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What is Community Shared Solar?

By Mathias Aarre Maehlum
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According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), about three in four residential buildings have physical restrictions to going solar. However, things are changing, and in the last several years or so, “shared solar” has started to take root in many states across the country. What exactly is shared solar?


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Monterey County Office of Education Flips Switch on Solar and Efficiency Project

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The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), along with Chevron Energy Solutions, unveiled a new solar power and energy efficiency project that is expected to reduce MCOE’s overall energy demand by as much as 75 percent while yielding an expected savings of $2.2 million during the first 25 years of the project.


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Florida A&M Selects Siemens for $12.2 Million Performance Contract

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) has chosen Siemens to implement a $12.2 million performance contract that is expected to save the university approximately $1.2 million in equivalent guaranteed annual energy savings.


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Thermal Energy Storage Slashes Peak Demand at McConnell Air Force Base

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CALMAC has announced the successful installation of its IceBank® thermal energy storage tanks at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) in Wichita, Kan. By implementing thermal energy storage, the base is able to reduce the costs associated with round-the-clock cooling and reduce peak demand charges.


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Refrigeration: A Fundamental Building Block

By Bryan Furgison
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Technology such as cell phones and the Internet tend to get a lot of recognition as fundamental elements of an advanced society. However, I believe there are overlooked, less glamorous technologies, that are fundamental to advanced societies. One of these is basic technological building blocks is refrigeration.


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Sealant Keeps Project on Track After Ventilation Shafts Fail Pressure Tests

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When tests indicated that the ventilation shafts in Ohio State University’s (OSU’s) William Hall Complex Extension had unacceptable leakage, workers were able to seal all 19 shafts of the six-story dormitory building in less than two weeks, saving costs and allowing the construction schedule to remain on track.


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Thoughts on NBC’s Today Show Air Conditioning Sting Operation

By Michael O'Grady
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This past week, NBC’s Today show aired a segment that challenged the honesty and integrity of air conditioning technicians. Producers of the show staged a simple, easy-to-fix broken wire in an a/c system. Six technicians failed to make the proper recommendation. I believe that lack of proper training is a big part of the problem.


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University of Texas Receives Incentive Dollars from Oncor's Energy Efficiency Program

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Oncor has awarded the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) with a $98,371 cash incentive for replacing older cooling equipment with energy-efficient HVAC equipment in its Supplemental Utility Plant and residence halls.


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Distribution Center Achieves Net-Zero Energy Use

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McCormick & Company Inc. and Constellation Energy, a business unit of Exelon, have announced that McCormick’s 363,000-square-foot distribution center in Belcamp, Md., now generates more electricity than it uses though the implementation of energy efficiency and solar power.


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Seattle 2030 District Uses Building Dashboard to Track Energy Savings

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Lucid announced a partnership with the Seattle 2030 District to provide energy and water monitoring for commercial buildings in downtown Seattle. Lucid’s Building Dashboard® will enable managers and tenants to track ongoing progress toward a 50 percent reduction in energy and water usage.


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