Product News & Announcements

Tuesday 02/21/2017
Standard Solar Installs Multi-Building System for Developer

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Standard Solar, Inc., a solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of commercial solar electric systems nationwide, dthe completion of a 708 kW solar project for Montgomery County, Md.-based commercial real estate developer, DANAC, LLC. The project, featuring a parking garage solar canopy, a solar carport and a rooftop system, was completed in late 2016 and was recently named a finalist for a 2016 Wintergreen Award for Excellence in Green Building.

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McLaren Health Care Selects Cree to Deliver Intelligent Light

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., announced that McLaren Health Care, a Michigan-based integrated healthcare network, has selected Cree LED Lighting and Cree SmartCast Technology to modernize exterior and interior lighting across 11 hospitals. Cree’s advanced LED solutions go beyond light with intelligence that automatically adapts to the environment to deliver greater energy savings and personalized environments that promote comfort, safety and security for McLaren patients, visitors and staff. 25,000 Cree outdoor and indoor LED fixtures, including more than 12,000 Cree SmartCast intelligent lighting fixtures are installed throughout the facilities, enabling McLaren to reduce their energy costs by 66 percent and realize an estimated savings of more than $1.6M annually in energy and operating expenses.

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Danfoss Accepting Entries for EnVisioneer of the Year Award

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial and water systems, is accepting entries for its eighth annual EnVisioneer of the Year award competition.

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Tuesday 02/14/2017
DESEU to Track and Monitor Statewide Energy Efficiency

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- In an industry first, the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility is implementing a statewide, unified method for tracking and reporting on its energy efficiency, conservation and renewable initiatives. energyOrbit has been selected to deliver a Statewide Energy Savings Database platform for the DESEU's Energize Delaware programs, as well as select programs at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. These groups will utilize energyOrbit's cloud-based platform to standardize and streamline data tracking and reporting for a multitude of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs operating around the state, from low-interest revolving loans for energy efficiency and customer-sited renewables, to solar renewable energy credits procurement and home performance audits. By engaging energyOrbit, the DESEU and DNREC will have the ability to seamlessly send reports, as well as effectively share data and communicate with their industry partners.

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LED Lighting Retrofit of Children's Hospital Completed

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Two multi-level parking garages and subterranean guest parking floors were upgraded to energy efficient lighting. Existing fixtures were retrofit with state of the art SCS lighting products, and in many locations out of date luminaires were completely replaced with energy efficient LED luminaires.

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Amazon Wind Farm US East Now Fully Operational

ORANGE, Conn. -- Spanning farm fields in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, the Amazon Wind Farm US East, powered by Avangrid Renewables at Desert Wind, is now the first commercial-scale wind farm in North Carolina and one of the first in the southeastern United States. The facility reached full commercial operation this month and began delivering power in December 2016. It features 104 modern wind turbines that will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 61,000 U.S. homes each year.

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Pacific Union College to Install Commercial Energy Storage

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Green Charge announced that Pacific Union College will install a 1MW/2MWh commercial energy storage system on its Napa Valley campus. Pacific Union College is expected to save nearly $800,000 dollars over the 10-year agreement with revenues generated through demand charge reduction and demand response programs through Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Pacific Union College is located 70 miles north of San Francisco in the heart of Napa Valley. The campus hosts more than 1,600 undergraduate students and 90 full time professors. The Green Charge energy storage system will also provide resiliency for the College’s cogeneration plant.

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Tuesday 02/07/2017
Lighting Transforms Parking Garage Experience for Arena Fans

DURHAM, N.C. -- American Airlines Center, the Dallas area's premier sports and entertainment arena, selected Cree, Inc., lighting to provide a better lighting experience for fans as they enter and exit the world-class arena. Cree IG Series LED luminaires were chosen to replace the high-pressure sodium and metal halide light fixtures in its parking garages, establishing a welcome first impression with improved light quality that enhances visitors’ sense of security, safety and comfort. The arena’s switch to Cree LED parking garage lighting will generate an anticipated 66 percent reduction in energy consumption and $1.26 million in energy savings annually.

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Itron Advances Grid Reliability with Modeling Service

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, is helping utilities improve grid performance with its new Itron Grid Connectivity offering, which is now commercially available.

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Renewable Power Direct Sources Wind Energy for Iron Mountain

HOUSTON, Texas -- Renewable Power Direct, the national green power marketer, announced it has signed Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider in storage and information management services, to a new power supply agreement to fulfill a portion of the electrical load for Iron Mountain’s Texas operations. The power will be sourced from NextEra Energy and its Blue Summit wind farm outside of Vernon, Texas.

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Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform Drives High Scalability for BART

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Nutanix, a provider in enterprise cloud computing, announced its solutions are enabling the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit to architect an enterprise cloud to improve performance and simplify management of the mission-critical services that power BART’s system.

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Tuesday 01/31/2017
SolAmerica Energy Launches Solar Project on Carter Farm

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy, a solar, development and construction firm, will be having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its latest solar project in Plains, Ga. Former President Jimmy Carter leased a 10-acre site in his hometown to SolAmerica for development of the 1.3 MW solar project, which will provide more than 50 percent of the power needs of the city of Plains.

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Stem Connects 1 MW of Energy Storage for Hawaiian Electric

MILLBRAE, Calif. -- Stem, Inc., a global provider of commercial-scale intelligent energy storage services, has completed testing on its customer-sited storage fleet installed for Hawaiian Electric Company.

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GRID Alternatives Gets Grant for Low-Income Solar Expansion

OAKLAND, Calif. -- GRID Alternatives, America’s largest nonprofit solar developer, announced the Wells Fargo Foundation has committed to a four-year, $2 million grant to expand low-income solar access. The grant builds on more than $4 million Wells Fargo has invested in GRID Alternatives since 2008, catalyzing the national expansion of GRID’s work bringing solar power and job training to disadvantaged communities.

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Construction of Pipeline to Provide Carbon-Neutral RNG

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Southern California Gas Co., and waste management company CR&R Environmental announced they broke ground on construction of an 8" pipeline that will bring carbon-neutral renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time.

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Bergkamp Paver Meets Stringent Emissions Regulations

SALINA, Kan. -- Bergkamp Inc., based in Salina, Kan., offers the new M310CS truck-mounted slurry seal and micro surfacing paver, which receives power from the Tier 4 truck engine that fulfills stringent emissions regulations. With PTO-driven hydraulic pumps, the M310CS has eliminated the need for a side engine, along with its associated emissions, noise and vibration, while delivering power and performance equal to the side engine package that is standard on the M310 Paver. The M310CS is one of the most productive pavers in the industry, using the EMCAD System, which is designed to manage power inputs and electronically control material outputs to maintain the desired mix design.

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Sunday 01/22/2017
Proterra Secures Electric Bus Order with King County Metro

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Proterra, an innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced an additional order from King County Metro that will include up to 73 battery-electric buses for metro Seattle and adjoining communities. As part of Executive Dow Constantine's Green-Fleet Initiative, King County Metro announced the new deployment at an event in which the transit agency outlined its carbon-neutral plan to launch a record-setting electric transit fleet by 2020.

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TeraFlex Saves $30,000 Per Year with Legend Solar

WASHINGTON, Utah -- Legend Solar, the fastest-growing solar power company in Utah, is saving TeraFlex approximately $30,000 per year in energy costs with a 140 KWh solar power system installed by the company. The new system offsets almost all of TeraFlex’s energy costs for its office and warehouse space, with room for additional solar power panels as the company expands its production in the coming years.

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sPower Supplies Solar Energy to California Utility

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- sPower, the largest private owner in the United States of utility-scale solar operating assets, announced that its Antelope DSR 1 and 2 facilities achieved commercial operations before the end of 2016 and are now providing 68.8 MW solar power to Southern California Public Power Authority. Participating member agencies using the renewable energy from the newly commissioned sites are the cities of Azusa, Colton, Riverside and Vernon.

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Tuesday 01/17/2017
State’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array Now Complete

RENTON, Wash. -- IKEA, a home furnishings retailer, announced that the installation of solar panels is complete atop the relocated Seattle-area store currently under construction in Renton, Wash., that will open in early Spring 2017. The project is the largest solar rooftop array in the state of Washington.

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Itron to Improve Water Efficiency, Distribution System in Halifax

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, and Halifax Regional Water Commission have entered into a contract to modernize the utility’s water distribution system. The utility, which provides water, wastewater and stormwater services to residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality, the capital of Nova Scotia, Canada, will deploy Itron’s smart water solution and analytic software-as-a-service as part of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project. The project aims to provide more customer-focused and efficient services to residents and improve overall system infrastructure.

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Ameresco to Build Microgrid at Marine Corps Recruit Depot

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and energy infrastructure company, announced it has been issued a task order to build a site-wide microgrid integrating 10 MW of new onsite generation and a battery energy storage system at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., by the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center.

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Retailers Enhance Comfort and Control with StoreWise Lighting

SOMERSET, N.J. -- Philips Lighting announced the commercial availability of Philips StoreWise, a customizable system of integrated luminaries and controls, specifically designed to create a more engaging and inviting atmosphere for shoppers. With StoreWise, North American retailers can enhance the in-store shopping experience by precisely tuning the appearance and ambience of any store area or activating a lighting scene with the push of a button from a mobile device.

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Tuesday 01/10/2017
Sunnova Expands Zero-Money-Down Solar Program

HOUSTON, Texas -- Sunnova, a provider of residential solar services, announced the expansion of its EZ Own Loan, allowing homeowners to own their solar power system with no out-of-pocket expenses for down payments or maintenance.

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New Tech Empowers More Connected Transit System

RICHMOND, Va. -- Michael Baker International, a provider of engineering, planning and consulting services, is helping residents and city officials in Richmond, Va., rethink the design of the Greater Richmond Transit Company bus system and establish a more connected transit network through the innovative use of technology. To assist the community in visualizing various transit options and to identify a more effective system, Michael Baker planning experts developed a unique Geographic Information System tool, an interactive isochrones map of the city's transit system.

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City to Launch First Driverless Public Transit Vehicle in U.S.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A new milestone in transportation was reached as NAVYA and Keolis, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas, launched the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle ever to be deployed on a public roadway in the United States. The shuttle is being launched in the new Innovation District that was recently created by the city of Las Vegas in downtown Las Vegas.

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Tuesday 01/03/2017
Lancaster Choice Energy Welcomes 10MW Solar Facility

LANCASTER, Calif. -- Marking yet another milestone in its journey toward Zero Net Energy status, the city of Lancaster and sPower, an independent energy producer, announced that the Western Antelope Dry Ranch utility-scale solar power facility became operational at the beginning of this month. This new facility is now producing 10 MW of renewable energy, which supports the city’s Lancaster Choice Energy utility.

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Green Charge Energy Storage Goes Live at High School District

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Green Charge Networks, LLC, a provider of commercial energy storage in the U.S., announced that systems are live and operational for California’s largest school energy storage project. Serving more than 17,000 students in San Diego, Grossmont Union High School installed Green Charge’s GridSynergy Storage with $6.4 million in projected savings and revenues. The systems and installation came at no cost to the district through Green Charge’s Power Efficiency Agreement shared-savings model.

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Cree Announces the Next Generation of Extreme High Power LEDs

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., has introduced the XLamp XHP50.2 LED, which delivers up to seven percent more lumens and 10 percent higher LPW than the first generation XHP50 LED in the same 5.0 mm x 5.0 mm package. The new XHP50.2 LED enables lighting manufacturers to quickly improve the performance of existing XHP50 lighting designs. Capable of producing more than 2,500 lumens from its 6mm light emitting surface, the XHP50.2 can reduce the size and cost of new designs and enable innovative solutions to address applications ranging from spot to street lighting.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
sPower Connects its Largest Solar Project to the Grid

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- sPower, the largest private owner in the United States of utility-scale solar operating assets, and the California Department of Water Resources announced commencement of commercial operations of the 107 MW Solverde 1 solar farm. The project is located in the city of Lancaster, Calif., in northern LA County. sPower installed more than 330,000 solar modules with a peak construction crew of 250 plus workers. The project was developed under an aggressive schedule going from signing the PPA to completing interconnection to building and commissioning the project in just 12 months.

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Performance Contract to Upgrade Jail, Juvenile Justice Complex

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company announced the acceptance by Multnomah County Board of Commissioners for a comprehensive energy savings performance contract that is expected to save the County $239,000 a year in water, gas and electricity costs. Ameresco was selected to conduct the efficiency measures after being awarded the contract through a competitive Request for Qualifications process for project development of conservation projects at County facilities.

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Azure Power Installs Rooftop Solar at Rail Facility

NEW DELHI, India -- Azure Power, an independent solar power producer in India, announced the successful installation and operation of its rooftop solar power plant for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation at the Sultanpur facility. This is the first phase of a 14 MW allocation by DMRC to Azure Power, one of the largest by DMRC to a solar power developer. The tariff on the project is $.083 per kWh, with a total subsidy of $2.5 million. The company will supply power for 25 years which will be utilized for DMRC’s operations. The 14 MW project will be completed in phases and will cover several metro stations, workshops and parking lots.

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Sunday 12/11/2016
Cree Expands LS Series LED Surface Ambient Portfolio

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., has expanded the market-leading LS Series LED surface ambient portfolio with the introduction of the new LS-FD High Efficiency linear luminaire. The new luminaire delivers excellent light quality and energy efficiency at 130 lumens per watt for greater savings and faster payback, and serves as an ideal replacement for linear fluorescent lighting in retail, industrial or commercial spaces. The LS-FD High Efficiency products provide customers more choices from Cree, adding to the original LS Series TrueWhite products, which offer exceptional 90-plus CRI color rendering for applications in which color accuracy is the driving consideration.

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APS, AES Bring Energy Storage to Arizona Customers

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Arizona Public Service is bringing battery-based energy storage to the desert through a 4 MW energy storage agreement with AES Energy Storage. The pair of 2-MW AES Advancion energy storage arrays will be deployed as part of the APS Solar Partner Program and represent AES’ first installation in Arizona.

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SolarWindow to Expand with Flexible Glass Option

COLUMBIA, Md. -- SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., a developer of transparent electricity-generating coatings for glass windows on tall towers and skyscrapers, and flexible veneers, announced that it is expanding product development to include applying its electricity-generating coatings onto flexible glass, as thin as a business card, that is flexible enough to be bent without breaking or cracking. The company estimates that the world’s first transparent, electricity-generating flexible glass conservatively represents a $25 billion market.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
Constellation and Amphitheater Public Schools Complete Solar Project

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a leading competitive retail energy supplier, and Amphitheater Public Schools announced the completion of a 9.3 MW solar generation project in Tucson, Ariz. The solar power systems, located across 25 school sites and support facilities, are expected to generate more than 60 percent of the District’s electricity needs in the first year of operation.

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BYD Debuts SkyRail System at C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY -- BYD debuted SkyRail, its urban layered transportation solution during the biannual C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City in front of an audience of more than 500 guests, including global city mayors, NGO representatives, business leaders and media. BYD’s urban layered transportation solution aims to tackle air pollution and traffic congestion, which will bring revolutionary changes to urban transportation in growing cities around the world.

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WiTricity Enables Interoperable Electric Vehicle Wireless Charging

WATERTOWN, Mass. -- WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, announced its Tunable Matching Network technology to drive global interoperability and adoption of wireless charging for electric and autonomous vehicles. TMN technology allows the wireless charging system to automatically optimize energy transfer between the ground and vehicle in a wide range of real world operating conditions including parking misalignment, differing vehicle ground clearance and varying battery voltage conditions. This flexibility enables wirelessly charged vehicles to interoperate more easily with standards-based charging sources made by different automakers, Tier 1 suppliers and infrastructure suppliers. With TMN based systems, drivers can park their wirelessly charged electric vehicles and be assured of rapid, efficient and safe charging, without having to handle charging cables or park their vehicle with precision.

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ALLU Marks Growth in Product Development, International Presence

TETERBORO, N.J. -- Two major themes marked the year 2016 for ALLU worldwide: the launch of the largest screener crusher ever manufactured, and strong growth in the Chinese market.

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
Solar Array to Power Iron Mountain Records Management Facility

BOSTON, Mass. -- Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, announced the activation of a solar energy array at its Freehold, N.J., facility that will generate 2.6 million kWh of electricity per year. The array, which sits adjacent to Iron Mountain’s largest records management facility on the east coast, will allow the company to offset 60 percent of the site’s energy consumption today, with that percentage expected to increase as other energy efficiency projects come online for the 857,194 square foot campus.

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San Jose Conservation Corps to Receive Vocational Training

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Boviet Solar USA, the North American arm of Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd., a global manufacturer of photovoltaic technology, is collaborating with Spice Solar and the San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School to help train vocational students in solar system installation. Boviet Solar USA has donated three different types of solar panels to the SJCC, and Spice Solar, innovators in rooftop module mounting systems, is providing SJCC students with hands-on training in rooftop solar installation.

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Ultra-Fast Charging Planned Along Major Highways in Europe

COLOGNE, Germany -- BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The goal is the quick buildup of a sizable number of stations to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers. This is an important step toward facilitating mass-market battery electric vehicle adoption.

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New Tools Launched to Support Electric Vehicle Adoption

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company released a new report and interactive map to support and ease the installation of critical electric vehicle fast chargers in Northern and Central California to help increase EV adoption and extend EV benefits across communities.

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
Amerlux Completes Retrofit Lighting Project for Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Amerlux recently supplied its Avista LED light engines as part of a major retrofit project in the downtown Los Angeles area. Since the late 1920s, GE lamps were used to provide light for the streets of downtown LA during its modern revitalization. The Bureau of Street Lighting reported that more than half of its streetlights have already been retrofitted to LED, including 600 fixtures with Amerlux Avista light engines. This retrofit project saves the taxpayers of Los Angeles almost 80 percent in energy costs and provides better color rendering for enhanced visibility, safety and security throughout the community.

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West Contra Costa School District Goes Solar with SunPower

RICHMOND, Calif. -- West Contra Costa Unified School District and SunPower Corp. will begin construction of SunPower Helix solar systems at 34 school sites in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The solar installations will include carports, shade structures and rooftop systems and will be constructed over the next year, with the first phase being operational in January.

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Fare Collection System Enhanced for Maryland Transit

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, announced the award of a $4.8 million contract modification from the Maryland Transit Administration to conduct a major upgrade to its Automatic Fare Collection system and setting the foundation for new features and functionality. The upgraded system will provide the MTA with the opportunity to accept new payment methods, such as mobile payments, as well as add new features, including a new customer web portal and an integration path with third-party transport services in the future.

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Exelon Chooses GE Predix to Accelerate Digital Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- At Minds + Machines, GE announced an enterprise-wide software agreement with Exelon, a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers and one of the cleanest generation fleets in the nation.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
Sonoma County Solar-Plus-Energy Storage Project Announced

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Green Charge and REC Solar announced plans to build the largest commercial solar-plus-energy storage project in Sonoma County.

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Partnership to Bring Food Waste Recycling System to California

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Whether they’re craving cilantro-speckled guacamole or tangy ceviche that still tastes of the ocean, Northgate Markets is a destination for shoppers who want a foodie experience with every trip to the market. The bountiful options offer shoppers a bigger selection of fresh, healthy food, but create a dilemma for supermarkets like Northgate itself: What to do with the food scraps?

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NY Auto Dealership Saves with Standard Solar

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Yonkers, N.Y.,-based auto dealer Smith Cairns Ford Lincoln Mazda Subaru is turning to solar to save on its energy bills. Working with leading solar energy company, Standard Solar, the dealer installed a 1,272 panel, 394 kW solar photovoltaic system. In addition to the 253 kW array on its rooftop, the system also features two solar carports totaling 141 kW. The system was completed in October.

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