The California Energy Commission voted unanimously this week to update the state’s building code to require rooftop solar panels on all new apartment building and condo construction starting January 1, 2020.
These devices consume huge amounts of electricity. The goal in The Golden State is to curb their appetites, a least a bit.
The SunSpec Alliance has launched a $4 million pilot project to investigate the application of interoperable smart inverters, solar PV and energy storage to enhance grid stability. The project team includes 10 SunSpec Alliance member companies — ABB, Enphase, Ideal Power, KACO, OSISoft, Outback, SMA, SolarCity, SolarEdge and Underwriter’s Laboratory ... Read more »
Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, and Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center have partnered with Siemens to build a community microgrid to power the government offices, economic enterprises, and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres. The microgrid, funded in part through ... Read more »
CalCom Solar has partnered with Wexus Technologies to deploy technologies that will save energy and water in the farming industry. The California Energy Commission recently awarded Wexus a $4 million grant to commercialize a cloud-based, mobile platform for the agricultural industry. The platform is designed to make the industrial and ... Read more »
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced plans to open a new 19,000-sq-foot laboratory in Brea, California. The facility is scheduled to open in July. The new Photometric & Performance Testing Center will conduct testing of lighting products to various global energy-efficiency programs such as Illuminating Engineering Society LM-79, Energy Star, DesignLights Consortium, ... Read more »
The California Energy Commission has drafted proposed energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors. If enacted, these standards will likely affect all computers and monitors manufactured in the US because California is heavily involved in computer manufacturing and has a large population of computer consumers. Standards for notebooks, small-scale servers, ... Read more »
A first-of-its-kind anaerobic digester in California captures methane from agricultural waste and turns it into clean biogas to power an ethanol facility in Tulare County. The Calgren Ethanol Biodigester, which is now online, will power the production of tens of millions of gallons of ethanol, all consumed in California’s Central ... Read more »
Foresight Renewable Solutions has selected Imergy Power Systems’ ESP30 series vanadium-based flow batteries for a microgrid project sponsored by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and hosted by the US Navy. To be deployed at the Navy’s Mobile Utilities Support Equipment Facility in Port Hueneme, Calif., the project will focus on ... Read more »
The EPA, California Energy Commission and other industry and political leaders unveiled the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s carbon-neutral treatment plant on Friday. The southern California facility houses the Omnivore biogas renewable energy project, which uses first-of-its-kind technology to produce 100 percent renewable power by treating both sewage and organic ... Read more »
Volvo will officially launch its 7900 electric hybrid bus (pictured) at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show at the end of the month. The bus offers fuel savings of 75 percent, energy reduction of 60 percent, and CO2 reduction of 75 percent. Alcoa will roll out its lightest heavy-duty truck ... Read more »
Cummins has developed an engine and powertrain that it says reduces CO2 emissions by as much as 80 percent compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck. The work was jointly funded by Cummins in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC). More than 1,000 miles and 1,500 hours have been ... Read more »