UNT Apogee Stadium earns LEED Platinum Certification
The United States Green Building Council has awarded a LEED Platinum Certification to the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium. The Apogee Stadium became the first newly constructed collegiate football stadium in the nation to achieve the highest level of LEED certification.
The 31,000-seat Apogee Stadium features luxury suites, an amenity-filled club level, a Spirit Store, a corporate deck and a unique end-zone seating area. In addition to hosting UNT events, it will serve the entire North Texas region as a venue for outdoor concerts, community events, high school games and band competitions.
In addition, UNT currently is installing three wind turbines at Apogee Stadium. The wind project is expected to be completed in December 2011 and will feed the electrical grid that powers the stadium.
Envision Solar breaks ground on Solar Grove deployment for major utility in California
Envision Solar International Inc. has broke ground on a Solar Grove deployment for a major California utility. The deployment consists of a grove of Envision’s Solar Tree structures in a showcase and high visibility innovative facility, which will be open to the public.
The Solar Grove deployment includes Solar Tree structures, which incorporate Envision’s CleanCharge CI, “column-integrated” electric vehicle charging stations as well as energy storage elements. Also, the Solar Tree structures incorporate Envision’s EnvisionTrak multi-axis solar tracking technology, which should increase the efficiency of the entire installation by as much as 25%.
The installation is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011.
Siemens to deliver smart grid appliances to Kansas City BPU
Siemens has teamed up with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities to deliver eMeter Smart Grid Appliances. Each appliance includes a preloaded, rapidly deployable instance of eMeter EnergyIP meter data management system with IBM Tivoli and WebSphere software running on IBM Power Systems.
The partnership will support a network of more than 69,000 electric meters and 55,000 water meters. BPU has also contracted with Siemens for the implementation of eMeter Energy Engage, a customer web portal, to display consumer usage information to enhance the overall smart grid experience. Implementation for both the MDMS and web portal began in September 2011.
PSE&G, Rider University dedicate 74-MW solar system
Public Service Electric and Gas Co. and Rider University today have dedicated a new 74- MW solar farm in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The solar project is part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program, which is designed to help New Jersey reach its solar energy goals while creating jobs and fostering economic development.
PSE&G owns the solar system and provides Rider University with a lease payment for the parcel of land it occupies. The solar system is located on a 3.2-acre field in the northwest corner of the Rider University’s campus.
The system is comprised of 2,640 ground-mounted crystalline solar panels that are connected directly to the electric grid for the benefit of all PSE&G electric customers.