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8/16/10

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Hyannis, MA - Munro solar has just designed and assisted in the completion of one of the largest ground mount systems in Massachusetts at Cape Cod Cooperative Bank in Hyannis.  We provided the project design and all of the solar components for the project, including 440 Canadian Solar panels, 4 Solectria inverters and DPW Solar racking for a system size of 106.23 kW.  The system was designed to qualify for the Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Rebate Program.  Installation was performed by Solar Installation Limited. 
 
Quincy, MA - We provided the project design and all of the solar components for a 25.92 kW system at Patriot Renewables, a developer and operator of wind farms in the Northeast and Southwest US.  We provided Canadian Solar panels, Solectria inverters and a UniRac Rapid Rac ballast system. Installation was performed by Solar Installation Limited.
 
Hyannis, MA - Munro Solar has designed and assisted in the completion of a 40.48 kW system for Rogers & Gray Insurance in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  We provided the project design and all solar components, including 176 Canadian Solar 230 watt panels, 2 15kW and 1 13kW Solectria 208 volt inverters and S-5 PV Racking Kit. Installation was done by Solar Installation Limited
 

Dartmouth, MA - Munro Solar has just completed work on one of the largest private solar arrays in the South Coast of Massachusetts.  In less than five weeks, the bare corrugated roof of Dartmouth Building Supply's 54,000 sqft millwork and warehouse building was transformed into a 201,600 DC watt solar powerhouse.  Munro Solar co-designed and supplied  all the necessary components, including 960 Suntech Power 210w PV panels, two 95kW Solectria inverters, and the UniRac SolarMount racking system.   Solar Installation Limited co-designed and installed the gigantic system and also obtained all the necessary permitting and state, federal and Massachusetts Technology Collaborative grants. The system is expected to pay for itself within five years.  The system will reduce Green House Gas Emissions by 3,730 tons of CO2 over 25 years.  It is also equivalent to 149,184 trees being planted.

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"We are proud to be at the forefront of sustainable technology with one of the Southcoast's largest photo-voltaic systems.  The efficiencies gained will help us to be a better neighbor, employer, and supplier to the community.  Thank you to the professional team at Munro and Solar Installations, LLC for bringing the vision to life."- Joseph Delgado, President, Dartmouth Building Supply 

 
CA & Arizona - BevMo! was able to achieve 51% energy savings in over ninety 10,000sqft stores,  simply by replacing 250 watt magnetic HID fixtures with Metrolight's SmartHID 150 watt electronic fixtures.  BevMo! is so pleased with the performance of the product that they have been specified in all their new construction stores.  They maintained the required lighting levels and due to SmartHID's long life there was also a 50% reduction in maintenance costs.  Click here for case study
 

AB&I Foundry,  Oakland, CA - The 1000 and 400 watt MH fixtures in the production areas, storage areas and shops were replaced with Metrolight's 450 and 320 watt electronic ballasts MH fixtures respectively.  Using the internal pre-program capabilities of the ballast and an external timer, the input wattage of the 320 watt ballast was further programmed to dim to 269 watt and 160 watt respectively according to a pre-determined energy saving schedule.  Click here for case study

  • Number of Luminaries - Reduced by 33%
  • Lamp Power - Reduced from 1000 and 400w to 450 and 320w respectively - (further reductions gained with dimming schedule)
  • kWh Saved - Over 732,000
  • Simple Payback Period - 1.52 years
  • Total Annual Saving - $102,486
  • Annual CO2 Saved - 526 metric tons
  • Peak Demand Saving - 97.6 WKpeak

Vernon, CT - By using Induction Lighting and Occupancy Sensors, supplied by Munro Conservation Group, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and CL&P helped one McDonald's: Save approximately $8,917 and 67,048 kilowatt-hours annually, defray their investment with a $16,769 incentive and achieve a lifetime savings of over 821,653 kilowatt-hours.  Click here for case study

 
Farmington, CT - Munro Conservation Group supplied upgrades for the 200 HID high-pressure sodium fixtures in the World Fulfillment LLC warehouse, which used 400-watt lamps, with 213 high-bay fluorescent units, each equipped with four energy-efficient 55-watt T5 lamps. Some 41 occupancy sensors, which turn off lights when they aren't needed, were also installed in the warehouse, substantially reducing energy consumption in less-used parts of the facility. Click here for case study
 

Industry News                   

   
  PV Market Breaks Record for Inverter Shipments - Solar inverter shipments reached 4.9 gigawatts (GW) in the second quarter of 2010, growing by 284 percent, according to a report from IMS Research. The market researcher says more than half of those shipments were for installations in Germany, which grew by 388 percent in the second quarter, driving total shipments up to more than 8 GW for the first six months of 2010.
   

Global Transport Industry Lags Behind in Carbon Reduction Plans - The global transportation sector is behind other industries in terms of setting goals to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, according to a report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). They are also struggling to identify and report on climate-related risks and complete carbon emissions.
   

EPA Proposes New Rules for GHG Permits - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new rules to ensure that factories and power plants will be able to obtain permits to emit greenhouse gases starting next year.

 

   
  First Massachusetts SREC Auction closes, Q1 SRECs sell for $500- Massachusetts now has its first SREC sale on the books.  On July 15th, the first SRECs from the first quarter (Q1: Jan-Mar) of 2010 were created by NEPOOL GIS for the new Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out program.
   
  Ford's 2011 Explorer is 85% Recyclable- Ford Motor Company has redesigned the Ford Explorer with more recyclable and renewable materials and increased efficiency. Setting a new benchmark in automotive sustainability, the 2011 model is 85 percent recyclable and uses 25 percent recycled fiber in the interior and recycled steel in select exterior parts.
   
  Dannon CSR Report: Cuts Carbon Footprint by 10%- The Dannon Company has cut its overall carbon footprint by 10 percent in 2009, according to the company's 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The food and beverage company has been named one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's top green power partners this year for using the most renewable electricity.
   
  CertainTeed, NJR Partner on 870-kW Solar Project- NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV) plans to lease space atop of CertainTeed's fiberglass insulation distribution facility in Berlin, New Jersey, for a rooftop solar system. The solar project will generate 870-kilowatts (kW) of electricity and eliminate 800 tons of CO2 annually. The solar system is expected to provide nearly 90 percent of the building's electricity needs.
   
Wal-Mart Releases Greenhouse Gas Protocol Guidance- In February, Wal-Mart committed to reduce the carbon footprint from its supply chain by 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2015. The project team that has been working to implement that goal is releasing a guidance document that details how these emissions reductions will be counted.
   
  US Solar Power Investments to Reach $61.1B by 2015- From 2010 to 2015, US solar power investments are projected to increase from $22.4 billion to $61.1 billion, according to the latest issue of EL Insights. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.3% during this time period.
   
  TD Bank 'Green' Call Center Powered 100% from Renewable Sources- TD Bank has opened a new 'green' call center in Auburn, Maine, that will be 100-percent powered by green power sources. The facility features local design elements including a 9-ton boulder located in the center of the building, which was mined from the Christian Hill Quarry in Auburn.
   

Sempra Energy Pegged As Smart Grid Leader- For the second straight year, Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric is the most intelligent utility in America, according to the annual UtiliQ survey of U.S. electric utilities. ARRA funding is cited as source of significant impact on smart grid improvements in 2010.
   
UPS Sustainability Report: Sets Goal to Improve Fuel Efficiency by 20%- UPS has set a new target to improve the miles per gallon (mpg) performance of its entire U.S. package delivery fleet by 20 percent between 2000 and 2020.
   
IT Sector Reduces Energy Costs by $2B, CO2 Emissions by 32 Million Tons- The IT sector has reduced annual CO2 emissions associated with IT equipment by more than 32 million metric tons worldwide since 2007, which translates into more than $2 billion in annual energy savings and taking nine coal-fired power plants offline.