NYSERDA and Regional Food Bank Deploy Solar Roofs for $520,000 in Savings over 25 Years

NYSERDA and Regional Food Bank Deploy Solar Roofs for $520,000 in Savings over 25 Years

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York jointly announced on April 18 that two newly completed solar installations – atop the bank’s warehouse facilities in Albany in upstate New York and in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, about 50 miles north of New York City – are expected to yield savings of $520,000 over a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Hawaiian Electric Opens up Capacity for 2,800 Private Solar Rooftops

Hawaiian Electric Opens up Capacity for 2,800 Private Solar Rooftops

Hawaiian Electric Companies – comprising Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric – announced on April 12 that it would add capacity to its Customer Grid-Supply program to allow more rooftop systems to interconnect to the grid. Estimates show that at least 20 MW is available for customers of the three companies, representing about 2,800 private rooftop solar systems. More than half of that capacity is on Oahu.

Revolution Lighting to Implement Energy Efficiency Retrofits for 20,000 C&I Utility Customers in Connecticut

Revolution Lighting to Implement Energy Efficiency Retrofits for 20,000 C&I Utility Customers in Connecticut

Connecticut’s Small Business Energy Advantage Program has selected the Energy Source division of LED fixture provider Revolution Lighting Technologies to provide cost-effective, turnkey, energy retrofit solutions to about 20,000 commercial and industrial customers of regional electric distribution company United Illuminating.

Ground Is Broken on Pioneering New York City Microgrid Project

Ground Is Broken on Pioneering New York City Microgrid Project

Construction began on April 11 on a pioneering solar-energy-plus-storage microgrid at Marcus Garvey Village, a mixed-income rental apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York, purchased and renovated by L+M Development Partners.

Bell Labs Is Reinvented as an Energy Efficient Complex

Bell Labs Is Reinvented as an Energy Efficient Complex

It is doubtful that even a visionary such as Alexander Graham Bell could have imagined the ways in which his 19th century Bell Labs building has been changed today. Purchased by Somerset Development in 2013, the 2 million-square-foot complex in Holmdel, New Jersey – one of the largest buildings in the state – now is not only a technology hub, but also is environmentally friendly, according to an April 7 report by the Asbury Park Press.

‘Cow Power’ Considered by Connecticut Senate

‘Cow Power’ Considered by Connecticut Senate

Manure happens, and a bill (SB-999) just approved by the Environment Committee of the Connecticut Senate could help turn “cow patties” into a source of renewable energy on dairy farms in the Constitution State, according to an April 7 report by the Public News Service.

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum to Save $10K/Year with Solar Power

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum to Save $10K/Year with Solar Power

A custodian of the coal industry’s heritage in the eastern United States has been forced by economic woes to switch to solar-powered energy. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham told the local CBS-TV affiliate, WYMT-TV, on April 6 that it could save as much as $10,000 annually by changing to rooftop solar.

Corporate Managers Are Buying Into Solar Energy

Corporate Managers Are Buying Into Solar Energy

Target, Walmart and Apple are among the major retailers moving the solar market. They see the benefit of burnishing their brands by becoming clean energy advocates while they also increase operational savings.

Bill That Would Increase Expenses for Solar Owner-Generators Passes Missouri House

Bill That Would Increase Expenses for Solar Owner-Generators Passes Missouri House

The Missouri House voted 102-51 on April 3 to approve House Bill No. 340, which has now gone to the state Senate for consideration. In passing the bill, the House supported the utility rationale that owner-generators pass on their fair share of grid upkeep expenses to “regular” ratepayers.

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