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NRG Energy’s New HQ Is Hallmark to Energy-Saving Design

Karen Henry

NRG Energy is building a new corporate headquarters in West Windsor, NJ, about one mile away from its current West Windsor buildings. The building is being designed to meet the LEED Gold certification standard, according to an article on NJ.com. The exterior of the 120,500-sq-foot building will consist primarily of glass and zinc. Less energy   …Continue Reading


Europe ‘Gas Bags’ Turn Dirty Problem into Clean Energy

Karen Henry

Britain’s United Utilities Group has turned a human waste problem into a clean energy boon. When the amount of waste produced each year across the utility’s North West region reached problematic levels, it looked for a solution that wouldn’t involve dumping the waste into the Irish Sea, as had been done in the past. The   …Continue Reading


Siemens Wins $11M US Geological Survey ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Siemens Government Technologies has been awarded an $11 million Task Order by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to implement energy conservation measures at three of its facilities: National Center (Reston, Va.); Columbia Environmental Research Center (Columbia, Mo.); and the Western Fisheries Research Center (Seattle). Under the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), an IDIQ contract   …Continue Reading


Spray-On Solar Cells Offer More Efficient Fabrication

Karen Henry

Residential Architect magazine has reported on a new method of fabricating solar cells: spray painting. A team of researchers at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom is the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process. Perovskite is a mineral made of calcium titanium oxide. Perovskite-based solar cells are created much   …Continue Reading


Prison, Hospital Send Power to California Grid

Linda Hardesty

SunEdison and its affiliate TerraForm Power completed the interconnection of a 2.6 MW DC system at the Coalinga State Hospital and a 1.6 MW DC system at the Pleasant Valley State Prison. The systems were installed for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Department of State Hospitals. SunEdison says it has   …Continue Reading


Minnesota Power, National Guard Build 10 MW Solar Farm

Linda Hardesty

Minnesota Power and the Minnesota National Guard plan to build a 10 MW solar energy array at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota. The solar project envisioned by Minnesota Power and the National Guard, subject to regulatory approval, would cover nearly 100 acres of underutilized government property at the Camp with photovoltaic panels on racks. The   …Continue Reading


Renewables Account for 14.3% of Electrical Generation in US

Linda Hardesty

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, with data through June 30, 2014, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.3 percent of net US electrical generation. Conventional hydropower accounted for 7 percent while non-hydro renewables provided 7.3 percent. Overall, electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy   …Continue Reading


EvoEnergy Highlights Benefits of Solar Investing for Retirement Income

Karen Henry

New research compiled by UK solar company EvoEnergy has shown how investing a lump sum in solar or renewable investments rather than an existing pension plan can deliver double-digit returns for private investors in their retirement. EvoEnergy compared the estimated returns that could be achieved over 20 years through investing $9,202 in either solar panels,   …Continue Reading


Canadian Condominium Complex to Plug into City’s District Energy System

Karen Henry

An 18-story condominium complex slated for construction in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, will be the first residential building to hook up to the Galt District Energy System, according to an article in the Guelph Mercury. Plugging into the shared energy network will eliminate the need for the River Mill Condominium complex to install a furnace, boiler,   …Continue Reading


Manufacturer Saves $52,000 Per Year after SEP Certification

Linda Hardesty

Specialty plastics manufacturer HARBEC improved its energy performance 16.5 percent to earn Platinum certification in the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program administered through the US Department of Energy. HARBEC also conformed with the international energy management standard ISO 50001. A case study from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) says   …Continue Reading


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