Massachusetts Towns and Nonprofits Snag Perks of Two Solar Programs

Massachusetts Towns and Nonprofits Snag Perks of Two Solar Programs

On April 19, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) – a publicly-funded agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Bay State – and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced the selection of five communities and three nonprofit organizations to participate in a pair of solar energy programs developed and managed by the Baker-Polito Administration.

Wells Fargo Expands Clean Technology Incubator Program Beyond Commercial Buildings

Wells Fargo Expands Clean Technology Incubator Program Beyond Commercial Buildings

On April 13, financial services provider Wells Fargo announced a $20 million expansion of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a five-year, $10 million program launched in 2014, designed to facilitate early-stage technologies that reduce the energy impact of commercial buildings.

Duke Proposes to Cut Payments to NC Customer Operators by 36%

Duke Proposes to Cut Payments to NC Customer Operators by 36%

If North Carolina state regulators accept Duke Energy’s proposal (Docket E-100 Sub 148) to cut the price it pays for power from independent producers, a typical 5-MW solar array built in 2017 would make about $230,000 less a year than one built in 2016, according to an April 19 report by the Triad Business Journal.

Walmart Aims to Wipe Out Supply Chain Emissions with Project Gigaton

Walmart Aims to Wipe Out Supply Chain Emissions with Project Gigaton

Walmart formally launched its Project Gigaton on April 19 – an initiative under which the discount retailer will provide an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials, and use of products, with the goal of reducing carbon by 1 gigaton (1 billion tons) by 2030.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby to Speak Out for Carbon Fee on Earth Day

Citizens’ Climate Lobby to Speak Out for Carbon Fee on Earth Day

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby– a grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change – will speak out on Earth Day, April 22, to promote a market-based solution to global warming called Carbon Fee and Dividend. Under the group’s proposal, a fee would be charged against carbon at the point at which it enters the U.S. economy.

Salesforce Achieves Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Salesforce Achieves Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions

San Francisco-based Salesforce – which claims to be “the number-one CRM provider globally” – announced on April 13 that the company has achieved net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and is now providing a carbon neutral cloud for all customers.

NYSERDA and Regional Food Bank Deploy Solar Roofs for $520,000 in Savings over 25 Years

NYSERDA and Regional Food Bank Deploy Solar Roofs for $520,000 in Savings over 25 Years

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York jointly announced on April 18 that two newly completed solar installations – atop the bank’s warehouse facilities in Albany in upstate New York and in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, about 50 miles north of New York City – are expected to yield savings of $520,000 over a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Panasonic Tests Solar+Storage Using Younicos Li-ion Battery at Denver’s Peña Station NEXT

Panasonic Tests Solar+Storage Using Younicos Li-ion Battery at Denver’s Peña Station NEXT

Younicos announced on April 18 that it had commissioned a commercial 1-MW/2-MWh lithium-ion battery system in Denver that will serve as a key part of a futuristic solar-plus-storage microgrid – and a smart neighborhood – being tested by Japanese electronics giant Panasonic.

It’s Atlanta Versus Boston in Third Annual Better Buildings SWAP

It’s Atlanta Versus Boston in Third Annual Better Buildings SWAP

Could harnessing America’s binge-watching habits change the world? The third annual U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings SWAP – a reality TV-style challenge between the cities of Atlanta and Boston to seek better energy efficiency ideas for each other – is about to launch.

Microsoft Seals Deal with Puget Sound Energy to Buy Carbon-Neutral Power at Wholesale Prices

Microsoft Seals Deal with Puget Sound Energy to Buy Carbon-Neutral Power at Wholesale Prices

Puget Sound Energy that will enable the software giant to buy its own power directly from the open market at wholesale prices. The accord is subject to the approval of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in the coming weeks, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported on April 13.

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