The Sacramento Municipal Utility District Building 10.88 MW Solar Array

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District Building 10.88 MW Solar Array

The board of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has approved the construction of a 10.88 MW solar power array at Rancho Seco, a 62-acre property it owns, according to The Sacramento Bee. The SMUD formerly ran a nuclear power plant at the site. The project will … Read more…

SMUD Selects Opower, FirstFuel to Engage Business Customers

SMUD Selects Opower, FirstFuel to Engage Business Customers

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has selected Opower for a multi-year partnership to deliver personalized communications to residential, commercial and industrial customers. SMUD will replace a set of existing systems with the Opower platform. Opower will deliver an integrated Web portal across all of SMUD’s … Read more…

Calif. Utilities Save Customers $850 Million Over 2 Years

Calif. Utilities Save Customers $850 Million Over 2 Years

The $1 billion invested annually in energy efficiency programs by California’s largest utilities have saved customers $850 million on their energy bills over the last two years, after accounting for costs, according to the National Resources Defense Council. The energy savings are enough to power all of … Read more…

Solar Update: Hot Water Solar System at Multifamily; Toledo Zoo Installs Solar at Brownfield Site; Sacramento Utility Combines Concentrating Solar, Natural Gas

Solar Update: Hot Water Solar System at Multifamily; Toledo Zoo Installs Solar at Brownfield Site; Sacramento Utility Combines Concentrating Solar, Natural Gas

Kingspan Environmental designed a flat-panel solar thermal system for use atop an 11-story Arlington, Va., apartment building, which serves 300 residents (pictured). The 67-panel system is expected to save the property owners as much as $8,000 in utility costs in the first year with a … Read more…

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Deals: SoftBank, Bloom Energy Form JV in Japan, Sacramento Utility Selects Ecology

SoftBank and Bloom Energy established a 50/50 Joint Venture that intends to address Japan’s need for affordable electricity. The closure of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the earthquake has created a significant electrical power deficit, according to the partners. Subsequent energy imports have … Read more…

Portland Leads Utility Green Power Programs

Portland Leads Utility Green Power Programs

Oregon’s Portland General Electric leads the nation for selling the largest amount of renewable energy in 2012 through its voluntary green power program.  The utility – with green power sales of 834,125 MWh per year – claimed the top spot from Austin Energy in Austin, … Read more…

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