV)   …Continue Reading


Lifecycle Analysis of Renewables Shows Benefit over Fossil Fuel

Karen Henry

Research shows that when considering lifecycle energy and emission impacts, renewable energy production has solid benefits over fossil fuel energy production. Sustainable Business News reported on research that compares the short- and long-term impacts of wind turbine and solar panel energy production to fossil fuel energy production. Researchers at Oregon State University found that wind   …Continue Reading


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