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California Generates More Than 5% of Electricity from Utility-scale Solar

Linda Hardesty

California has become the first state with more than 5 percent of its annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power, according to the Energy Information Administration. California’s utility-scale (1 MW or larger) solar plants generated a record 9.9 million MWh of electricity in 2014, an increase of 6.1 million MWh from 2013. California’s utility-scale   …Continue Reading


Bloom Energy Installs 300 kW Fuel Cell System for IKEA

Linda Hardesty

IKEA plans to install a fuel cell system manufactured by Bloom Energy at its location in Emeryville, California, one of two San Francisco-area stores for the Swedish company. The project represents the first IKEA endeavor globally to convert biogas into electricity through the clean electro-chemical process of fuel cells. The fuel cell system will be   …Continue Reading


EnerNOC, SunPower Cross Market to Commercial Customers

Linda Hardesty

SunPower entered a three-year partnership agreement with EnerNOC. SunPower will exclusively offer EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software to its commercial and industrial solar customers in the US and Canada. EnerNOC will exclusively offer SunPower solar solutions to its enterprise customers. As part of the agreement, SunPower will start deploying EnerNOC’s software-as-a-service bundled with solar to its   …Continue Reading


Factors are Favorable for a Rise in Smaller CHP Plants

Karen Henry

While 86 percent of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in the United States serves large industrial and manufacturing sites, the days of new CHP plant installations at large sites are slowing down, according to Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production. CHP plant installations were at an all-time high of 6-7 GW in 2001 and 2002,   …Continue Reading


Wind Turbines Removed at Massachusetts Walmart

Linda Hardesty

In 2010, Walmart installed 12 small wind turbines on parking lot lights in its Worcester, Massachusetts, supercenter. The retailer has now removed the turbines and plans to evaluate what it learned there and at two other US sites, according to an article in Telegram.com. The turbines were financed and installed by a Deerpath Energy, which   …Continue Reading


Vegetable Producer Installs 500 kW Biogas Plant

Linda Hardesty

Weltec Biopower is building a 500 kW anaerobic digestion plant in Northern Ireland for vegetable producer Gilfresh Produce. This is Weltec’s third plant in Northern Ireland and eleventh in the UK. Gilfresh used to deliver the vegetable waste that accumulates in the sorting, washing and packaging processes to farmers as cattle feed. From July 2015,   …Continue Reading


Plug Power Wins Contract with FreezPak Logistics

Linda Hardesty

FreezPak Logistics has selected Plug Power’s GenKey fuel cell-cell system for lift trucks and hydrogen re-fueling system for its new cold storage distribution center freezer warehouse under construction in Carteret, New Jersey. The GenKey deployment includes 25 GenDrive fuel cells, a GenFuel outdoor hydrogen storage infrastructure with two indoor GenFuel dispensers, and total GenCare service   …Continue Reading


Bosch, Honda Demo Commercial-Scale DC Microgrid

Linda Hardesty

The California Energy Commission has proposed a $2.8 million award to Robert Bosch to demonstrate a direct current, renewable-based microgrid. With this award, Bosch will demonstrate the effectiveness of its direct-current building-scale microgrid platform in an American Honda Motor parts distribution center. The project is designed to illustrate the viability and benefits of a commercial-scale   …Continue Reading


SolarCity Launches Solar, Battery Microgrid Service

Linda Hardesty

SolarCity unveiled GridLogic, a microgrid service that combines solar energy with battery storage. SolarCity is targeting municipalities as well as critical service providers such as hospitals with the microgrid service that ensures resiliency against power outages. GridLogic can operate either in conjunction with or independently of the utility grid. In addition to resiliency, GridLogic also   …Continue Reading


How CA Will Bring More Renewables to the Grid

Larissa Koehler

Not content with setting a Renewable Portfolio Standard that ends at 2020, California Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are pushing for the Golden State to get 50% of its energy from renewable resources by 2030. To meet this ambitious target, California must build a system that is largely based on renewable electricity, like wind and   …Continue Reading


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