University of the District of Columbia, DC Sustainable Energy Utility partner to promote demonstration energy efficiency projects
The University of the District of Columbia and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility have formed a partnership to pilot demonstration projects at the university. The partnership entails lighting retrofits, the installation of new energy-efficient light fixtures and the utilization of a lighting management program to reduce energy consumption at the UDC campus.
The DC Sustainable Energy Utility is providing UDC an incentive grant of $65,000 for the projects. Over the course of a few weeks, lighting upgrades to conference rooms, classrooms and student study rooms will be completed. Improvements will result in energy savings of up to 15%.
Solaire Generation becomes preferred solar carport vendor for GE/Inovateus partnership
Inovateus Solar LLC has selected Solaire Generation Inc. as a preferred vendor of solar carports to support their recent partnership with GE Energy Industrial Solutions.
Under the partnership, Inovateus Solar will be the original equipment manufacturer for integrated solar carport charging stations using GE EV chargers, solar balance of system components and electrical distribution equipment. Solaire will offer three of its proprietary carports, all of which easily integrate with EV charging stations.
Earlier this year, Solaire installed its patent pending Premium F2 solar parking structure as part of Inovateus’ 100-kW solar system at GE’s facility in Plainville, Conn. The Plainville carport, with six Level 2 GE DuraStation EV charging stations, is one of the largest of its kind in North America.
Tigo Energy teams up with 3 PV module manufacturers to deliver solar smart modules
Tigo Energy has teamed up with three leading PV module manufacturers to deliver solar smart modules. Under the partnership, Trina Solar, Hanwha Solar and Upsolar offer smart panel technology featuring integrated Tigo Energy Maximizer technology for PV solar installations.
By incorporating the Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution into their respective products, the three solar manufacturers have developed smart panels that increase energy production up to 20% and present new levels of intelligence, active manageability and enhanced safety. The factory integration of the Tigo Energy Module Maximizers brings the established value of the solution to system owners with unprecedented ease in logistics and installation.
Kauai Island Utility selects Landis+Gyr for Smart Grid deployment
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative has selected Landis+Gyr to deploy advanced meters and infrastructure as part of Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which is designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and integrate alternative energy on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.
KIUC is one of 23 electric cooperatives participating in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Smart Grid Demonstration Project. KIUC will be deploying Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream RF mesh network technology that provides an intelligent communication path with advanced meters, distribution devices and home area networking equipment.
The utility will use the Gridstream platform to improve outage management, manage peak energy use, provide flexible billing options and help integrate emerging uses for electric energy, such as transportation. The five-year demonstration project has two phases. The utility plans to complete installation of new meters and network equipment in two years, beginning in 2012, and then will spend another three years in data gathering and analysis.