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Manufacturer Saves 50% on Energy with LED Retrofit

Linda Hardesty

Badger Meter – a manufacturer of fluid flow measurement and control products – completed a retrofit that replaced nearly 8,500 fluorescent lamps with LED products across various operations in its 315,000-sq-foot manufacturing and office facility in Milwaukee, Wis. The company wanted to save energy but also increase light levels for its nearly 500 employees in   …Continue Reading


Andalay Solar Partners with Highpower

Karen Henry

Andalay Solar is collaborating with Highpower International, a developer and manufacturer of lithium and nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries, to launch a pilot project that will provide technologically advanced energy storage systems for Andalay Solar customers and enhance system performance while keeping the cost affordable and viable. The energy system is designed to help customers avoid   …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


New Energy Buying Group Formed in Massachusetts

Karen Henry

More than 30 founding partner companies have signed up to join the Massachusetts Manufacturing Energy Collaborative (MassMEC), a buying group of manufacturers that reduces energy costs by purchasing energy supply in bulk. The companies, located in regions throughout the Commonwealth, include Northeast Real Estate Solutions, of Harvard, United Tool and Machine in Wilmington, CSH Industries   …Continue Reading


Noribachi Announces New Distribution Programs, Product Advancements, Revenue Growth

Karen Henry

Noribachi has announced new distribution programs, product advancements and substantial revenue growth for the first half of 2014. Several off-the-shelf fixtures are now available for purchase under the company’s new Quickship and Distributor Stocking programs. The Quickship Program features a selection of the most popular LED fixture and light engine retrofit configurations from the standard custom   …Continue Reading


3 MW Solar Array Powers BMW Factory

Linda Hardesty

BMW installed 11,500 260kw solar PV panels on top of the firm’s MINI production plant in Oxford, United Kingdom. The 3 MW array, which covers 20,000 square meters, is supplying power to the recently opened body shop production line where more than 1,000 robots are in operation building new MINI hatchback cars. The installation includes   …Continue Reading


Solar Trade War Escalates

Linda Hardesty

The US Commerce Department has determined that some Chinese solar manufacturers are getting around trade policies by locating their factories in Taiwan, and the agency has proposed expanding its penalties on selling solar modules at unfairly low prices, reports Bloomberg. The Commerce Department could institute duties as high as 165 percent for some Chinese manufacturers   …Continue Reading


GE Finds Substitute for Platinum in Fuel Cells, Builds Pilot Manufacturing Facility

Linda Hardesty

General Electric is building a fuel cell manufacturing facility in upstate New York to pilot a new form of fuel cell that uses stainless steel in place of platinum and rare metals. “Scientists in GE labs recently cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of the technology called solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC,” says GE’s   …Continue Reading


Whirlpool Threatens to Leave Energy Star Program

Karen Henry

Whirlpool is threatening to withdraw from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program unless Congress ban lawsuits associated with the program, the New York Times reports. A flurry of class-action lawsuits were filed against product manufacturers after government testing revealed that many products did not actually deserve the listing. Rep. Robert Latta (R-Ohio), whose district   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Program Saves Manufacturers More than $500K

Karen Henry

More than 250 manufacturing stakeholders came together June 3 at the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) NextGen-M Energy Forum in Timonium, Md., to learn about its new energy-efficiency program, which was launched last fall. Participants heard directly from the first 12 companies that are participating. Before Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) engaged RMI, for example, it   …Continue Reading


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