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Solar Systems Shelves Australian CVP Plant

Karen Henry

Questions about the Australian government’s commitment to clean energy, along with lower wholesale power prices, have led Solar Systems to scrap its plan to build a 100-MW plant in Victoria, Australia, Bloomberg reports. The Mildura plant was designed to use concentrating photovoltaic technology (CPV), which concentrates sunlight on solar panels using lenses and mirrors, thereby   …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


Are Europe’s Green Energy Rules Driving Businesses Away?

Karen Henry

European Union (EU) laws targeted at energy security and pollution reduction may have cost the UK as much as $155.6 billion, according to Bloomberg.com. As a result of the laws, Business for Britain said in a recent report, companies are seeking out nations with lower energy prices. Business for Britain has launched a national drive   …Continue Reading


Massachusetts Town Reduces Annual Electricity Use by 14%

Karen Henry

Constellation and the Town of Essex, Mass., completed an energy-efficient lighting project designed to reduce the town’s electricity consumption by an estimated 85,266 kWh annually—more than 14 percent of the town’s usage. Energy-efficient lighting was installed in Essex’s town hall, police and fire station, senior center, water filtration plant and department of public works facility.   …Continue Reading


NY Manufacturer Highlights Benefits of ReCharge NY Program

Karen Henry

The ReCharge NY (RNY) power program was spotlighted by the New York Power Authority, which administers the program, and Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), a RNY customer. H&V is among 48 business and not-for-profit operations in the region benefiting from the program. H&V began receiving RNY power in 2013. Not only is the low-cost power helping to   …Continue Reading


Air Force Earns Federal Energy Awards

Karen Henry

The US Air Force won eight 2014 Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) awards—a record for the service. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) received 29 nomination packages from across the Air Force and culled them down to 15, the maximum accepted by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Among the winners were the following   …Continue Reading


Army Awards Final Contracts to Support $7B Renewable Energy Plan

Karen Henry

The US Army has awarded the final round of solar technology contracts that will support a $7 billion renewable and alternative energy power production for Department of Defense installations Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC). The US Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville   …Continue Reading


Earthquake Proof Facility Installs Solar

Linda Hardesty

SolarCraft completed a 518.5 kW solar power system at Marin County’s new Emergency Operations Facility in San Rafael, Calif. The building is a seismic-certified public safety building, which had its public debut on May 10. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the photovoltaic system is roof-mounted, spanning nearly 36,000 square feet. The system is built with   …Continue Reading


Looking for Australia’s First Net Zero Town

Karen Henry

A consortium of energy, community and academic groups are working in conjunction with the New South Wales (NSW) government to find Australia’s first zero net energy town (ZNET), Renew Economy reports. The groups are currently creating a project blueprint and business case for the project, with the goal of creating a system in a rural   …Continue Reading


City Reduces Sports Field Lighting Fixtures by 50%

Linda Hardesty

City leaders in Vestavia Hills, Ala., report that replacement of outdated lighting with highly efficient illumination at the city’s sports fields, pool and tennis courts is generating a nearly 50 percent decrease in energy usage. Leaders anticipate that the more efficient lighting systems could potentially reduce maintenance costs by up to $5,000 a month. Prior   …Continue Reading


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