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mechanical and electrical contractors that want to gain access to the solar industry. Many contractors know in theory how to install solar systems but they lack the practical knowledge to finish a job. Lumos’ training gives them the education and ability to complete their first solar installations. Participants receive 40 hours towards their hours that are required for NABCEP certification.
EnerNOC, Inc. announced that Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in southern California, has earned payments of approximately $250,000 annually for reducing non-essential electricity usage during periods of peak demand, high electricity prices, and other system needs. As part of EnerNOC’s demand-response program, Stater Bros. stores throughout the San Diego region and Southern California Edison service territory get free basic access to PowerTrak, EnerNOC’s web-based energy management software, to identify additional cost-saving opportunities through better energy management.
Storage & EVs
The U.S. DOE has closed a $1.4 billion loan agreement with Nissan North America . The loan will support the modification of Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., manufacturing plant to produce the Nissan LEAF, a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle, and the lithium-ion battery packs to power them. The loan originated through DOE’s loan guarantee program, and was issued as part of the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, a $25 billion program authorized by Congress as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 . The program is designed to accelerate the development of vehicles and technologies that increase U.S. energy independence, create cleaner means of transportation and stimulate the economy.
Ioxus launched a new family of large cell prismatic electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLC) for transportation and utility applications that are lower in cost for the overall system design. The 1,000-, 3,000- and 5,000-Farad (F) ultracapacitors are smaller in size with increased energy and power density compared to products of other industry players. A wide range of high-power applications, such as transportation, electric utility, material handling, industrial bridge power and renewable energy generation require low-cost and long-operating-life energy storage systems for optimal performance. Ioxus EDLCs can be used as sole energy storage devices or can be combined with other types of energy storage devices, such as batteries or fuel cells, to meet the user’s power demand requirements. In this combination, ultracapacitors expand the system’s charge and discharge capabilities into shorter response times, extend the life of other, lower-power elements and open up new options for energy storage applications.
American Electric Power (AEP) and S&C Electric chose International Battery to supply large-format lithium-ion rechargeable batteries for a community energy storage (CES) system in Ohio. The CES project is aimed at providing the utility with load-leveling, backup power and grid-regulation capabilities, as well as support for plug-in vehicle deployment. The project is part of AEP Ohio’s gridSMART demonstration project, funded in part by $75 million in federal stimulus funding.
The Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) and Ice Energy announced plans to undertake the nation’s first utility-scale, smart grid-enabled distributed energy storage project. The 53-MW project will help to reduce permanently California’s peak energy demand by shifting as much as