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Massachusetts Town Builds Solar Garden on Landfill

Linda Hardesty

In Marion, Mass., a solar garden will be installed on 2.4 acres of the town’s capped landfill, reports South Coast Today.  The solar array will be on top of the landfill itself, and if demand is high, other parts of the 50-acre adjacent property will be available, as well. Marion’s Energy Management Committee will accept   …Continue Reading


Georgetown Univ. Launches $5M Energy Competition

Linda Hardesty

Georgetown University is hosting a multi-year incentive competition that challenges small- to medium-size US communities to implement creative strategies to increase energy efficiency. Forty-nine communities have signed a letter of intent to compete, so far. Georgetown is using the prize to tap the creativity and spirit of competition between communities across the country to develop   …Continue Reading


DOE Solar Loan Program had ‘Weaknesses’

Leon Walker

A Department of Energy program that administered a $400 million loan guarantee for now-bankrupt photovoltaics manufacturer Abound Solar had “several weaknesses,” according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General. In December 2010, the program issued the loan guarantee to Abound for up to $400 million to construct and commission thin-film photovoltaic solar   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Wins $10.8M ESPC with Federal Center

Linda Hardesty

The General Services Administration Region 8 Federal Center in Lakewood, Colo., signed a 20-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with McKinstry for 15 buildings, reports the Lakewood Sentinel. The $10.8 million contract is projected to result in a total energy savings of 47,000 MMBtu per year. McKinstry has identified about $600,000 in utility rebates for   …Continue Reading


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

Leon Walker

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


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