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Low-Cost Solar Water Heating System Introduced in Hawaii

SunEnergy Hawaii has introduced to the Hawaiian market a new solar water heating system that, according to the company, reduces annual water heating costs by 50 to 65 percent. Developed by Harpiris Energy, the SunCache system is said to be the nation’s lowest-cost solar water heating unit.
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Coolerado Wins UC Davis Western Cooling Challenge

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) issued a challenge to manufacturers to build more efficient air conditioners for the western United States. Coolerado Corp. was the first certified winner of the UC Davis Western Cooling Challenge, entering the program with its new hybrid commercial rooftop unit.
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Solar Is Nearly Competitive With Traditional Energy in Select Locations

Solar energy has had an image as an impractical high-cost luxury. However, falling costs and time-of-use electricity pricing have now begun to help solar become competitive in select locations. Proximity to “grid parity” varies by location, and is closest for commercial rooftop installations in California, according to a new research report.
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Money Masters Seminar Shows How to Achieve Success in a Service Business

Nexstar® has announced that the Money Masters® touring seminar will be coming to the Denver area Aug. 21-22. The seminar provides an opportunity for service contractor owners in the plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical trades to learn how to more profitably run the business-side of a company.
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Companies Partner to Bring Wi-Fi-enabled Thermostats to Market

GainSpan® Corp., a provider of Wi-Fi semiconductor solutions, Radio Thermostat Company of America (RTCOA), a provider of programmable communicating thermostats, and Our Home Spaces, a supplier of energy management solutions for homeowners and developer of iPhone™ applications, have joined forces to bring Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats to market.
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Alliance Environmental Group Offers Coil Cleaning Services

Alliance Environmental Group, a provider of indoor air quality remediation and mold/asbestos removal services throughout California, has announced the expansion of its offering to include commercial and residential coil cleaning services aimed at increasing energy efficiency and air quality for its customers.
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Seattle Refrigeration, RETA to Hold Ammonia Safety and Awareness Conference

Seattle Refrigeration Co. and the Seattle Chapter of the Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA), in conjunction with the Ammonia Safety and Training Institute (ASTI), are offering an NH3 (ammonia) safety class for their inaugural Ammonia Safety and Awareness Day.
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Goettl and Mix 96.9 Seek to Cool Off Phoenix's Hottest Moms

Goettl Air Conditioning and radio station Mix 96.9 (KMXP) are partnering to cool down Phoenix’s hottest moms this summer. From May 8 through June 1, Mix 96.9 listeners are invited to nominate a mother they feel deserves a new air conditioning unit by uploading a picture of her onto the station’s Website.
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NATE Contractors Benefit From Southern California Quality Installation Program

Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched its Energy Star® Residential Quality Installation program, and only contractors eligible for the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program are able to offer these incentives to their customers.
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Study Shows Growing Need for Energy Efficiency Occupations in Bay Area

The California Community College’s Workforce and Economic Development Centers of Excellence (COE) has produced a study indicating that California’s persistent move towards energy efficiency has spurred a rising need for eight energy efficiency occupations that is likely to create thousands of well-paying jobs.
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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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