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College Cuts Electricity Costs, Reduces Fatal Bird Collisions

Karen Henry

By installing bird-friendly film over highly reflective, heat-conducting glass, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Cape May County Campus in NJ has reduced its cooling costs and the number of fatal bird collisions at the same time. The dual problems began immediately after the college’s Cape May County Campus was established in 2005. Atlantic Cape decided to   …Continue Reading


Wisconsin Schools Use Energy Savings Guarantees

Karen Henry

A change in Wisconsin state law that allows school districts to borrow outside of their revenue caps for energy efficiency projects is helping budget-strapped schools to make facility improvements while increasing their energy efficiency at the same time, according to an article in the Fon du Lac Reporter. Facility maintenance is often the first thing   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Secures $5.3M in Prop 39 Funding

Karen Henry

The California Energy Commission has approved $5.3 million in Proposition 39 funding for Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. The funding—the largest Prop 39 allocation to date—is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to implement energy efficiency projects at the district’s four high schools. Hacienda La Puente USD has partnered with Schneider Electric   …Continue Reading


Tecogen Supplies CHP Systems via Energy Service Company

Linda Hardesty

Tecogen sold combined heat and power (CHP) systems to a group of public schools in northern New Jersey and Long Island, NY. The sales involved three contracts with a combined value at $1.97 million and were made separately to two regional offices of an un-named energy services company. The projects involved three high schools, one   …Continue Reading


University of Delaware Nixes CHP Data Center Project

Karen Henry

The University of Delaware (UD) has put a halt to a plan to develop a data center on the university’s Science, Technology & Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, after it conducted a study finding that the proposed combined heat and power (CHP) plant for the data center would be too large and emit too much greenhouse   …Continue Reading


Loyola University Reduces Energy with High Performance Windows, Geothermal HVAC

Linda Hardesty

The goal of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Sustainable Urban Living (CSUL) is to become a closed-loop urban agricultural community, a net-zero sustainable environment where people live, work and grow their own food. According to the university’s Office of Sustainability, the newly completed CSUL complex will contribute to a 50 percent decrease in energy consumption   …Continue Reading


PsomasFMG and Constellation to Develop 50 MW of Solar for Calif. Schools

Karen Henry

Solar firm PsomasFMG and Constellation announced an agreement to develop up to 50 MW of solar distributed generation projects for California-area schools and municipalities through the end of 2015. The agreement calls for Constellation to provide financing to build, own and operate the solar power systems and sell the electricity generated by the systems to   …Continue Reading


Reynolds Energy Services Wins $17.4M ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Reynolds Energy Services secured a $17.4 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to improve energy efficiency and security for three buildings in the Juniata County School District in rural-Pennsylvania. The project guarantees savings of $4.9 million over 20 years and updates the major infrastructure systems of the three buildings. The upgrades at East Juniata   …Continue Reading


School Integrates Facility, Building Automation Systems

Linda Hardesty

Lincoln Nebraska’s public school system is targeting a 5 percent reduction in electrical usage by integrating its building automation system (BAS) with its facilities management system from Archibus. By integrating the online Archibus Reservations application for scheduling and tracking room use with the Tridium Niagara BAS system, the school system’s facilities management team can track   …Continue Reading


Portland State Upgrades Energy System

Linda Hardesty

With the help of a $1.5 million grant from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA), Portland State University (PSU) will conduct a district-wide energy efficiency upgrade in the SoMa neighborhood at the south end of downtown Portland. The three-phase project includes the upgrade of PSU’s West Heating Plant, which replaces an old boiler with an   …Continue Reading


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