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SolarCity Introduces Affordable Solar Financing Option for Small, Medium and Large Businesses

posted July 16, 2009
52-kilowatt solar system installed by SolarCity atop Baker Marble & Granite showroom in Oakland, CA.SolarCity, whose residential solar lease (SolarLease) helps homeowners to go solar, today announced an affordable new solar financing option for businesses of all sizes. SolarCity’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) can allow even small and medium-sized businesses, churches and schools to adopt solar power for no money down and pay less than they previously paid for electricity. The SolarCity PPA also allows organizations to lock in predictable electricity rates to protect themselves from rising energy costs. SolarCity’s PPA is a unique, full-service solar option—the company provides financing, design, installation, monitoring and maintenance. While PPAs have typically been used to finance massive solar farms, SolarCity’s PPA can finance commercial solar systems as small as 20 kilowatts (approximately 2,000 square feet), or up to 1,000 kilowatts (approximately 100,000 square feet) or more, with generating capacity suitable for organizations of many different types and sizes.Read more

GE Energy Announces Industrial Waste-Heat Recovery Innovation for Onsite Power Plants

posted July 16, 2009
GE Energy and energy developer ECOS Ltd. have announced they plan to demonstrate an innovative, industrial waste-heat recovery system that will dramatically increase the efficiency and output of a 7.2 megawatt (MW) biogas power plant in the eastern Slovenia town of Lendava, near the border with Hungary.Read more

Onset Announces Kilowatt Hour Transducers for Energy Monitoring

posted July 16, 2009
The WattNode transducers from Onset Computer can be used in energy monitoring applications.Onset Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of data loggers, announced a family of kilowatt hour (kWh) transducers for use with HOBO data loggers. The WattNode transducers – manufactured by Continental Control Systems and sold directly through Onset – provide high-accuracy measurements of 1, 2, or 3-phase power in 2, 3, or 4 wire configurations. They connect directly to Onset’s web-based HOBO U30 monitoring systems and standalone HOBO Energy Logger Pro data loggers, and are easy to install in service panels and junction boxes. Typical applications include energy monitoring, sub-metering, and phase-load monitoring.Read more

Aquamantra Introduces Biodegradable, Recyclable, Compostable Bottle

posted July 16, 2009
People love the convenience of bottled water, but the category's overwhelming success wreaked toxic havoc on the nation's landfills, where the average water bottle will take more than 500 years to decompose. Last week, a Southern California company revolutionized the industry by bringing to market a water bottle that completely biodegrades into organic material within 250 days. Aquamantra Premium Bottled Water based in Dana Point, CA introduced the world's first 100% biodegradable, recyclable, compostable (non-PLA) plastic bottle in July at the Whole Foods Market in Tustin, CA.Read more