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Hiking Trails Lit with Solar Powered LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Sol recently completed the installation of commercial solar outdoor lights along the Maria Ygnacia Creek Trail, a 3.22-mile path in Goleta, Calif., popular with pedestrians and cyclists. The solar LED lighting was installed by the County of Santa Barbara along a 1,750-foot portion of the trail. The latest installation brings the total of solar lights   …Continue Reading


Energy Costs Higher for an Independent Scotland, Warns Davey

Linda Hardesty

On September 18, 2014, Scottish citizens will vote on whether they want to remain part of the United Kingdom or become their own independent, sovereign state. Edward Davey, the UK’s secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, says independence would increase energy bills for Scottish citizens. The UK government’s analysis shows   …Continue Reading


Constellation Builds 1 MW Solar Farm for California Town

Linda Hardesty

Constellation is constructing a 976 kW DC solar generation project for the city of Palmdale, Calif., scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014. Constellation is financing the project’s development and will own and operate the system, requiring no upfront capital from the city. Solar firm PsomasFMG worked with the city to develop the project. The   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Saves New Hope, Minn., $96,000

Energy Manager Today Staff

The City of New Hope,  Minn., has saved $96,381 in utility costs after just one year of energy upgrades as part of a guaranteed energy savings agreement with construction firm McKinstry, reports The Sun Post. The city entered the savings agreement in 2011 as part of a $4.4 million project aimed at reducing its energy usage. McKinstry guaranteed   …Continue Reading


Treasury Bonds for Clean Energy

Linda Hardesty

A group of Democrat legislators are borrowing a page from the WWII “war bond” model to increase the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency. They’ve introduced a bill – the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2014, which would allow Americans to invest in clean energy, starting as low as a $25 purchase of   …Continue Reading


UK Makes Push for Onsite Solar Generation

Linda Hardesty

The UK’s Energy Minister outlined a Solar Strategy in which the government will promote “solar hubs” at factories and other large buildings as well as parking lots. The government wants to move the emphasis for growth away from large solar farms and instead focus on opening up the solar market for the UK’s estimated 250,000   …Continue Reading


Duct Doctor Completes Air Duct Cleaning for GSA

Linda Hardesty

Duct Doctor USA completed the cleaning of the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ductwork at the 353,135-sq-foot Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building in Salt Lake City. The work was contracted through the General Services Administration‘s Federal Supply Schedule program. Federal agencies can procure Duct Doctor USA’s air duct cleaning services at pre-competed rates through   …Continue Reading


Ameresco Begins $45M ESPC for General Services

Linda Hardesty

Ameresco started project construction of its $45 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with the US General Services Administration (GSA). The ESPC will serve two federal buildings: the New Carrollton Federal Building in Lanham, Md., and the Silver Spring Metro Center 1 building in Silver Spring, Md. About 1 MW equivalent of on-site renewable energy   …Continue Reading


Solar Powers LED Street Lights

Linda Hardesty

Petra Solar has changed its name to Petra Systems and plans to expand its strategic focus beyond solar generation to deliver smart city applications, especially LED street lights powered by solar. Petra Systems introduced the Petra Smart City Solution, a smart pole system that connects street lights, energy generation, surveillance, data, and communication networks to   …Continue Reading


Schneider Wins $5.7M ESPC with Texas Town

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric signed a $5.7 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the city of Clute, Texas. The implementation of a variety of retrofits to aging infrastructure are being financed through the ESPC, including lighting and water metering, as well as the installation of a new wastewater treatment plant. The project is expected to save   …Continue Reading


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