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Cree sees bright future in LED lighting controls

040714cree main Cree sees bright future in LED lighting controls

LED technology company Cree has been a big beneficiary of the energy-efficient lighting retrofit movement across cities, campus, offices and industrial spaces. Now it is reaching for a piece of the wireless controls market, which could grow to $2.7 billion annually by 2020, according to projections by Navigant Research.

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Solar Predictions for 2014 From CPF’s Nat Kreamer What’s in store for solar in 2014?

Solar Crystal Ball Solar Predictions for 2014 From CPFs Nat Kreamer  Whats in store for solar in 2014?We invited a few CEOs and investors to gaze into their crystal balls and tell us what they think is in store for the solar industry in 2014. Here’s Clean Power Finance CEO Nat Kreamer’s take:

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5 Demand Response Trends to Watch in 2014 Demand management has a lot to be thankful for in 2013.

top5 demand response trends 360 260 5 Demand Response Trends to Watch in 2014  Demand management has a lot to be thankful for in 2013.

The term “demand response” is so 2010. It’s still the phrase the industry throws around to describe shedding load when the grid needs some help. But these days, it’s so much more.

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NextEnergy supports three prize winners at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

NextEnergy supports three prize winners at

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Covaron Advanced Materials wins second overall, REL Inc. wins third overall,

and Inmatech Inc. wins Alternative Energy Sector

 

Detroit, Mich., November 15, 2013 – Over 50 Michigan entrepreneurs pitched their businesses during the semi-final round of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, which took place in Detroit earlier this week.   NextEnergy provides ongoing support to 11 of the companies that made it to the semi-finals, and three of those companies took home cash prizes totaling $175,000.

 

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Navitas Systems to invest $9.3 million

NextEnergy acts as “air traffic controller”

connecting Navitas to new opportunities in the State

 

Detroit, Mich., November 13, 2013 – Navitas Systems, LLC recently announced they will be expanding operations and relocating their Ann Arbor operations within Pittsfield Charter Township, investing $9.3 million and creating 125 jobs over the coming four years.

 

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Net Metering and Rooftop Solar for the Utility of the Future.

net metering Net Metering and Rooftop Solar for the Utility of the Future.Like the tide washing upon the shore, new technologies are gradually eroding electric utility revenues. These new products enable consumers to use cleaner energy and use it more efficiently. Electric utilities worry this trend will ravage their industry just as wireless technology convulsed the telecommunications industry. The utility industry urges its members to stem the tide by, among other things, increasing consumers’ net metering costs.

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How universities can plant the seeds for a sustainable society

110613seedling How universities can plant the seeds for a sustainable societyColleges and universities historically have not viewed their operations and impacts through the lens of sustainability. That’s surprising considering the volume of energy consumed and waste produced on a daily basis by students and faculty.

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Staples, Samsung support tighter e-waste standards

Ewaste 2 Staples, Samsung support tighter e waste standardsApple introduced eight iPhones in the last six years. Smartphone makers such as Samsung, Nokia and LG flaunt their new devices as well. Have you fallen for the near-annual come-ons? Answer by going to that drawer where you have laid to rest all your fond hardware memories — your once beloved Blackberry and first iPhone. They no longer look as gorgeous as they once did, do they?

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With Comfy app for buildings, creature comforts save energy

BuildingRobotics Comfy01 550v2 With Comfy app for buildings, creature comforts save energyWhen most people think of office buildings, comfort doesn’t normally come to mind.

Commercial buildings that have building management systems are generally focused on mechanical and energy optimization. Systems have predetermined schedules and temperature settings independent of the behaviors and preferences of those who occupy each space. Even the most efficient commercial office buildings are typically energy data-centric because that is how their systems are designed.

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4 common mistakes when pitching building efficiency

building vahamrick sstock 4 common mistakes when pitching building efficiencyTechnology vendors are frustrated because building owners don’t greenlight excellent sustainability proposals. Owners are frustrated because vendors present programs no CFO could accept.

But the problem often isn’t the technology; it’s the pitch.

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