55 Wind Turbines Installed By SMUD
Fifty-five new wind turbines will be supplying renewable wind power to 44,000 customers in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). The 1.8- and 3-megawatt turbines are located in an existing wind farm, Collinsville-Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area, and all are owned by SMUD. All in all, the total wind turbines in the area are already 107 and can generate 230 megawatts, enough to power 79,000 homes. SMUD’s goal is to have 33 percent of its energy needs supplied from renewable sources by 2020 and these new wind turbines are helping them reach that goal.
SunPower Solar Systems To Be Installed In 51 Schools
Mount Diablo Unified School District commissioned SunPower Corp. to install solar power systems on rooftops and shade structures in parking lots and hard court areas of its 51 schools. With its completion, this would be the largest solar school project in the U.S. The solar power systems, with a cumulative capacity of 12.1 megawatts, are expected to reduce the district’s electricity costs by more than $3 million per year and save $220 million over the next 30 years. In addition, it will also avoid production of almost 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 30 years. The Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) secured under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 financed this project.
New York Governor Commits $800 million to Energy Efficiency in Government Buildings
According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state will invest approximately $800 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Efficiency upgrades will include new lighting fixtures, new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and automated energy management systems. The largest, most inefficient buildings will be the first in line. New York state hopes to reduce energy consumption in state buildings by 20% over the next four years. The investment for this project will be financed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA).
SolarCity Plans To Go Public
SolarCity, a company that installs, operates, monitors and maintains PV and energy efficiency systems, plans to conduct a registered initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock. The IPO will begin after the Securities and Exchange Commission completes the review process . SolarCity has been in the residential solar PV leasing space since 2006 and expanded into the energy efficiency market.