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Lessons Learned: Energy Management Solutions for U.S. Colleges & Universities

Since budget shortfalls are the ‘new normal,’ these days, both public and private colleges in the U.S. are having to do more with less. The challenge, of course, is to manage tight budgets without impacting student programs or demoralizing staff. Reducing utility costs through more efficient energy management is an obvious solution—enabling colleges to cut …

Nov 01, 2019

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Energy Systems Optimization

Energy Benchmarking – A How To Guide

Does your list of New Year’s resolutions include getting smarter about your facility’s energy usage or saving money? Energy benchmarking is a great place to start – after all, you can’t manage what you aren’t measuring. And if your facility is located in certain areas of the country, you may not have a choice. In …

Ben Stewart

July 10, 2016

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Small Business

Energy Systems Optimization for Small Retail

Retail stores, known for their extravagant lighting displays, are big energy users, consuming nearly 20 percent of all energy used by U.S. commercial buildings. But the news on the street is that when it comes to energy, flash no longer sells. Retailers from Crate and Barrel to Walmart are adopting new energy initiatives to reduce their stores’ …

Ben Stewart

April 28, 2016

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Energy Systems Optimization

CHP: Potential Cost Savings, Reliability & Sustainability

While the hallmark of combined heat and power (generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source, CHP for short) is exceptional efficiency, CHP projects are also expensive, labor-intensive capital investments. Initially, regardless of the size of the project, the average capital cost is anywhere from $700 to $3,000 per kW—a large investment no …

Ben Stewart

April 10, 2016

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Government

Montgomery County Energy Savings Project Set to Begin Fall 2016

The Montgomery County Legislature voted to move forward with a bundled energy systems project, proposed by SmartWatt Energy Account Executive, Greg Royer. Now, with financing officially secured, the county has taken the next step to make this project a reality.

Ben Stewart

March 9, 2016

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Solar PV

Solar Energy Facts: Some Things You Didn’t Know

Solar energy is here to stay, and most of us are becoming more familiar with its practical implications. Even if you’ve beefed up your solar vocabulary to include arrays, concentrators and inverters, there are still many solar energy facts that may suprise you. SmartWatt’s Top Solar Energy Facts 1. Its Origin Story In 1954, Bell Laboratories …

Ben Stewart

February 8, 2016

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Utility

SmartWatt Honored as “Distinguished Energy Solutions Partner” by National Grid

National Grid has recognized SmartWatt as a top performing Energy Solutions Partner (ESP) at their annual Energy Solutions Partners Recognition Dinner, and named them a “Distinguished Partner” for providing outstanding energy savings and service to customers statewide in 2014. Read the full article.

Ben Stewart

January 30, 2016

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Solar PV

Seven Advantages of Solar PV

Solar energy is widely accepted as an excellent source of energy, but it more than that. Solar PV offers a range of benefits—multidimensional, undeniable, and paradigm-shifting. Here are some of the biggest advantages of solar power, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Financial Savings While many perceive the initial cost of solar equipment …

Ben Stewart

January 8, 2016

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Government

Financing Tools for a Smart City

As expansion and urban growth press upon the need to find ways to finance infrastructure upgrades, cities have become bolder and more experimental about funding options. One of the biggest challenges is that the attitude to funding is still cautious after one of the most significant global economic crises in generations. How can cities and …

Ben Stewart

December 17, 2015

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