Category Archives: Carbon Management

Solar City Launches Major New York Expansion

ELMSFORD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SolarCity®, a national leader in clean energy services, announced a major expansion in New York state with new locations in Westchester County and Long Island. SolarCity’s three New York locations (the company also recently expanded into a new operations center in Albany) make SolarCity’s unique set of affordable clean energy services widely available in the state.

New York’s Secretary for Energy and Environment, Robert M. Hallman said: “Under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun program, we are dramatically increasing solar energy installations all across New York. Today’s announcement by SolarCity shows that NY-Sun is not only good energy and environmental policy, it is also good for business and the economy of the State. We are proud to welcome SolarCity to Westchester and Long Island.”

SolarCity can make it possible for many homeowners and businesses to install solar panels for free and pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility power. Customers can still purchase systems outright through SolarCity, but by removing the huge upfront costs of purchasing solar panels, SolarCity has made clean energy accessible to a much wider range of homeowners. SolarCity’s 32,500-sq. foot operations center in Elmsford, NY will serve as a training center for the entire East Coast, and will allow SolarCity to make its full set of services available in the surrounding areas. The company hopes to introduce the first solar lease option on Long Island later this year, pending approval by the Long Island Power Authority. Continue reading

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GE and Chesapeake Energy Launch “CNG In A Box” System at NACS 2012

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE (NYSE: GE) and Peake Fuel Solutions, an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), today launched the CNG In A Box™ system, which allows easier adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling options for large- and small-scale retailers. The solution was unveiled at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 2012 Annual Show.

Natural gas is an abundant, reliable and cleaner-burning source of energy for consumers and commercial users. A vehicle fleet operator that uses the CNG In A Box system for natural gas fueling instead of traditional gasoline fueling can save about 40 percent in fuel costs1. The CNG In A Box system is a plug-and-play on-site fueling solution that comes with everything retailers need to add low-cost natural gas fuel to their operations quickly and simply. This GE ecomagination™ qualified refueling optionprovides an easy, lower-cost fueling experience for consumers and a higher-margin solution for facility operators compared to gasoline or diesel.

“In collaboration with Peake Fuel Solutions, GE is developing infrastructure solutions to accelerate the adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel,” said Mike Hosford, general manager—Unconventional Resources, GE Oil & Gas. “The CNG In A Box system is a unique fueling solution that brings together some of the best innovation from across GE to help fleet owners and everyday drivers realize the benefits of cleaner burning, abundant, more affordable natural gas.” Continue reading

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CA Technologies Named a Leader in Groom Energy’s Guide for Carbon Accounting Software

ISLANDIA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that it has been named a leader in the Groom Energy Solutions report, titled “2013 Buyer’s Guide for Enterprise Carbon Accounting and Sustainability Software.”

The report analyzes the market for carbon management and sustainability software as a stand-alone product or as a module of an environmental health and safety (EHS)/ enterprise resource planning (ERP) or energy management suite and provides prospective buyers with a vendor market update. The selection criteria were based on the number of customer deployments, technology features, sales momentum, market vision and financial stability.

The report said CA Technologies has secured a number of large, high-profile customers and has “strong offerings for sustainability and energy management.”

“The market for Enterprise Carbon Accounting and Sustainability software continues to mature and companies are looking for financially-viable vendors with world-class products and a strong customer base,” said Paul Baier, report author and vice president, sustainability research, Groom Energy. “Based on our research and customer references, we concluded that CA ecoSoftware is a leading carbon and sustainability management product which has tremendous flexibility and links to energy management.” Continue reading

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Columbia-PepsiCo Collaboration Creates Powerful Software Tool for Carbon Footprinting

(3BL Media) Researchers at Columbia University, working in collaboration with PepsiCo, have developed new software that can rapidly calculate the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously.

The methodology could greatly reduce the time and expense associated with carbon footprinting, helping companies accurately label products and design ways to reduce their environmental impacts.

Up until now, life cycle analysis has mostly been performed one product at a time. This imposes large requirements for personnel, expertise, and time, and few companies have enough employees with specialized expertise.

new study, published online in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, describes how researchers used a life cycle analysis database covering 1,137 PepsiCo products and created three interconnected techniques that enable the calculations of thousands of footprints within minutes, while eliminating manual mapping of a product’s ingredients and packaging materials.

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Hanwha Solar Supplies Largest Solar Rooftop Installation in France

PV installation (8.7 MWp) increases profitability of innovative agricultural project

ISMANING, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hanwha Solar, a global provider of total photovoltaic (PV) solar solutions and a flagship company of top-10 Korean business enterprise Hanwha Group, has delivered 7.7 MW of PV modules into the largest rooftop installation in France. Solvéo Energie, French EPC and customer of Hanwha Solar, has constructed a building in the municipality of Rion-des-Landes, which is designed to create ideal cultivation conditions for a Ginseng plantation. By equipping the rooftop with solar modules, the building furthermore secures the financing of the project. The plantation was officially inaugurated 21st September 2012. Continue reading

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Better World Club to Provide Carbon-Neutral Roadside Assistance

(3BL Media) Portland, OR – September 4, 2012- Better World Club, the nation’s only environmentally-friendly auto club, announced today that it would provide the nation’s first carbon neutral roadside assistance.  As part of its mission to promote social and environmental responsibility, Better World Club will estimate the tons of CO2produced each year by trucks providing services to its members, and purchase the equivalent in US-based carbon offsets.

President Mitch Rofsky explains, “Whether your business involves manufacturing, fracking, or just driving, American companies need to assume responsibility for zero environmental impact.  While carbon offsets aren’t the final answer to climate change, they’re a crucial step to minimize greenhouse gases. We hope other auto clubs will follow us, so that all of America’s roadside assistance can be carbon neutral.” Continue reading

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New Clean Vehicle Fuel Standards Will Grow Jobs and Clean up Our Environment

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) welcomed the new clean vehicle standards announced by the Obama administration today. The new standards, which will take effect in two stages, will nearly double the average fuel efficiency – reaching 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates the rules will save 1.5 million barrels of oil a day, or about 23 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2030, and trim global warming carbon dioxide emissions by 280 million tons.

“These new standards will grow jobs, protect the public health, clean up our environment, and make our nation more secure,” said George Jugovic Jr., PennFuture’s president and CEO. “These standards will also help put the brakes on rising gas prices by cutting the cost of gas by $1 a gallon by the year 2025.

“This plan will reduce unhealthy air pollution, improve public health and help curb climate change,” said Jugovic. “These new standards will also spur technology and innovation, making the U.S. a leader in fuel efficiency. Continue reading

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IKEA Plugs-in Solar Panels at Dallas-Area Store

FRISCO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its Dallas-area store in Frisco, Texas – which, when combined with projects completed in Houston and underway in Round Rock, make IKEA the state’s largest private solar owner. IKEA Frisco’s 114,000-square-foot photovoltaic (PV) array consists of a 912-kW system, built with 3,780 panels, and will produce approximately 1,336,300 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,016 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 181 cars or powering 115 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).

“We are thrilled at how this solar energy system furthers our commitment to sustainability at IKEA Frisco”

This installation represents the 30th completed solar project for IKEA in the U.S., with 9 more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of IKEA nearly 89% with a total generation of 38 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated €590 million to invest in renewable energy, focusing on solar and wind during the coming three years. This investment reinforces the long-term commitment of IKEA to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. More than 250,000 solar panels have been installed on IKEA stores and buildings across the world. The company also owns and/or operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe. Continue reading

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