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ARPA-E Issues Grants for Solar Modules

Carl Weinschenk

Lowering costs and dramatically increasing system efficiencies and energy yields of solar modules are the goals of a $2.9 million grant to several organizations from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant was awarded to Semprius, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,   …Continue Reading


Shopping for Circuit Breakers via Schneider Mobile App

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric is providing a Services Modernization Solution Selector, a mobile application to help facility managers who are shopping for replacement designs for low voltage and medium voltage switchgear as well as custom solutions for other critical electrical system components. The solution selector searches an extensive database of direct replacement designs for a number of   …Continue Reading


Microturbine Converts Flare Gas to Useable Energy

Linda Hardesty

Capstone Turbine received an order for a C1000 microturbine to be installed for Kineticor Resource, a Canadian energy services company that provides onsite power for natural gas drilling operations. Kineticor builds, owns and operates power generation equipment that converts associated gas to power. The grid-connect C1000 microturbine will use the flare gas produced by a   …Continue Reading


Walmart, Others Seek to Back Out of Florida Energy-Efficiency Program

Karen Henry

Walmart and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, which represents large electricity users, have submitted a proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) that would allow them to opt out of the state’s 35-year-old conservation program, South Florida’s NMC-2.com reports. The proposal would separate the energy-efficiency payments and the demand-side management programs that are   …Continue Reading


Duke Converts Steam Plant from Coal to Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

Duke University in Durham, NC, spent $35 million on the conversion of its West Campus Steam Plant to natural gas from a coal plant that burned more than 50,000 tons of coal a year. An article in HPAC Engineering says the plant, which was built in 1928, provides steam for space and process heating for   …Continue Reading


New Energy System Will Save Stanford $420M

Karen Henry

Stanford University is building a new energy system that incorporates solar power with heat recovery. The new system, called the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), will save the university $420 million in energy costs over 35 years, making Stanford one of the most energy-efficient research universities in the world. The university has also committed to providing   …Continue Reading


Roundy’s Deploys Ecova at 165 Locations

Linda Hardesty

Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets picked Ecova to provide utility expense and data management and Energy Star benchmarking. Ecova will assist the retailer in monitoring and reducing energy use and reporting carbon emissions at about 165 locations. Leveraging the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform and the Ecova Big Data Warehouse, Roundy’s will gain a better understanding   …Continue Reading


GE Provides Software Enhancements for Turbine Operators

Linda Hardesty

General Electric Measurement and Control and Power Generation Services announced performance enhancements for its Mark control system. The OpFlex Software Enhancement Module packages are available for existing Mark VIe controls systems as well as retrofits and migrations. The OpFlex Software Enhancement Modules are designed to improve availability and system reliability, decrease troubleshooting time, improve operator   …Continue Reading


Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

Linda Hardesty

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison’s service territories. As part of the decision, the CPUC approved the Option R rate, which was proposed and supported by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) lobby   …Continue Reading


CHP Offers Major Benefits to NY Commercial Property Owners

Linda Hardesty

Combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, is a worthwhile investment for mid-size to large commercial property owners in New York, particularly in the five boroughs of New York City where a variety of financial incentives are available, according to a white paper issued by ConEdison Solutions. The energy services company said there has   …Continue Reading