Cosan is a public listed Brazilian conglomerate producer of bioethanol, sugar, energy and foods. The company operates in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and the UK.
In related news, Sao Paulo-based Raizen Energia, a 50-50 JV between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, reports it has earmarked 57 pct of cane production for sugar production but decreased sugar hedging for the year. (Source: Cosan, Raizen Energia, Biofuels Digest, Others, August 12, 2017)
Contact: Raizen Energia, +55 (21) 2145-9000, firstname.lastname@example.org,www.raizen.com.br/en/home; Cosan, ir.cosanlimited.com
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The transaction increases EDL's North American landfill gas to energy operations from 12 to 28 sites, and
increases EDL's North American assets to 204MWe, making EDL one of the top three landfill gas to energy business in North America.
EDL is currently the largest producer of clean energy from landfill gas in Australia. (Source: Energy Developments Limited , CK Infrastructure, Xinhua, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Energy Developments Ltd., +61 7 3275 5555, www.energydevelopments.com
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UND was one of four projects chosen nationwide to move forward to the second phase. According to DOE, these federal funds will be used to research the use of North Dakota subbituminous lignite coal and coal-related material as feedstock to test its REE recovery system. The project will also recover other materials from the lignite feedstock to produce one or more value-added products. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
(Source: University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies, Bowman County Pioneer, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies, (701) 777-3000, UND.info@UND.edu, www.und.edu
The move is part of the Fund management's strategy to address climate change investment risk. As of June 30, the Fund's total carbon emissions intensity is 19.6 pct lower, and its exposure to carbon reserves is 21.5 pct lower, than if the changes had not been made.
The low-carbon portfolio is based on a carbon measurement methodology for listed equities developed by the fund's trustees in concert with MSCI ESG Research which provided independent carbon data and company ratings. The fund is also advancing other climate change strategies including incorporating climate change risk into its investment analysis, engaging with portfolio companies to promote better risk management, and identifying new investment opportunities from the global transition to a low-carbon economy.
(Source: NZ Super Fund, NZ Chief Investment Officer, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: NZ Super Fund, Adrian Orr, CEO, email@example.com, www.nzsuperfund.co.nz
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The Trump Forest project project aims to plant 110 billion trees which would cover an area larger than the State of Kentucky, to offset the carbon emissions created by the Trump administration's climate regression, from repealing the Clean Power Plan to withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.
"The project rests on a simple idea: to soak up excess carbon emissions created by the Trump administration's rollback of climate policies and devotion to fossil fuels, plant something that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
(Source: ThinkProgress, Various Others18 Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Reforestation, Carbon Emissions,
When fully operational, the five projects will increase the states community solar power by about 13 pct and cut carbon emissions by approximately 6,300 metric tpy.
(Source: Ameresco, WBJournal.com, Aug 18, 2017)
Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Blue Wave Solar, (844) 786-4100, www.bluewavesolar.com
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The USDA rural development grant program is intended to support the use of renewable energy and greater energy efficiency.
(Source: USDA, Inforum, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: Tharaldson Ethanol, (701) 347-4000, www.tharaldsonethanol.com; USDA Office of Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov
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The company's operations had been suspended for several months following an explosion at the company’s main corn milling facility on May 31. (Source: Didion Ethanol , Baking News, Aug. 18, 2017)
Contact: Didion Ethanol, Derrick Clark, VP Operations, (920) 348-5868, www.didionmilling.com/ethanol
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The original contract called for Johnstown Renewables LLC to construct a plant that would process acidic whey -- a yogurt production byproduct -- from Fage's plant into industrial ethanol and farm feed. The plant was to cost $12.43 million and it received commitments of $3.4 million in state and federal grants. Fage is seeking not less than $20 million in damages.
(Source: Daily Gazette News, 18 Aug., 2017) Contact: Fage Yogurt, (866) 962-5912,http://usa.fage;
New Age Renewable Energy, Emma Inker, (307) 632-3333, Johnstown Renewables LLC, (914) 345-1400,
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DeBu, Northland's third offshore wind project, is expected to generate sufficient energy for more than 178,000 households and reduce C02 emissions by over 360,000 tpy. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will supply and install 31 V164 8.0 MW wind turbines for the project which is slated to get underway soon.
(Source: Northland Power, 23 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Northland Power, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com
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In a virtual power purchase agreement, the wind farm owner sells the power into the broad power markets that feed the regional electric grid.
(Source: Cummins, Seymour Tribune, 17 Aug., 2017) Contact: Cummins,
Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, /www.cummins.com;
EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com
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Smithfield Hog Production in north Missouri is partnering with Roeslein on the biogas plant to be constructed in 1,000 acres in Harrison County . The site is being provided by the Nature Conservancy . Duke Energy in North Carolina is contracted to purchase part of the processed fuel to assist in realizing clean energy standards for power generation.
(Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, NewsPress, Aug., 2017) Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy, Biogas, Methane, anaerobic digestion , Biogas,
Energy efficient features include; ultra low-flow washroom fixtures and faucets to reduce water usage; a central heating and cooling plant with a building management system; high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting; extensive green space; waste recycling; facilites to encourage low carbon transportation, and other initiatives.
(Source: Whirlpool Corporation, PR, 17 Aug., 2017)
Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Whirlpool Corp., (292) 923-5000, www.whirlpool.com
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Grundy County will use its grant funds for efficiency upgrades, LED lighting and on/off energy sensors. Marion County will upgrade lighting to LEDs, install a new closed-circuit cooler and new Energy Star rated windows. Rhea County will get upgraded lighting and install new synthetic, reflective roofing, while
Sequatchie County will upgrade to LED lighting in the Sequatchie County Justice Center, county courthouse and health department to save an estimated $42,645 a year. (Source: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation,
Times Free Press, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, www.tennessee.gov/environment
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The nine-month project will be focused on the Arbn Consult platform software which provides the ability to quickly and accurately assess the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of a commercial property, producing custom, fully costed retrofit packages for delivering improvements in energy performance. Funding for the project has been awarded by The Data Lab
As well as making the platform more scalable and robust, it is hoped that the project will make energy efficiency improvements accessible for more users. For example, a facilities manager may not have as much knowledge in this subject as an energy assessor, but the machine learning will guide them through the process and potential options, offering suggestions they may not have thought of. (Source: Arbn Consult, FutureScot, Arbn Consult, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Arbn Consult, www.arbnco.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Software, Building Efficiency, Energy Efficiency,
"Cutting funding to U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs, as has been suggested by the (Trump) administration, moves us in the wrong direction. Continued and aggressive federal energy efficiency programs at DOE are critical to driving U.S. economic growth." -- Kateri Callahan, Pres., Alliance to Save Energy in testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
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Kontrol Energy Corp. offers market-based energy solutions designed to reduce overall energy costs while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. (Source: Kontrol Energy Corp. , Aug., 2017) Contact: Kontrol Energy Corp.,
Paul Ghezzi, CEO, (905) 766-0400, email@example.com, www.kontrolenergy.com; Efficiency Engineering, (519) 624-9965, www.efficiencyengineering.com
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Under the terms of the contract the
Rotterdam, Hague Eindhoven , and Lelystad Airports will be running on wind energy generated in the Netherlands by 2020.
(Source: Royal Schiphol Group, Climate Action UN, 16 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Royal Schiphol Group, +31 20 794 0800, www.schiphol.nl; Eneco Group, Jeroen de Haas, CEO, +31 (0)88-895 1111, www.enecogroup.com
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Established in 2014, Zuma Energia is financially backed by Actis and Mesoamerica. (Source: Vestas, Environmental Protection, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, US/Canada Pres., +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com; Zuma Energia, www.zumaenergia.com
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The company, which was recently formed by the merger of the Danish wind energy specialists Jupiter and Bach,operates eight production facilities worldwide in Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Spain, China and the USA. (Source: Jupiter Bach, Plasteurope.com, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Jupiter Bach, www.jupiterbach.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Jupiter Bach, Wind Turbine,
Duke Energy Carolinas owns 35 solar facilities in the region, but does not currently purchase wind capacity.
The addition would allow Duke Energy to comply with North Carolina's 2007 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard that mandates companies to add up to 12.5 pct of its energy needs through "renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures" by 2021 and beyond. (Source: Duke Energy, Ashville Citizen Journal, Coastal Review, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology,
Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.duke-energy.com
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Solar Command Check alerts registered customers if it detects a potential problem with their PV systems. Solar Command Check is available to customers on a solar tariff with AGL, a smart meter with more than 30 days of data, who are registered for My Account on the AGL website, have no solar battery and are not already subscribed to our subscription-based Solar Command monitoring service.
AGL Energy is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies providing electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services to Australian homes and businesses.
(Source: AGL, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, email@example.com, www.agl.com.au
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A 488-panel, 130 KW system, is connected to the Toronto Hydro electrical grid, and a 10 kilowatt, 28- panel system is installed at the Danforth/Coxwell Library and connected to the grid.
The Toronto Renewable Energy Office’s Environment and Energy Division, which has the mandate of installing renewable energy systems on all City buildings, where feasible, by 2020, is behind the projects.
The City will be receiving revenue from the sale of the electricity generated by the systems for a period of 20 years via the province’s Feed-in Tariff program. (Source: Toronto Renewable Energy Office, Inside Toronto, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Toronto Renewable Energy Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=0444d66c4b502410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
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The project is slated for completion and commissioning in Q2, 2018 and has a 20-year power-purchase agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).
(Source: Duke Energy Renewables, RE News, Others, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact:
Shoreham Solar Commons, www.shorehamsolarcommons.com; Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com; LIFA, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900, www.lipower.org; Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, email@example.com, www.duke-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LIPA, Duke Energy Renewables, Invenergy,
Cellufuel initially raised $270,000 from provincial venture capital agency Innovacorp and $2 million in clean tech funding from the Canadian federal government as well as a $500,000 loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Private sector investors includ Ontario-based Tatro Group, a trucking firm Montreal renewable energy firm Boralex. (Source: Cellufuel, Chronicle Herald, 15 Aug., 2017)Contact: Cellufuel Inc., Chris Hooper, Pres., (800) 893-2708, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cellufuel.com
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The EU trading system includes approximately 11,000 stationary installations that emit around 2 billion tpy of CO2.
The Swiss system caps the amount of emissions that can be emitted at 5.63 million tpy of CO2 for 2013 and must reduced by 1.74 pct every year, based on the amount defined for 2010.
The Swiss cap is meant to be 4.91 million tonnes in 2020, which would provide for a reduction of 13 pct compared to 2013. The 54 "heavy emitter" companies in the Swiss emissions trading system emit a combined total of about 5.5 million tpy of CO2.
(Source: swissinfo.ch, Aug., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade, EU ETS, Carbon Emissions,
The company aims to cut carbon emissions from its direct operations by 50 pct from 2016 levels, reduce its supply chain emissions by 20 pct, improve water efficiency at its breweries worldwide by 22 pct between 2016 and 2025, and source 100 pct
of its barley and hops from growers and suppliers that comply with its sustainability standards by 2025.
(Source: Molson Coors, Business Green, 17 Aug., 2017)
Contact: Molson Coors, www.molsoncoors.com/en/contact-us
With no upfront costs, the program aims to eliminate wasted energy consumption and promote long-term energy savings and
maximize building operating efficiency, while helping SnoPUD achieve its conservation target of 5 million kWh per year. The ESPP details are available at
www.macmiller.com/ESPP. (Source: SnoPUD, Aug., 2017) Contact: MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions,, www.macmiller.com; SnoPUD, (425) 783-1000, www.snopud.com
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Kolos recently raised "several million dollars" from a Series A funding round involving Norwegian investors and is now working with an unidenditfied US investment bank to secure the necessary remaining funds, according to the company.
(Source: Kolos, BBC, ITPro, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: Kolos,
Havard Lillebo, CEO , email@example.com, www.kolos.com
The Trump order establishes a two-year deadline for major infrastructure plan permits and introduces a "one Federal decision" protocol to ensure one agency leads the permitting process, even if other agencies are required for environmental reviews.
The Obama order was intended to reduce US exposure to expected climate change related increases in sea level, droughts and floods over the coming century and was widely applauded by environmentalists and infrastructure experts.
(Source: Various Media, Business Green, 16 Aug., 2017)
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Coal21, which was established in 2006 by the Australian Coal Association now merged into the Minerals Council of Australia, has to date invested $300 million in cleaner coal projects, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) initiatives at the Queensland Callide power plant in Victoria's Otway Basin.
The Coal21 Fund has also received
$550m from the Australian and state governments and coal related industry.
The fund is primarily financed by a levy on coal production at Australia's thermal and coking coal mines. Major players include Glencore, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Peabody Energy.
(Source: Minerals Council of Australia, The Australian, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Australia Minerals Council of Australia , +61 2 6233 0600, www.minerals.org.au
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With the Powerly Energy Bridge program, BC Hydro pilot customers can use their smart phone to manage home energy and smart home devices through the HydroHome app. With a constant connection to the home's smart meter, the Powerley Energy Bridge enables real-time access in energy usage for the home as well as disaggregation into various appliances.
The Powerley Energy Bridge acts as a smart home hub, allowing control and automation of thermostats, power outlets, light switches, sensors and other smart devices.
The Powerley platform also allows utilities secure access to analyze behavioral data, execute advanced demand response programs, manage program logistics and capture energy usage insights. (Source: BC Hydro, EL&P, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: BC Hydro, Tim Mosley, Senior Program Manager, https://twitter.com/timmosley, www.bchydro.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Hydro, SMart Meter, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency,
The Wattwatchers system works with various cloud-hosted management interfaces and a wide range of software, and can be used across Australian residential, commercial, industrial and utility services.
(Source: Energy Matters, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact:
CEFC, Ian Learmonth, CEO, Blair Pritchard, Dir. Investment Development, 1300 002 332, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cefc.com.au; Wattwatchers, +61 2 8316 7540, email@example.com, www.wattwatchers.com.au
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Targray is a multinational renewable commodities company that develops commercial solutions for 4 major industries: Battery & Energy Storage, Solar Photovoltaics, Biofuels, and Optical Media. As one of North America's leading biodiesel suppliers, Targray operates one of the industry's largest dedicated rail fleets and over 40 supply terminal tanks nationwide. from coast to coast. (Source: Targray, Newswire, DigitalJournal, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Targray, www.Targray.com/biofuels
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The INL team monitored the air to determine if bromide was released at any point when alfalfa is processed into fuel. Researchers found bromide was only released during an emergency procedure in the pelletizing process. Burning the produced fuel also yielded no bromide to the air. It stayed in the ash, which can then be used to produce cement.
Although alfalfa can burn as a fuel, there's still work to be done as alfalfa fuel tends to "foul" burning chambers, leaving a material not unlike creosote caked in a home chimney. (Source: INL, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, Crop Biotech Update, Aug., 2017) Contact: Idaho National Laboratories Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, (866) 495-7740, https://bfnuf.inl.gov/SitePages/BFNUF%20Home.aspx
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According to the report, Novozymes' bioenergy division generated 18 pct of company's sales during the first six months of 2017.
currently supplies enzymes to five biomass conversion facilities. (Source: Novozymes, Various Media, Aug., 2017)
Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com
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The RES battery energy storage project is currently under construction in West Lothian and is slated for commissioning early next year. The system has a bilateral contract with National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc to provide dynamic, two-way grid balancing services.
This is TRIG's first energy storage project. (Source: THE Renewable Infrastructure Group, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: THE Renewable Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com
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For the company's first project in Colorado, CleanFund partnered with Energesco Solutions, and provided $296,000 to retrofit that included LED lighting, a new HVAC and control system and a roof-mounted solar array on an existing 9,616 square-foot suburban office building in Boulder.
CleanFund worked with the Colorado New Energy Improvement District, the program sponsor, and Sustainable Real Estate Solutions (SRS), which administers the Colorado C-PACE program, to complete the transaction.
(Source: CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, PR, 15 Aug., 2017) Contact: CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, Joshua Kagan, Vice President of Business Development, www.CleanFund.com
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The governor also approved legislation allowing farmers to build renewable energy projects on their land on the proviso that the project covers no more than 20 pct of total acreage.
The state's renewable portfolio standard calls for 38.5 pct renewables energy by 2035. (Source: Various Media, Utility Dive, 10 August, 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,
The 3.4M140 turbine with hub heights of 110 and 130 meters, is specifically designed for low wind conditions, such as forested and mountainous areas.
Serial production of the 3.4M140 is slated to get underway before the year end, according to a company release. (Source: Senvion, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Notus Energy, +49 331 620 4340, http://w3.windmesse.de/notus; : Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion, Wind, Wind Turbine,
According to UFOP, the GHG reduction requirement is, in principle, the right way to increase raw materials and cost efficiency with sustainably produced biofuels. For that reason, the association claims the same quota should be introduced throughout the EU from 2021,
and is calling on EU policy-makers to align GHG reduction requirement to increase the diesel--biodiesel bland rate to 7 pct by volume.
(Source: UFOP, Aug, 2017)
Contact: UFOP, www.ufop.de
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Energyra's no-busbar polycrystalline 60-cell solar "Pandora" module delivers efficiency of over 18.5 pct and has a power range of 265 W to 285 W, according to the company. The Pandora module is based on a nanocoated anti-reflective, high transmission glass, patented MWT technology and an aluminium/copper backside barrier.
Energyra's 60-cell monocrystalline "Medusa" module offers an efficiency of around 20 pct and is based on the same technology of the Pandora series, and has a power range of 290 W to 310 W.
Energyra is planning to start manufacturing activities at the factory in the first quarter of 2018. (Source: Energyra, PV Mag., August 15, 2017)Contact: Energyra, +31 (0) 251 655 569, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.energyra.com
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In 2016, the state's wind farms generated sufficient electricity to power 150,000 average homes at a cost that is competitive with natural gas and other forms of energy, according to Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. (Source: US DOE, MPR, Hydrogen Fuel News, Aug., 2017) Contact: Minnesota Commerce Commission, Mike Rothman, (651) 539-1600, https://mn.gov/commerce
More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Commerce Commission, Wind,
The CEI building energy efficiency features include energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and mechanical systems, insulation, and a rooftop solar array that generate more than half of the buildings electric power.
The CEI headquarters is the sixth new commercial project in Maine to receive a LEED platinum designation. (Source: Coastal Enterprises Inc., Portland Press, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: Coastal Enterprises Inc., (207) 504-5900, www.ceimaine.org; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Platinum, USGBC, Energy Efficiency,