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FuelCell Energy Sells University Microgrid to NRG Yield

Linda Hardesty

FuelCell Energy sold a 1.4 MW fuel cell power plant project at the University of Bridgeport to NRG Energy. Concurrent with the closing, a subsidiary of NRG – NRG Yield – acquired the project; the first-ever fuel cell project placed into any yieldco. The University of Bridgeport will buy the electricity and heat produced by   …Continue Reading


Lighting Retrofit Saves Illinois College $35K

Karen Henry

North Central College in Naperville, Ill., has completed a $200,000 lighting retrofit in its residence hall/recreation center and activities center. The college replaced metal halide, fluorescent and incandescent lighting fixtures in these facilities with LED lighting. The new fixtures will reduce annual energy consumption by an estimated 448,271 kWh and save the college an estimated   …Continue Reading


Schools Install 1,500 kWh of Energy Storage, EV Charging

Linda Hardesty

Several California schools have contracted with Green Charge Networks to install over 1,500 kWh of energy storage capacity under Power Efficiency Agreements (PEAs). The schools are: Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Oak Park Unified School District, Butte Community College, Peralta Community College District and California State University, Fullerton. By installing Green Charge’s lithium   …Continue Reading


Lighter Colored Flooring Can Create More Energy Efficient Classrooms

Karen Henry

Boosting the reflective value of flooring will enable more light — from artificial or natural sources — to bounce off the floor and illuminate a room more efficiently, according to a white paper, “Daylighting and Flooring: Don’t Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity,” issued by Armstrong Commercial Flooring. The white paper explains that a key strategy in   …Continue Reading


Energy Star Schools Triple in Vermont in 1 Year

Linda Hardesty

Representatives of the Vermont Department of Education, the Vermont Superintendents Association, and the Environmental Protection Agency joined Efficiency Vermont to recognize 22 schools that received an Energy Star designation for meeting stringent standards for energy use. The number of Energy Star-certified schools in Vermont tripled over the past year. With the 11 schools recognized in   …Continue Reading


Imergy, Geli to Provide Energy Storage for College Microgrid

Linda Hardesty

Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif., Imergy Power Systems, and Growing Energy Labs (Geli) will participate in a microgrid project funded by a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to enable the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District to integrate renewable energy sources into its operations and curb peak power. The district will install   …Continue Reading


College Wins Energy Funds from Grants to Green Maine

Linda Hardesty

Unity College in Unity, Maine, received a $39,520 grant from Grants to Green Maine to upgrade the energy system and controls at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. The grant will enable the college to replace outdated air conditioning units with air source heat pumps, replace incandescent and CFL lighting with LEDs, insulate   …Continue Reading


Solar Install Made Challenging by Slate Roof

Linda Hardesty

Portland College in the UK has reduced its energy bills by 15 percent with a new 186 kW rooftop solar array installed by EvoEnergy. The 772-panel system is installed on six rooftops at the college where it will generate an estimated 143,174 kWh per year of the college’s needs for 1.2 million kWh per year.   …Continue Reading


Insulated Steam Pipes Save Money

Linda Hardesty

The Facilities and Sustainability Committee of the Board of Regents at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, has approved a Steam Distribution Insulation Project for the purpose of reducing Luther’s carbon footprint. As a side benefit, the college will save energy. This project calls for the installation of insulation blankets on valves, expansion joints and condensate   …Continue Reading


Rice University Snags 2-Year Contract for Off-site Solar

Linda Hardesty

MP2 Energy has signed an energy agreement with Rice University that it says represents the first time off-site solar power is being delivered to a commercial entity on a short-term contract, without state or utility incentives in a deregulated market. The two-year agreement will initially power about seven percent of the university’s campus near downtown   …Continue Reading