Microgrids … The Answer for Resiliency?

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Posted by: Dave Gralnik

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In the wake of ever-increasing natural disasters, owners and users of real estate are scrambling to make their buildings energy-resilient.

Today, microgrids are emerging as the answer of choice.

These are typically building-specific solar panels, fuel cells, natural gas turbines and energy storage devices that are integrated strategically to allow the building to become energy self-sufficient when utility power is disrupted.

While… Read More

Is ‘Community Solar’ Coming to Your Neighborhood?

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Probably.  And, with good reason.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), community-shared solar is picking up speed and could become a real force in our energy arena.

The Department of Energy launched the idea through its Sunshot Initiative to make solar power financially competitive by the end of the decade.

Community-shared solar projects eliminate the need for solar panels on… Read More

311 South Wacker: Smartest Building in Chicago

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Posted by: Bob Best

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Zeller Realty had a vision when it bought 311 South Wacker, a 1.4-million-square-foot iconic office tower in downtown Chicago, in 2014 – to make it the city’s model of energy efficiency.

With the help of ComEd, JLL and Cypress Envirosystems, they have done it.

First, the site team replaced the old thermostats with wireless pneumatic thermostats through Cypress Envirosystems.

This opened the way… Read More

Time Is Running Out on Federal Solar Incentives!

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Now is the time to move ahead with solar installations.

The federal investment tax credit (ITC) runs out at the end of 2016, and they can cover as much as 30% of the cost of a solar installation.

The rush is on now, because the ITC applies to projects that are producing power by the end of 2016, meaning that projects must essentially… Read More

GRESB Performance Indicators: the industry perspective on ‘why?’

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Posted by: Matthew Tippett

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Who thinks that energy will be abundant and get cheaper and cheaper over the medium and long term? That there will be security of supply that does not have significant political ramifications? And who thinks that there is an unlimited capacity for humans, as we enter the Anthropocene, to transfer carbon from the ground into the atmosphere – and for the climate to remain stable?

Those are… Read More