Empire State Building gets EPA award for buying 100% renewable energy
The Empire State Building, which is the world’s most famous office building, has received a 2011 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for purchasing 100% renewable energy. The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment to renewable energy and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.
The 2.85 million square-foot officeEmpireStateBuildingis purchasing 55 million kWh of wind power annually from Green Mountain Energy Co. under a two-year contract. The building’s renewable purchase is enough green power to meet 100% of the building’s purchased electricity use.
SolarWorld supplies solar panels for 2-MW solar system in Massachusetts
SolarWorld has supplied high-performance solar panels for a 2-MW solar project atBerkshireSchool, a private boarding high school inSheffield,Mass.The solar project will occupy 8-acre area and is expected to come go online this fall.
The ground-mounted system is composed of 8,332 of SolarWorld’s crystalline silicon solar panels; 8,020 are installed on fixed racking and 312 on a solar-tracking system. In addition to generating about 45% of the school’s energy needs, the system will also serve as a cutting-edge educational resource for the study of photovoltaic and other renewable-energy technologies.
Washington Gas Energy Services receives 2011 green power supplier award
Washington Gas Energy Services has received the 2011 Green Power Supplier of the Year Award in the non-utility category from the U.S. Department of Energy. The award recognizes non-utility providers for outstanding efforts, initiatives and programs that significantly advance the development of green power sources.
Washington Gas Energy Services is one of the largest and most experienced competitive energy suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region and has a history of innovative green energy leadership, according to DOE. The company was the first company in the area to include wind power in their 2002 standard electric offer, buying renewable energy from the first wind farm to come online in the local region.