Contract Wins: Cogenra’s Solar Cooling, Lime Energy, Comverge, Sprint
Cogenra Solar has partnered with Southern California Gas Company to pilot a solar cogeneration project that can generate electricity and hot water, and then use stored heat to power an absorption chiller and cool the building. The solar cooling element, which can be added to existing cogeneration systems, will be marketed to a variety of commercial customers in the data center, hotel and food and beverage industries, among others.
The St. Louis Development Corporation has been selected to receive $400,000 from the EPA to assess and plan cleanup of hazardous substances and petroleum in the metro area. The funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Process. Since 2003, EPA has awarded more than $4.2 million to address brownfield properties in St. Louis.
Lime Energy has become a pre-approved contractor for the NSTAR Municipal Program, which gives municipalities in the utility’s service territory incentives to make energy efficiency improvements. The program is part of the Green Communities Act, which allows Massachusetts agencies and local governmental bodies to contract directly with their gas or electric utility for energy conservation programs. The program aims to retrofit existing electrical and mechanical systems that are outdated or inefficient.
CALMAC has installed its Icebank thermal energy storage tanks at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. The system is expected to help cut electricity bills by cooling office space during peak demand hours.
PowerSecure International has received orders for more than 25,000 of its energy-efficient LED lights, including contracts for its new walk-in cooler lights designed for retailers, and its product for utilities. The orders, which will be shipped primarily in the last three quarters of 2012, are expected to generate $5 million in revenue.
Smart grid company Comverge has partnered with Entergy Arkansas to implement a virtual peaking capacity program, which will help the utility meet its energy efficiency and demand management targets mandated by the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Comverge will provide 15 MW of capacity to Entergy Arkansas through energy management software, hardware and services, as part of the multi-million dollar agreement.
Sprint has announced agreements with Metrum Technologies and Tollgrade Communications to provide utilities with wireless infrastructure aimed at improving the efficiency of distribution and management systems. Metrum’s line of smart meters is now available with Sprint wireless connectivity. As part of the agreement, Tollgrade will offer medium voltage sensors, which provide fault detection and location, asset management and load monitoring for utilities, with Sprint wireless connectivity by June this year. Metrum and Tollgrade will use the Sprint M2M Command Center, a web-based portal that allows both companies to securely manage, activate and de-activate each smart grid device.
Picture of Southern California Gas Company installation by Cogenra Solar
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