A sour U.S. economy, tight state budgets, and a failure by Congress to adopt a comprehensive energy strategy have not slowed the growing momentum among U.S. states toward increased energy efficiency, according to the fifth edition of the annual ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) during a National Press Club news conference. Available online at http://aceee.org/research-report/e115, the ACEEE Scorecard shows that the top 10 states are: Massachusetts (taking the #1 position for the first time); California (slipping from the top spot it held for the first four editions of the ACEEE Scorecard); New York State; Oregon; Vermont; Washington State; Rhode Island; Minnesota, Connecticut; and Maryland (making its first appearance in the top 10 and also one of the six most improved states in the 2011 ACEEE Scorecard).
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Westchester/Bronx Energy $mart Communities (E$C) partnered with the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) to honor the organizations and individuals who continue to work tirelessly to further the progress of the New York Solar Jobs Act. The September 21st event was sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and also included industry networking and an awards ceremony for the best solar projects of the year. The winners, in various categories, were:
SPI Solar (“SPI”) (OTCBB: SOPW) a leading vertically integrated photovoltaic (“PV”) solar developer, has been engaged by a subsidiary of KDC Solar LLC (“KDC Solar”) for a 6.8 MW ground mounted solar facility to be constructed in Middlesex County New Jersey. SPI Solar (“SPI”) will provide construction management services and project financing in accordance with the terms of the Preferred Provider Agreement between KDC and SPI announced in June 2011. The solar facility will be constructed with approximately 26,000 high-efficiency solar panels supplied by SPI and manufactured by LDK Solar Ltd. When completed, the solar energy project will generate approximately 8,450,000 kilowatt hours of solar electricity per year and supply 100% of the electric power needs for the facilities located on the site. The project marks the third engagement resulting from SPI’s Preferred Provider Agreement with KDC Solar in as many months. Once operational, savings from the project for Middlesex County will escalate from $725 thousand to $1.15 million annually over the 15-year term of the power purchase agreement. Subject to obtaining the necessary permits, construction is scheduled to begin early next year, with the objective that the project should be fully operational in the third quarter of 2012.