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Brandeis University Virtual-Net-Metered Solar Array to Save $2M Over 20 Years

Cheryl Kaften

Brandeis University, located in the Boston metropolitan area, expects to reduce its long-term energy bills through a PPA the school signed on January 13 to obtain solar power from a 1.27-MW rooftop system installed on a property in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. Specifically, the system is anticipated to save the school an estimated $70,000   …Continue Reading


California Bill Would Require Solar Panels on New Buildings

Cheryl Kaften

California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-11) introduced legislation (SB-71) on January 9 that would require buildings erected in the Golden State to be equipped with solar arrays, according to a report by Pacific Standard magazine.


The Northport VA Medical Center Handles a Cooling Tower Crisis

Carl Weinschenk

On March 10, 2015, The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center was presented with a big problem: The piping connecting four cooling towers that served two buildings on the large campus ruptured and lost all cooling capacity. The buildings are part of a nearly century old, 200-building, 1.4 million square foot facility on a 253-acre site on the   …Continue Reading


Citi to Power Texas Data Center with 50% Retail, Renewable Energy

Cheryl Kaften

Citi has entered into a contract to purchase retail, renewable power from MP2 Energy for a multi-year term at its Roanoke, Texas, data center, the financial services provider announced on January 10. The contract will provide Green-e certified renewable energy for 50 percent of the data center’s power needs. The contract takes into consideration the   …Continue Reading


In Minnesota, St. John’s University Expands Solar Farm to Six Times Its Original Size

Cheryl Kaften

St. John’s University of Collegeville, Minnesota, announced on January 10 that it had expanded its community solar garden.


The Hospitality Industry is Upping its Efficiency Game…Mostly

Carl Weinschenk

Energy efficient and green operations have caught on in the hospitality sector, at least in San Francisco. The San Francisco Business Times reports that of the 230 hotels in the Bay area listed at TripAdvisor site, 66 hotels — 27 percent – are in the GreenLeaders program. That percentage easily tops New York City (15   …Continue Reading


Tesla Gigafactory Starts Mass-Production

Cheryl Kaften

In Sparks, Nevada, Tesla announced last week that its long-heralded, $5 billion gigafactory is now in mass-production mode – producing lithium-ion battery cells that will be used in the company’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy storage products, as well as in Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles.


Idaho National Lab Goal Is to Improve U.S. Manufacturing Efficiency by 50 Percent

Cheryl Kaften

The Idaho National Laboratory has announced that it will help operate a new U.S. Department of Energy institute – the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions Institute, or REMADE – which will investigate how to increase manufacturing efficiency, according to a January 5 report by the Idaho Falls Post Register.


Report: Corporate Real Estate Managers Aim for Zero Net Energy

Cheryl Kaften

Even without soaring energy prices as a primary motivator, global corporations — and more specifically their real estate departments — are increasingly focused on achieving a state of zero net energy (ZNE) according to a report released on January 4 by Atlanta-based CoreNet Global,


With Help of TVA, Farmer Puts ‘Pigs in Blankets’ to Save Energy

Cheryl Kaften

What’s a pig farmer to do when animals’ lives are being lost because they are trying to hog all of the heat during the winter season? Providing commercial and industrial energy customers with efficient solutions is the primary mission of Tennessee ValleyAuthority’s EnergyRight Solutions for Business and Industry (ERSB+I) team – and they came to the rescue when E.M. Heard & Sons, a pig farm located in Auburn, Kentucky, called for help.