BioEnergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFVoith participated in Kaukauna Utilities Badger Hydro Plant’s formal dedication in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The Badger Hydro Plant combines hydraulic capacity of the 105-year-old “old” Badger plant and the 85-year-old “new” Badger plant into a new single 2-unit plant resulting in more capacity than the previous two plants combined. Voith Hydro supplied two Kaplan turbines and automation equipment, while Voith Turbo provided the speed increasers. The 7 MW plant has a 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • CBD Energy Limited announced its entry into the U.S. residential solar market with the signing of a 7 KW home system under its solar installations brand, Westinghouse Solar. The 7 KW system, for a residence in Allenhurst, New Jersey, is estimated to save the customer approximately 40% on their energy bill and more than $60,000 over the life of the system. Westinghouse Solar will conduct a comprehensive energy assessment to determine whether additional energy upgrades could further increase the energy efficiency of the residence.
  • RGS Energy has closed its acquisition of Elemental Energy, LLC, a full-service solar energy firm operating under the Sunetric brand. The acquisition provides RGS Energy with immediate entry into a major market that has the highest electricity rates in the U.S. – three times higher than the national average. These high rates provide compelling economics for homeowners and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic systems.
  • Cleveland Schools, Ohio’s second largest school district, will replace 12-to-13-year-old diesel buses with nearly 50 Blue Bird’s Propane Vision buses. The school buses will be fueled by propane autogas and will begin operation for the 2014/15 school year in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The school district annually estimates about $50,000 in electrical costs for powering block heaters to start their diesel buses in cold weather. Blue Bird Propane Vision buses start up in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.