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Bloom Energy Snags Deal with Exelon to Provide Fuel Cells for Commercial Customers

Linda Hardesty

Energy retailer Exelon will provide equity financing for 21 MW of Bloom Energy fuel cell projects at 75 commercial facilities in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The power buyers include new and repeat customers, such as AT&T, which will use the fuel cells to power operations at nine sites. As the first step   …Continue Reading


Walmart Orders More Plug Power Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Linda Hardesty

Plug Power has received a follow-on purchase order from Walmart to add an additional, seventh, GenKey site to the original six-site contract it announced in February 2014. The additional site in Sterling, Ill., consists of 286 GenDrive fuel cell units and is planned to deploy in the third quarter of 2014. Plug Power‘s hydrogen fuel   …Continue Reading


New Technologies, Fuels Enhance Viability of $10B District Heating Market

Karen Henry

Traditionally, buildings are fueled by petroleum, natural gas, electricity and coal, but an opportunity exists to decouple the energy source from the building, through district heating (DH) networks. According to a report from Lux Research titled “Heating for the Future: Identifying Global Hotspots for District Energy,” DH can deliver cost gains of up to 74   …Continue Reading


$27M Spent in NY for Wood Heating Program

Linda Hardesty

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched Renewable Heat NY, a $27 million initiative aimed at building a low-emissions wood heating sector in the state. “The wood-fired heating industry is an important source of energy in Upstate New York, and by launching Renewable Heat NY we are helping to shape this growing sector with a focus   …Continue Reading


Solar Trade War Escalates

Linda Hardesty

The US Commerce Department has determined that some Chinese solar manufacturers are getting around trade policies by locating their factories in Taiwan, and the agency has proposed expanding its penalties on selling solar modules at unfairly low prices, reports Bloomberg. The Commerce Department could institute duties as high as 165 percent for some Chinese manufacturers   …Continue Reading


Military Base Adds Second Large Solar Plant

Karen Henry

The US Air Force has signed a lease with NV Energy, paving the way for SunPower Corporation to build a 19-MW solar photovoltaic power system at Nellis AFB. This will be the second solar power system SunPower has built at Nellis AFB. It completed a 14-MW system at the base in 2007, which at the   …Continue Reading


EPA Releases National Top 100 Green Power Users

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its National Top 100 Green Power Users with the Green Power Partnership for the second quarter of 2014, and Intel has once again held on to the top spot. The Green Power Partnership (GPP) works with Fortune 500 companies; local, state and federal governments; and colleges and   …Continue Reading


Supermarket Powered by Food Waste Alone

Karen Henry

UK grocery store chain Sainsbury announced that its Cannock store will run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste. Sainsbury will use waste management company Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link to generate electricity using food waste from Sainsbury’s stores across the UK. The food waste is   …Continue Reading


Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Can Save 75% on Energy Bills

Linda Hardesty

The HL Turner Group has been awarded US Patent No. 8,733,429 for its high efficiency E-Max Hybrid solar-geothermal heating and/or cooling system design, which the company says can yield geothermal system performances upwards of a 7.5 effective Coefficient of Performance, about twice that of conventional geothermal applications. Actual net energy cost reductions of up to   …Continue Reading


Utah Olympic Oval Saves $100,000 per Year with Solar

Linda Hardesty

A $1.4 million solar system is being installed at the speedskating building of the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, reports Deseret News. The solar energy is expected to save about $100,000 a year on the facility’s annual $750,000 power bill. The array will consist of more than 3,000 solar modules mounted on parking canopies   …Continue Reading


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