U.S Army Housing to Get Solar Panel Makeover
Being the largest single energy consumer in the United States, the Department of Defense is taking proactive steps at energy reduction, efficient waste management and maximization of water reuse.
To achieve its goal of 25 percent reliance in renewable energy by 2025, the Department of Defense is working with SolarCity to install solar panels on 4,700 military homes at Fort Bliss, Texas and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Operating under the moniker SolarStrong, this 13.2 megawatt project was made possible through financing received primarily from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Toronto Hydro Named Finalist for IET Innovation Award
One of Canada’s largest electricity distribution companies, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) was named as a finalist for the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards in the Asset Management Category.
Toronto Hydro piloted a smart metering solution in 2004 and expanded their system’s ability to monitor transformers by deploying more than 5000 transformer meters. The transformer meters protect key grid infrastructure and assure optimal performance by enabling the utility to effectively manage transformer loading.
The IET Innovation Awards span 15 categories which include: electronics, IT, healthcare and sustainability, and will be judged in London by more than 80 industry experts.
Canadian Solar Modules for Polish Church Rooftop
Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar companies, delivered solar modules to a special solar project in Poland. Project developer, RenSan Energy, implemented a photovoltaic system on the roof of a Catholic church in Skoczow-Pogorze, enabling the church to use self-produced energy for its electricity needs.
This 37 kilowatt project allows the church to supply heating and lighting not only to the main church building, but also to its presbytery and other adjoining buildings including chapels, conference rooms, guest rooms and canteen kitchen.
This is the country’s first photovoltaic installation and is thereby a role model in the region.
Plastics to Help Lighten the Holiday Season’s Environmental Footprint
For many Americans, the holidays are the happiest time of the year- but also the most wasteful. Here are some tips offered by Plastics Make it Possible ® to lighten your environmental footprint while giving thanks and giving gifts this holiday season:
-Consider using an Artificial Christmas Tree. New technologies have improved the look and feel, making plastic trees seem like the genuine thing
-Use decorations made with recycled plastics
-Give something good while doing something good by giving gifts made with recycled plastics
-Reduce food waste by using airtight and resealable recycled plastic containers to keep leftovers fresh.
Important Tips for Decorating Safely this Holiday Season
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the two months around the holiday season, approximately 14,000 people end up in hospitals caused by injuries related to holiday decorating. Safe Electricity, an Award-winning Program of the Energy Education Council has tips so that you and your guests avoid becoming part of this statistic:
– Use electronic decorations that are certified by a laboratory like UL, ETL, or CSA
– Inspect cords for cracks and frays
– Unplug lights before going to sleep
– Do not overload outlets
– Never tack through a strand of lights and do not place cords under rugs
– To avoid shock hazards, outdoor decorations should be plugged to outlets equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters
– Only use outdoor decorations that are rated for outdoor use
– If using a ladder, stay 10 feet from overhead power lines
– Never string more than three strands of lights together