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 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.
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.
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.
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.