Starwood Energy Finances Solar Power Plant
Bloomfield, Conn., May 27 — According the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is teaming with Lockheed Martin Corp. and Greenwich based Starwood Energy Group, private-equity firm, to build solar-power plant west of Phoenix.
The $1.5 billion plant, to be built and run by Lockheed Martin Corp., should be operating by 2013 and, in combination with other projects, would give APS double the 4.5 percent of electricity from renewable sources required by 2014, the companies said last Thursday.
APS says the Starwood Solar I power plant, to be financed and owned by Starwood Energy Group, is a sign of its growing commitment to renewable energy. With Congress moving on laws to limit greenhouse-gas pollution, APS officials said solar plants are a better option than coal, natural-gas or nuclear plants to supply the state's growing power demands, regardless of the state requirements.
will occupy about 3 square miles of farmland in the Harquahala Valley 75 miles west of the Phoenix city limits. With a 290-megawatt capacity, the plant will provide enough energy to power 72,500 homes while the sun shines, and it will keep the power flowing six hours after sunset by storing heat.
The plant will use solar-thermal technology. Instead of black solar panels, curved mirrors will focus sunlight on tubes of fluid. That fluid will heat water and make steam to spin a turbine and generate electricity.
Some of the heat will be stored in molten salt so the plant can continue to make steam and energy after sunset.
Source: The Arizona Republic
Food Waste-to-Energy Plant Proposed
Stamford, Conn., May 27 - The warehouse of a one-time brass factory in Waterbury, Conn., may soon be the home to a new food-waste-to-energy power facility.
The Hartford Courant reports that a group of Massachusetts investors operating under the name Chestnut Hill Bioenergy have signed an agreement to buy the 17-acre property that was once home to the Anamet brass factory but that has been shut down for the past nine years. Pending municipal approval of the purchase, the facility would be used as a green-power generator that runs on food waste.
Chestnut Hill Bioenergy states it specifically wanted an urban industrial site located near grocery stores, restaurants and food markets. The facility includes a 212,500 square-foot main building with 12,500 square feet of office space.
Energy Fund Votes For Solar Incentives
Rocky Hill, Conn., May 27 -A state energy group has voted to release enough money to assist about 300 homeowners in the state in buying and installing solar panels.
With the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund board's decision to release the funds, the state and federal government will pay nearly half of the cost of a homeowner's solar energy project.
Solar Connecticut's executive director, Mike Trahan, said now's the time to go solar in your home because the federal stimulus plan includes solar tax credits. Combined with the state rebate program just passed by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, an average homeowner will end up paying between $18,000 and $24,000.
New Faces Join OPEL and Soltage
Bloomfield, Conn., May 19 — Two Connecticut solar companies have announced appointments to their executive leadership teams. Larry Slominski joins OPEL International, based in Shelton, as Director of Western Regional Sales and Soltage, based in New Jersey and with offices in Hartford has hired Brooks S. Kaufman as VP of Finance.
Larry comes to OPEL International with over 25 years of experience in photovoltaic ("PV") solar power project development, systems and component sales, applications engineering, marketing, and project financing. Prior to OPEL, Larry worked for United Solar Ovonics and Maxwell Technologies and has established a solar consulting firm called LTS Energy. Most recently, he was the head of sales for the western region of WorldWater & Solar Tech (Entech Solar) in San Diego, California. There he held a senior management position heading sales for the western region.
Last month, Soltage hired energy veteran George P. Schaefer as its Chief Financial Officer. Last week, Soltage announced that Brooks S. Kaufman, formerly with Banc of America Securities — the investment banking arm of the Bank of America Corporation — would take over as the new VP of Finance reporting to Mr. Schaefer.
With operations headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, OPEL designs, manufactures and markets high performance concentrating photovoltaic ("HCPV") panels to transform solar energy into electricity for worldwide application. OPEL's high performance photovoltaic concentrating panels generate up to 40 percent more kilowatt-hours than conventional flat plate silicon solar panels, resulting in more cost-effective electricity generated from the sun. Soltage, LLC is a full service renewable energy company that develops, finances, owns and operates solar energy stations on client structures across the USA.
Starwood Energy Builds Calif. Power Plant
Stamford, Conn., May 19 - Greenwich-based Starwood Energy, which develops owns power facilities in California has announced the completion of a 116-megawatt facility, Starwood Midway Power Plant in the San Joaquin Valley in California.
The $100 million project was a cooperative effort between the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, Fresno County officials, Energy Services, URS Corp. and Starwood Energy, according to Rich Weiss, director and project manager for Starwood Energy, who said the plant was built on time and on budget, despite a challenging economic environment.
It was built by Energy Services Inc., a subsidiary of Pratt & Whitney, a division of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp and is equipped with four Pratt & Whitney FT8-3 turbines that will provide needed power in the summer when demand is the highest, said Percy Della, spokesman for the California Public Utilities Commission.
Herman Miller Announces Partnership With Legrand
West Hartford, Conn., May 19 - Herman Miller, Inc. a leading global provider of interior furnishings and related technologies and services, and Legrand North America, an innovative manufacturer of electrical and network infrastructure solutions based in West Hartford, CT - have announced a strategic alliance designed to broaden the reach of energy management strategies to fuel the adoption of flexible, sustainable spaces, ultimately reducing real estate and building operating costs while improving worker productivity.
The companies noted that demand for more energy efficient solutions is intensifying, with commercial buildings currently accounting for 18 percent of the nation's total energy consumption(1), and energy dependence and management topping the agendas of key influencers.
Under the terms of the agreement, technology from Herman Miller's Convia(R), Inc. subsidiary will be embedded into Wiremold(R) wire and cable management systems from Legrand. These include modular power and lighting distribution systems, floor boxes, poke-thru devices and architectural columns, which provide flexible, accessible power distribution to building owners and managers. Convia technology integrates a facility's power delivery and other infrastructure and technology applications, including lighting, HVAC, and occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors into an energy efficient, easy-to manage platform. Under the new alliance, "Convia-enabled" Wiremold systems will enhance this capability by adding control and monitoring of office plug loads (the amount of energy drawn by devices from an electrical outlet) and lighting loads. The "Convia-enabled" Wiremold offering provides a truly integrated control solution for end-to-end power applications. "Convia-enabled" building infrastructure products will be marketed and sold by Legrand to building specifiers and owners through its network of over 2,000 electrical distributors. In addition, the two companies will continue to advance energy management strategies through the ongoing development of innovations that leverage the Convia technology for the built environment.
"Buildings are rigid, yet change is constant," said Brian Walker, CEO, Herman Miller. "While technology continues to change our lives and how we work, building infrastructures have remained static, relatively inflexible, and largely unable to keep up with the evolving needs of the people and organizations who occupy them. Our partnership with Legrand supports the adoption of energy management strategies across organizations with technologies that work together seamlessly, and can be easily programmed and adjusted as needs change. By combining Herman Miller's expertise in problem-solving design in furnishings and interiors technology with Legrand's superior wire and cable management for building infrastructure and its deep distribution network, we can successfully deliver the ultimate solution to maximize energy efficiency across all parts of a building."
"At Legrand, our culture is grounded in innovations that translate into customer benefits," said John Selldorff, CEO, Legrand North America. "This alliance allows us to enhance the capabilities of our current Wiremold system. The result is a modular, flexible wiring system now equipped to support energy conservation."
Source: PR Newswire
Aetna and Zane's Cycles Named Climate Change Leaders
Hartford, Conn., May 13 — The Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change last week named both Aetna, based in Hartford and Zane's Cycles located in Branford, 2009 Climate Change Leaders (pdf) along with six other recipients. The award is given annually to organizations and individuals that have made a commitment to environmental stewardship.
Aetna is a participant in the Business Roundtable's "Climate Resolve" initiative and was a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program, which seeks waste reductions through a combination of prevention and recycling. Specific initiatives Aetna has undertaken include:
Aetna's Atrium Building in Hartford is going green with the installation later this spring of roughly 1,000 solar panels on the roof and along the south-facing elevation. Also, Aetna will be seeking prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its top-to-bottom renovation of the Atrium building, which is employing a wide array of sustainable building practices.
Aetna has already earned Silver LEED certification for its new Customer Center in the headquarters building. The Silver rating recognized the Aetna Customer Center for its management of energy, lighting, water and building materials, as well as for incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies such as eco-friendly cleaning practices.
Zane's, a Branford institution, recently completed the construction of a new eco-friendly store. The highlight of the green store is an eight foot bicycle wheel on the roof above the entrance that isn't just for show but also acts as a wind mill. The store also has a solar thermal hot water system and a 22 kilowatt photovoltaic solar electric system.
Developers Propose More Affordable Green Housing Units
Stamford, Conn., May 13 - Jonathan Rose Cos. and W&M Properties, co-developers of Metro Green Apartments, one of the first green affordable housing complexes in the state, have announced they have changed plans to add more affordable housing units.
Metro Green Apartments, a $20 million project at Henry and Atlantic streets, will be completed by the fall and 50 families selected by lottery will begin moving into the five-story complex. The building's units are reserved for families that earn 25 percent to 60 percent of the area's median household income. The second complex is a proposed seven story $25 million structure on Atlantic Street near the Stamford train station. It was originally slated for 48 market-rate housing units. Now the developers are proposing 40 affordable units and 10 at market rate according to an article in the Stamford Advocate.
Both housing complexes are part of Metro Green, a development approved by the Zoning Board for a seven-story office tower and more than 200 units of mixed-income and for-sale residences. The entire development is expected to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program.
Fuel Cells May Power Two Connecticut Prisons
East Lyme, Conn., May 13 - According to an article in The Day, two state prisons here could be the first in the state to use fuel cells to provide most of the electricity to run their kitchens, schools and lockdowns.
Engineers from the state Department of Correction met last month with representatives from the nonprofit Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT). A financial analysis by CCAT showed the return on investing in fuel cells for J.B. Gates and York Correctional Institutions - at a cost of between $1.2 million and $3.3 million - would come in just a few years.
A fuel cell uses hydrogen and oxygen to create an electric current. The cell also produces heat.
Depending on the type of fuel cell used, the system could generate between 48 and 70 percent of the prison's power.
AMGRAPH Packaging Annouces New Green Plant
Versailles, Conn., May 4 - AMGRAPH Packaging, Inc., a leading supplier of flexible packaging to the food, health & beauty, seed, lawn care, and pharmaceutical industries, announced the company will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary with the opening of its Green Plant expansion later this year.
The new building – which adds 50% more operating space and new printing, laminating, extruding, and slitting capabilities – will incorporate the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification principles in its design underscoring the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
“We’re excited about the upcoming completion of our ‘Green Plant’ for a number of reasons,” said Kenneth A. Fontaine, President/CEO of AMGRAPH. “First, it will enable us to better service the needs of our customers as they seek new ways to meet their goals for sustainable packaging. Equally important, however, we are pleased to further realize our vision for operating a plant that truly embodies our Company’s commitment to the planet.”
As part of the Green Plant expansion, AMGRAPH has also invested heavily in new equipment, including a new printing press, multiple slitters, and a new adhesive laminator and cold seal application line, in addition to expanding its extrusion line. All the new equipment is up and running as the expansion is nearing completion. The new equipment will also be more energy efficient
Green Business For Sale
Bloomfield, Conn., May 4 - According to a listing on www.globalbx.com, a Connecticut based business that provides environmentally friendly products to Fortune 500 companies, universities, and restaurants is for sale. This business currently has over 400 accounts nationwide and is a distributor of biodegradable and compostable foodservice products. These include biodegradable and compostable plates, bowls, hot cups, cold cups, takeout containers, shopping bags, and trash bags.
Established in 2008, this business has established a name for itself and is considered a leader in the distribution of eco-friendly products. Included in the sale will be a complete list of clients, supplier contacts, inventory, domain name and training to educate you on the products and clientele. This business can easily be relocated anywhere in the United States. The asking price is $500K - $1.0M with gross revenues at $150,000.
Any business looking to add a green arm to their operations or anyone looking to take control of a business in early stages of growth, should contact the company at 860-402-7377.