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Fuel Cells Power Shopping Mall

Linda Hardesty

Bloom Energy will power the 1.3 million-sq-foot Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut with a 750 kW Bloom Energy fuel cell system. Bloom is working with Macerich real estate investment trust, which owns the shopping center. The project was financed in partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems and the Connecticut Low-emission Renewable Energy Certificate Program. The Danbury   …Continue Reading

Phase 1 of University of Arizona Tech Park Solar Zone Is Complete

Karen Henry

Washington Gas Energy Systems has completed a 1 MW Cogenra Solar array that will produce renewable energy for Tucson Electric Power (TEP). The array at the Solar Zone, located at the University of Arizona’s UA Tech Park, consists of ground-mounted Cogenra T14 systems using Cogenra’s Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology. The solar array is the   …Continue Reading

National Aquarium Hires Constellation for Solar

Linda Hardesty

The National Aquarium signed a 25-year competitive electricity supply agreement with Constellation, which will fund, construct and operate a 4.3 MW grid-connected solar generation project in Cambridge, Md., developed with OneEnergy Renewables. Scheduled for completion in March 2015, the system is designed to generate an estimated 5.8 million kWh during its first year of operation,   …Continue Reading

GSA Purchases 500,000 MWh of Wind from Tribal Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a competitive power supply contract to a commercial wind developer for the purchase of 140 MW. The energy will come from the Walnut Ridge Wind Farm, which is currently in development in northwest Illinois, and will add more than 500,000 MWh to the power grid annually. The 10-year   …Continue Reading

Marks & Spencer Installs 6.1 MW Solar

Linda Hardesty

British retailer Marks & Spencer has started work on a 6.1 MW, 24,272-panel solar array to be installed on its distribution center in Castle Donington. The system will generate around 5,000 MWh per year, providing almost all the electricity for the fully automated distribution center. M&S has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Amber   …Continue Reading

Is a Market Developing for Solar PV in Small Commercial Facilities?

Martin Flusberg

Small commercial facilities, those under 10,000 sq. ft., represent almost 70% of the approximately 5 million commercial buildings in the US; buildings under 25,000 sq. ft. represent a full 90%. And yet, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, installation of PV systems smaller than 100kW, which is the size appropriate for smaller commercial facilities,   …Continue Reading

Chesapeake College Installs Solar, EV Charging

Linda Hardesty

Chesapeake College in Maryland signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SolarCity to install a solar array and solar parking lot canopy, along with 10 electric car-charging stations, reports MyEasternShoreMD. The main solar array of the 2 MW project will feature fixed-mount panels as well as tracking solar panels. Per the power purchase agreement,   …Continue Reading

BT Powers 90% of Research Center’s Energy Needs with Solar

Linda Hardesty

British Telecom (BT) entered a deal with UK Sustainable Energy (UK-SE) to take 100 percent of the energy generated by UK-SE’s new solar farm at Brightwell to power a BT research campus. Adastral Park, BT’s main research and development site in Suffolk will take 8 MW of power from the newly developed solar site at Brightwell,   …Continue Reading

Air Force Outlines Energy Plan Priorities

Karen Henry

To maintain a state of uninterrupted readiness, the US Air Force has developed a strategic energy plan that includes improving resiliency, reducing demand, maintaining an assured supply, and fostering an energy-aware culture, according to an article in Defense One. To improve resiliency, the Air Force is diversifying its fuel sources. By including wind energy at   …Continue Reading

Eaton Provides Power Management for Casino Solar Array

Linda Hardesty

Eaton will provide electrical distribution equipment for a 6.4 MW DC solar installation at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center in Las Vegas. At peak production, the MGM Resorts International and NRG Energy project is expected to produce nearly 20 percent of the Mandalay Bay’s power demand. Eaton received the contract from Sunora   …Continue Reading

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