Nation’s Largest Rooftop Solar Installation


It’s nice to see this type of scale and equally refreshing to see this type of deal-making.

Under an agreement with BP Solar, FedEx would buy the power generated by the system, while BP would install and operate it.


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ABI Research Predicts Big Market for Plug-in Vehicle Chargers

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If you need more evidence of real upside in the cleantech and renewable sectors, chew on this from ABI Research.

A new market study “Plug-in Vehicle Infrastructures” projects a fast-growing market for charging station infrastructure, with worldwide revenues reaching $11.75 billion for the installation of 3 million charging stations by 2015, up from just over 20,000 stations installed in 2010.”

And if you throw in just-in-time transportation services like ZipCar, you can really start to connect the dots around what the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem might look like. From a scale perspective, the benefit to companies providing services is clear: these are models that are interconnected from day one to the grid.

Whether it’s via smartphones, in-car systems, or real-time meters in homes and businesses, the data will be always-on and interactive. That’s quite a change from just a few years ago. And it’s quite an opportunity.

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Smart Grids and Smart Buildings From Johnson Controls and IBM

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If you haven’t bookmarked IBM’s Smarter Planet microblog, get to it. They do a great job highlighting all sorts of tools and technologies that help cities and communities move towards sustainability.  For you techies, it’s also an excellent example of a big company using a simple tool like Tumblr to create and share information.  I pulled the image here from a Johnson Controls’ post looking at the day in the life of a smart building manager. We need more simple depictions like this to break things down and normalize what a smarter building really means. A lot of it boils down to the low-hanging fruit like monitoring energy usage and better automation around power management.


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