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Cornell Converts 10 Sports Facilities to LED

Linda Hardesty

Cornell University selected Ephesus Lighting to install its LEDs at 12 indoor facilities, including 10 sports venues, at the school’s Ithaca, NY campus. The project, commencing throughout the 2014-15 academic year, will require only 612 Ephesus LED fixtures to replace the 750+ metal halide fixtures currently in use. The conversion to the maintenance-free system is   …Continue Reading


College Gets $400,000 in Guaranteed Annual Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., has signed an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Schneider Electric to help the institution save nearly $400,000 in energy costs annually over 15 years. The university anticipates an additional $400,000 in utility incentives to offset campus-wide upgrades across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems. The   …Continue Reading


Phase 1 of University of Arizona Tech Park Solar Zone Is Complete

Karen Henry

Washington Gas Energy Systems has completed a 1 MW Cogenra Solar array that will produce renewable energy for Tucson Electric Power (TEP). The array at the Solar Zone, located at the University of Arizona’s UA Tech Park, consists of ground-mounted Cogenra T14 systems using Cogenra’s Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology. The solar array is the   …Continue Reading


Chesapeake College Installs Solar, EV Charging

Linda Hardesty

Chesapeake College in Maryland signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SolarCity to install a solar array and solar parking lot canopy, along with 10 electric car-charging stations, reports MyEasternShoreMD. The main solar array of the 2 MW project will feature fixed-mount panels as well as tracking solar panels. Per the power purchase agreement,   …Continue Reading


Chevy Crafts Unique Energy Efficiency Funding

Linda Hardesty

Portland State University has been conducing energy efficiency improvements on its campus for more than two years, paying for the improvements with a revolving fund set up at the college. But now, Portland State will receive about $18,000 in extra funds for the efficiency projects from Chevrolet in a unique funding arrangement. Chevrolet worked with   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Saves Ohio School District $500K

Karen Henry

The Medina City School District in Ohio has saved more than $500,000 so far this year—or 43 percent over last year—due to its energy conservation program, Cleveland.com reports. The school district took advantage of Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to borrow a limited amount of money for energy efficiency improvements without having   …Continue Reading


Newport-Mesa Uses Prop 39 Funds to Install Solar

Linda Hardesty

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California has identified 32 sites to install solar panels. The electricity generated will offset more than 35 percent of each site’s electricity needs, according to the Orange County Register. Newport-Mesa’s board approved the $13 million project, which will generate about 3,239 kW. Borrego Solar Systems has been chosen as   …Continue Reading


Protect School Air Quality During Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Says EPA

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while they conduct energy efficiency upgrades. These renovation and construction activities can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in inadequate ventilation in occupied spaces. EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health:   …Continue Reading


New Natural Gas Power Plants Help Schools Save Money

Linda Hardesty

Florida’s Sarasota County School District has lowered its electric bills by about $2.4 million since 2009 due to energy efficiency measures and rate reductions, reports the Herald Tribune. Although the school district has added more square footage since 2009, its electricity rate has gone down more than 15 percent, says the newspaper. Florida Power &   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Conducts $10M Energy Efficiency Project for CU-Boulder

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry is conducting an energy efficiency project for the University of Colorado Boulder that will save the university an estimated $573,000 annually. Construction of the project began in September and addresses updates to the MacAllister Building. A technical energy audit performed by McKinstry in early 2014 revealed several opportunities for energy saving measures, including new   …Continue Reading


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