This hurricane season, which officially starts on Sunday, the Sunshine State will be more ready than usual to recover from storms that wreak havoc, thanks to the SunSmart Schools and Emergency Shelters Program. Learn more.
E3, a joint federal initiative between the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, USDA, the Small Business Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is helping manufacturing facilities increase competitiveness through efficient production processes, reducing waste, lowering costs, growing jobs and encouraging innovation. Learn more.
Through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, Diversified Power International leveraged funds from the Tennessee Solar Institute, funded by the Tennessee State Energy Office, to provide high-level training to both its existing and new employees and upgrade its production facility. The upgrades included new equipment and new process lines, as well as energy efficiency measures. Learn more.
With the help of the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, Brandywine CAD Design, Inc. set out to create a new workspace. The long-term goal: qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating -- something that they hope to achieve by mid 2014. Learn more.
An economic impact statement issued by the Mississippi Public Service Commission indicates new energy efficiency rules could potentially save the state’s consumers $2.3 billion by 2034 and create 9,500 jobs by 2030. Learn more.
Tennessee’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) is working to wipe out energy vampires and phantom loads with its EDGE project, which could serve as a model for other energy efficiency projects throughout the country. Using Recovery Act funds made available by the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, OEP distributed Kill-A-Watt® Meters to program participants to measure “in use” and “standby power” of at least five of their devices or appliances at home or work. Participants then report their findings and pass the Kill-A-Watt® Meters on to others to use. Learn more.
Recently, Harding Charter Preparatory school undertook a yearlong renovation, making the school a more suitable environment for high school education, thanks to funding from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program. Learn more.
This month, the University of Kentucky celebrated the completion of a newly constructed research laboratory, thanks to an investment from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Learn more.
Highland Craftsmen Inc., a small poplar bark shingle manufacturer in North Carolina, recently achieved the incredible energy efficiency milestone of net zero electricity use with funds provided through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Learn more.
Capitalizing on its origins in yacht manufacturing, Energetx Composites recently re-tooled its operations and is now applying its well-honed fiberglass technology expertise to produce wind turbine blades. As a result of this shift, the company expects to create 300 jobs at its Holland, Michigan-based production facility over the next several years. Learn more.
The Wisconsin Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) is designed to implement sustainable business practices within small- and medium-sized manufacturers. Thanks to financial support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and funding from a grant from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, this specific program has been able to increase its outreach and support to local organizations. Learn more.
Through the Department’s State Energy Program, Pure Power Technologies, LLC, a Navistar company, used Recovery Act funding to increase energy efficiency while expanding plant operation and developing products that allow truck engines to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Learn more.
With investments from the Recovery Act, Betin Incorporated (the producer of Montchevre-brand goat milk cheese) recently installed a digester that transforms industrial waste into electricity. Learn more.
A commercialization partnership funded by the State Energy Program – known as the Green Launching Pad program -- is a joint effort by the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning and the University of New Hampshire. Learn more.
The West Tennessee Solar Farm (WTSF) is the largest single funded project under the State Energy Program. At a capacity of five megawatts, the WTSF is also the largest photovoltaic installation in the State of Tennessee and the seven-state Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region. Learn more.
Convenience stores across Georgia are saving energy thanks to energy efficient lighting upgrades made possible by Recovery Act funds from the State Energy Program and the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Learn more.
Wisconsin-based Idle Free Systems received nearly $1.2M from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program to expand production of their idle elimination solutions through the Recovery Act, and expects to create 20 jobs from the investment. Learn more.
A manufacturer of crystalline solar cells has opened a new manufacturing facility for the assembly of solar panels by plant staff and robots in Milwaukee as a result of Recovery Act funds from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP). Learn more.
Hawaii is using $2.6 million in Recovery Act funds to six organizations charged with promoting, installing and deploying charging stations and electric vehicles across the state. By April 2012, charging stations across all counties will be installed, as part of the EV Ready grant program. Learn more.
The Arkansas Energy Office recently launched a Compressed Natural Gas Conversion Rebate Program, which provides incentives for fleets and individuals to purchase and/or convert their Arkansas-licensed vehicles to compressed natural gas. Learn more.
In a hamlet on the Hudson River in upstate New York, two newly installed photovoltaic arrays at the local library are generating electricity, interest in renewable energy, and community pride. Learn more.
One of the most visited public gardens in the United States, and a popular attraction for elaborate holiday decorations, is now running on solar power thanks to help from the Energy Department. Learn more.
Kevin Maas developed an anaerobic digester and then a company around a biodigester that heats and processes dairy manure and other organic wastes in an oxygen-free environment. The biodigester is designed to induce digestion by bacteria and then collect the methane-rich biogas output by the bacteria. Learn more.