On-Site Energy

Three Boston Area Organizations Jointly Buying Solar Energy

Carl Weinschenk

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Medical Center and the Post Office Square Redevelopment Corp. are banding together to buy electricity from a solar farm that is yet to be built. The facility – the Summit Farms solar farm – will be constructed in North Carolina. It will feature 255,000 solar panels, cover about 650   …Continue Reading

Cogeneration Continues to Make Inroads

Carl Weinschenk

If an application filed this week is approved, a $55 million, 21 MW CHP project on the Duke University campus will increase energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions by 25 percent.

Tesla and Panasonic Sign Non-Binding Letter of Intent

Carl Weinschenk

Tesla and Panasonic have signed a non-binding letter of intent to collaborate on the manufacture and production of photovoltaic cells and modules in SolarCity’s Buffalo, NY, facility. The agreement is contingent on the closing of SolarCity acquisition by Tesla. The equipment that is produced will integrate with Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack to create an end-to-end   …Continue Reading

University of Massachusetts Amherst Taps ConEdison Solutions

Carl Weinschenk

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has chosen ConEdison Solutions (CES) for a solar initiative that is expected to reduce energy costs by $6.2 million during the next 20 years. The campus-wide project will feature 15,576 photovoltaic panels at eight sites. They will be owned, operated and maintained by CES. The panels will provide 5.3 MW   …Continue Reading

New England Apple Products Tabs Solect for Rooftop Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Solect Energy is installing a 300 kW solar system on the roof of New England Apple Products’ Leominster, MA, facility. The cider mill, which bills itself as the largest in New England, has been in business for more than a century. The array, the press release says, is expected to produce about 90 percent of   …Continue Reading

C-PACE Project Almost Done in CT

Carl Weinschenk

Curtis Packaging, a company that provides luxury packaging, has almost finished a $2.5 million project to improve energy efficiency and increase use of renewables at its Sandy Hook, CT, headquarters. Financing for the project is from the Connecticut Green Bank, according to Westfair Communications. The vehicle is a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing.   …Continue Reading

Energy Managers Have a Major Role in Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Efforts

Carl Weinschenk

Emergencies are unavoidable. The good news is that there are ways that energy managers can help limit the damage.

Stanford U. Electricity to be 65% Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Stanford University is nearing completion of a solar facility in Kern County, CA, according to the school’s newspaper. The Stanford Solar Generating Station is expected to provide about half of the electricity used by the school and likely will be operational by the end of next month. A period of system testing will follow. The   …Continue Reading

Boulder Still Wants to Acquire Xcel Energy’s Distribution Assets to Run a City-Wide Utility

Ken Silverstein

Boulder is relentless in its determination to become the nation’s greenest city. But is its ongoing attempt to acquire Xcel Energy’s distribution assets the smartest way to go about it?

Toyota’s First Net Zero Dealership Set for Corvallis, OR

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota says that its dealership in Corvallis, OR, will be the car maker’s first Certified Net Zero Energy Automotive Dealership when it opens. The press release says that the architect – Gensler – will collect data to enable the building, when complete, to gain LEED Platinum certification. The facility will use solar power and return unused energy to   …Continue Reading