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Microgrids  -  November 15, 2018

City of Palo Alto to test microgrid

The City of Palo Alto, Calif., will explore developing a microgrid with VMware, Inc. to test the potential of microgrids to advance resiliency at the corporate and community level. The goal of the partnership is to expand this initial “proof of concept” into a campus-level community microgrid that incorporates renewable power, battery storage and additional controls
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Energy Efficiency  -  November 15, 2018

ATL upgrades LED

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has completed a retrofit of their existing airport apron lighting with high-mast LED lighting, which will enhance nighttime operations with higher illuminance levels and better light coverage on the apron while reducing lamp replacement and maintenance costs.
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Solar  -  November 14, 2018

UC Santa Cruz plans solar + storage system

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) will develop a 2 MW solar parking canopy structure plus energy storage system via a 20-year PPA with ForeFront Power. The agreement allows for no upfront cost for the University through a streamlined procurement process via SPURR
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Sourcing Renewables  -  November 14, 2018

Newest IKEA to feature rooftop solar and EV charging

IKEA announced on Nov. 13 that its future San Antonio-area store will be equipped with solar panels and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations when it opens during the winter of 2019 in Live Oak, Texas.
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November 13, 2018

Vail Resorts commits to zero

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced on Nov. 13 a long-term wind VPPA to purchase the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 100% of its estimated FY 2019 North American operations by 2020. Achieving zero net emissions by 2030 is one pillar within the company's Commitment to Zero sustainability goal
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November 13, 2018

BBC aims for Greener Broadcasting

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published on Nov. 12 a new sustainability strategy, "Greener Broadcasting" to promote the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The company had previously announced targets set for 2022 including reducing carbon emissions by 24%
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November 12, 2018

Albertsons purchases Tesla tractors

Albertsons Companies announced the purchase of 10 all-electric tractors to service their Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilion stores in Southern California. The vehicles, which will travel 300 to upwards of 500 miles on a single charge, are part of the company’s ongoing efforts to decrease carbon emissions
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Energy Efficiency  -  November 12, 2018

Mercury Marine heads for 45% energy reduction goal

Mercury Marine, the Fond du Lac, Wisc.-based marine propulsion and technology company, announced it is making progress towards a 2019 goal to reduce annual energy consumption by 45% from a 2005 baseline. In the past year, the company reduced energy consumption by 5%, for a cumulative decline of 38% since 2005.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  November 10, 2018

Weekend reads: Clean energy's election results; The $6 trillion EV barrier

It's the weekend! Kick back and relax with these must-read stories from around the web:
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Energy Storage  -  November 9, 2018

Energy storage will attract $620 billion in investments by 2040

The forecast for the energy storage market, including behind-the-meter and grid-scale batteries, is expected to boom in the coming decades as the cost of batteries continues to fall.
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