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April 5, 2019

Renewable energy = one-third of global power capacity

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced an annual increase of 7.9% for 2018 of global renewable energy capacity, bolstered by new additions from solar and wind energy. Globally, total renewable energy generation capacity reached 2,351 GW at the end of last year – around a third of total installed electricity capacity.
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Solar  -  April 4, 2019

Solar on deck for Cleveland Indians

Installation of solar panels on Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, will begin in the upcoming months. This new solar array will be located on the roof behind home plate and will help further reduce energy costs and expand the Indians' sustainability initiatives.
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Energy Efficiency  -  April 4, 2019

Target’s light bulb moment

Target Corporation announced that more than 2 million LED fixtures are currently in place across nearly all 1,800-plus Target stores nationwide and that these fixtures will now be added to every new store opened by the company, which expects this strategy to reduce energy use at their stores by 10% annually.
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Energy Efficiency  -  April 3, 2019

University of Georgia purchases 20 e-buses

The University of Georgia will purchase up to 20 Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses, calling the move a significant step forward in reducing carbon emissions and increasing alternative transportation options for the UGA campus transit system, one of the largest of its kind in the country.
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GHG Emissions  -  April 3, 2019

H&M cuts emissions, sets new goals

The H&M Group announced an 11% reduction in CO2 emissions from its operations in 2018. The company also set new goals to reduce the absolute GHG-emissions in the company's own operations by another 40% by 2030.
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Energy Efficiency  -  April 2, 2019

Newark plans 17-building upgrade project

The City of Newark, New Jersey announced an energy savings improvement project that includes upgrading building infrastructure in 17 facilities, from City Hall to Symphony Hall, that will cut the city’s annual energy operating costs by an estimated 36% with potential savings of nearly $1 million a year. 
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Sourcing Renewables  -  April 2, 2019

SC Johnson shifts to geothermal power at Wisc. HQ

SC Johnson announced its intention to use geothermal energy to power its Racine, Wisconsin headquarters, a move the company says will greatly reduce their environmental footprint and position the company as a leader in the private sector in the transition to cleaner, renewable energy sources.
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Energy Efficiency  -  April 1, 2019

Denver lights up 44,000 LEDs

The City of Denver will install about 44,000 LED to outdoor fixtures that will emit a neutral, whiter light and save the city some $844,000 a year on their energy bill.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  March 30, 2019

Weekend reads: The Shell switch; the Renewables race

It's the weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read articles from around the web:
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Microgrids  -  March 29, 2019

City of Medford to add solar + storage microgrid

The City of Medford will install a microgrid energy management system at the city’s Department of Public Works. The system includes a 235kW PV solar array, which has already been installed, a 100kW/255kWh NEC Distributed Storage Solution (DSS), and an emergency generator.
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