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Utah Olympic Oval Saves $100,000 per Year with Solar

Linda Hardesty

A $1.4 million solar system is being installed at the speedskating building of the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, reports Deseret News. The solar energy is expected to save about $100,000 a year on the facility’s annual $750,000 power bill. The array will consist of more than 3,000 solar modules mounted on parking canopies   …Continue Reading

Brownfield Provides Site to Power Toledo Zoo

Linda Hardesty

A 22-acre Toledo brownfield site is now home to a 2.1 MW solar array that will supply about 30 percent of the Toledo Zoo’s electricity each year. (before and after pictured). The 28,500-panel array is bordered by a buffer zone for newly planted trees and green spaces. The solar array and property are owned by a   …Continue Reading

NHL Venue Features LED Lighting System

Karen Henry

PNC Arena—home to the Carolina Hurricanes—will unveil a new Show-Light Green LED system at its preseason opener on September 21. PNC Arena is the first US National Hockey League arena to feature LED lighting. The Centennial Authority has partnered with Musco Lighting to install the system. The lighting system will feature optically enhanced fixtures, which   …Continue Reading

Ottawa Arena Projects 70% Energy Savings with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Ephesus Lighting has been selected to retrofit the 19,153-seat Canadian Tire Centre, home of Canada’s National Hockey League Ottawa Senators, with Ephesus LED lights. Ephesus was selected after facility operators conducted an extensive side-by-side test with three other lighting companies offering LED systems. Canadian Tire Centre will replace its metal halide system with the Arena 600   …Continue Reading

Brazil Utility Trains Operators for Power Outages at World Cup

Linda Hardesty

At the World Cup soccer games in Brazil, Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico (ONS), the national operator of the Brazilian electric system, is using The Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI’s) Operator Training Simulator to ensure its operators are prepared to respond to any power disruptions. ONS has deployed the simulator at its national control center   …Continue Reading

Shanghai Disney Protects CHP Plant with Rotork

Linda Hardesty

Rotork valve actuators are supporting environmental protection technologies at the combined cooling, heating and power plant (CCHP) constructed to serve the new Disney Resort in Shanghai, China. A project for the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, the CCHP is a grid-tied, gas-fired power plant, which co-generates cooling and heating via engine waste heat and   …Continue Reading

Blue Lagoon Inspires ‘Side Business’ for Geothermal Projects

Linda Hardesty

In 1976, a drilling mishap at a geothermal power plant in Iceland ended up creating a popular and exotic hot spring pool, the Blue Lagoon. The spill at the Svartsengi geothermal power plant created a surreal pool of blue, geothermal seawater, which since has become a business that now employs 240 people and draws 600,000   …Continue Reading

Indianapolis Speedway Installs Solar

Linda Hardesty

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a new solar farm located adjacent to the race track. The IMS Solar Farm features 39,312 solar modules that generate 9 MW. IMS used 41.5 acres of its 1,000-acre campus for the panels. SunWize Technologies, of San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix-based Blue Renewable Energy co-developed the project. Blue Renewable Energy   …Continue Reading

Rogers Arena Reduces Energy 14% with Building Optimization

Linda Hardesty

Canucks Sports & Entertainment launched an automated Energy Optimization System (EOS) from Shift Energy at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. The EOS is able to fine-tune the entire facility from HVAC to chillers to lighting, optimizing the facility in real-time, while respecting the arena’s scheduling needs. The facility’s energy manager feeds the EOS with the   …Continue Reading

College Arenas Switch to LEDs from Ephesus Lighting

Linda Hardesty

College sports venues at Ohio University, Union College and the University of British Columbia have switched to LED lighting systems from Ephesus Lighting. Ephesus LED lights reduce power consumption by an average of 70 percent and generate 90 percent light output for 10 years, says the company. The Ohio University Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio   …Continue Reading

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