Penn State Spends $8M for Building HVAC Replacement

Linda Hardesty

The Penn State Board of Trustees approved a design firm, final plans and the expenditure of funds to replace the HVAC system at the Visual Arts Building at University Park. The project will include a new hot water plant in the building, new insulated ductwork, a controls upgrade, piping replacement and two new air handlers.   …Continue Reading

Ideal Power Supports Green Charge Networks’ Energy Storage for California Schools

Linda Hardesty

Ideal Power signed a supplier agreement to provide power conversion systems to Green Charge Networks and received a multi-unit order for its 30 kW battery converter. The units will be used to support Green Charge’s intelligent energy storage system at several California schools in the districts of Mountain View and Tulare. Ideal Power’s 30 kW   …Continue Reading

Energy-Management Retrofit Helps College Save $30K

Karen Henry

Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, achieved $30,000 in energy savings eight months after deploying wireless, battery-free energy management technology from Magnum Energy Solutions, reports HPAC Engineering. Before the smart thermostats, occupancy sensors and window sensors were installed, students were experiencing excessively high temperatures in their dorm rooms, causing them to leave their windows open almost year-round.   …Continue Reading

University Building Saves 21% on Energy

Linda Hardesty

A “Green Committee” at the Center for High Tech Materials (CHTM) on the University of New Mexico campus implemented energy conservation initiatives that led to an energy reduction of 21 percent in the facility in about one year, reports UNM News. The Green Committee includes CHTM professors, students and researchers. One of the first projects   …Continue Reading

San Diego School District Uses Prop 39 Funds for Energy Savings

Karen Henry

The Del Mar Union School District in San Diego, California, has received $850,000 from Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, the Del Mar Times reports. Approved by California voters in November 2012, Prop 39 provides an estimated $2.75 billion in funding over five years to support energy efficiency and clean energy projects in   …Continue Reading

Carnegie Mellon Deploys IBM ‘Smarter Buildings’ System

Linda Hardesty

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) expects to save about 10 percent on utilities, nearly $2 million annually, when a new IBM “smarter buildings” system is fully deployed across 36 buildings on its Pittsburgh campus. Carnegie Mellon will use the new IBM Building Management Center product delivered on the IBM SoftLayer cloud to monitor thousands of data   …Continue Reading

School Achieves $170,000 Annual Savings via Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

The Sinking Springs Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania, is saving $170,000 annually after completing energy efficiency upgrades. NRG Controls was hired by the district to benchmark the utility costs at the school and implement the upgrades. NRG Controls serves commercial and public sector clients in central Pennsylvania and is a member of InsideIQ, an international   …Continue Reading

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

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