UMass Dedicates On-Site Net-Zero Building, Even As Remote 4-MW Solar Roof Goes Live

UMass Dedicates On-Site Net-Zero Building, Even As Remote 4-MW Solar Roof Goes Live

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.

University of Hawaii Evaluates Energy Storage and Demand-Response in Demo Project with HECO

University of Hawaii Evaluates Energy Storage and Demand-Response in Demo Project with HECO

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.

NY Prize Offers $11M for Stage 2 Community Microgrid Competition; and NY Green Bank Provides $50M for Stage 3 Buildout

NY Prize Offers $11M for Stage 2 Community Microgrid Competition; and NY Green Bank Provides $50M for Stage 3 Buildout

overnor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on March 23 that the the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) would offer $11 million in funding for 11 microgrid projects across the Empire State as part of the second stage of the NY Prize Community Microgrid competition.

Clean Energy Advocates Say Ohio’s HB114 Would Squander $10B in Market Opportunities

Clean Energy Advocates Say Ohio’s HB114 Would Squander $10B in Market Opportunities

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.

RMI’s Solar RFP Aims to ‘Lighten’ Economic Load in Eastern Colorado

RMI’s Solar RFP Aims to ‘Lighten’ Economic Load in Eastern Colorado

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.

Hawaii Lawmakers Defer Energy Storage Tax Credit Bill, Cash Rebate Measure Remains Viable

Hawaii Lawmakers Defer Energy Storage Tax Credit Bill, Cash Rebate Measure Remains Viable

In the Hawaii State Legislature, a bill (SB-365) that would have provided a tax credit for energy storage projects has been shelved, Pacific Business News reported on March 20 .

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