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Alabama School System Reduces Energy Costs 22%

Linda Hardesty

Limestone County School System in Alabama hired Schneider Electric to conduct energy upgrades to all of its 14 campuses in the county. The school system will set the state standard for energy efficiency, as the project will reduce utility costs for the system by 22 percent. The majority of the funding for the renovations will   …Continue Reading


Suniva, Technology Credit Offer PV Financing

Linda Hardesty

Suniva, an Atlanta based manufacturer of solar cells and modules, and Technology Credit Corporation (TCC), a privately held financial services firm, are partnering to offer financing to Suniva customers. Target customers include community non-profit organizations such as schools, houses of worship, homeowners associations and health service providers. TCC has more than 300 commercial PV systems   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Programs Saves New Jersey School District $1M a Year

Karen Henry

Honeywell is leading an energy savings improvement program for New Jersey-based Hillsborough Township Public Schools to help boost energy efficiency in the district’s facilities. When complete, the upgrades are expected to cut the district’s energy use by almost 50 percent and reduce the school district’s annual operating costs by about $1 million. The school district will   …Continue Reading


Geothermal, Chilled Beam Save School 35% on Energy Bill

Linda Hardesty

The new 300,000-sq-foot George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky., uses a geothermal-based chilled water loop combined with SEMCO chilled beams and dedicated outdoor air systems for its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The building is recording 35 percent less monthly utility costs versus the 30 percent smaller conventional high school it   …Continue Reading


Solar Tops Triton College

Linda Hardesty

The Cernan Earth and Space Center building at Triton College in River Grove, Ill., has installed solar panels with support from a $54,000 grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The array includes 54 solar panels, each with the capacity to power 250 watts   …Continue Reading


Schneider Wins Energy Upgrade Contract for 27 School Sites

Linda Hardesty

Vista Unified School District became the third of San Diego County’s 42 school districts to have its Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plan approved by the California Energy Commission. Vista Unified School District will receive $4.7 million that will be used for a variety of energy efficiency retrofits including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) replacements, programmable   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Completes Retrofit of Rural Schools

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry completed a retrofit of the middle school and high school for Salem R80 School District in Salem, Mo. Both schools received safety and security upgrades, new classrooms to eliminate mobile classrooms, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades. The project was made possible by a voter-approved $4.5 million bond issue. Construction and renovations   …Continue Reading


DOE Reports Highlight Strength of US Wind Energy Industry

Karen Henry

The United States ranks second in installed wind energy capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the US Department of Energy (DOE): the “Wind Technologies Market Report” and the “Distributed Wind Market Report.” With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the US wind energy market is helping to   …Continue Reading


Vermont Microgird Combines Solar, Storage

Linda Hardesty

A solar + storage microgrid project in Rutland, Vt. – the Stafford Hills project – is being developed by Green Mountain Power, in collaboration with Dynapower and GroSolar. The energy storage component of the project is co-funded by a federal-state-NGO partnership involving the State of Vermont; the US Department of Energy, Office of Electricity; and   …Continue Reading


OSU Campus Derives More Than 70% of Energy from Wind

Linda Hardesty

Oklahoma State University (OSU), which became an EPA Green Power Partner in November 2012, decided to use green power – wind power in particular – to take advantage of an abundant, local and renewable Oklahoma resource. Another reason OSU decided to use wind power was because of the fluctuation of fossil fuel costs, which play a   …Continue Reading


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