This week the University of Massachusetts – a public system that enrolls about 73,000 students – earned some new credentials in environmental sustainability. The university dedicated a net-zero facility at its flagship campus in Amherst on March 22 and; the next day, began receiving power at its Boston campus from a remote, 3.9-MW solar array that has been pegged as the largest operational rooftop installation statewide.
The University of Hawaii Cancer Center and John A. Burns School of Medicine, adjacent facilities in Honolulu, have joined with Hawaiian Electric on a demand-response demonstration project that uses battery energy storage to deliver power during periods of peak energy use, according to a March 21 report by Pacific Business News.
On March 21, the national business group, Advanced Energy Economy, testified before Ohio’s House Public Utilities Committee hearing on House Bill 114 – a bill that AEE said “is considered worse for the advanced energy industry than House Bill 554,” which was vetoed Governor John. Kasich (R) last year.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to cost-effectively shifting businesses, communities, and institutions to energy efficiency and renewables – issued a request for proposals (RFP) on March 14 to develop 16.75-MW of community-scale solar generation on behalf of six rural electric cooperatives based in eastern Colorado.