5 Reasons Clean Energy Investments Beat Expectations

Karin Rives

The solar industry is booming, and the US Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, chastised after several high-profile cleantech companies went belly up in 2011, has more than recovered. In fact, leading venture capitalists, some of our largest banks and brands, and — lately — private investors are expected to continue to invest heavily in   …Continue Reading

East Coast Cities are Top 3 Most Energy Efficient

Linda Hardesty

Boston continues to be the most energy-efficient city in the nation, according to the second edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Boston received 82 out of a possible 100 points, an improvement of more than five points from that city’s 2013 score. Trailing Boston,   …Continue Reading

Tri-Generation System Generates Heat, Power, Hydrogen

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and FuelCell Energy of Danbury, Connecticut, completed their combined heat and power (CHP) partnership project at FuelCell Energy’s Torrington, Connecticut, manufacturing plant. In addition to the generation of heat and power exceeding 75 percent efficiency, this unique CHP system also provides a stream of high purity hydrogen for use   …Continue Reading

Eaton Hired at Fort Campbell

Linda Hardesty

Eaton announced multiple contracts to provide engineering services, a solar inverter and electrical distribution equipment for a 1.9 MW solar project at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The project is the first phase of a planned 5 MW solar array at the US Army location. Once complete, the solar array is expected to annually produce about   …Continue Reading

Schneider Software Prevents Overcooling in Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric launched a new software module – Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize – available within its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite StruxureWare. This new capability adds intelligence to existing data center cooling systems. Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize enables data center managers to understand the complexity of airflow within their facilities, including all   …Continue Reading

Data Center Installs Bloom Energy Fuel Cells

Linda Hardesty

Data center company Equinix, is installing a 1 MW Bloom Energy biogas fuel cell project at its SV5 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Silicon Valley. The deployment of fuel cells supports Equinix’s long-term sustainability goal of using 100 percent renewable energy across its platform of more than 100 data centers. The 1 MW   …Continue Reading

Submetering Could be Poised for Growth

Linda Hardesty

A blog posting from JLL says that currently, only about 15 percent of buildings in San Francisco have some form of submetering in place, as the practice is largely optional in Bay Area commercial real estate markets. In cities such as New York, Chicago and Seattle, submetering of electrical utilities is more common, and in   …Continue Reading

Plug Power Sells 177 Fuel Cell Units to Big Box Retailer

Linda Hardesty

Plug Power says an unnamed big box retailer purchased a comprehensive GenKey hydrogen and fuel cell system to power the retailer’s material handling fleet in its new distribution warehouse constructed in Troy Township near Toledo, Ohio. Home Depot recently built a distribution warehouse in Troy Township. Plug Power’s GenKey installation is fully deployed at the   …Continue Reading

Bank of America Issues $600M Green Bond

Linda Hardesty

Bank of America has issued a green bond for $600 million to advance renewable energy and promote energy efficiency. This is the company’s second green bond. In November 2013, Bank of America issued its first green bond for $500 million. The funds from Bank of America’s green bonds are used specifically to finance renewable energy projects   …Continue Reading

Urjanet Accelerates International Expansion

Karen Henry

Urjanet has continued its international expansion into the European and Asian markets. The utility data provider has already launched in 13 countries outside of North America, including Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with plans to expand to an additional 30 countries by the end of the year. Urjanet’s expansion is being driven   …Continue Reading