S&C Electric offers procure-construct solution for 102-MW California wind farm
S&C Electric Co. said it will provide a complete procure-construct solution for Coram Ridge wind farm in Mojave, California. The company will procure and construct the electrical equipment necessary to connect 34 Vestas 3.0-MW turbines to the grid. The plant, which is owned by Coram California Development LP, will have a capacity of 102 MW.
S&C will integrate a 69-kV underground transmission line, which is very unusual for renewable energy projects and as such, requires a high level of technical expertise and customization. Also, the company will develop two 66-kV substations and overhead and underground collector systems.
Traveler’s Hotel gets Carbon-Free certification
Carbon Lighthouse, a one-stop shop for organizations to profitably eliminate their carbon footprints, has certified the downtown Traveler’s Building as carbon-free. The building is managed by BTV Management, which will enjoy substantial energy savings at no out-of-pocket expense as part of the deal.
Carbon Lighthouse offers a service that makes being environmentally-friendly profitable. It identifies high value energy savings projects, pays for them and shares the energy savings with clients. At the Traveler’s Building, Carbon Lighthouse engineers designed a building controls algorithm that, without impacting building performance, reduces energy use 96% of the year.
American Chemistry Council welcomes energy efficiency discussion at White House GreenGov Symposium
The American Chemistry Council has welcomed the federal government’s attention to energy efficiency at the White House GreenGov Symposium. The event brings together leaders from government, the private sector, non-profits and academia to share best practices and discuss cutting-edge approaches for the future.
“We are encouraged that Executive Order 13514 makes it ‘the policy of the United States that federal agencies shall increase energy efficiency,’ and we applaud the U.S. Green Building Council, a sponsor of the symposium, for its leadership on the issue. At the same time, we remain concerned about the use of ‘single attribute’ criteria in buildings assessments. Instead, we support a life cycle ‘systems’ approach that focuses on how individual components interact within the building system and identifies options with the greatest potential for energy efficiency and environmental improvement,” American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley said in a statement.
Kelton Research survey: 9 out of 10 Americans support solar
A nationally representative survey conducted by polling firm Kelton Research reveals that Americans overwhelmingly support the use and development of solar energy as well as federal incentives for solar.
The survey, 2011 SCHOTT Solar Barometer, found for the fourth consecutive year that about nine out of 10 Americans (89%) think it is important for the United States to develop and use solar energy. Support for solar is strong across the political spectrum with 80% of Republicans, 90% of Independents and 94% of Democrats agreeing that it is important for the United States to develop and use solar.
In addition, the survey found that more than eight out of 10 Americans (82%) support federal tax credits and grants for the solar industry similar to those that traditional sources of energy like oil, natural gas and coal have received for decades.