Energy Trust of Oregon Exceeded 2015 Goals

Carl Weinschenk

The Energy Trust of Oregon said this week that last year it saved its participating customers, which are a mix of businesses and consumers, $362 million on energy bills.

Non-Profits May Get Energy Efficiency Help

Carl Weinschenk

The Senate has approved – by an 85-12 vote – a bill that would provide energy efficiency grants to non-profit institutions, according to The Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The story says that The Energy Policy Modernization Act was authored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND). It grants as much as $200,000 to non-profits – including   …Continue Reading

Solar Expanding in Middle and Low Income Communities

Carl Weinschenk

The use of solar energy is growing in low and middle income communities. Creative financing has a lot to deal with causing — and extending — this trend. In low income communities, solar is given an extra push because it creates local jobs. GreenBiz cites research from Kevala Analytics on the broadening of solar. The firm found that last   …Continue Reading

Chicago Archdiocese to Energy Benchmark 2,700 Buildings

Karen Henry

In a bid to answer Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical to protect the environment, Archbishop Blasé Cupich says the church will perform energy efficiency benchmarking on all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago, according to an article in the National Catholic Reporter. All of the buildings in the archdiocese will be evaluated for their   …Continue Reading

LEDs Reduce Energy 84% at Arboretum

Linda Hardesty

The Morton Arboretum, an outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois, has completed an LED lighting upgrade throughout its buildings. The upgrade was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF). Prior to the upgrade, the Arboretum’s calculated annual energy consumption was 156,483 kWh. Upon completion   …Continue Reading

Easter Seals Saves $22,590 Per Year with HVAC Upgrade

Linda Hardesty

Easter Seals of Arkansas, which operates an outpatient services building in Little Rock, had been putting off problems with its HVAC system for about two years. Because it operates as a 24-hour care center, it was difficult to disrupt the staff and patients for an HVAC upgrade; also, the organization lacked funding. Ultimately, the HVAC   …Continue Reading

Schneider Electric Completes Portable, On-Site Data Center

Linda Hardesty

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Barcelona, Spain, Sagrada Família needed to upgrade its small server room to a more robust data center, allowing site operators to better manage the church’s security and effectively control the millions of visitors that come to the site each year. In addition, Sagrada Família continues a long history   …Continue Reading

Observatory Uses Eaton Backup Power

Linda Hardesty

Mt. Washington Observatory in North Conway, NH, installed backup power from Eaton in the event of power being knocked out from harsh conditions, including wind gusts in excess of 100 MPH, direct lightning strikes and heavy winter snowstorms. To avoid downtime to its IT equipment and protect against data loss, the observatory is using Eaton   …Continue Reading

190 Michigan Nonprofits Get Energy Efficiency Benefits

Linda Hardesty

About 190 nonprofit groups throughout Michigan will pay $350,000 less for energy next year after Consumers Energy provides them with energy-efficient upgrades for free. The nonprofits are receiving free installations of energy-saving items such as LED lights and programmable thermostats, financial incentives or free energy assessments to help them reduce their energy usage. Most of the   …Continue Reading

US Bank, Microgrid Solar Provide Nonprofits with Solar

Linda Hardesty

Microgrid Solar and US Bancorp Community Development are financing the installation and operation of up to 120 solar photovoltaic systems to benefit 56 nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis area. Each 25 KW solar installation will produce about 30,000 kWh a year. Site installations have already been completed for dozens of area schools and institutions   …Continue Reading