Marlena Chertock is a former editorial intern at Electrical Contractor magazine who now writes for the magazine as a freelance journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, NBC News, News21, WTOP and The Gazette. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or @mchertock.
Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production. READ MORE
Energy Storage is a major challenge for the renewable-energy industry. With sufficient storage, when the sun isn’t shining or wind isn’t blowing, intermittent power generation wouldn’t be such an issue.
Ta’u, a small island in American Samoa, now gathers enough solar energy for 24/7 power, thanks to a microgrid project completed in November with solar provider SolarCity and Tesla. READ MORE
The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its five-year growth forecast for the renewable industry because renewable energy surpassed coal last year as the largest source of installed power worldwide. READ MORE
In March, Gaston Electrical Co. Inc. installed a 175.8-kilowatt (kW) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar-power system on the roof of its headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The system eliminates 55 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, according to a press release. READ MORE
Sprig Electric, a specialty electrical and low-voltage systems contractor in San Jose, Calif., completed wiring and other upgrades at the recently opened 18,000-seat Avaya Stadium in March. The stadium—home to the San Jose Earthquakes—is the first “cloud-enabled” stadium in Major League Soccer, according to an April press release from Sprig Electric. READ MORE
Arcadia Electrical Company, Ridgewood, N.Y., installed 341 new lighting fixtures near walkways, playgrounds and parking lots at Polo Grounds Towers in Harlem as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Action Plan (MAP), an initiative to reduce crime and increase neighborhood safety at 15 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development sites with the highest crime rates. READ MORE
Sprig Electric is one of the first electrical contractors (ECs) in the country to pair Tesla’s Powerpack battery with a 350-kilowatt (kW) commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system. In its first month, the paired system has cut energy costs at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters by 80–95 percent. READ MORE
Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts led the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2015 top 10 states for LEED certification list. This includes states that exceed in sustainable building construction, design and transformation. READ MORE