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Georgetown Univ. Launches $5M Energy Competition

Linda Hardesty

Georgetown University is hosting a multi-year incentive competition that challenges small- to medium-size US communities to implement creative strategies to increase energy efficiency. Forty-nine communities have signed a letter of intent to compete, so far. Georgetown is using the prize to tap the creativity and spirit of competition between communities across the country to develop   …Continue Reading


Louisiana School Wins 2013 Energy Star Building Competition

Linda Hardesty

In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency hosted its fourth season of the Energy Star Battle of the Buildings Competition to see which building could cut its energy use the most. More than 3,200 buildings from all 50 states, two US territories, and the District of Columbia battled to attain top honors. Together they saved more   …Continue Reading


NC Schools Save $687,000 on Energy

Linda Hardesty

The Cabarrus County Schools in Concord, NC, hired Educon – Educational Consulting in 2012 to help several of its schools reduce energy costs. Since implementing Educon’s program, the schools have saved about $687,000 in energy expenses over the past two years – about 10 percent of the school system’s energy budget, reports The Charlotte Observer.   …Continue Reading


Urjanet Wins Contract with SchoolDude

Linda Hardesty

SchoolDude will leverage Urjanet’s energy data to support more than 6,000 educational institutions’ energy management initiatives. SchoolDude helps institutions better manage their facilities, IT and business operations by streamlining IT help desk management, scheduling preventive maintenance and maximizing facility use and utility consumption. Urjanet’s Big Energy Data services automate the collection, normalization and delivery of data   …Continue Reading


Detroit Schools Leverage Tax Credits for Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Detroit Public Schools is utilizing $150,000 of up to $1.8 million in energy tax credits to plan and design energy efficiency projects at 10 schools. Additional schools will be targeted for energy efficiency assessments and upgrades with the remaining tax credits. The projects will include swapping of incandescent and fluorescent lighting with LED lighting and   …Continue Reading


University of Alberta Taps Aircuity for Lab Ventilation

Leon Walker

Airside efficiency company Aircuity’s Western Canadian representative Aqua Air Systems has been awarded a five-year contract with the University of Alberta to install Aircuity products in at least three buildings on campus. The Katz Group Centre, the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, and the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences are all slated for   …Continue Reading


Building Systems Communicate with Each Other

Linda Hardesty

Oxford School District in Oxford, Miss., signed an energy services agreement with Johnson Controls to provide the high school’s heating, air conditioning, lighting and building management systems, which will save the district $6 million in energy and operational costs over the next 15 years. The new 220,000-sq-foot building is powered by a modular central energy   …Continue Reading


Technical Community College Installs 800 kW Solar

Linda Hardesty

Delaware Technical Community College hosts Delaware’s largest combined use of carport, rooftop and ground mount arrays in a solar installation. Standard Solar installed the 800 kW, 2,645-panel solar system, which includes solar installations at all four of the community college’s locations. Financing for the expected annual 1,075 MWh project was arranged through a long-term power   …Continue Reading


Using the Sun’s Energy to Make Solar Panels

Leon Walker

Oregon State University researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the materials needed for solar devices. The team of chemical engineers believes that the process could reduce the cost of solar energy, speed production processes, use environmentally benign materials, and make   …Continue Reading


RGS Energy Wins $22M Solar Contract

Linda Hardesty

RGS Energy will construct solar energy arrays at up to 22 sites within the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) in California under a 25-year power purchase agreement. When completed, the PV sites will generate up to 6.7 MW for schools and facilities in the district. The first-year savings are expected to be about $900,000. RGS   …Continue Reading


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