Lighting Systems News

  • Grants of up to £10,000 available for businesses, charities and schools that install solar PV or LED lighting

    Grants Available Energy providers recently incurred large fines for failing to provide smart meters to their customers. The Carbon Trust is using some of this money to help businesses fund energy efficiency measures, through accredited installers like SunGift. Grants are up to £10,000, 30% of the cost of the project or 30% of five times the system’s year one projected ...


    By SunGift Solar Ltd

  • New York State Facilities Making Significant Progress Toward 20 Percent Energy Reduction Goal

    The New York Power Authority recently announced that New York State agency partners are making significant progress toward meeting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Clean Energy goal of a 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency in all state buildings by 2020. Under the Governor's Executive Order 88 which established the BuildSmart NY program, state agency partners have significantly reduced ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Schneider Electric to Help Enable Energy Resiliency at USMC Logisitics Base

    Schneider Electric recently announced it has been awarded a subcontract from Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., to support the development of smart controls as part of an energy savings performance contract at the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia. Energy security and resiliency is a priority for military installations tasked with keeping personnel safe through ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Changes to Scottish Energy-Efficiency Regulations

    In September last year new regulations were brought into effect in Scotland. These regulations relate to the energy performance of large non-domestic buildings, and what can be done to improve them. The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 applies to non-domestic buildings of more than 1000sqm. Owners who wish to sell or lease their property will ...


    By Flex Connectors Ltd

  • King County Metro signs Urban Solar on for rare 10 year contract

    In an unprecedented move, King County Metro (Metro) granted Urban Solar a decade-long contract to provide solar LED lighting solutions for its transit shelters and stops. The relationship began in 2011 when Metro signed Urban Solar on for a five-year contract for its PV-Shelter solar systems.  Urban Solar was able to transform Metro’s flat shelter roof solar lighting systems and ...


    By Urban Solar

  • Plug-In Electric Truck Designed To Keep the Lights on During Outages

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Efficient Drivetrains Incorporated (EDI) unveiled the utility industry's first plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) Class 6 truck featuring technology that has the potential to fundamentally change how the utility manages planned and unplanned outages. The vehicle, developed by EDI in partnership with PG&E, features a plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • SMUD Announces New Energy Management Solutions Program

    SMUD announced that it has launched a new Energy Management Solutions (EMS) pilot program customized for its small and mid-sized commercial customers. The new program is designed to provide customers with automated management of energy consumption and visibility into facility and equipment health through cloud-based tools and a mobile application. This technology enables improved control of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • GridPoint Partners with SMUD to Deliver Energy Solutions for Small, Medium Business

    GridPoint has announced a partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), an electric service provider based in Sacramento, CA, to deliver a new Energy Management Solutions (EMS) program to small and medium-sized commercial utility customers. SMUD customers that implement the program will gain automated management of their energy consumption through on-site hardware, ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • 10 Smart Energy Startups Worth Watching in 2017

    “Tomorrow’s energy is decentralised, decarbonised and digital,” says Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator Director Freerk Bisschop. As an energy professional, staying updated with the latest industry trends also means keeping an eye on the up-and-coming energy innovators. ...


    By DEXMA

  • Panasonic and Silver Spring Networks extend Smart City reach through new alliance

    Panasonic CityNOW, a business of Panasonic Corporation of North America, and Silver Spring Networks, recently announced a new go-to-market alliance that leverages Silver Spring's Starfish Internet of Things (IoT) platform and CityNOW's portfolio of solutions for cities, real estate developers, utilities, and other smart city customers. CityNOW integrates best-in-class Panasonic and third-party ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Color Producing LEDs versus Colored Lighting Gels

    Color manipulation is an important feature in commercial lighting systems. In the film industry, there are two ways to achieve colored lighting: RGB LEDs and colored gels. Deciding which method to apply strictly depends on the lighting objectives of the operator and the type of fixtures being used on the set. This article dives into the mechanisms of both light color manipulation ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Carbon Arc Lights: History, Transformation and Applications

    Before the introduction of incandescent bulbs and LEDs, carbon arc lamps ruled the commercial lighting sector. Previously, the outdated luminaries were used to light up streets, support filming projects and illuminate local landmarks for travelers. The fixtures helped kick start the electric lighting era by encouraging the development of commercial units, including early motion picture Kliegl ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Scientists shed light on why people with lung conditions are vulnerable to air pollution

    Researchers in Japan have been investigating why air pollution is particularly harmful to people with lung conditions. Being exposed to air pollution can trigger symptoms among people with lung conditions, such as asthma attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations, difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and irritation. However, the bodily mechanisms that lead to this ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • DOE Announces Nearly $20 Million to Accelerate Energy Efficient Transportation and Systems

    On December 15, the Energy Department announced $19.7 million, subject to appropriations, to support research and development of advanced vehicle technologies, including batteries, lightweight materials, and advanced combustion engines, as well as innovative technologies for energy efficient mobility. Investments in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems are seen as ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Green Light For Europe`s Most Advanced Gas Engine Cogeneration Plant

    In mid-November, Stadtwerke Kiel gave the go-ahead for the construction of a pioneering gas engine cogeneration plant and commissioned the general contractor Kraftanlagen München (KAM) with the implementation. The cooperation contracts were signed back in August 2015. The power station is scheduled to be connected to the grid in the autumn of 2018. With this project, KAM demonstrates its ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • FAA Miramar Solves 24/7 Energy Needs with Solar Carports

    Solar carports at the FAA facility in Miramar. Engineering and construction by Independent Energy Solutions (IES) of Vista, California. SunPower supplied the 2,800+ modules that cover the carports and are estimated to generate over 1.6 million kilowatt hours of energy per year, saving the facility nearly $50,000 every month. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control is an ...

  • No “Tail-Light Warranty” here!

    Some bolted steel tank companies’ warranty lasts only as long as you can see the taillights on their trucks as they leave the job site. We take great pride in the quality of our bolted tanks and the skill of our tank installation teams. Superior Tank Co., ...


    By Superior Tank Co., Inc.

  • Harris Corporation and Florida Power & Light Partner for Advanced Communications Network

    October 21, 2016 -- Harris Corporation and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) are partnering to create an advanced digital system that will enhance communications for FPL's extensive operations, which serve approximately 10 million people throughout the ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • NEC Energy Solutions to Supply Largest Battery Grid Energy Storage Installation in New England

    NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, recently announced that it is supplying the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) of Sterling, MA with a 2 MW, 3.9MWh GSS grid energy storage solution. Once complete in December of this year, it will be the largest battery-based energy storage system installed in New England and the first utility scale project in Massachusetts. ...


    By NEC Energy Solutions

  • NEC Energy Solutions to Supply Largest Battery Grid Energy Storage Installation in New England

    EC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, recently announced that it is supplying the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) of Sterling, MA with a 2 MW, 3.9MWh GSS grid energy storage solution. Once complete in December of this year, it will be the largest battery-based energy storage system installed in New England and the first utility scale project in Massachusetts. ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

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