CPS Energy and OCI Solar Power have inked a 25-year power purchase agreement and economic development contract to bring 400 MW of solar power to the San Antonio, Texas, area. The 400 MW San Antonio project is the largest in the nation among municipal utilities and will move Texas into the top five solar-producing states, the companies said. The facility should provide enough electricity for nearly 70,000 local households.
Cypress Envirosystems, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., has announced that its portfolio of non-invasive retrofit solutions for saving energy is now listed on the General Services Administration’s Federal Supply Schedule. The long-term, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract gives Cypress streamlined access to one of the world’s largest building portfolios – the GSA maintains 9,642 facilities consisting of 370.2 million square feet – along with many other federal, state and local agencies, without the need for time-consuming bid processes or contract negotiations.
Qualcomm Incorporated and automaker Renault announced a memorandum of understanding concerning their intended cooperation on the London trial of Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging technology and possible integration of the technology into Renault vehicles. In November 2011, Qualcomm announced a WEVC trial in London to commence in 2012. The objectives of the trial are to evaluate the commercial viability of wireless EV charging and gain user feedback on the use of WEVC-enabled vehicles.
AMP Americas and Trillium CNG, a business unit of Integrys Energy Group, have launched a joint venture, AMP Trillium, focused on building a network of compressed natural gas stations across the US. Initially, AMP Trillium will construct stations along the I-65 and I-75 trucking corridors and major routes in Texas, with the first station breaking ground by fall 2012. AMP Americas currently owns two CNG fueling stations in Indiana and, in partnership with Fair Oaks Farms, manages a fleet of 42 CNG milk-transport trucks.
The City of Covington, Tenn., is teaming up with Tennessee-based alternative energy company PHG Energy to convert its waste to energy using PHG’s downdraft biomass gasification equipment and technology. Some 360 tons of the west Tennessee town’s previously landfill-bound waste material will now be converted into energy at a new plant to be built adjacent to Covington’s existing wastewater treatment center. The total cost of the project will $2.25 million.