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New Lab to Help Bring Solar Thermal Technologies to Market

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The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has announced the opening of its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) & Renewable Energy Laboratory to provide greater capabilities for developing a wide variety of highly efficient renewable energy technologies such as solar thermal products.
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Seasonal Outlook for Much of the U.S. Indicates a Hot Summer

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Now that the nation is finally showing signs of emerging from the worst recession since the 1930s, the latest long-range seasonal forecast from the National Weather Service indicates HVAC contractors may get some relief from the cold, hard times of the last couple of years with a hotter than normal summer in much of the country.
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Net Metering Now Available for New York's Micro-CHP Users

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New York state homeowners now have an added incentive to install micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) systems. The New York State Public Service Commission approved tariff filings that pave the way for homeowners who install the systems to receive credit for excess electricity they generate and sell back to their utilities.
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Home STAR and Building STAR Legislation to Stimulate Energy Savings and Jobs Creation

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Congressional leaders have introduced two bills - Home STAR and Building STAR - that use short-term rebates to promote energy efficiency. Each of these programs is expected to create a minimum 150,000 jobs, many of them in the hard-hit construction sector and in related industries, including HVAC.
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Honeywell Completes Stimulus-Backed Solar Project

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Honeywell announced that it has installed the first of two solar photovoltaic arrays for the city of Wilmington, Del. The work was highlighted during a commemoration event showcasing successful projects backed by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).
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Smart Grid Could Reduce Energy Use by 12 Percent

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A smart electrical power grid could decrease annual electric energy use as well as carbon emissions by at least 12 percent by 2030, according to a new report from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
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Health Care Facility Relies on Standby Power for All Loads, Including HVAC

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When Halifax Health recently added the new 10-story France Tower to the campus for inpatient and emergency treatment, it selected a 4.5 MW MTU Onsite Energy standby power system. With power outages common in Florida, officials sized the system to supply all the loads in the new tower, including HVAC.
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McKinstry Helps District Open Idaho's First LEED Silver Public School

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Caldwell School District has opened the state of Idaho’s first school to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification - Van Buren Elementary - with the help of McKinstry, an Idaho-based building expert that provided mechanical engineering services and sustainability consulting.
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NIST Research Helps Advance Organic Solar Cells

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A new class of economically viable solar power cells - cheap, flexible, and easy to make - has come a step closer to reality as a result of research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have deepened their understanding of the complex organic films at the heart of the devices.
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Upgrade of District Heating and Cooling System to Increase Energy Efficiency

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Veolia Energy North America awarded a design/build contract to Progressive AE to upgrade its Grand Rapids district heating and cooling system. The firm is designing and installing a cutting-edge condensing heat exchanger, a sophisticated heat recovery technology that will reduce the volume of fuel consumed by at least 5 percent.
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