Renewable Rosés: Australian Winery’s Hybrid Solar System Uncorks Energy Savings

Renewable Rosés: Australian Winery’s Hybrid Solar System Uncorks Energy Savings

The Scion Vineyard and Winery in Rutherglen, Australia, is tapping into the local abundant sunshine for more than growing grapes for its wines. Rising infrastructure costs prompted owner and winemaker Rowly Milhinch to install a new hybrid solar energy system for powering the business. Established … Read more…

Food Giant Taps Hired Hands for Energy Improvements, Pulls 100+ Practical Propositions

Food Giant Taps Hired Hands for Energy Improvements, Pulls 100+ Practical Propositions

McCain Foods, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen French fries, identified more than 100 potential logistical improvements thanks to an employee survey. The McCain Foods processing plant in Timaru, New Zealand, questioned 20 people from various departments, including management and factory floor workers, … Read more…

Long Beach Launches Efficiency Certification Program for Restaurants

Long Beach Launches Efficiency Certification Program for Restaurants

The Long Beach Water Department in California recently launched a new program to certify local restaurants as being water and energy efficient. Called the Certified Blue Restaurant Program, it recognizes eateries that have “exceptional” water efficiency. In order to meet the certification requirements, a restaurant … Read more…

Rebound Technologies Secures $1.2 Million Investment for Energy-Saving Refrigeration Tech

Rebound Technologies Secures $1.2 Million Investment for Energy-Saving Refrigeration Tech

Denver-based startup Rebound Technologies closed a $1.2 million seed round this week, receiving investment from Closed Loop Ventures, Investors’ Circle, and PRIME Coalition, a public charity that facilitates investments in breakthrough energy companies. The startup was founded in 2012, and specializes in a novel energy-efficient … Read more…

Facility Control Systems Add Energy Efficiency for Food Retail Businesses

Facility Control Systems Add Energy Efficiency for Food Retail Businesses

Facility control systems may be the answer for food retailers that want to maintain efficient — and profitable — operations. Facility controls allow food retail business owners the ability to monitor building and refrigeration systems such as walk-ins, coolers, heating, AC and HVAC units, as … Read more…

Something New Is Brewing at Starbucks: A North Carolina Solar Farm

Something New Is Brewing at Starbucks: A North Carolina Solar Farm

Every Friday, members of Starbucks Treasury and Facilities teams at Seattle-based Starbucks set aside time to watch video footage taken by a drone flying over a 260-acre construction site on what was formerly a brownfield in Robeson County, North Carolina. They are monitoring the progress of NC-47, a sprawling solar farm that Starbucks says it has invested in as part of “a new phase in the company’s commitment to renewable energy.”

Whole Foods Market Cuts Operational Costs with Refrigeration Battery Pilot Test

Whole Foods Market Cuts Operational Costs with Refrigeration Battery Pilot Test

A Whole Foods Market in Los Altos, California, has become the first retail site to install a thermal energy storage solution called the Refrigeration Battery from Richmond, California-based Axiom Exergy, the two companies announced on April 25. The new solution is expected to help the supermarket to shif tup to 1040 kWh of electricity load for up to 10 hours a day over the course of several months.

Dunkin’ Donuts, Eversource, National Grid Develop Energy Program

Dunkin’ Brands Group – the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shops and Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops – Eversource and National Grid have developed the Dunkin’ Brands Energy Management Program. The companies are cooperating to identify energy efficiency operations at Dunkin’ franchises locations within the … Read more…

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