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.
Stone Edge Farm, a spa and vineyard in Sonoma, California, announced the selection of Emerson Automation Solutions on January 24 to provide efficient and reliable operation of its new microgrid – which Stone Edge describes as “a self-sufficient energy production and distribution facility relying on diverse sources of electricity, including solar power, wind power, hydrogen power, and advanced storage battery technology.”
Oklahoma Gas and Electric had paid businesses of all sizes more than $7.5 million in energy-saving incentives this year, as of December 19, the utility announced. That figure reflects 750 projects among large commercial and industrial facilities, schools and government buildings, and small businesses. Combined energy savings came to more than 80 million kWh.