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Bosch Unveils New Products at AHR Expo


ORLANDO, FLA.—Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. entered the new year debuting its newest, most advanced products and technology at the 2016 AHR Expo in Orlando, Fla. from January 25 to 27. The event featured Bosch’s latest hydronic air handlers, geothermal heat pumps and inverter ducted split system air-to-air heat pump, among other innovations.

Orange County Convention Center Adds Solar Trees


ORLANDO, FLA.—The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando is the latest location featuring Spotlight Solar’s distinctive solar trees. Four of Spotlight’s architectural solar structures will uniquely showcase the commitment to clean energy and sustainability shared by the convention center, the city of Orlando, and the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC—The Reliable One). Participants in the DistribuTECH conference and exhibition (February 9 to 11) were the first to see these new systems showcased at America’s second-largest conference and exhibition venue.

Xeros Signs Deal With to Bring Services to NYC


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it has signed a deal with New York City-based in excess of a million dollars for Xeros’ award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry systems which are proven to dramatically reduce water, energy, and detergent consumption while providing a gentler and superior clean. To promote the new Xeros laundry services, will introduce Xeros as an ingredient brand in their storefront, on delivery vehicles and throughout the business.

Mohegan Sun Pocono to Add CHP System


WILKES-BARRE, PA.—Mohegan Sun Pocono will install a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system which will provide a reliable, energy-efficient source for heating and electric power and reduce Mohegan Sun Pocono’s primary energy consumption. Installation of the CHP system by Reading, Pa.-based UGI HVAC Enterprises, Inc. (UGI HVAC) is anticipated to begin in March and be fully operational by fall 2016.

AirRevive to Re-Commission Fan Coil Units at Houston Marriott


DAVIE, FLA.—AirRevive, a leader in sustainable HVAC refurbishment and retrofit services, recently announced its been awarded a guestroom air-conditioning project at the Houston Marriott Medical Center during the hotel’s renovation.

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino a Deserving Host for Sustain 2016 Event


DOVER, DEL.—When the two-day Sustain 2016 green lodging conference kicks off on March 14, it will be held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, a venue with a long list of green initiatives. The 80-acre property, which features a 500-room hotel, casino, horse racing, entertainment, and multiple restaurants, is a Delaware Green Lodging Program participant and dedicated to reducing waste, improving energy and water efficiency, and supporting local farmers. According to Ed Sutor, President of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, the reasons for pursuing sustainability have been many but one reason has certainly been to keep costs under control. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino operates in a state with a gaming tax rate of 62 percent. At one time that was 25 percent. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino also operates in a highly competitive gaming region. In 1996 there were 15 casinos in the Mid-Atlantic region. Today there are 28 with more opening this year. From a waste management perspective, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has seen significant improvement in recent years.

EarthTronics Introduces New T8 Type A


MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics introduces its new Type A direct install LED linear tube to simply replace T8 fluorescent lamps working on instant start, program rapid start and emergency back-up electronic ballast systems. This technology provides for the first time the opportunity to cost-efficiently change out all T8 fluorescent lamps within a facility. Its 50,000 hour rated life combined with a 46 percent energy savings provide a quick return on investment with total lifetime savings that can exceed $82 dollars per lamp at an 11 cents/kWh energy cost.

Hotel Blackfoot, Bullfrog Power Announce Partnership


CALGARY, ALBERTA—Bullfrog Power, a leading green energy provider, and Hotel Blackfoot, a contemporary hotel minutes from downtown Calgary, announced a new environmental partnership. Bullfrog will ensure green electricity is injected onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power Hotel Blackfoot’s executive floors and meeting rooms use annually (730 MWh). The Bull Frog powering of executive floors is a first for hotels in Alberta.

Mandalay Bay Completes Convention Center Expansion


LAS VEGAS—The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center expansion is now complete with this month’s opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The $70 million expansion includes 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and underground parking, which all opened in August. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center now boasts more than 2 million total square feet and over 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space with the ability to grow current shows and attract new corporate, association and incentive groups. Further solidifying what already is the largest convention center solar array in the world, the expanded Mandalay Bay Convention Center is incorporating an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array spanning 8 acres. Upon completion in early 2016, the added portion of the array will generate approximately 1.9 MW with an approximate annual production of 3.4M kilowatt hours. Covering more than 28 acres, the combined array will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes. Mandalay Bay and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center hold coveted Five Key ratings.

MaxLite Adds Energy Star Certified LED MR16 Lamps


WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Combining the energy-saving benefits of LED with outstanding color quality, MaxLite introduces Energy Star certified 7-watt MR16 lamps for commercial, retail, hospitality and other general lighting applications.

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