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September 15, 2010
Classes, Kits and Energy Savings for Pinellas County

Officials of PEEP, the Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project, will start handing out energy kits—filled with CFLs, weather stripping, low-flow shower heads and window insulators—over the next few months to residents who attend special classes. It's pretty straightforward: come to one of the classes, learn how to cut energy use and save money — and leave with the materials to make that happen.

September 15, 2010
A Boost for Small Business

Phase III Xlerator awards go out to 33 small businesses in 16 states to make clean energy technology a commercial reality.

September 15, 2010
A vacant grocery store was converted into The Elkin Center, a workforce training center in Elkin, N.C. | Courtesy of Joe Seipel-Parks, West Depot Architecture
Training and Energy Efficiency – Aisle 4

For more than five years, a large grocery store stood abandoned, leaving a disheartening void at one of the busiest intersections in Elkin, N.C. Now it marks the site of the Elkin Center -- a new energy-efficient space that will host trainings for students and business professionals alike.

September 10, 2010
North Lauderdale Gets 'Smart' on Cars

The Parks and Recreation Department of North Lauderdale, Fla., is saving money and reducing its carbon footprint, thanks to the recent addition of two energy efficient “Smart Cars” to the city’s fleet.

September 9, 2010
Arkansas Students Get Their Hands Dirty in Solar Panel Project

Wallie Shaw remembers where he got the idea to do a hands-on solar panel project for his Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students, a school-to-work transition program focused on helping at-risk youth graduate from high school.

September 8, 2010
Small Town Using Wind Power to Offset Electricity Costs

Wind turbines will be used to supply electricity for the town hall, maintenance building, library and help power the town's water system.

August 25, 2010
Eco Technologies, Inc., hired eleven workers to install these solar panels at the Hillsborough County judicial center. | Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County
Former Construction Worker Finds New Career in Solar

After Eco Technologies, Inc., received a contract to install solar panels at Hillsborough County, Fla.'s judicial center, company president Andrew Tanner realized a larger staff was needed to complete the project. So Tanner hired 11 additional crew members and trained them in basic solar-panel installation. The new crew members have been working at the judicial center since early July to install a196 kW photovoltaic solar energy system that is projected to generate 40 percent of the building's power and save Hillsborough County $60,000 on annual electricity costs.

August 16, 2010
An array of solar collectors | Photo courtesy of Trane
Knox County Detention Facility Goes Solar for Heating Water

Hot water demand soars at the six-building Knox County Detention Facility in Tennessee. It's open 24/7 with 1,036 inmate beds and 4,500 meals served daily—and don't forget the laundry.

August 11, 2010
An Energy Department grant funded Autumn Salamack's new job as resource conservation manager for Kitsap County, Washington, and the energy efficient windows framed behind her. | Photo courtesy of Kitsap County, WA |
Manager Helps Washington County Develop Energy Efficiency Projects

Autumn Salamack's career moved in a welcome new direction when she became the resource conservation manager for Kitsap County, Washington, in April. A $2.2 million Energy Department grant funded her position and numerous county energy conservation projects.