Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it has reached a significant milestone by connecting the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In addition, during 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history. More than 45,000 new solar customers were added in 2014 alone. During this time period, PG&E added approximately 326 MW of installed solar power – enough to power more than 70,000 homes....More
A city-wide program that will eventually convert 250,000 streetlights on New York City streets to LEDs is being panned by Brooklyn residents who don’t like the color of the light the new LEDs are emitting....More
With the Lone Star state now supplying 20% of all wind generating capacity in United States, some Texas politicians are calling for an end to some state subsidies that now support the booming industry....More
The field at the new Minnesota Stadium, home of the Vikings beginning in 2016, will be lit with high-performance LED stadium lights that offer more uniform light to improve the clarity of the playing surface for the benefit of fans in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television. It is also projected to consume 75% less energy as compared to a traditional metal halide stadium lighting system....More
Orgatech Omegalux Architectural Lighting (Azusa, Calif.): George Bosson AmerillumBrands Bosson has a BA in legal studies from the University of Massachusetts and a MA in organizational development at Fairfield University.
A report in the Midland Daily News says Dow Chemical’s energy business recently signed a long-term agreement with a new wind farm, currently under development in South Texas by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy, a joint venture between MAP and Enerverse. The report said:...More
Further reduction in costs that will drive more widespread adoption will come from soft costs and balance of system (BOS) equipment. Thus considerable attention among solar market analysts and advocates is focused on pushing techniques and technologies that further drive down BOS costs and soft costs of solar. That should spell opportunity for electrical distributors....More
Van Meter Inc., Waterloo, Iowa, will offer solar photovoltaic (PV) training in Waterloo, Iowa, April 7-9, for electricians, builders, engineers and trade professionals interested in becoming solar installers....More
Smart-grid networking provider Silver Spring Networks, Inc., Redwood City, Calif., said some of the largest utilities in the United States are expanding their networked street light deployments and initiating new street light and smart city projects with Silver Spring....More
Traditional electrical distributors and lighting distributors will need new levels of high technical competencies and new services/solutions to elbow their way to the table as the lighting industry evolves. And who will they be competing against in addition to traditional competitors?...More
Whether you are fascinated by wind turbines and the wind industry or write it off as just outsized hobby for greenies or a government- financed boondoggle, you have to admit that the sheer scale of them is pretty amazing. Kudos to the photographers who shot the pictures of the wind turbines in this photo gallery.
Locust Electric Sales Inc., Ardmore, Pa., has been named a new sales agency for Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc., Nashville, Tenn., in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware....More
Last week, Google submitted plans to the Mountain View, Calif., City Council to redevelop four of its office sites in the city with an extraordinary design concept by the team of Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio that merges moveable buildings with nature, integrates translucent canopies laced with solar panels and will radically reduced the company’s energy footprint. The exact details of the building designs were not yet revealed, but you can be sure they will be loaded with the most energy-efficient .
In today’s issue of EnergyWatchNews, lighting veteran Bill Attardi takes a look at the challenges that traditional lighting manufacturers, independent manufacturers’ reps, traditional electrical distributors and ESCOs (energy service companies) must overcome to claim their piece of the emerging sales channel for LEDs. Great discussion – Don’t miss it!...More
Google says it will be purchasing enough local wind energy from the Altamont Pass wind farm to offset the annual electrical consumption of its North Bayshore headquarters in Mountain View, Calif....More
The North American electrical wholesaling industry is being rocked by mergers & acquisitions, advances in technology, new competition from offshore and an uncertain economy. In this 60-minute webinar, Electrical Wholesaling Chief Editor Jim Lucy will discuss the changes in the electrical market now having the most impact on electrical distributors, electrical manufacturers and independent manufacturers’ reps....More