On-Site Energy

IKEA Deploys Fourth Fuel Cell

Carl Weinschenk

Furniture retailer IKEA has installed a fourth biogas-powered fuel cell in a California store, according to the company. The installation was at its San Diego location. All the stores also have solar arrays. Combined, IKEA will generate 1.5 MW of energy via the cells. A fifth fuel cell is planned, the company said. The press   …Continue Reading


Big Energy Efficiency Changes Are ‘Brewing’ in the Beer and Wine Industries

Cheryl Kaften

To achieve greater energy efficiency, Sierra Nevada Brewing has installed a 1-MWh commercial-scale Tesla Powerpack battery system and a 2-MW solar array at its Chico, California, plant, ac


Brandeis University Virtual-Net-Metered Solar Array to Save $2M Over 20 Years

Cheryl Kaften

Brandeis University, located in the Boston metropolitan area, expects to reduce its long-term energy bills through a PPA the school signed on January 13 to obtain solar power from a 1.27-MW rooftop system installed on a property in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. Specifically, the system is anticipated to save the school an estimated $70,000   …Continue Reading


California Bill Would Require Solar Panels on New Buildings

Cheryl Kaften

California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-11) introduced legislation (SB-71) on January 9 that would require buildings erected in the Golden State to be equipped with solar arrays, according to a report by Pacific Standard magazine.


Citi to Power Texas Data Center with 50% Retail, Renewable Energy

Cheryl Kaften

Citi has entered into a contract to purchase retail, renewable power from MP2 Energy for a multi-year term at its Roanoke, Texas, data center, the financial services provider announced on January 10. The contract will provide Green-e certified renewable energy for 50 percent of the data center’s power needs. The contract takes into consideration the   …Continue Reading


In Minnesota, St. John’s University Expands Solar Farm to Six Times Its Original Size

Cheryl Kaften

St. John’s University of Collegeville, Minnesota, announced on January 10 that it had expanded its community solar garden.


Kaua’i Utility and AES DE Seal Plans For Hybrid Solar, Energy Storage Plant

Cheryl Kaften

Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) – a member-owned utility serving 33,000 electric accounts on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i –  and AES Distributed Energy, a subsidiary of AES, sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) on January 10 for a 28-MW solar photovoltaic energy plant, along with a 20-MW, five-hour duration energy storage system. The utility   …Continue Reading


Solar Panel Research Moves Forward, Briskly

Carl Weinschenk

Sunflare has released Sun2, which it says is a light and flexible solar panel that can be used almost anywhere. The company says that its manufacturing process, Capture4, begins with stainless steel. Atop that is layered the semiconductors copper, indium, gallium and selenide semiconductors. This leads to a solar cell that the company says offers   …Continue Reading


Report: States That Offer Clean Energy Choices Attract Corporate Interest

Cheryl Kaften

In 2015, commercial and industrial (C&I) buyers accounted for more than half of all signed wind energy power purchase agreements – even outpacing utilities. Those are among the top findings of a study released on January 10 by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)


Wyoming Legislators Covet a Cut of Federal ‘Windfall’

Cheryl Kaften

A joint resolution sponsored by State Senator Ogden Driskill (R-Devils Tower) and five other lawmakers in the Wyoming Legislature, which convenes its 2017 General Session today, urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation granting states 50 percent for any rent or right-of-way fees for wind projects on federal land, according to a January 9 report by the Casper Star Tribune.