Campus Crest Communities has partnered with SolarCity to install more than 9,000 solar panels on student housing facilities in Greeley, Colo.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; and Las Cruces, N.M. The “purpose-built” student housing developer says the initiative will provide more than 2.3 million kWh of renewable power annually, offset the housing complexes’ electricity consumption by about 50 percent and eliminate more than 80 million pounds of annual carbon dioxide emissions.
The city of Somerton, Arizona, has awarded solar systems provider GreenVolts a contract to provide 416 kW of power required for Somerton’s water treatment, public safety and water supply applications. MAC Electric’s ISIS (Intelligent Software Information System) will allow city officials to remotely monitor and control the three solar installations.
Allure Energy has partnered with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District on a smart energy pilot intended to lower energy use and save customers money on utility bills. The Allure Home Energy Management System works with an iPhone app, called Allure Mobile. It senses how far utility customers are from home and adjusts the temperature accordingly.
Balqon Corporation won a $630,000 contract from the Port of Los Angeles to retrofit six electric powered yard tractors (pictured), converting battery packs from lead acid batteries to higher energy density lithium batteries, to increase the daily range of the vehicles. For the past eight months, Balqon and the port have been jointly testing two Nautilus XR E20 yard tractors fitted with Balqon’s next-generation lithium battery system. The tests showed an increased range of 12-14 hours on a single charge.
American DG Energy will install, own and operate a 75-kW combined heat and power system (CHP) at the YMCA in Greenwich, Conn.. The YMCA will receive a discount on the energy produced by the CHP system and reduce its carbon footprint by 321 tons annually. Additionally, American DG Energy will produce space heat and hot water for the facility’s new 700,000-gallon swimming pool. The YMCA will pay American DC Energy $1,700,000 over the life of the 15-year contract.
The US Department of Energy has awarded Delta Products Corporation, a Delta Group company, a $1.9 million grant to develop a residential electric vehicle charging system with smart grid communication capabilities over the next three years. Delta says the smart-charging system will reduce utilities’ infrastructure costs and help them manage loads during peak hours. It benefits consumers by taking advantage of off-peak electricity rates for EV charging, Delta says.