Product News & Announcements

Monday 07/02/2018
Itron Launches Intelligent Gas Meter

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced the launch of the Itron Intelis gas meter. The new meter transforms the gas distribution network from the one-way gas delivery mechanism that has been a standard for decades to an interactive energy network delivering gas more safely and efficiently. Featuring embedded intelligence, the meter is designed to increase safety for utility personnel, end customers and communities by enabling safety shutoff at all service points in a timely manner, among other features.

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Southern California Edison Proposes Program to Expand EV Infrastructure

ROSEMEAD, Calif. -- Two years ago, Southern California Edison launched Charge Ready, a pilot program to increase the availability of charging for passenger electric vehicles.

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Tuesday 06/19/2018
SunDirected to Install Local Solar Carport System

SPRING MILLS, Pa. -- SunDirected, a SunPower Commercial Dealer located in State College, Pa., has been selected to complete the installation of a 581 kW high efficiency solar power system at Burkholder’s Country Market in Spring Mills. The installation will span three solar carports and is projected to produce more than 700,000 kWh of electricity for the local grocery store in its first year of operation.

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Partnership to Expand Transportation Options for Patients

BOSTON, Mass. -- Partners HealthCare has entered into an agreement with Circulation to coordinate medical transportation logistics through Circulation’s on-demand ride ordering exchange. The agreement, which utilizes ride sharing technology and partners like Lyft to transport patients, aligns with the work Partners is doing to enhance care continuity and mitigate the social determinants that directly impact patient health. The relationship also allows for expansion to serve Partners employees in addition to patient travel.

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Ford Acquires Michigan Central Station as Centerpiece of New Campus

DETROIT, Mich. -- Ford’s Highland Park plant helped create America’s middle class. At Willow Run, Ford workers built the planes and tanks that helped win World War II, setting the stage for American prosperity. Generations of families have worked at the 100-year-old Rouge factory, putting the world on wheels and helping grow the middle class.

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Tuesday 06/05/2018
Miovision Unveils the World’s Smartest Intersection in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. -- Miovision, a provider of smart intersection technology, recently unveiled the World’s Smartest Intersection in the city of Detroit. The World’s Smartest Intersection, a system of sensors, video-based detection, connected traffic signals and remote monitoring capabilities, is composed of five intersections along a busy corridor, in the heart of Detroit. With a focus on safety, the World’s Smartest Intersection generates data that pinpoints areas where traffic-related fatalities and injuries can be reduced. Cities can use this type of data to advance their Vision Zero goals to eliminate deaths and serious injuries involving road traffic.

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Partners Announce Largest Solar Project Ever on Tribal Land

SAN FRANCISCO & LAS VEGAS -- 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, the largest independent solar and storage developer in the U.S., and NV Energy announced that 8minutenergy has been chosen by NV Energy to develop the 300 MW Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm in Clark County, Nev. The project will be built on the Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, and will be the largest solar installation to date built on tribal land. Eagle Shadow Mountain will also be the largest solar PV project ever built for NV Energy, as part of its latest tranche of renewable projects totaling over 1 GW.

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Solar Farm on Capped Landfill Completed

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & BETHEL, Conn. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company and the town of Bethel, Conn., are hosting a ribbon-cutting today at the town’s capped landfill to celebrate the completion of the solar photovoltaic facility. The town partnered with Ameresco to develop the solar PV project under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement. Ameresco will operate and maintain the system for the term of the contract to ensure optimal energy production.

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Pittsburgh to Launch Shared Electric Scooters

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Residents, workers, students and tourists in Pittsburgh will soon be able to experience the city like never before. Starting in June, on-demand mobility service Scoobi will introduce Pittsburgh’s first dockless electric scooter fleet, offering a new transportation option to the city’s 300,000-plus residents and visitors.

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Tuesday 05/22/2018
Reliant Bank Partners with Hytch to Offer Rewards for Ridesharing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reliant Bank is paying incentives to motivate commuters to share rides in an eight-county area of Middle Tennessee and in Chattanooga’s Hamilton County. To help relieve traffic congestion and ease commutes, Reliant is partnering with Nashville-based Hytch Rewards, a free smartphone app that validates and rewards ridesharing behavior through synchronized GPS technology.

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Ultra Clean Near-Zero RNG Trucks Deployed

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Six trucking firms operating in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are deploying trucks powered by Cummins Westport near-zero ISX12N engines, and fueled with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s Redeem brand renewable natural gas in an effort to reduce emissions and improve air quality in the ports and surrounding communities.

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Civil Maps’ Migration to Arm Drives Autonomous Vehicle Development

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Civil Maps, a pioneer in edge-based HD mapping and localization for autonomous vehicles, announced that the company has ported its vehicular cognition stack to run on the Arm family of processors. Arm is the world's leading licensor of automotive-grade system-on-chips and system-on-modules, with more than 1,000 technology partners. The move by Civil Maps marks a disruptive paradigm shift in which self-driving car developers can leverage an Arm SoC with Civil Maps embedded software for enabling vehicles to navigate safely and localize on the road. Currently, no other competing solutions, which commonly rely on x86 and/or GPU-based architectures, offer developers a path to production-scale vehicle autonomy.

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Tuesday 05/08/2018
GSB Products Maintain Pavement for 39 Years and Counting

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Asphalt Systems Inc. (ASI), based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has evidence that if used properly and at recommended intervals, its GSB products can maintain asphalt pavement for decades in the same surface condition it was in upon first application.

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Sunday 05/06/2018
Standard Solar Launches Commercial Solar Financing eBook

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Designed to help businesses, organizations, municipalities, educational institutions and others navigate the often complicated solar financing landscape, Standard Solar, Inc. released a free eBook, Commercial Solar Financing – The Definitive Guide.

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Willdan Selected for County School District Energy Performance Contract

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Willdan Group, Inc., announced that Pueblo County School District 70, a school district in Colorado, has selected Willdan for a $14 million performance contract for energy-efficient facility improvements. Willdan will leverage energy savings from energy-efficiency projects to fund capital improvements.

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Blink Charging and Bay Area McDonald's Upgrade 41 Charging Stations

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The San Francisco Bay Area will now have access to 41 enhanced industry-leading electric vehicle charging stations owned, operated and provided by Blink Charging Co., at 16 area McDonald’s restaurants. These stations are just an additional example of Bay Area McDonald’s commitment to sustainability. In January, McDonald’s announced new packaging and recycling goals, and in March, McDonald’s became the first restaurant company to set an approved science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tuesday 04/24/2018
Puget Sound Energy Improves Fuel Efficiency with 40 New Hybrid Utility Vans

TACOMA, Wash. -- Puget Sound Energy, the Washington state energy provider which recently announced it had added 40 new utility vehicles equipped with a hybrid electrification solution from industry leader XL, showcased one of its new hybrid vans with XL during the Green Transportation Summit & Expo, April 17-19. The joint demonstration showcased how companies can easily convert fleet vehicles to cleaner, more fuel-efficient systems throughout the event, which supports the commitment to carbon footprint reduction while saving costs.

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Keolis Awarded Contract to Operate On-Demand Microtransit Pilot

ORANGE, Calif. -- Keolis, a provider of passenger transportation systems, today announced it has been awarded a contract to operate the Orange County Transportation Authority’s first on-demand microtransit pilot, OC Flex. Microtransit systems are an effective method of serving areas with lower transit demand in a city and ensuring that passengers are able to easily access all public transportation options in their region. Microtransit provides another last-mile solution for supporting the diverse transit needs of communities. The OC Flex will connect to the OC Bus network and Metrolink commuter rail stations. Passengers will have the ability to hail rides from their phones and track the status of their trips.

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Standard Solar Completes 2 Megawatt Solar Project for University

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Standard Solar, Inc., a solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, has completed a 2 MW solar array at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory. Standard Solar and UMCES partnered to develop a solar project designed to significantly reduce UMCES’ environmental footprint.

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Tuesday 04/10/2018
Veolia to Operate Two Additional Biomass Projects in Georgia

BOSTON, Mass. -- Veolia Energy Operating Services, LLC, a division of Veolia North America, announced it was selected by Georgia Renewable Power to operate and maintain three biomass-to-energy facilities.

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Itron to Modernize Water Infrastructure with Smart Meter Migration

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, is working with the city of Fort Smith, Ark., to modernize its water infrastructure with Itron’s OpenWay Riva smart water solution over the next two years. Itron’s advanced water communication modules will be deployed to replace the city of Fort Smith’s aging water infrastructure, nearly half of which have exceeded normal life expectancy. The city will also gain access to daily and hourly interval data for increased billing accuracy, decreased operational expense and enhanced customer service.

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Tuesday 03/27/2018
Bay State Wind Partners with NEC Energy Solutions

BOSTON, Mass. -- Bay State Wind, the 50-50 partnership between Ørsted, a provider of offshore wind, and Eversource, New England’s premier transmission builder, announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to work collaboratively with Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions to develop an energy storage solution for its 800MW wind / 55 MW – 110 MWh energy storage combined project. The Bay State Wind project will represent the world’s largest wind-paired energy storage system for commercial-scale energy, which will be located in the South Coast region of Massachusetts.

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HomeWorks Energy Brings Energy Efficiency Services to New York State

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. -- HomeWorks Energy, one of the largest providers of home energy efficiency services in the Northeastern U.S., announced its expansion into Westchester County, N.Y. This announcement marks the first step in HomeWorks Energy’s planned national expansion and poises the company to take a larger leadership role in shaping energy efficiency programs and policy throughout the United States.

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Schools to Save $45,000 Annually with 1.1 MW Solar Project

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Standard Solar, Inc., a solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, announced it will design, build, finance, operate and maintain solar arrays at all seven schools within the Flushing Community Schools district in Flushing, Mich. The renewable energy, generated by the 1.1 MW of combined arrays, is estimated to save the school district $45,000 annually.

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Tuesday 03/13/2018
Innovative Energy Storage Platform Called the Reservoir Launched

ATLANTA, Ga. -- With a commitment to deliver cleaner, more reliable power where and when it’s needed most, GE launched the GE Reservoir, a comprehensive energy storage platform that delivers a suite of customized storage solutions to help customers address new challenges and seek new opportunities in a rapidly transforming power grid that is becoming more highly diversified and distributed.

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4.4 MW Solar Array Is Live at Campbell’s World Headquarters

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Campbell Soup Company, in partnership with BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, SunPower Corp., and ORIX USA Corp., announced that the 4.4 MW solar power project at the company’s world headquarters is officially online.

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Tuesday 02/27/2018
Visa Expands Contactless Payments in Public Transportation

BARCELONA, Spain -- Visa recently announced it has signed 14 new technology companies, from across 10 countries, as part of its Visa Ready for Transit program. The program works with companies whose technology solutions are accelerating seamless, friction-free commuting with contactless payments, helping to promote contactless growth in public transportation globally. The Visa Ready for Transit program was first announced in November 2017 with initial partners, Vix and Worldline.

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PGE Continues to Lead the Charge on Electric Transportation

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland General Electric announced plans to advance Oregon’s transition to a clean energy future with new investments in electric transportation for car owners and mass transit riders.

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Atkins Designs Flood Control Solutions in Northern Nevada

QUEBEC -- To reduce potential damage from a 100-year flood event, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is providing engineering and economic analysis services for the Truckee River Flood Management Project in Nevada. The company was awarded a $3.2 million design contract, which marks the first phase of the project and is considered the most critical phase. With the overall Truckee River project estimated at more than $400 million, Atkins has an initial part in the largest locally-sponsored public works project to date in northern Nevada.

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Geos Institute Offers Free Planning Guide and Low-Cost Climate Resilience Support

In an effort to help local leaders build climate resilience at an affordable cost, the Geos Institute is launching its new Climate Ready Communities program. The goal of the program is to ensure that communities of all sizes and wealth in the U.S. and Canada have effective climate resilience programs in place to protect their people, natural resources, infrastructure, and culture.

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Tuesday 02/13/2018
Empire State Building Uses Mobile App to Create $800k Per Year in Savings

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Empire State Building has long been a global icon of leadership and innovation, from the completion of its initial construction in 1931 to the kickoff of the Empire State ReBuilding Program in 2009, to its successful investment and return focused energy-efficiency retrofit. Today, the Empire State Building, assisted by JLL, is continuing to lead innovation by harnessing a mobile app provided by Cortex Building Intelligence to track and control energy consumption at the property. By using the Cortex app, engineers at the Empire State Building have been able to operate HVAC systems more precisely. The substantial reduction in energy usage at the Empire State Building has translated into an $800,000 decrease in the building’s annual operating costs, all without compromising tenant satisfaction.

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Companies Partner on Arizona’s Largest Battery Storage Project

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Two homegrown leaders in renewable energy, Arizona Public Service and First Solar, are bringing a first-of-its-kind 50 MW solar-fueled battery to the desert to provide clean power to Arizonans on hot summer days. This project will make Arizona home to one of the largest battery storage systems in the country. The innovative design models how the future of solar and storage can work together to deliver power to customers during peak hours.

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Sunnova Expands Residential Solar Service Offerings into Nevada

HOUSTON, Texas -- Sunnova Energy Corporation, a U.S. residential solar and energy storage provider, announced that it will once again offer homeowners in Nevada a brilliant choice for energizing their lives with solar. Sunnova will work with local partners across the state to help facilitate solar-powered job growth and customer savings.

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Tuesday 01/30/2018
Six Flags Great Adventure to Become First Solar-Powered Theme Park

JACKSON, N.J. -- Six Flags Great Adventure and its partner KDC Solar announced that construction will begin soon to make the New Jersey property the world’s first solar-powered theme park.

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Farm Partners with CHEP to Boost Sustainability, Improve Operations

ATLANTA, Ga. -- When Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest carrot producer, and CHEP, a global provider in pooling and supply chain management solutions, work together, the results are measurable and clear: improved sustainable practices and increased operations efficiency.The recent inaugural Global Organic Produce Exposition & Conference featured both companies, together again. Since partnering with CHEP, Grimmway Farms has realized the economic and environmental benefits of moving from white wood pallets to pooled pallets.

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Northern Pass Selected to Advance Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Goals

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Officials in Massachusetts announced that a bid submitted by Eversource and Hydro-Québec to utilize Northern Pass Transmission to deliver significant amounts of hydropower to the New England grid has been selected in the Massachusetts Clean Energy solicitation. With this decision, Northern Pass is well-positioned to provide a firm delivery of 1,090 MW of hydropower year-round that will lower energy costs and reduce carbon emissions in the region.

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New Pilot Projects Will Expand Electric Transportation in California

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced it will begin developing four new pilot projects aimed at helping fleet and residential customers simplify electric vehicle charging. The new projects were recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Tuesday 01/16/2018
Company Completes Three Additional New Wind Farms

ORANGE, Conn. -- Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., began commercial operations at three new wind farms in recent weeks. More than 500 MW of new wind farms in California, New Mexico and Colorado, all under long-term energy contracts, join the company’s U.S. fleet, which now includes 3,300 wind turbines across 22 states.

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Willis Tower Selects Entic to Increase Building Efficiency

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Entic, a provider of IOT and smart building technology, has been selected by Willis Tower to deliver increased operational efficiency and utility savings to the iconic 110-story skyscraper at the heart of Chicago’s skyline. This deal marks the eighth engagement between Entic and Equity Office, bringing Entic’s enterprise-wide solution to more than 11 million sq. ft. of the company’s global portfolio.

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e-Bike Pilot Program to Launch in San Francisco in April 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Motivate International, the operator of the Bay Area’s regional bike share system, announced it will add e-Bikes to its fleet, beginning with 250 e-Bikes in San Francisco this April. The pedal-assist e-Bikes, produced by Silicon Valley-based GenZe, will help riders by boosting their natural pedal power, so they can get up hills more easily and ride for longer distances. This new offering will integrate seamlessly with the Ford GoBike network and add a safe, reliable and affordable shared mobility option to the city.

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Portable Solar Generators Make a Difference in Relief Efforts

HOUSTON, Texas -- When Hurricane Harvey flooded much of Houston, it also knocked out the electric power that people needed to clean up after the storm.

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Tuesday 01/02/2018
Cummins and NRG Launch Tech Platform to Reduce Energy Costs

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Cummins Inc., and NRG Energy, Inc., announced a strategic partnership to deploy a resilient, cleaner and cost-effective distributed energy platform for commercial and industrial customers. This easy-to-implement solution provides customers an opportunity to transition to a smarter energy consumption model. The platform, with a preliminary estimated hundreds of megawatts capacity or enough to power tens of thousands of homes, enhances a customer’s energy usage through Cummins-powered generators and NRG distributed energy resource capabilities.

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Health Network Achieves $1 Million in Energy Efficiency Rebates

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Dayton Power and Light Company, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, is recognizing Kettering Health Network for earning $1 million in rebates through energy-saving measures that are improving the environment. The efforts are part of a broader corporate energy efficiency initiative that includes the Kettering Medical Center, Grandview Medical Center, Greene Memorial Hospital, Soin Medical Center, Southview Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center.

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Tuesday 12/19/2017
Susquehanna University to Develop 14-Acre Solar Array in Penn.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Susquehanna University has entered into an agreement with WGL Energy Systems, a WGL company, to develop a 3.9 MW ground-mounted solar array that will supply 30 percent of the university’s electricity needs.

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Packsize Intl. Becomes Largest EV Charging Installation in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Rocky Mountain Power awarded Packsize International with a $111,280 incentive check to recognize the availability of 50 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers on premise, creating the largest electric vehicle charging installation in Utah.

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Tuesday 12/12/2017
FirstNet Launches Ruthless Preemption for First Responders

RESTON, Va. -- FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network, now features ruthless preemption services for first responder subscribers across the country. This highly anticipated, specialized offering is now available to first responders in states and territories that have opted in to the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T plan, and have subscribed to FirstNet service.

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PG&E Proposes Clean Energy Alternative to Old Fossil Fuel Plant

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced a proposal that, if approved, would provide a clean energy alternative to a decades-old fossil-fuel power plant in Oakland.

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Monday 12/11/2017
MIT to Pioneer Next Generation Healthcare Innovation Ecosystem

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- MIT's Center for Biomedical Innovation announced its New Drug Development Paradigms Initiative will pilot a next generation healthcare innovation ecosystem designed to deliver more value from new medicines to patients faster, in ways that work for all parties.

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Tuesday 11/28/2017
Ameresco to Build Solar System at DEA Intelligence Center

EL PASO, Texas & FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and energy infrastructure company, announced the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has entered into a contract with Ameresco to build a 2.47 MW solar energy system at the El Paso Intelligence Center located on Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The Energy Saving Performance Contract was awarded to Ameresco under the ESPC ENABLE program.

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Tuesday 11/21/2017
California Transit Agencies Begin Microtransit Services

DURHAM, N.C. -- TransLoc, a technology provider of flexible agency-owned microtransit solutions, announced partnerships with three innovative California transit agencies readying to deploy microtransit in their respective communities, Orange County Transportation Authority, Central Contra Costa Transit Authority and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District.

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