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MINNEAPOLIS—Cummins Power Generation has introduced a new family of gas generator sets designed for residential and light commercial standby applications. With output ratings from 22 kW to 60 kW, QuietConnect and PowerConnect generator sets are designed to provide reliable backup power for homes and businesses.
MANKATO, MINN.—All that’s left is the waiting for the official plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council. When it arrives the Courtyard Mankato Minnesota will become the first hotel in the Gopher State to receive LEED certification. Considering all of the property’s green features, the honor will be well deserved. The 93-room property, about a year old, is owned by Mercury Investments L.P. Preston Lougheed is the general manager. “As far as we know we are the first Marriott in the United States to have solar panels,” Lougheed says. “It was a big investment.” The 40 kW, 192 panel system on the roof of the hotel supplies about 3 percent of the property’s electricity. Including a monitor in the lobby that provides daily, weekly, monthly and annual savings information, the solar system cost $279,182. With state, federal and utility credits, the return on investment is expected to be about 10 years.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose complementary business divisions include EcoSmart, an energy management technology platform featuring Recovery Time technology and EthoStream, one of the largest high-speed Internet access providers in the world, announced a strategic partnership with GSE Management and Energy Solutions, a leading energy management solutions provider in Mexico.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.—LG Electronics USA, an industry leader in hotel- and guest-centric display solutions, is helping hotel operators transform the in-room guest experience with the next generation of interactive TVs that interface seamlessly with guests’ smartphones and tablets for a personalized big-screen viewing experience.
SAN JOSE, CALIF.—In celebration of the Fairmont San Jose hotel’s newly renovated on-premise laundry, the hotel’s leadership hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this year, complete with a special cake—a model of one of the new Milnor washer-extractors. Attending the ribbon cutting were the Fairmont’s General Manager, Kelley Cosgrove, Executive Laundry Manager, Jason Lustbader, and Chief Engineer, Larry Wick, along with the hotel’s laundry staff and representatives from the commercial laundry experts, Western State Design (WSD).
EAST CLEVELAND, OHIO—The first downlight of GE’s Lumination LED Luminaires, the DI Series, offers easy customization through an ideal ambient lighting solution for high-end retail applications and other settings with high ceilings. Featuring the design of GE Lighting’s Infusion technology, users can easily select their preferred lumen output and color temperature to illuminate key products or focal points with the simple switch of an LED module.
CARTERSVILLE, GA.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has installed solar panels on the roof of its carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, Ga. The installation is expected to produce approximately 1.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of power annually—enough to power approximately 100 homes in Georgia each year. Feeding into the Georgia Power electric grid, Shaw will use this renewable energy to help power its Plant 15 (also known as Plant X), a facility that produces carpet tile for the commercial market. “Within Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability, we continually explore opportunities to improve energy efficiency and employ renewable and alternative energy sources,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “Solar is a mature, reliable power source, and the economics made this a viable, long-term investment for this facility.” In 2012, Shaw invested more than $5 million in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas improvements, and the company reduced its GHG emissions intensity by more than 17 percent from 2011 to 2012.
ATLANTA—Major revisions for design and measurement of comfortable spaces are included in a newly published 2013 standard from ASHRAE. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, combines the 2010 standard and 18 published addenda into a consolidated standard.
SAN JOSE, CALIF.—SWITCH Lighting, maker of the LED A-Lamps, announced that the SWITCH100 is now Energy Star certified. The SWITCH100 is SWITCH’s 100 watt-equivalent LED replacement A-Lamp. Customers who purchase the SWITCH100 are now eligible to receive the accompanying price rebates offered by utility companies across the country.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that the Hilton Concord of Concord, Calif., has won a 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its outstanding commitment to sustainability and the environment. Hilton Concord was the recipient for the GEELA Environmental and Economic Partnerships award and is the first Hilton brand hotel to ever win this award. GEELA is California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. This program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable contributions in conserving precious resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, and building public-private partnerships. “Hilton Concord is a true leader in the hospitality industry and their sustainability project was deemed exceptional for its innovative spirit and value to California’s environment and economy,” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez. “Hilton Concord proves that you can support and promote environmental values without sacrificing business objectives. They understand that going green can be a successful economic strategy that can also lead to sustainable growth and development.”
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