KB Home launches energy-efficient home designs
KB Home has launched a planned nationwide rollout of its next-generation of energy-efficient home designs, a net-zero energy home it has dubbed ZeroHouse 2.0. The new Energy Star qualified standard KB home is expected to save homeowners $1,000 annually on their energy utility costs on average and may eliminate homeowners’ monthly electricity charges entirely.
The first ZeroHouse 2.0 model homes include solar power systems and building techniques and features that enhance efficiency well beyond KB Home’s Energy Star qualified standard. The national rollout of ZeroHouse 2.0 to more KB Home communities will continue through 2012.
APS seeks proposals for 17-MW solar facility
Arizona Public Service Co. has issued a request for proposal from solar developers and installers to construct a 17-MW solar photovoltaic facility.
The facility is expected to be completed in 2013 and will be owned and operated by APS. The facility will be financed by APS through the company’s AZ Sun Program.
GE agrees to double MPX’s solar energy production in Brazil
General Electric has signed an agreement with MPX, a division of EBX Group, to double the output of MPX’s first solar power plant in Brazil. Under the agreement, GE will provide an additional 1-MW solar power plant, which includes the company’s thin film panels, Brilliance inverters, transformers and SunIQ monitoring and control system.
Currently, MPX’s solar plant, located in Ceara, Brazil, is producing 1 MW of power.
RheinEnergie selects Cuculus GmbH for smart meter deployments in Germany
Cuculus GmbH will supply its ZONOS platform to RheinEnergie to support the roll-out of 30, 000 meters in Germany. The ZONOS platform is a comprehensive Advanced Metering Management and Meter Data Management system with attractive features. Also, the platform provides the functionality to set-up attractive end-customer services based on the data.
RheinEnergie will use the ZONOS platform in conjunction with SAP’s IS-U EHP5 Interface for Smart Metering.
enXco completes 102.5-MW wind project in California
EDF Energies Nouvelles subsidiary enXco has completed the development and construction of the 102.5-MW Shiloh III Wind Project in California. The wind project is expected to begin delivering carbon-free electricity in December 2011.
The wind project, developed and owned by enXco, stretches over 4,600 acres of farmland and consists of 50 REpower 2.05 MW turbines. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will purchase the power generated under a 20-year power purchase agreement. enXco Service Corp. will provide operations and maintenance services.