Cox Enterprises installs 193 KW of solar on an Oregon facility, the annual DOE Federal Energy and Water Management Awards are released and how to which region can easily remove 4 million homes off the electrical grid.
Cox Enterprises has just put the finishing touches on a 193 KW solar power installation in Portland, Oregon. The Manheim Portland facility is the 10th building that has received some type of alternative energy installation, with this one spanning 16,500 square feet of panels. The communications provider expects the project to generate 25% of the building’s electrical load need and will bring the total annual carbon output to 12,000 tons.
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 31 projects to receive the Federal Energy and Water Management Award. The annual competition recognizes successful efforts in developing and executing sustainable strategies that improve energy, water, and vehicle fleet efficiency. The 31 initiatives, which includes projects from the US Air Foce, Army, Marine Corps, Department of Defense and Homeland Security to name a few, saved taxpayers almost $42 million in energy and water costs in fiscal year 2009.
If your region had the opportunity to implement cost effective upgrades that would save your area the equivalent of removing 4 million homes off the grid, do you think your state or regional would do it? Well a new report released by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships shows that the New England area could do just that if they adopted cost-effective energy policies. According to the report, titled From Potential to Action: How New England Can Save Energy, Cut Costs, and Create a Brighter Future with Energy Efficiency, the average cost of energy efficiency in New England would translate to a rough average of $.04 /kwh compared to a rough average of $.12/kwh for additional generation and transmission. The report also argues that $2.60 worth of return is generated for every $1 that’s invested in energy efficiency not to mention the more the n400,000 jobs that would be created throughout the region. You can learn more about the study by visiting neep.org/.
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