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Solar  -  February 27, 2019

Solarize Philly hits Phase 3

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) has reached Phase 3 of Solarize Philly, a group-buying program to promote residential solar. The PEA has issued an RFP to solicit business information and pricing proposals from solar PV installers that are interested in delivering cost-competitive rooftop solar installations to Philadelphia homeowners in 2019, on the basis of which it expects to select multiple installers.
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February 27, 2019

Google uses AI to predict wind output

Google has partnered with DeepMind to apply machine learning algorithms to 700 megawatts of wind power capacity in the central U.S. that are part of Google’s global fleet of renewable energy projects, with the goal of strengthening the business case for wind power and driving further adoption of carbon-free energy on electric grids worldwide.
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Wind  -  February 26, 2019

GM partners for wind energy in Michigan

General Motors announced an agreement to purchase 300,000 megawatt hours of wind energy through DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program. The energy sourced will be enough to power 100% of GM’s global technical center in Warren and their Detroit-based operations at the Renaissance Center.
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Energy Efficiency  -  February 26, 2019

Bonduelle Fresh Americas to add cogeneration system

Bonduelle Fresh Americas, formerly Ready Pac Foods, today announced investment in and installation of an energy-efficient cogeneration system at the company's Irwindale, Calif. production plant. This integrated system, which will be completed by the end of this year, will simultaneously supply the plant with electricity while using the waste heat to provide chilled water to the facility through an absorption chiller.
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GHG Emissions  -  February 25, 2019

Iron Mountain targets 20% GHG cut

Iron Mountain Incorporated announced its intention to reduce absolute GHG emissions 20% by 2025 from a 2016 baseline, including Score 1, 2, and 3. Including the effects of expected business growth, achieving this goal will require a reduction of more than 50% of normal, "business as usual" carbon usage by the target year.
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Energy Efficiency  -  February 25, 2019

FSU to run all-electric bus fleet

StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee's public transit system, has agreed to purchase 22 electric buses to service Florida State University (FSU), bringing the StarMetro fleet to a total of 27. FSU is one of the first universities in the nation to decommission its entire fossil-fuel powered fleet and upgrade it to a 100% percent battery-electric fleet.
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February 23, 2019

Weekend reads: RE vs. Polar Vortex; Solar from space

It's the weekend! Kick back and relax with these must-read articles from around the web:
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February 22, 2019

Ford signs green tariff for locally-sourced wind

Ford Motor Company will soon power several of its Michigan facilities with 100% locally sourced renewable energy. The company also plans to announce a new Global Carbon Reduction Strategy, which will focus on renewable energy in conjunction with the launch of the company’s 20th annual Sustainability Report in June.
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Solar  -  February 22, 2019

Disney World premieres 2nd solar project

Walt Disney World Resort's new 270-acre, 50-megawatt solar facility is officially online. The project, which began construction in October 2018, is expected to generate enough power to operate two of our four theme parks in Central Florida annually.
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February 21, 2019

U of Hawaiʻi creates energy-smart university

The University of Hawaiʻi has completed the installation of an Energy Internet of Things (IoT) platform across the institution’s 10 campuses. The project helps advance the university’s strategic sustainability priorities, which focuses on energy data management, energy efficiency, and expanding its renewable energy portfolio.
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