Product News & Announcements

Tuesday 04/25/2017
Microgrid Powered Up in Parkville Neighborhood

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The city of Hartford, Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, and Bloom Energy announced the completion of a fuel cell microgrid that will generate clean energy, manage electricity costs and supply emergency power for public buildings and businesses in the city’s Parkville neighborhood.

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Navy Chooses Orion for LED Lighting Retrofits at Bases

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Orion Energy Systems, a designer and manufacturer of high performance, energy-efficient LED retrofit lighting products, announced it has secured $1.9 million in new contracts with the U.S. Navy to retrofit two naval bases with Orion’s newest LED lighting systems, compliant with the U.S. "Buy American Act" and "Trade Agreements Act." Installations are in process and expected to be complete by November 2017.

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Siemens Launches New Business to Digitalize U.S. Rail Industry

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Siemens has launched Digital Rail Services in the U.S., a new business that will use intelligent sensors and advanced software platforms to put intelligence behind billions of data points created on the country’s rail systems. This insight will help rail operators across the U.S. improve their operations and create an "Internet of Trains" to bring infrastructure and vehicles into the digital era. Powered by software tools, the Digital Service business will help rail operators reduce unplanned downtime, improve operational efficiency, enable improved business planning and performance, as well as generate energy and cost savings.

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LG Chem Launches Residential Battery Systems in North America

TROY, Mich. -- LG Chem Ltd., a provider of lithium-ion batteries for automotive, stationary and consumer applications, has formally launched its range of award-winning residential battery systems in the North American market.

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Tuesday 04/18/2017
ForeFront Power Develops 7.5 MW Solar Portfolio for College

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- ForeFront Power and State Center Community College District in California announce the development of 7.5 MW of solar canopy systems across five campuses in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Reedley.

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Consumers Energy Offers Appliance Recycling

JACKSON, Mich. -- As Michigan residents start their spring cleaning, Consumers Energy is encouraging people to turn old household items into cash through its appliance recycling program.

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Flex Launches Renewable Energy Storage Solution

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Flex, the Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world, has expanded its contributions to the renewable energy industry with the introduction of energy storage solutions to address the challenge of integrating solar and wind power into the energy grid.

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Cree Introduces Next Generation of RSW LED Street Lights

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., announced the next generation of its groundbreaking Cree RSW LED Street Light portfolio with the introduction of 2700K, 5000K and 70 Color Rendering Index configurations, giving cities and municipalities the ability to meet the full range of lighting preferences for their communities without sacrificing energy savings. The enhanced series includes RSW Small and Medium models that offer warm, inviting light for residential streets and clean, white illumination for roadways. Both deliver improved performance for superior efficacy with uniform and dark-sky friendly LED lighting.

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Monday 04/10/2017
SunPower Solar Install Underway at New Toyota Headquarters

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- SunPower announced that construction has begun on an 8.79-MW SunPower solar system at Toyota Motor North America's new headquarters in Plano, Texas, which the auto maker plans to occupy this year. Close to one megawatt larger than originally planned, it is expected to be the Lone Star State's largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies.

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Partners Complete First Joint Microgrid Project

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy Renewables announced its first microgrid project is now operating on the Schneider Electric Boston One Campus. Schneider Electric built the microgrid on the campus of its North American headquarters in Andover, Mass. REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, built and will operate the solar array.

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New York State Grange Gets Solar Panels

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Dynamic Energy Solutions, LLC, and the New York State Grange are have announced that a solar panel system is now helping to meet a portion of the electricity needs of Grange's Cortland Headquarters, in Central New York. The Cortland County Grange, which operates the New York State Grange Museum, just completed a project with Dynamic Energy, a leading New York State solar developer, builder and financer.

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Tuesday 04/04/2017
7-Eleven Agrees to Power Most Texas Stores with Wind

IRVING, Texas -- 7-Eleven, Inc., has signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100 percent Texas wind energy for all its Texas stores located in competitive energy markets. The 96-month wind energy agreement, which impacts 425 stores, starts June 1, 2018, and is expected to reduce 7-Eleven's carbon footprint by 6.7 percent while providing significant operating expense savings.

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UMass Memorial and Siemens Implement Master Energy Plan

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Siemens has begun work on the second phase of a 10-year energy performance contract with UMass Memorial Health Care, designed to align with the health care system’s master energy plan to reduce energy consumption and energy purchasing costs, while maximizing the use of renewable energy wherever possible.

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American Medical Response and Lyft Announce Partnership

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- Two leading specialists in transportation services have joined forces to make it easier for hospitals, healthcare systems and managed care organizations to offer patients efficient transport services to and from hospital settings and medical appointments.

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Tuesday 03/28/2017
Largest Electric School Bus Deployment in the U.S. Launched

STOCKTON, Calif. -- First Priority GreenFleet, a provider of clean transportation solutions, is partnering with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to deploy 29 electric school buses and charging infrastructure throughout Sacramento County, including Twin Rivers, Elk Grove and Sacramento City Unified School Districts. Funded in-part by a grant from the California Air Resources Board through California Climate Investments, the project will provide the largest ever U.S. deployment of zero-emission school buses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate mobile criteria pollutants and provide sustainable transportation for school children in California’s capitol.

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Partnership Assists School Board to Meet Climate Targets

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that it is progressing on its energy savings project with the London District Catholic School Board and helping the Board fulfill new climate change targets. The comprehensive $9.9 million energy efficiency and facility renewal project is expected to save more than $500,000 annually in utility costs. The project, which began last year and is expected to be completed in 2018, is implementing energy infrastructure retrofits and enhancements that promise greater efficiency, cost savings, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and more comfortable teaching and learning environments.

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DCO Energy to Develop Micro-Grid at Montclair State University

MAYS LANDING, N.J. -- DCO Energy and Montclair State University are pleased to announce that they are expanding their existing partnership to create and develop a state-of-the-art microgrid on the institution’s campus.

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Monday 03/20/2017
Cree High Power LED Delivers on Efficacy and Lumen Density

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., introduces the XLamp XHP70.2 LED, the second generation of the highest output Extreme High Power LED, which delivers up to 9 percent more lumens and 18 percent higher lumens-per-watt than the first generation XHP70 LED. The XHP70.2 LED provides up to 58 percent higher lumen density than the closest competitor LED of the same size, enabling smaller luminaires and better optical control for high-lumen lighting applications than ever before.

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Lothian Buses Selects Nevis Technologies for Smart Ticketing

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Nevis Technologies recently announced that it will deliver its smart ticketing solutions to Lothian Buses, the UK’s largest publicly owned bus company. Nevis Technologies, the joint venture company between Rambus, a provider of smart technology for transportation, and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Scotland’s largest regional transport partnership, serves as a delivery agent for smart integrated ticketing in Scotland. Lothian Buses will utilize the same solution used successfully by the Glasgow Subway, Abellio ScotRail and McGill’s, which is based on ITSO, the UK national open standard for smart ticketing.

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Hands-On 'Dominion Solar for Schools' Program Expanding

RICHMOND, Va. -- As Dominion continues to dramatically expand its solar power infrastructure in Virginia, it will more than double the number of sites for its innovative Dominion Solar for Schools program. Sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, the program offers K-12 students and educators alike a hands-on learning experience to generate electricity from a solar array installed on school grounds. Each participating organization will receive training sessions and curriculum on harnessing solar energy.

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Cox Enterprises Creates Clean Energy in West Virginia

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Cox Enterprises announced the completion of the New River Energy Facility in Beckley, W. Va. The facility captures landfill gas to generate energy and reduce methane emissions, which produces positive outcomes for the local community and the environment. The facility has the capacity to annually offset 14,200 tons of carbon and produce enough clean energy to power nearly 2,000 homes.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
ADI Energy Updates US DOE Headquarters with LED Lighting

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- ADI Energy, an energy services company headquartered in Smithfield, R.I., announced it completed construction of a significant LED Lighting Upgrade at the U.S. Department of Energy James Forrestal Building in Washington DC. This multimillion dollar energy savings performance contract was contracted through the streamlined DOE ENABLE program, designed and built in six months. The upgrade from traditional fluorescent lighting to Philips InstantFit LED Lamps from Philips Lighting cuts energy consumption by up to 45 percent of the affected lighting systems and improves the life span and uniformity of the equipment which reduces maintenance costs.

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Mortenson to Build Huge Single-Phase Wind Project in Colorado

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Mortenson, a renewable energy contractor, has been selected to build what will be the largest single-phase wind farm ever built in North America. The 600 MW Rush Creek Wind Project, owned and operated by Xcel Energy, will be home to 300 turbines and an 83-mile transmission line near Limon, Colo.

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Willdan Wins Energy Efficiency Contract from Lawrence, Kan.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Willdan Group, Inc., recently announced that it has been awarded a $10.9 million contract by the city of Lawrence, Kan., for a comprehensive energy-efficiency and facility-improvement project encompassing 40 city-owned buildings. The contract follows an investment grade audit performed by Willdan that projected the city’s annual energy and maintenance savings, and recommended specific energy conservation measures. As part of its turnkey contract, Willdan will be responsible for all facets of project implementation and ongoing performance measurement and verification.

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Drivetrain Supplied for Zero-Emissions Utility Truck

MILPITAS, Calif. -- Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., a provider of advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, announced the completion of the integration of its EDI PowerDrive technology into a new OEM platform, Freightliner. The newly available Freightliner M2 truck rounds out EDI’s portfolio of Class-3 to 6 zero-emissions utility vehicles with exportable power option.

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Tuesday 03/07/2017
MetroLINK Launches TransLoc Rider App

MOLINE, Ill. -- MetroLINK announced its partnership with transportation technology provider TransLoc to provide state-of-the-art transit technology tools to local Metro bus system riders. The TransLoc Rider app is now available to Metro bus riders in the Quad Cities area, putting real-time bus location, service alerts and route information in the palm of their hands.

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Amazon to Install Rooftop Solar on Fulfillment Centers

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Amazon recently announced a new initiative to generate clean energy by installing solar panels on its fulfillment facilities around the world. The company plans to deploy large-scale solar systems on rooftops of more than 15 fulfillment and sortation centers in the U.S. this year and is planning to deploy solar systems on 50 fulfillment and sortation centers globally by 2020.

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ComEd Preps Customers for Summer with Smart Meter Program

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Saving money and earning a bill credit during the summer can be easy for customers who have smart meters and are enrolled in ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program. PTS is an industry-leading program that essentially pays customers for using less energy on hot days when energy use is high.

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Tuesday 02/28/2017
First Community Solar Project to Go Live in NYC Area

BROOKLYN, New York – The PowerMarket, a platform and marketplace that allows customers in the greater New York City area to participate in local community solar projects, announces the first ever project to go live in ConEdison service territory. Community solar allows individuals and businesses to share in the benefits of solar with no upfront cost and without installing panels on their roof.

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Lighting Transforms First Commercial Vertical Farm in Canada

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, announced the completed installation of Philips GreenPower LED Production Modules at Ecobain Gardens, the largest commercial vertical farm operation in Canada. By upgrading the fluorescent lighting previously used in the facility to LED, Philips Lighting is helping the vertical farming pioneer to produce at commercial scale, accelerate growing cycles and grow healthier, more consistent plants, while saving up to $30,000 Canadian in energy costs per year.

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Sierra Wireless Selected by Nauto for North American Launch

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Nauto, the transportation technology company that makes driving safer and smarter, has selected Sierra Wireless, a provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things, as the wireless connectivity solution for the North American launch of Nauto’s flagship artificial intelligence-powered auto network, slated to go live in Spring 2017. The launch comes as traffic fatalities in the US are rising at the fastest rate in 50 years, according to National Safety Council findings released this month.

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E.ON Announces Texas Energy Storage Projects

CHICAGO, Ill. -- E.ON North America announced its Texas Waves energy storage projects will be co-located at the existing E.ON Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas. Texas Waves consists of two 9.9 MW short duration energy storage projects using lithium-ion battery technology.

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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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