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Ground Breaking: 1.3 Megawatt Solar System for Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center

Ground Breaking: 1.3 Megawatt Solar System for Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center

BAKERSFIELD, CA–(Marketwired – October 20, 2016) – Cenergy Power and the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) have announced the groundbreaking of a 1.3 megawatt (MW) solar canopy system at CBCC’s Bakersfield facilities. The project will generate an estimated 1,850 megawatt hours (MWh) per year which is equivalent to the electricity usage of approximately 170 homes; while offsetting roughly 1,400 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

The idea of offsetting the majority of the Cancer Center’s carbon footprint plays perfectly with our value of the community and sensitivity towards potential environmental impacts,” says CBCC’s founder, Dr. Ravi Patel. “After several months of interviews with some of California’s top solar companies, we finally made the decision to move forward with Cenergy Power in order to materialize our objective.

The CBCC has treated over 100,000 patients since it first opened in Bakersfield, offering patients access to all aspects of the world’s best cancer care, the most advanced cancer treatment and detection tools, and cutting edge clinical trials. The seven-acre cancer center campus with over hundred thousand square feet is one of the largest free-standing cancer centers on the west coast. When complete, the solar system is projected to offset nearly 100% of the cancer center’s electrical usage.

There is tremendous excitement at Cenergy Power for this project with the CBCC,” commented Chad Chahbazi, Director of Business Development at Cenergy Power. “We look forward to helping such a wonderful organization offset their CO2 emissions, allowing them to focus on their mission to provide continued medical and cancer treatment to those in need.”

About Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC)

CBCC was founded by Dr. Ravi Patel in 1984 with the sole mission of providing compassionate care for diagnosis, treatment, patient education and prevention of cancer using a state-of-the-art treatment approach. CBCC’s facilities, located in Bakersfield, California, occupy more than 100,000 sq. feet. CBCC has been a leader in oncology in the areas of patient care, technology and clinical research. Since then the Center has grown to become the number one accrual site for UCLA and Bristol Myers Squibb.

About Cenergy Power

Cenergy Power is a leading solar integrator delivering unmatched value to commercial, agricultural and utility customers throughout the US. Based on installed capacity and year after year growth, Cenergy is the only commercial solar contractor to rank “Top Ten” in North America consecutively since 2013 by Solar Power World, a leading solar industry publication, Cenergy is comprised of seasoned professionals in the areas of power engineering, construction management and project financing.

Infographic: Solar Power In California

Infographic: Solar Power In California

Solar POWER

The California Solar power boom is certainly well on its way. In April, San Francisco, the home of cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge, will be known as the first American city to require all new buildings (up to 10 stories) have solar panels installed to provide heat and/or electricity. This should come as no surprise, since San Francisco has long been known for its progressive stance on issues such as the conservation and the environment. Its municipalities passed similar mandates in 2013. City supervisor Scott Weiner shared on social media that “this legislation will help move us toward a clean energy future and toward our city’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.” He also specified that this new legislation is merely a continuation of the state of California’s legislation that all buildings up to 10 stories dedicate 15% of their rooftop space to solar panels.

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Based on the infographic discovered via SEIA, California is currently the #1 solar powered state in the U.S., generating a shocking 13,241 MW in solar energy from 3,319,000 homes. This makes other states pale in comparison, with the runner up being Arizona, which generates 2,087 MW in solar energy from 223,000 homes. California’s use of solar panel energy has caused the job market to explode with 75,598 solar power related jobs. Interestingly, Massachusetts is not far behind California in this with 15,095 solar power related jobs, begging the question if Massachusetts will soon rise above California in the ranks of states using the most solar energy. North Carolina also seems to be playing catch up in the solar power energy game, having installed 1,143 MW in solar capacity in 2015, though still not making the top 10.

By Jonquil McDaniel

Tesla Solar Plan Would Cost Billions To Implement

Tesla Solar Plan Would Cost Billions To Implement

A 1,500-word manifesto that Elon Musk unveiled last week, outlining his plan to expand Tesla Motors Inc.’s electric-vehicle line and to build “stunning solar roofs,” may end up costing the company tens of billions of dollars to carry out.

Musk, Tesla’s chairman and chief executive officer, gave the estimate on Tuesday after a tour of the company’s battery factory under construction in Nevada. He quickly added that he doesn’t plan on spending billions more right away.

Over time, this must necessarily be true,” he said. “Don’t quote me saying I plan to spend tens of billions right now because that would be incorrect.

Musk took heat from investors last week after delivering a “master plan” that was seen as long on vision and short on details about how he’ll finance his ideas for merging Tesla with rooftop solar installer SolarCity Corp., developing an all-in-one solar and battery solution, and offering electric buses and trucks and autonomous ride-sharing fleets. It followed what was already a rocky month for Tesla, which has been on the defensive about its driver-assist technology following a fatal Florida crash…

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Smart Cities And The Enthusiasm For Technological Advancement

Smart Cities And The Enthusiasm For Technological Advancement

Embracing Smart City Innovation

In research studies from IHS and Frost & Sullivan, it’s suggested that by 2025 approximately half of the world’s smart cities will be located outside of America and Europe, the advantaged territories that currently boast the highest concentration. Already well on its way, the Middle East has seen the development of its own smart cities as Tel Aviv delivers personalized city services to its citizens through its data analytics program Digi-tel, and Dubai aims to be the world’s smartest city by 2017.

Smart Cities a Necessity in the Middle East

By 2050, it’s expected that populations in the Middle East will double and urbanization rates may reach 70%. With Gulf countries already urbanized above 80%, infrastructure congestion is problematic, and governments are looking for ways to better manage transport, water, and energy service use. Smart cities, therefore, provide an attraction both through the enthusiasm for technological advancement as well as the possibilities for better urban management. Already the World Expo and World Cup to be held in 2020 and 2022 respectively are motivating hosts UAE and Qatar to advance their cities’ developments, though the risk of rushed tasks could mean inadequate Big Data implementations.

Developing Smart City Solutions

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Dr. Elie Chachoua, tackling the logistics of smart cities with the World Economic Forum, considers the issue of who will be developing smart city solutions a subject worth addressing. Early on in the transformation, partnerships with infrastructure providers help governments access the services needed, but as the space becomes more competitive, partnerships with international vendors will likely drive developments. By 2025, it’s forecast that the smart city sector will see investments of up to $175 billion and we’ll have the likes of Cisco, a traditional cloud and IT infrastructure provider, as well as telecom companies such as Huawei and infrastructure providers like GE competing in the market. Suggests Chachoua, “For cities interested in becoming smart, such partnerships with international vendors can be a good way to build on international best practices while benchmarking performance against other cities in which the vendor might be working too.”

Big Data & Accessibility

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Open data policies could play a significant role in well-functioning smart cities, and says Mira Marcus, international press director at Tel Aviv Global, “The first thing we did was open our municipal database. Data is the basis for so many start-ups!” In Tel Aviv, collaborations with startups such as Waze are addressing traffic and congestion issues, and a startup accelerator financed by the city is targeting the development of smart city solutions. Another example of such support is the Center of Excellence in Smart, Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Cities at Abu Dhabi University, a $1.6 million initiative in the Abu Dhabi emirate that opened in September last year.

However, José Quádrio Alves, global government director, Future Cities Program Leader at CGI, believes that Middle Eastern countries will have to make their data even more accessible. He explains, “A trend we see in many cities [of other regions] is the move from defining what qualifies as open data to defining what data cannot be open data. The assumption now is that, by default, all data should be opened.” Though many Middle Eastern countries are currently low in the global open data rankings, progress is being made to share and open data between government agencies and third party users, and it’s suggested that in the future open data from the private sector as well as the government will encourage advancement.

Though privacy and security concerns remain, the smart city advances taking place are already benefiting the region and the innovative solutions being implemented continue to drive motivation and transformation.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Want To Save The Planet And Be Green? Then Go Cloud!

Want To Save The Planet And Be Green? Then Go Cloud!

Going Green

Data Centers (DC’s) – they are hungry beasts. Ten years ago the EPA estimated that DC’s consumed 61 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in the US. Just three years ago the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) was calling the consumption level at 91 billion kilowatt-hours – almost a 50% increase in six years. Let’s put this into perspective. That power consumption is enough to power all the households of New York City twice over. Think of it, in 2013 this represented about 2%+ of all the power produced in the United States.

The prognosis was even worse. The NRDC projected that data centers were going to consume 140 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020, another 50%+ increase. But happily a just published new report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) shows that data center power consumption has essentially plateaued and will grow only slowly despite a huge increase in the number and size of data centers and a 40% increase in the number of servers from 2010 to 2020.

Good news but what happened? The Berkeley Lab discovered that around 2010 DC energy consumption flattened out at 2% of the total US consumption. (Overall energy consumption in the US has also roughly plateaued since 2010.) How can that be when we know that data center building is going gangbusters?

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The key is that data centers for cloud providers (called hyperscale or web scale) are much more efficient than the legacy enterprise data centers. The Facebook’s, Google’s and Amazon’s of the world run tight ships. As well they would, since power and cooling in an old-school enterprise data center can constitute up to 24% of the annual budget.

A number called the PUE or power usage effectiveness measures data center power efficiency. A PUE of 1.0 is considered very desirable while those of 2.0 or 3.0 are very inefficient. Google publishes its PUE at 1.12 and Facebook has said that one of its centers has a PUE of 1.07. The federal government would like to get to 1.5. Being clever about how you design, operate and cool the machines is how you achieve this kind of efficiency.

Definitely this is goodness and points to how adopting cloud supports a green policy and objective. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of legacy data centers. The Berkeley Lab study points to over 60% of data center power consumption coming from smaller facilities. A recent IDC report shows that more than two-thirds of the traditional enterprises it surveyed logged a PUE of more than 2.0, and 10 percent were over 3.0 or didn’t know.

Cloud services are increasingly being adopted and replacing the old on-premise paradigm. The initial effects of this are being seen in the positive move to energy conservation in IT and so far we have good projections of limited power consumption growth for the next several years. That’s certainly good news but consider how much better it might be if the shift to cloud was faster?

By John Pientka

Tesla Makes $2.8 Billion Offer On Solar Power Installation Firm

Tesla Makes $2.8 Billion Offer On Solar Power Installation Firm

Elon Musk on Tuesday sought to build a clean energy powerhouse as his electric car maker, Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O), made an offer to buy his solar installation firm SolarCity Corp (SCTY.O) in a stock deal worth as much as $2.8 billion.

Tesla shares plunged more than 13 percent to $189.99 in extended trading – amounting to a loss in value of about $4.3 billion, or more than the value of the offer for the other company. Shares of SolarCity rose about 18 percent to $25.02.

Musk, who is the chairman of SolarCity, CEO of Tesla and the largest shareholder of both companies, described the deal as a “no brainer” in a call with reporters. The company could sell customers an electric car, a home battery and a solar system all at once, he said.

Instead of making three trips to a house to put in a car charger and solar panels and battery pack, you can integrate that into a single visit,” Musk told reporters. “It’s an obvious thing to do…”

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5 Ways Cloud Computing Is Having an Impact on The Energy Sector

5 Ways Cloud Computing Is Having an Impact on The Energy Sector

Cloud Computing Energy Sector

We’ve discussed here in the past how cleantech (a blanket term that includes technologies that affect recycling, renewable energy, transportation, and others) is moving energy efficiency into the cloud, and how there are many very well-known technology brands dipping their toes into this arena, most notably well-known brands Apple and Facebook building cleaner data center solutions focusing on renewable and hydroelectricity.

The next step for cleantech is developing technology that will help manage these emerging solutions in a more integrated and seamless way, using the software-as-a-service (SAAS) model. There is quite an opportunity presented to the software industry as more decentralized energy markets emerge: smart technology that is invading both our home and commercial buildings, the aforementioned data center footprint explosion, smart grid storage, solar, and many others.

As these sectors grow and new clean solutions take over traditional or outdated technologies, there will be an increasing need for software solutions to make them run even more efficiently than their predecessors. Here are five companies whose cloud computing solutions are having an impact.

Safety and Compliance

One obvious area that’s improving because of the cloud is in ensuring safety and compliance. Enviance’s cloud-based platform provides a number of environmental, health, safety, and sustainability solutions to help their clients and partners “manage what matters“. These solutions help energy companies, like those that provide electric and natural gas services, in effectively managing compliance obligations and regulatory responsibilities.

The platform’s environmental solutions collect data in areas such as compliance, permit management, greenhouse gases, and emission inventory. RSIGuard is the company’s award-winning desktop office ergonomics software. JHA (Job Hazard Analysis) determines controls to eliminate risk and provide relevant training.

Solar Efficiency

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Recently recognized as a 2015 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer, Locus Energy provides comprehensive data acquisition hardware and software solutions to help pave the way for solar adoption while also reducing the cost and complexity of solar monitoring.

With over 104,000+ solar systems installed and 53+ Billion data points collected, Locus is helping states like California hit new records in today’s “solar generation“. Their Solar NOC (Network Operation Center) application improves fleet management and efficiency across many dimensions including region, equipment size and type, installation needs, and more. In addition, their Solar-OS helps these installers and fleet managers understand performance data and analytics through a user-friendly web interface.

Electric Charging Stations

ChargePoint is known for operating the world’s largest EV charging network, with a mission to get more people driving electric vehicles and making sure they have a place to charge them wherever they go. The company provides solutions to both businesses who want to get more involved in offering EV station options to employees or customers, and those who are looking to charge their EV at home.

What ChargePoint is also doing is building the infrastructure in the cloud to make sure their current and future systems of EV charging are easy to manage for these consumers and partners. With over 21,000 charging stations across the US, ChargePoint is able to provide real-time data usage and use this data to make better decisions that influence the next location to penetrate, as well as providing these cloud services to other charger manufacturers.

Digital Grid Solutions

Well-known energy powerhouse GE recently aligned with Alstom Grid to form the GE Grid, a joint venture with over 200 years of combined experience in providing advanced energy solutions. Alstom Grid’s Agile Digital Substation solution brings together over 400 interactive tools help customers explore grid challenges and solutions in areas like substation digitization, distribution automation, and system integrity protection.

In addition, Alstom Grid’s cloud support port provides access to online tools and services for maintenance customers, user groups to continue building their technical users community, and offering over 200 training courses through the Alstom Grid Technical institute. It’s through these technology acquisitions that the GE brand continues to grow as the world’s leading digital industrial company.

Collaboration

Technology is beginning to shape the future for how energy companies communicate with one another. One of the more well-known advantages for cloud based services in business is the fact that we can share any important data at anytime from anywhere. Energy consulting firm Opportune LLP recently noted that, “Oil and gas companies and energy consulting firms are increasingly relying on partners, service organizations, and individuals outside the firewall to share the increasing costs, risks, and access to the limited industry expertise. Cloud-based systems naturally allow for much broader collaboration as stakeholders are no longer bound to internal fixed assets and sites.”

The moral of the story is that cloud based platforms are becoming widely integrated in a large spectrum of businesses for different reasons. When speaking about the energy sector, though, there is a lot of room for advancement. These five areas are proof that cloud computing and energy companies are going to produce some pretty fascinating solutions in regards to energy consulting and efficiency.

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ericBy Eric Hebert

Eric is the senior marketing strategist for evolvor.com, where he helps educate business owners about digital marketing. Some of his work has appeared on Entrepreneur, Search Engine Journal, and ClickZ.

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