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Solar Installed at USDA Buildings

Linda Hardesty

A 1.6 MW array of SolarWorld solar panels spreads over acreage on the campus of the US Department of Agriculture’s George Washington Carver Center – a four-building office campus. The solar system consists of 315-watt, 72-cell monocrystalline solar panels. The ground-mount system located on 10 acres at the facility in Beltsville, Maryland, is expected to   …Continue Reading


Federal Agencies Must Use eProject Builder for All ESPC Projects

Linda Hardesty

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) says all interested parties in federal energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) should now use eProject Builder (ePB), which is fully active and in production mode. eProject Builder is a free web-based system for entering and tracking ESPC data through the life of a federal project. eProject Builder was developed and   …Continue Reading


Courthouse Replaces Oversized Boiler

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry was named the energy services contractor (ESCO) for Tillamook County, Oregon’s courthouse upgrades. The initial engagement will involve replacement of the county courthouse boiler, which failed in late 2014. During an energy audit analysis conducted following the failure, the 1950s-era boiler was determined to be twice the size needed to efficiently cool and heat   …Continue Reading


Department of Interior Retrofits Headquarters Building

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has awarded Ameresco an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) valued at $77 million over its 20-year term to provide for the implementation of water conservation and energy efficiency measures and ongoing energy management services to the DOI headquarters building in Washington, DC. Through the comprehensive ESPC, Ameresco will   …Continue Reading


Federal Program to Train 75,000 Solar Workers

Linda Hardesty

President Obama announced a new federal workforce program to train 75,000 solar workers by 2020. The President made the announcement at an Ameresco-installed solar plant at the Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The US Department of Energy will have the goal to train 75,000 people to enter the solar workforce by 2020, some of   …Continue Reading


Geothermal System Saves Colorado State Capitol $95,000 in One Year

Karen Henry

The Colorado State Capitol building in Denver achieved $95,000 in first-year utility bill savings after undergoing an HVAC system retrofit, HPAC Engineering reports. The Colorado Capitol Complex was slated for a major renovation and restoration by the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) in 2003. Under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), Colorado is required to   …Continue Reading


DOE Issues New Energy Savings Performance Contracts Solicitation

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy released a request for proposals solicitation for the implementation of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) at US federal sites worldwide. The intent is to award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts to multiple vendors with a total contract ceiling of $55 billion. DOE is committed to full and open competition with   …Continue Reading


Obama Advances Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for massive reductions in energy and water use in federal buildings and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal fleets. Over the next 10 years, the order will save taxpayers an estimated $18 billion in avoided energy costs, says the administration. The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to: Ensure 25 percent   …Continue Reading


Total Energy Subsidies Decline, but Solar Soars

Karen Henry

While the total value of direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy markets decreased 23 percent from $38 billion to $29.3 billion between fiscal years 2010 and 2013, solar subsidies skyrocketed from $1.1 billion to $4.5 billion in 2013, according to an updated report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Declining solar costs   …Continue Reading


2 VA Medical Centers Install 7MW of Solar

Linda Hardesty

REC Solar is working with HICAPS, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) construction management firm to build two solar electric systems at US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) medical centers in Salem, Virginia and Las Vegas, Nevada. In total, these systems comprise nearly 7 MW of solar generation capacity across rooftops, carports and   …Continue Reading