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Germany Uses Economies of Scale to Shape Renewables Market

Karen Henry

In the race for renewable energy adoption, Germany is the clear leader among industrialized nations. Over the last 10 years, it has spent more than $140 billion on its renewable energy program, using guaranteed returns to lure farmers, homeowners, businesses and local cooperatives to install solar panels, wind turbines, biogas plants and other sources of   …Continue Reading


Veterans Affairs to Save $880,000 Per Year After Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Energy Systems Group has been awarded a $7.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to implement an energy savings program at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The VAPAHCS operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes. This ESPC program will provide the VAPAHCS with two   …Continue Reading


Oregon Veterans Home Incorporates Solar Power

Karen Henry

A new healthcare complex developed for the nursing care of military veterans will include an 85.7 kW, 336-panel rooftop solar electric system that will generate an estimated 93,000 kWh of energy annually. Energy Trust of Oregon provided $114,109 in cash incentives toward the energy-saving investments. The 133,000-square-foot Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home, located in Lebanon, Ore., is   …Continue Reading


Siemens Wins $11M US Geological Survey ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Siemens Government Technologies has been awarded an $11 million Task Order by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to implement energy conservation measures at three of its facilities: National Center (Reston, Va.); Columbia Environmental Research Center (Columbia, Mo.); and the Western Fisheries Research Center (Seattle). Under the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), an IDIQ contract   …Continue Reading


Prison, Hospital Send Power to California Grid

Linda Hardesty

SunEdison and its affiliate TerraForm Power completed the interconnection of a 2.6 MW DC system at the Coalinga State Hospital and a 1.6 MW DC system at the Pleasant Valley State Prison. The systems were installed for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Department of State Hospitals. SunEdison says it has   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Signs $3.9M ESPC with Riverbank, Calif.

Karen Henry

Schneider Electric has signed a $3.9 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the City of Riverbank, Calif. The city pursued the project after recognizing its existing facultative lagoon system may not comply with anticipated future treatment standards for the state of California. Upgrading the existing facultative lagoons through a conventional design/bid/build process would have added   …Continue Reading


New York’s Solar Programs Merge under NY-Sun Initiative

Karen Henry

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s multiple solar programs are transitioning to the single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program. This effort is designed to support the state’s solar economy through the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative. Launched in 2012, NY-Sun is part of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to protect the environment, grow the clean energy   …Continue Reading


DOE Dedicates New, Energy-Efficient National Security Campus

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) dedicated a new National Security Campus in Kansas City. The more cost-effective, energy-efficient campus is delivering a 25 percent reduction in operating costs and more than 50 percent reduction in the infrastructure footprint from 3.2 million square feet to 1.5 million square feet. The construction of the National Security Campus   …Continue Reading


4 More Utilities Offer Energy Service Contracts Via FEMP

Linda Hardesty

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) announced that the following four utilities have joined its list of utilities that offer energy service contracts (UESCs) to their federal customers: Dominion Virginia Power Duke Energy Piedmont Natural Gas CPS Energy A UESC is a contracting vehicle that allows utilities to provide federal customers with comprehensive energy- and   …Continue Reading


Royal Oak, Mich., Establishes PACE District

Karen Henry

The Royal Oak, Mich., City Commission voted unanimously to established a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. It is the 10th local government to create a PACE district. Under the program, commercial building owners may voluntarily assume a special assessment on their property tax bill to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects. The   …Continue Reading


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