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May 1, 2019
Sutter Amador Hospital Harnesses Solar Power to Provide More Than Half its Electricity Needs
On Friday April 26th, Sutter Amador Hospital “flipped the switch” on an on-site solar generating system that will provide more than half of the electrical power needs for the medical campus. The solar power purchase agreement project, otherwise known as a PPA, is part of Sutter Health‘s ongoing efforts to provide a cleaner energy source at its hospitals and medical office buildings, demonstrating the Northern California healthcare network’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
April 9, 2019
South San Francisco USD Named Only District-wide Winner of U.S. Green Building Council Best of Green Schools Award
At a national award ceremony hosted by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) was named one of only nine national recipients of the 2019 Best of Green Schools Awards. The awards represent the best environmental efforts in schools across the country and highlight national leaders in school sustainability.
March 27, 2019
ENGIE Kicks Coal Habit in Favor of Renewables
ENGIE has polished off its energy transition credentials in recent weeks with a coal plant disposal and a bid for offshore wind. ENGIE has completed the sale of Thai coal generation firm Glow Energy to Thailand’s Global Power Synergy Company, the power generating unit of state-owned PTT. In contrast to coal, ENGIE is planning to add 9 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity between 2019 and 2021. Onshore wind and solar PV will account for 6 gigawatts and 2 gigawatts of the total, respectively.
March 13, 2019
Oakridge Goes Green
In collaboration with ENGIE Services U.S., the El Dorado Union High School District (EDUHSD) has implemented a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy program that includes five solar PV parking shade structures on parking lots in addition to a solar educational program linking the solar installations in with existing science curriculum.
March 10, 2019
New Mexico City Changing its Route 66 Streetlights to LED
In partnership with ENGIE Services U.S., the western New Mexico city of Gallup is upgrading its streetlights to LED lights, including those on the historic Route 66 highway. City officials say the new lights will save Gallup around $10 million over 20 years and reduce energy use by 65 percent.
February 21, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: One of Cincinnati’s Largest Private Companies Gets Acquired
One of Greater Cincinnati’s largest private companies has been acquired by a global firm, ENGIE North America Inc. West Chester Township-based Systecon, a maker of modular heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, was acquired Jan. 31 by ENGIE NA, whose parent company is based in Paris, France.
February 18, 2019
Scholarships Help Grow Students and Sustainability
In 2017, Ohio State entered into an innovative public-private partnership with Ohio State Energy Partners, created by ENGIE North America (including members of the ENGIE Services U.S. team) and Axium Infrastructure. The partnership generated a $1.015 billion upfront payment to the university, plus an additional $150 million commitment to support academic priorities such as ongoing support for student scholarships and teaching excellence programs.
February 12, 2019
Sandoval County “Flips the Switch” to Power Up the Savings on the Most Aggressive Energy Efficiency Program in the State
The Sandoval County community held a “Flip the Switch” celebration at the County Administration Building in Bernalillo, NM on Tuesday, February 12th, to showcase the success of its comprehensive energy efficiency and solar power program with ENGIE Services U.S. The program is expected to save the County more than $10 million over the 20-year contract term and reduce annual energy use by 40% across all facilities.
February 12, 2019
ENGIE NA Acquires Modular Cooling Plant Specialist Systecon
ENGIE North America has acquired Systecon LLC, an Ohio-based company specializing in cooling and water delivery equipment. The company specializes in equipment built in the factory and shipped on skids, rather than assembled out in the field.
“By leveraging the interconnected network of other successful ENGIE teams, we can expand on our unique approach to delivering modular HVAC and mechanical contracting solutions – creating a seamless, sustainable energy services model for our valued customers,” said Marty Tierney, President and CEO of Systecon.
February 8, 2019
ENGIE North America Acquires Systecon LLC
ENGIE North America Inc. today announced it has acquired Systecon LLC, a leading complex modular solution provider for customers in a broad range of industries for mission-critical data center, commercial, industrial, hospital, government, education, and hospitality industry projects. Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, the company was founded in 1949 and has more than 85 employees.
December 14, 2018
South San Francisco Unified School District Wins a 2018 California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award
The South San Francisco Unified School District has won a 2018 CSBA Golden Award, one of the highest distinctions in the state for their pioneering sustainable energy and STEM education program. From their pioneering “Summer of STEM” offerings to a full LED stadium lighting upgrade at El Camino High, in addition to over 2 MW of solar and numerous other integrated ECMs across the district, SSFUSD is living their commitment to nurturing a brighter, more eco-conscious community, one empowered student at a time.
December 4, 2018
Isabelle Kocher Ranked #15 on Forbes’ List of the World’s Most Powerful Women in 2018
As a trained engineer and physicist, ENGIE CEO Isabelle Kocher’s integrated expertise enhances the company’s drive for innovation at both local and global scale. Ever since taking the helm as CEO in 2016, Kocher has earned recognition on several top world leaders lists — recently announced as #15 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in 2018, she has led the completion of ENGIE’s 20% divestment in fossil-fuel assets ahead of schedule.
November 28, 2018
Meet B Team Leader Isabelle Kocher
Joining other global leaders like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, mobile tech innovator Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres, our ENGIE CEO, Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE is proud to be engaged with The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyze a better way of doing business, for the well-being of people and the planet. In this interview, she explains what inspires her and why she’s excited to be joining forces on the B Team’s Net-Zero by 2050 initiative.
November 16, 2018
Crystal Lake Approves Plan for Solar Panels at McHenry County College
McHenry County College, in Crystal Lake, Illinois, will soon have solar power to supplement its energy use. In October, the school’s Board of Trustees approved a contract with ENGIE to build an 875-kilowatt solar field to provide 28 percent of the community college’s energy.
November 15, 2018
Alisal Union School District Flip the Switch Event Photos
On November 15th, ENGIE Services U.S. and Alisal Union School District, a dynamic K-6 school district in the Salinas Valley, held a customer celebration event to commemorate the comprehensive energy program across District facilities. The District is expected to achieve $10.9MM in net energy savings and implement a hands-on STEM education program while reducing its overall carbon footprint.
November 7, 2018
ENGIE Is on a Distributed-Energy Acquisition Spree. How’s It Going?
It’s been over nine months since ENGIE North America acquired three companies in succession — turning Green Charge Networks into ENGIE Storage, OpTerra Energy Services into ENGIE Services U.S., and Ecova to ENGIE Insight. Greentech Media checks in on the changes.
November 7, 2018
ENGIE Results as of September 30, 2018 Sustained Organic Growth and Confirmation of Full-Year Guidance
ENGIE’s Q3 financial results demonstrate the promise of investing in the sustainable energy future. With a 5% increase in sustained, organic growth, ENGIE’s global focus on the “3D’s” — decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization — is creating positive impacts on infrastructure and communities around the world.
November 1, 2018
Salinas Union's Electricity Bill is About to Drop, $32M Projected in Clean Energy Savings
In collaboration with ENGIE Services U.S., Salinas Union High School District has made key energy upgrades at 13 sites, which include solar energy and LED lighting. On November 1st, the District held a “Flip the Switch” event to celebrate the program, which is projected to save $32 million over 25 years. The innovative sustainable energy and education program goes beyond financial savings, emphasizing student and community education about the importance of reducing the carbon footprint in the city of Salinas.
October 11, 2018
3 Bay Area Cities Ranked Among Greenest in U.S. — and One Aims to Keep Improving
Two of ENGIE Service U.S.’ largest California city customers, the City of San Jose and the City of Fremont, have been recognized as top 10 “greenest” cities in the U.S. The list was created by personal finance site, WalletHub, and have based their rankings on “26 key indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability”. San Jose received a No. 5 ranking while Fremont received a No. 2 rank for environmental factors.
September 18, 2018
University Announces Massive Wind Power Purchase
In 2014, Boston University partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. to perform extensive LED lighting retrofits at its track and tennis facilities, saving hundreds of thousands of kWh of electricity annually. Making further strides towards achieving the goals set out in the University’s Climate Action Plan, Boston University has announced a Power Purchase Agreement with ENGIE North America in which the University will buy nonpolluting wind power for 15 years beginning in 2020, to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
September 13, 2018
Salinas High School Fighting Climate Change
Salinas Union High School District is working with ENGIE Services U.S. to enhance and improve their sustainability profile through clean energy. As part of the program, ENGIE has worked with the dedicated students and teachers leading Salinas High School’s Green Academy curriculum and community engagement. Once construction on the technology upgrades is complete, ENGIE will provide the District with a Living Laboratory online dashboard, professional development, and hands-on opportunities for teachers across the District to make the solar and energy efficiency work come to life.
August 22, 2018
Stop & Shop Reduces Energy Consumption and Uses Data to Improve the Customer Experience
For nearly 50 years, our C&I customer Ahold U.S.A. has grown to become one of the country’s most comprehensive food retailers — serving millions of customers each week in nearly 2,000 stores and distribution centers across 23 states, at grocery chain locations like Stop & Shop and online distribution grocers like Peapod. Our ENGIE Services U.S. team partnered with Ahold to deliver the best customer experience while enhancing facility operations through energy efficiency.
August 3, 2018
World’s Biggest Energy Services Company Acquires NYC’s Donnelly Mechanical
ENGIE North America’s latest acquisition, Donnelly Mechanical Corporation and its founder and CEO Daniel T. Donnelly and his team, are focused on providing seamless, comprehensive energy services along the entire sustainable building lifecycle – from mechanical and electrical construction, energy efficiency, renewable energy, retail electricity, service and facility management offerings.
August 2, 2018
ENGIE North America Acquires Donnelly Mechanical Corp.
ENGIE North America Inc. announced it has made its third acquisition in less than 12 months – with Donnelly Mechanical Corporation, a leading mechanical, HVAC, and energy services contractor headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1989 with more than 200 employees, Donnelly has served over 2,000 customers in a range of industries from healthcare, to data centers, to commercial real estate throughout NYC.
July 29, 2018
Going ‘Greener’ in Alisal School District
Alisal Union School District is implementing a comprehensive energy and education program with ENGIE, projected to save the District more than $10.9 million over the lifetime of the program. To complement the new solar installations, HVAC units, interior/exterior LED lighting fixtures and controls across 11 sites, the District is enacting a STEM program to integrate the real-world energy upgrades into the classroom.
July 13, 2018
The Science of Leading Students to STEM Success
On July 13th, ENGIE Services U.S., a proud sponsor and long-time partner of the California School Boards Association (CSBA), attended the CSBA 2018 Leadership Institute to champion unique types of community learning opportunities that create positive impact for educators and students. At the event, ENGIE’s Education Team managed a hands-on STEM activity table for members as part of their overall participation.
Check out the write-up of activities from this year’s theme, “The Science of Leading Students to STEM Success,” with more photos of the CSBA and ENGIE teams here.
June 11, 2018
Desert District Looks to the Sun for Energy Savings
Indian Wells Valley Water District is controlling water rates and energy costs through a partnership with ENGIE Services U.S. The solar and energy conservation program is expected to achieve $9.38 million in net savings over the 30-year program life and reduce carbon emissions equivalent to removing 574 cars from highways annually.
June 9, 2018
County Soaks in Savings from Sun
Sandoval County has partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. to implement an expansive energy program which includes new LED lighting, advanced building control systems, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, solar electric systems, and water conservation measures across 45 Sandoval County facilities.
May 16, 2018
In Waipahu, an Old School Becomes a Modern Model for Sustainability
Honowai Elementary School is the first public school in Hawaii to complete a campus-wide retrofit that’s made it more energy efficient. In recognition of its efforts the U.S. Department of Education chose Honowai as a 2018 Green Ribbon School. Only 40 schools nationwide were selected. ENGIE Services U.S. worked with the school for five years to plan and execute the retrofit.
May 16, 2018
Honowai Elementary selected as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
Honowai Elementary School, located in the heart of Waipahu, is among the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) that was selected for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
May 15, 2018
Energy Efficiency First: A Sure Bet!
ENGIE CEO, Isabelle Kocher, explores the power of energy efficiency “negawatts” to address climate change.
May 14, 2018
Sustainable Food Processing is Key to a Greener Future
JSB Industries completed a major energy efficient LED lighting retrofit at its Chelsea and Lawrence, MA, manufacturing facilities. The LED lighting retrofit, performed by ENGIE Services U.S., is expected to substantially reduce energy consumption and meet new environmental sustainability goals, cut costs and significantly improve employee working conditions.
May 10, 2018
County to Install Solar at Government Parking Lots
Kings County plans to contract with ENGIE Services U.S. to build solar projects at the various county-owned locations. The cost will be approximately $19.4 million, but their installation is projected to save approximately $31.1 million in energy costs over the 30-year life of the project.
May 8, 2018
ENGIE Services Inc. Named Exclusive District Energy Partner for Downtown Westminster
The City of Westminster, Colorado and ENGIE Services Inc., a division of ENGIE Services North America, and sister company to ENGIE Services U.S., are proud to announce an exclusive partnership to provide strategic energy solutions for the innovative Westminster Reduced Energy District (WRED) project.
May 8, 2018
Soledad USD Celebrates “Earth Day, Every Day” at Community Event on District-Wide Clean Energy Program, Will Save $10 Million in Energy Costs
On May 3rd, Soledad USD commemorated the start of their District-wide solar program with a ceremonial “flip the switch” event for students, staff, neighboring school districts, community partners, and elected officials. Soledad USD’s long-term sustainability efforts will save over $10 million in energy costs.
May 1, 2018
Microgrids: A Path to Resiliency
Jamie Weisman and Neal Bartek of ENGIE Services U.S. explore how special districts can increase energy effectiveness and resiliency with microgrid technology in this article from the 2018 March-April issue of the California Special Districts Association Magazine.
May 1, 2018
ENGIE North America Acquires Unity International Group
ENGIE North America Inc. today announced it has acquired Unity International Group, a premier electrical construction and maintenance provider. The company specializes in electrical system construction; data and telecommunications systems construction; management of mission-critical power infrastructure; building-wide maintenance of electrical, mechanical, and energy management equipment; and enterprise-scale IT infrastructure support and services. ENGIE Services U.S. leadership will help oversee ongoing transition of the Unity team into the ENGIE company of families in North America.
April 22, 2018
Tahoe Solar at Boreal Mountain
Boreal Mountain Resort, a network of family-owned resorts nestled in the beautiful Sierras, partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. to design and deliver the largest solar array at any ski resort in California last year. The project creates an annual electric savings of 326,149 kWh, covering 15% of the resorts’ total energy use. Additionally, the project offsets more than 227 metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent to the carbon sequestered from 286 acres of U.S. forest for one year.
April 16, 2018
Lakeport to Upgrade its Energy, Lighting Systems
Lakeport, California has approved a program with ENGIE Services U.S. that will enhance energy efficiency and implement solar energy. The program will help the City capture an expected $9 million in energy savings that can be redirected to fund other important community initiatives.
April 13, 2018
Arlington Recognized with IDC Smart Cities North America Award
The City of Arlington’s innovative operations and asset management system received one of the International Data Corporation (IDC) Government Insights’ inaugural Smart Cities North America Awards, for its comprehensive system to manage more than 50,000 assets, including roads, signs, playgrounds, water/irrigation and all aspects of operations from equipment to labor.
April 4, 2018
Escalon Unified School District Energizes Campuses with 1.2 MW Solar + Energy Efficiency Program, to Save $15.3 Million
Escalon Unified School District has completed the installation of a 1.2 megawatt solar system as part of integrated energy efficiency and STEM education initiative with ENGIE Services U.S. District leaders, students, staff, and community members joined together at Escalon High School for a Flip the Switch event to celebrate the program, which is expected to generate $15.3 million in energy savings and reduce electricity costs by 85 percent.
March 16, 2018
State of Hawai’i 2050 Sustainability Plan – Ten Year Measurement Update
Our successful Ka Hei energy/education program with the Hawaii Department Education is referenced in the Hawai’i State 2050 Sustainability Plan as a successful community engagement model for other public agencies to follow. With over 190 of the 256 DOE schools integrated into the Ka Hei program to date, the ENGIE is helping contribute to state-wide sustainability goals by utilizing on-site renewable energy and adopting a series of clean energy and education initiatives that will help DOE facilities achieve 90% clean energy by 2040.
March 15, 2018
The Art of Air Conditioning
The March issues of EBM-Papst Magazine highlights our C&I approach to developing and implementing integrated energy solutions for data centers. ENGIE Services U.S. Director of Business Development Engineering, Danielle Owen, shares how one high traffic customer in New Jersey was able to save 7.3 million kilowatt hours a year as a result of our integrated upgrades.
March 8, 2018
A Model for Sustainability Success: The Ohio State University’s Integrated Energy Solution
A new case study from ENGIE North America tracks the progress made by Ohio State University to strengthen its position as an international pioneer in sustainability. ENGIE is leading the energy partnership plan that includes utility systems management, supply procurement consulting, sustainability program implementation, and academic collaboration.
March 5, 2018
ENGIE North America Acquires SoCore, in Strategic Play for the Commercial Solar Market
ENGIE North America’s new investment in SoCore Energy, gives ENGIE a more concrete corner on the U.S. commercial market. The acquisition of SoCore comes after ENGIE purchased early-stage commercial solar developer OpTerra Energy Services in 2016, now operating as ENGIE Services U.S.
February 21, 2018
Boston University’s Agganis Arena Brightens Player and Spectator Experience
New LED lighting in Boston University’s Agganis Arena, engineered and installed by ENGIE Services U.S., improves both the player and spectator experience. The significant CO2 reductions from the improved lighting also brings BU closer to meeting its Climate Action Plan goals.
February 20, 2018
EMU and ENGIE Services U.S. Launch New Cogeneration System
Eastern Michigan University composed a highlights video capturing the “Flip the Switch” event held on February 9th, 2018 in their new Energy Center. The new cogeneration unit, designed and installed by ENGIE Services U.S., supplies power throughout the EMU campus and reduces utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions. This project will achieve net annual energy savings of $2.8 million.
February 20, 2018
Merced County Flip the Switch Event
Merced County partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. to install an energy retrofit project that will save the County $19 million over the next 30 years through solar arrays, LEDs and infrastructure upgrades. Thank you to Merced County for sharing this video which captures highlights from the Flip the Switch celebration event held on February 13th, 2018.
February 13, 2018
Merced County ‘Throws Switch’ on Solar Project to Save Money
The Merced County Board of Supervisors “flipped the switch” on a solar panel project at the Merced County Administration building on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, that is expected to save $19 million over 30 years.
February 9, 2018
California ski resorts embrace renewable energy and hope skiers will love it
A wave of California ski operator and outdoor recreation facilities are making strides to become more environmentally friendly. ENGIE Services U.S.’s Tahoe-based partner, Boreal Mountain, a division of POWDR Resorts, is recognized in the LA Times for installing 715 solar panels on the roof of its indoor sports facility on the base of the mountain resort this ski season. Operators across the state are attracting and retaining customers through the committed push to use clean energy to operate more efficiently and reduce overall carbon emissions across the industry.
February 9, 2018
EMU Nearly Energy Self-Sufficient with New Cogen Plant
On Friday, Eastern Michigan University flipped the switch on its new cogeneration plant, becoming the first university in Michigan to meet close to 100% of its campus energy needs. In the event of a power outage, EMU will be able to serve as a safe haven for people in the community by retaining its ability to produce electricity and heat for the campus.
February 9, 2018
Salinas Saves Thousands of Dollars Thanks to Solar Energy
Thanks to solar energy projects, public entities across the Salinas Valley region will save close to $100 million over the next 20 years. At Salinas City Elementary School District, the project includes a hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning program for students.
February 5, 2018
Salinas Valley Public Agencies, Monterey Airport Tout Clean Energy Savings
A consortium of eight public agencies in Salinas Valley collaborated with ENGIE Services U.S. to reduce power costs, resulting in a combined $100 million return on clean energy investments. The cities of Salinas, Gonzales and Greenfield, Hartnell College, the Monterey County Office of Education, Salinas Union High School District, Salinas City Elementary School District, and Monterey Airport have implemented community-based, sustainable energy programs.
February 5, 2018
No Coal for Super Bowl? (Code Green)
ThinkTech Hawaii hosts Hawaii Regional Business Development Manager, Brandon Hayashi, to discuss how ENGIE Services U.S. is addressing the global energy transformation. Hayashi and his team are working to adapt the ENGIE model to reflect Hawaii’s unique culture and energy needs.
February 2, 2018
JSB Industries Completes LED Lighting Retrofit
JSB Industries completed a major energy efficient LED lighting retrofit, performed by ENGIE Services U.S., at its Chelsea and Lawrence, MA manufacturing facilities. JSB’s green initiatives is a sustainability effort that seeks to reduce the company’s environmental impact by implementing responsible practices in all areas of its operations.
January 29, 2018
Soledad Brings Solar Power to Every School in District
Building on the momentum and success of Soledad High School’s Solar Project completed in February 2017, the Soledad Unified School District began construction on a second round of solar projects in mid-December 2017. The project is being implemented in partnership with ENGIE Services U.S. (formerly OpTerra Energy Services) and will expand solar energy production to every school site, saving $5 million in utility costs over the 25-year life of the project.
January 23, 2018
ENGIE Wraps Acquired U.S. Energy Storage, Efficiency & Sustainability Players into Parent Brand
ENGIE has incorporated three companies, Green Charge, ENGIE Insight Services (formerly Ecova), and ENGIE Services U.S. (formerly OpTerra Energy Services) into its parent brand with the explicit aim of furthering its position in North American markets. The three companies are key pieces to the ENGIE North America solution set with services to help commercial, industrial, and public sector customers run their facilities more reliably and efficiently with fewer carbon emissions and lower cost.
January 22, 2018
ENGIE Chief Isabelle Kocher Declares Business ‘Repositioning’ Complete
Isabelle Kocher, chief executive of ENGIE, says a “fundamental repositioning” is complete at the start of a critical year for the French energy company.
January 22, 2018
ENGIE Brand Expands in North America
Joining a family of newly-rebranded ENGIE North America companies, the former OpTerra Energy Services is now ENGIE Services U.S.
December 2, 2017
OpTerra Energy Group Acquires Energy Control
OpTerra Energy Group, a newly formed, best-in-class energy service company (ESCO), has acquired Energy Control Inc. (ECI), a comprehensive energy services company and building automation/control systems integrator serving the New Mexico and Southern California markets.
November 29, 2017
New Solar Energy Project to Save Santa Maria High School District $7 Million
Santa Maria High School District has partnered with OpTerra to install solar PV at four locations throughout the District. Once operational, the panels will save the District $7 million over the life of the project with the possibility of additional solar installations in the future.
November 9, 2017
Selma-Kingsburg-Fowler County Sanitation District to Save $14.7 Million in Energy Costs with Integrated Solar and Battery Storage
On November 8th, Selma-Kingsburg-Fowler County Sanitation District celebrated the groundbreaking of its new energy program with two ENGIE North America companies, OpTerra Energy Services and Green Charge. The program consists of integrates solar, battery storage, and other energy conservation measures that will help the District save $14.7 million in energy maintenance costs while demonstrating fiscal and environmental stewardship.
November 8, 2017
Solana Pacific Snips Ribbon on New Solar Panels
The Solana Beach School District flipped the switch on its new solar panel system on the Solana Pacific Elementary School campus on November 3rd, the first renewable energy project in the District. In addition to saving the District $50,000 in energy costs every year, the project encourages students to learn about STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and sustainability.
October 12, 2017
OpTerra Energy Services to Participate as Visionary Sponsor at National Grid’s 2017 Customer and Partner Energy Efficiency Summit
At the 2017 National Grid Energy Efficiency Summit, representatives from OpTerra’s Commercial & Industrial division will highlight energy efficiency measures recently implemented that have yielded significant electricity and gas savings, substantial utility rebates, and attractive ROIs.
September 27, 2017
Lakeport Looks to Energy Efficiency
Through a partnership with OpTerra, the City of Lakeport is investing in conservation efforts with a plan to install energy efficient lighting across the City. Potential savings would reduce the City’s electricity spending by over 50 percent, allowing Lakeport to reallocate these funds towards other essential projects and equipment updates.
September 22, 2017
City of Simi Valley Celebrates Energy Program Expected to Save $15.5 Million and Power One Third of All Facilities
On September 22, the City of Simi Valley celebrated the completion of its city-wide solar program that is expected to yield $15.5 million in savings through generating 2.2 MW of clean, solar-generated energy. Accompanying the implementation of the program, 15 internships were created for Simi Valley high school students to gain real world experience in STEM careers and help promote energy conservation awareness amongst residents.
September 21, 2017
Monterey Regional Airport “Flips the Switch” on Solar with OpTerra
On Thursday, September 21st, Monterey Regional Airport celebrated 3 acres of solar built by OpTerra. The new program is expected to power 95% of the Airport’s electricity needs with clean, renewable energy, and save $5.5 million in energy costs over the life of the program.
September 20, 2017
Dakota Community Unit School District 201 Transforms Classrooms and Saves $2.9 Million in Energy and Interest Costs
After a quick implementation period, Dakota Community Unit School District 201 has completed the installation of a district-wide facilities modernization program centered on improving safety, security, and the learning environment. The partnership between D201 and OpTerra is expected to yield $1.5 million in net energy savings over 20 years that will be redirected to essential support services.
September 15, 2017
ENGIE Acquires Six Northeast Energy Services Companies from Talen
ENGIE North America announced that it has acquired six mechanical services companies from the Talen Energy Group. The companies, B-G Mechanical Contractors, B-G Mechanical Services, Elmsford Sheet Metal Works, Inc., Fred Williams, Inc., H.T. Lyons, and TryState Mechanical are based in Pennsylvania, New York, and New England and together employ 750 people.
September 15, 2017
New Solar Project Highlights Boreal’s Community Day Festival
On September 16, Boreal Mountain Resort celebrated the resort’s third annual Woodward Community Day with the unveiling of the California ski industry’s largest onsite solar project. Once finished, the system is projected to generate more than 325,000 kWh of electricity annually, which will supply 15 percent of the energy required to power the entire Boreal and Woodward campus.
June 14, 2017
Sustainable Futures: Amador County program fosters environmental stewardship while putting the focus back on students
At Argonaut High School in Jackson, representatives from the Amador County Public Schools system and OpTerra Energy Services recently celebrated the official groundbreaking of the Amador GOLD program. The public-private partnership combines school infrastructure improvement and energy-efficiency projects with STEM education for students, while saving the district more than $17 million over the next 20 years.
June 6, 2017
ConFire Launches Solar Energy Project
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has partnered with OpTerra to launch a solar energy project to help bring down utility costs while using those savings to pay for upgrading outdated heating and air conditioning equipment.
May 9, 2017
Amador County Public Schools’ “Amador GOLD” Program to Save $17.2 Million through Integrated Solar and STEM Initiative
On May 8th, Amador County Public Schools celebrated the beginning of its new, district-wide Amador GOLD initiative during a groundbreaking event at Argonaut High School. ACPS partnered with OpTerra for a comprehensive sustainability program that will generate renewable energy, while offering STEM educational opportunities for students and teachers tied to energy science. The program is expected to save the district $17.2 million in energy savings.
April 28, 2017
DOE Awards 21 Contracts to Provide New and Efficient Energy and Water Infrastructure Improvements to Federal Facilities
OpTerra Energy Services is selected as one of 21 national energy services companies eligible to develop and implement energy and water saving projects that will help improve the efficiency of federal facilities.
February 3, 2017
South San Francisco USD Celebrates New, High Efficiency LED Stadium Lighting Installation at El Camino High School
On February 2nd, South San Francisco Unified School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the brand new stadium lighting being installed at El Camino High School. District Leadership, local elected officials, student athletes, and community members gathered to commemorate the beginning of this new chapter of energy work happening across campuses. The new initiative is expected to save the District over $2 Million for the General Fund and create over 30 construction jobs for the skilled local workforce.
December 24, 2016
Farmington Takes on Energy-Saving Upgrades Project
The City of Farmington has invested in updated energy-saving technology for their facilities in an effort to become more efficient. Within the past few months, the City took on a project to mitigate high energy costs caused by outdated building infrastructure. Working with OpTerra over the next year-and-a-half, 23 facilities will receive improvements in the form of upgrades and replacements to old energy and power units – some of which date back to the 1960s – in an effort to save energy and money.
December 7, 2016
Op-Ed in the Elk Grove Citizen: Introducing Cosumnes CSD’s Sustainability Program
Jeff Ramos, the General Manager of Cosumnes Community Services District, shares the benefits of the upcoming solar and energy efficiency program with OpTerra. Over the life of the program, Cosumnes CSD is expected to generate $2 million in net savings that directly benefit the community.
November 18, 2016
OpTerra Energy Services Launches New Finance Offering for Energy Conservation and Sustainability Projects
OpTerra announced its new in-house financing solution, OpTerraADVANTAGE™, which will provide organizations within the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors with a financial solution to help successfully implement their energy efficiency initiatives. The OpTerraADVANTAGE enables customers to navigate around common financial hurdles that they may face during the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives.
November 18, 2016
Teens Become Energy Ambassadors, Students Learn Green-Industry Business Skills
The City of Simi Valley and OpTerra piloted an energy conservation initiative, Simi Valley Conserves, which provides local homeowners and renters with free, in-home consultations and shows them simple ways to cut down their monthly energy costs. A big part of the initiative involves enlisting local high schoolers to intern as energy ambassadors.
November 10, 2016
Supervisors Approve ‘Green’ Facilities Updates in Merced County
The Merced County Board of Supervisors approved a project that will update County energy use and move toward greener consumption habits while saving money. The energy retrofit project will reduce power consumption, conserve water, and embrace clean, renewable energy, saving the County $17.7 million over 30 years.
November 1, 2016
Perris UHSD Kicks Off Solar PPA following Success of Comprehensive Prop 39 Project
In partnership with OpTerra, the District completed a Prop 39-funded energy efficiency project in record time and is now poised for an optimal solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with the start of the 2016-17 school year. The 4 MW solar PPA will save the District $9.7 million over the next 20 years.
October 26, 2016
Collaboration: At the Root of STEM Success
While clean energy and conservation issues affect us all, thanks to Ka Hei, a collaboration between the Hawaii State Department of Education, OpTerra Energy Services, and DefinedSTEM, Hawaiian students are particularly aware of the need to learn and take action to preserve their beautiful but fragile island environment. Ka Hei’s curricular initiatives involve all 180,000 students in 256 schools across seven islands.
October 25, 2016
GreenBiz Announces Advisory Board for Hawaii Clean Energy Conference and Expo
GreenBiz Group and the Hawaii State Energy Office have announced the advisory board including OpTerra’s Regional Manager, Brandon Hayashi, for VERGE Hawaii 2017: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, returning June 20-22 to Honolulu, Hawaii. VERGE Hawaii convenes nearly 1,000 leaders from the government, military, utilities, solution providers and energy producers to drive Hawaii’s renewable energy transformation and reinforce its position as a model for others in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
October 24, 2016
Indian Wells Valley Water District Celebrates the Beginning of Comprehensive Energy Program Expected to Save Over $9 Million in Energy Costs
The Indian Wells Valley Water District (IWVWD) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the community on Friday, October 21st, to commemorate the beginning of a far-reaching solar and energy efficiency project with OpTerra. The project, including 2.08 MW of ground-mounted and car port solar installations, LED retrofits, and HVAC upgrades, is expected to yield $9.38 million in net savings over the program life.
October 17, 2016
Berryessa Union SD Celebrates Successful Completion of Integrated Solar and STEM Program After Fast, Five Month Implementation
Berryessa Union School District (BUSD) marked an important program milestone in its initiative to empower student success through an integrated solar energy and STEM program, during a community celebration event at Summerdale Elementary School. Through a partnership with OpTerra, the District has leveraged its Measure L bond funding to build a comprehensive sustainability program that is now generating renewable energy at 13 school sites. The program is expected to save the district $12.5 million in net energy savings.
October 4, 2016
OpTerra Energy Services to Participate as Diamond Sponsor at National Grid’s 2016 Customer and Partner Energy Efficiency Summit
OpTerra’s Commercial & Industrial division will be participating at the 2016 National Grid Energy Efficiency Summit on Thursday, October 13th, as a Diamond Sponsor. Representatives from OpTerra will be present to detail energy efficiency measures recently implemented by the firm that have yielded significant electricity and gas savings, substantial utility rebates, and attractive ROIs.
September 27, 2016
La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Captures $2.5 Million in Proposition 39 Funding
La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools has approved a District-wide energy efficiency program with OpTerra and is poised to take full advantage of California Proposition 39 funds before they conclude at the end of next year.
September 15, 2016
Cosumnes Community Services District to Capture $2 Million in Net Energy Savings through Project with OpTerra Energy Services
Cosumnes Community Services District has entered into a project with OpTerra to increase the District’s energy and operational savings. Through a new energy program planned to start this fall, the District is expected to generate over $2 million in net savings as a result of energy efficiency upgrades across 22 sites, including community centers, parks, and fire stations.
September 15, 2016
Soledad USD Receives Final State Approval for Solar Power Program, Projected to Save $4 Million in Energy Costs
Soledad Unified School District approved a contract with OpTerra at its last board meeting of August to design and construct the first solar project at Soledad High School.
August 11, 2016
OpTerra Receives Contract Approval for Comprehensive Project with Rim of the World School District
Rim of the World School District became interested in working with OpTerra because of ongoing talks about becoming more energy efficient, and knocking out some construction projects. The contract with OpTerra will help the District accomplish its goals while saving money through energy savings. OpTerra will also develop a STEM education component, transforming some classrooms into living labs.
August 4, 2016
OpTerra recognized as a Great Place to Work US!
OpTerra has been awarded recognition as a great place to work! Over 80% of the company’s workforce loves the great challenges, atmosphere, pride, communication, and bosses at OpTerra.
August 1, 2016
ENGIE Subsidiary OpTerra Energy Services Expands Sacramento Presence with New Downtown Office
OpTerra has expanded its Sacramento presence to spur the advancement of regional sustainability efforts for clients in the public and private sectors. OpTerra’s new office in Downtown Sacramento– one of 26 U.S. locations– includes a growing team of local engineering and development leaders with more than 150 years of collective experience in the energy industry.
July 27, 2016
King City to Save Millions with New Solar Project
On July 19th, 2016, OpTerra and King City held a sustainability day event to celebrate a project that will bring 546 kW of solar PV power to the City. The program will result in $5.5 million in net savings which will go directly back to community initiatives.
July 1, 2016
City of Grass Valley Reduces City Electricity Spending by 50%, Saves $7 Million through Comprehensive Energy Project
The City of Grass Valley announced at its last City Council meeting of June that it has completed the first phase of a successful renewable and energy efficiency program with OpTerra. The City will achieve nearly $7 million in energy savings as a result of solar and energy efficiency upgrades across 14 City facilities.
June 24, 2016
Solar Parking Canopies Exceed Savings Projections at San Dieguito Union High School District
SDUHSD worked with OpTerra to develop, design, and construct 2 MW solar PV covered parking structures. OpTerra guarantees projected energy savings of more than $10.4 million over 15 years. Beyond the guarantee, the system is projected to provide additional savings of more than $12 million through the warrantied 25-year life of the panels.
June 20, 2016
SSFUSD Launches Summer STEM Institute for Elementary and Middle School Students
South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) officials are launching the District’s first ever Summer STEM Institute. The Institute is focused on Grades 2-8, and will incorporate hands-on STEM activities, real-world relevance, and project-based learning. The summer program is one of the first priority projects to emerge from SSFUSD’s broader sustainability partnership with OpTerra Energy Services.
June 16, 2016
Hawai’i Conference to Build 100% Renewable Microgrid
Brandon Hayashi, regional manager of OpTerra Hawai’i, discusses the 100 percent renewable microgrid OpTerra built to help power the VERGE Hawai’i: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, from June 21-23 in Honolulu. The VERGE conference serves as a platform for energy companies, policy leaders and stakeholders from Hawai’i and beyond to engage, learn and help drive Hawaii’s transformation to a clean energy future.
June 6, 2016
OpTerra Energy Services and City Crescent, LLC Transform Baltimore’s Landmark City Crescent Building into ENERGY STAR Certified, Energy Efficient Structure
OpTerra has successfully completed a project on behalf of City Crescent, LLC to dramatically reduce energy consumption for the landmark City Crescent building in downtown Baltimore. The project reduces carbon dioxide emissions equivalent of removing 500 passenger cars from the road for one year.
June 6, 2016
Takeaways from the Smart City TechMeeting: Comprehensive Opportunities for Innovation
On May 26th, the Open Innovation Club convened a TechMeeting on Smart City. Lindsey Nehls, VP Business Development at OpTerra Energy Services, joined the panel which addressed innovation opportunities and new business models around smart cities.
June 2, 2016
Burbank Unified School District Builds Sustainable Bond Relief and Saves $10 Million in Energy Costs
Burbank Unified School District celebrated the site energization of new solar and energy efficiency work on June 1st at the Adult School. The Sustainable Bond Relief Program, administered by OpTerra, helps the District accomplish key strides in energy and water conservation, while integrating hands-on STEM activities and internships tied to the new energy technology. The program will save the District $10 million in energy costs.
May 25, 2016
OpTerra Energy Services’ C&I Division to Sponsor the 2016 New England Energy Efficiency Conference & Expo in Boston
OpTerra’s C&I division will participate in the 2016 New England Energy Efficiency Conference and Expo (NEEECE) as a Platinum Sponsor on June 15th in Boston. Representatives from OpTerra will be at a booth highlighting examples of successful energy conservation projects where the company was able to maximize utility incentives while significantly reducing energy costs for its customers.
May 4, 2016
OpTerra Energy Services C&I Division to Expand Presence in Northern and Southern California
OpTerra announced the addition of two seasoned Business Development Managers, Charles Allured and Peter Morris, to its Commercial and Industrial Division to help meet the growing demand for turnkey energy conservation solutions in California.
April 26, 2016
Berryessa Union School District Uses Bond to Save $12.5 Million through Integrated Solar and STEM Program
Berryessa Union School District celebrated the beginning of its new, district-wide initiative to empower student success through an integrated solar energy and STEM program during a groundbreaking event at Piedmont Middle School on April 28th. Through a collaborative partnership with OpTerra, the District is leveraging bond funding to build a comprehensive sustainability program that will generate renewable energy and create STEM educational opportunities.
April 25, 2016
Salinas Debuts Solar Farm on Hitchcock Road
Salinas officials and regional partners celebrated the completion of the City’s sustainability project at a ribbon cutting event showcasing the City’s new 2-megawatt solar farm designed and delivered by OpTerra Energy Services. The comprehensive program will help the City save $22 million in energy costs.
April 21, 2016
Applying Practical Science Lessons Outdoors Boosts Engagement
Hawai’i has incorporated ed-tech and innovation to advance student levels of engagement with science. The Hawai’i Department of Education’s Ka Hei initiative creatively teaches students about sustainable energy via STEM, using Defined STEM curriculum from Defined Learning and OpTerra Energy Services.
April 7, 2016
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel Joins NYC Carbon Challenge in Fight against Climate Change
The LaGuardia Plaza Hotel announced its participation in the NYC Carbon Challenge for Hotels, a citywide initiative spearheaded by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industry buildings. OpTerra will be supporting this initiative with Synergy Hospitality to make the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel more energy efficient this year with HVAC upgrades, LED lighting with intelligent controls, and a number of other cost-saving improvements. Improvements made by participating hotels are projected to reduce citywide GHG emissions by 35,000 metric tons and result in an estimated $25 million in energy cost savings.
March 31, 2016
Quasar and OpTerra Partner to Reduced Energy Cost through Infrastructure Modernization
Quasar Data Center and OpTerra have formed a unique partnership to modernize their infrastructure by developing customized energy efficiency and related operational improvements. OpTerra performed a comprehensive energy assessment that includes migration to cloud computing, replacing aging air conditioning equipment, modernizing control systems, and making lighting upgrades.
March 18, 2016
The City of Simi Valley Enters $9.5 Million Contract for Solar Panels
The Simi Valley City Council unanimously approved a $9.5 million agreement with OpTerra to install nearly 7,000 solar panels at City Hall, the police station, the library, the senior center, and the water quality control plant. The solar power system is expected to cover one-third of the city government’s energy use.
March 17, 2016
Yuba City to Save $6 Million in Energy Costs Over the Life of the Project Across City, from Aquatic Park to City Hall
Yuba City, CA, announced that it has completed the implementation of a successful energy efficiency and solar power program with OpTerra. The City is set to save over $6 million, over a 30 year term, in energy and utility costs as a result of upgrades across 16 City structures, including the Gauche Aquatic Park, Police Station, and Water Treatment Plant.
March 3, 2016
Madera County Celebrates $15 Million in Savings through Completion of Solar and Energy Efficient Project
Madera County and OpTerra celebrated $15 million in energy savings at a project milestone event on March 1st. In addition to recognizing the County’s tremendous savings, PG&E presented the County Board of Supervisors with a $1.4 million California Solar Initiative rebate check for the project.
March 2, 2016
OpTerra Energy Services to Highlight Comprehensive Energy Conservation Solutions at AEE’s Globalcon 2016 in Boston
OpTerra announced that its Commercial and Industrial (C&I) division will be exhibiting at the Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) Globalcon 2016 conference on March 9-10 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. OpTerra will present case studies highlighting recent energy conservation work across the country in a range of sectors, including hospitality, higher education, and supermarkets.
February 29, 2016
ENGIE Subsidiary OpTerra Opens San Diego Office
OpTerra has opened a new office in Solana Beach, CA to support the San Diego region’s growing sustainability needs in both the private and public sector.
February 1, 2016
ENGIE Acquires OpTerra Energy Services
We are excited to announce that global energy giant ENGIE has acquired OpTerra Energy Services and our affiliated companies. This deal will expand our companies’ service options to our valued customers in North America.
December 16, 2015
City of Benicia, CA Clean Energy Project Surpassing Targets, to Save Over $5 Million while Achieving Climate Action Goals
The City of Benicia, California, announced at its last City Council meeting of 2015 that its Clean Energy Project is surpassing originally expected financial performance by over $850,000. Initially designed and implemented in 2012, the City of Benicia has worked in partnership with OpTerra Energy Services to leverage the energy program as part of a broader initiative to achieve aggressive climate action goals.
December 14, 2015
Bluestone Energy Services Becomes OpTerra Energy Services
A division of Oakland, California-based OpTerra Energy Services, Bluestone Energy Services, LLC, a leader in energy conservation, engineering and project development services for commercial and industrial clients, announced today that it is formally rebranding itself as the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Division of OpTerra Energy Services.
December 10, 2015
Woodland Park School District to Save $3.9 Million through Energy Retrofits to the Learning Environment
Woodland Park School District Re-2 (WPSD) announced at its last Board of Education meeting of 2015 that it completed the first year of a successful energy efficiency program with OpTerra Energy Services. The program is aligned with the District’s broader vision for improving the learning environment while promoting fiscal stewardship.
December 2, 2015
Westminster School District to Save $18.3 Million through Prop 39 Sustainability and STEM Program
Westminster School District celebrated the beginning of its new, district-wide initiative to empower student success through sustainability during a groundbreaking event at Warner Middle School yesterday.
Through a collaborative partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, the District is leveraging its California Prop 39 funding to build a comprehensive sustainability program that will reduce energy and water use, while nurturing STEM educational opportunities for students and teachers.
November 19, 2015
ThinkTechHawaii: Energy Forum with Jay Fidell
Brian Kealoha, OpTerra Regional Manager and Dann Carlson, Assistant Superintendent at Hawaii State Department of Education, join Rachel Fukumoto from Hawaii Energy in conversation about the future of sustainability opportunities across the islands.
November 13, 2015
City of Palm Springs to Save 100 Million Gallons of Water per Year through Sustainability Program, More Efficient Municipal Cogeneration
As part of a multiyear effort to become more sustainable, the City of Palm Springs held a ribbon cutting for its new, high efficiency municipal energy plant. In partnership with OpTerra, Palm Springs completely retrofitted its Municipal Cogeneration Energy Plant, along with implementing other sustainability measures including centralized irrigation and installing LED streetlights.
October 21, 2015
Pearl City Elementary Holds Lei Cutting Ceremony for New Photovoltaic Covered Parking Solar Project
Pearl City Elementary School celebrated a lei cutting ceremony for the school’s new PV covered parking solar renewable energy system that was recently constructed. Pearl City Elementary’s new PV system is a part of the Hawaii DOE’s Ka Hei energy efficiency and sustainability program, in partnership with OpTerra.
October 20, 2015
Yuba County OKs Solar Power Deal
Yuba County supervisors have authorized the installation of a $5.8 million, 1.6 kilowatt solar project at the county airport, to be implemented by OpTerra Energy Services. Construction will be funded by Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and the county will save about $165,000 a year over the 20-year life of the program.
September 29, 2015
Riverside County Flips the Switch to Solar in Largest County Project in the Nation, Will Save $200 Million
In collaboration with OpTerra, Riverside County celebrated flipping the switch on its first facility to be powered by the sun as part of the largest countywide conversion to solar ever launched in the U.S. The implementation of 12 MW of solar across eight sites in ongoing and the solar arrays will provide over 40 percent of the County’s energy needs.
September 24, 2015
Round Rock Becomes Nation’s First City with Smart Streetlights
In partnership with OpTerra, Gigatera, and Planled, the City of Round Rock, Texas, has become the first city in the nation to install smart streetlights that are tuned in to signify security and safety warnings during crises. More than 100 high efficiency LED streetlights will be implemented with emergency signals and security cameras in this first phase of the project.
September 14, 2015
Grand Rapids Upgrades Energy Efficiency of Waste Water Treatment Plant
In partnership with OpTerra, the Michigan Waste Water Treatment Plant in Grand Rapids has successfully completed the first phase of an energy efficiency program. The program, which is aligned with a broader city sustainability initiative, is expected to save $2.2 million in energy expenditures during the next 15 years.
September 9, 2015
OpTerra’s Bluestone Energy Services Announces Gold Sponsorship of Fifth Annual Chicago Energy Efficiency Expo
A division of San Francisco-based OpTerra Energy Services, Bluestone Energy Services, LLC, a leader in energy conservation, engineering and project development services for commercial and industrial clients, announced today that it will be participating at this year’s Energy Efficiency Expo as a Gold Sponsor.
August 23, 2015
Classes Open for New Superintendent
Watch Juan Cruz, Superintendent of Franklin-McKinley School District, discuss the benefit of partnering with OpTerra to engage students in project-based learning. OpTerra has worked with District staff to develop enriching STEM curriculum to help connect STEM concepts learned in the classroom to the solar technology installed on District campuses.
July 27, 2015
Use Power to Your Advantage
ThinkTech Hawai’i host Howard Wiig speaks with OpTerra’s Strategic Alliances Manager Brandon Hayashi about advancing sustainable energy through project based learning and education.
July 10, 2015
Sustainable Goals: Grocery retailers are making strides toward their green business benchmarks.
OpTerra Energy Services’ Bluestone division was featured in an article from the Progressive Grocer on lowering energy consumption and costs across Ahold USA supermarkets.
July 9, 2015
Jefferson Elementary School District marks anniversary of Solar Energy and Sustainability Project with successful report
During the last board meeting of the academic year, Jefferson Elementary School District officials received the good news that its conservation and renewable energy project is outperforming original savings estimates and inspiring students across the district through innovative STEM education links to the project.
September 1, 2015
Hawaii Business Magazine covers how OpTerra is helping make Iolani Palace, Hawaii’s first home with electricity, a more energy efficient building without compromising its past.
June 30, 2015
Midland College Completes Energy Efficient IT Upgrade as Part of Larger Program, Set to Save $4.4 Million
On June 30th, Midland College, in Midland, Texas, completed construction of its multi-phased energy program with OpTerra Energy Services. The campus-wide sustainability improvements, including innovative efficiency solutions to enhance IT performance, will help Midland College capture $4.4MM in energy and operational savings over the next 15 years.
June 23, 2015
Franklin-McKinley SD Recognized for Surpassing Sustainability Goals with STEM
During the last board meeting of the academic year, Franklin-McKinley School District celebrated the completion of its energy sustainability program with OpTerra Energy Services, which will save the district $18 million in energy savings over the lifetime of the project.
June 18, 2015
Thank You, Dr. Porter
OpTerra thanks Franklin-McKinley School District’s retiring superintendent, Dr. John Porter, for championing a legacy of sustainability and success in STEM for students and faculty.
June 17, 2015
Eight Students from Santa Ana High Schools Rocket to JPL for Paid Summer Internships
OpTerra, the Orange County Department of Education and OC Pathways partnered together to establish paid positions within JPL’s SpaceSHIP internship program.
June 15, 2015
Eight High School Students From Santa Ana Have the Right Stuff for Summer JPL Internship
Out of more than 500,000 students in Orange County, eight high school students from Santa Ana were awarded summer internships at NASA’s famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. OpTerra partnered with the Orange County Department of Education and OC Pathways to provide paid positions within JPL’s SpaceSHIP internship program.
June 10, 2015
CEBN POWER Act fly-in
OpTerra team members attended working sessions in Washington to meet with lawmakers to discuss the Power Efficiency and Resiliency (POWER) Act as a part of the Pew Trust’s Clean Energy Business Network.
June 5, 2015
Burbank USD Switches to Reclaimed Water, Saving the Drought-Stricken Region Millions of Gallons Each Year
During their June 4, 2015 Board Meeting, the Burbank Unified School District announced that it had completed a conversion of its irrigation systems at eight more school sites to reclaimed water, saving the region an estimated 26,000,000 gallons in potable water each year—enough to service nearly 200 homes annually.
June 1, 2015
Grass Valley City Hall Roof Construction Completed
As part of a comprehensive energy program with OpTerra, the Grass Valley City Hall building has finished construction on a new roof membrane that will save the city in energy consumption and funds. Other improvements are being made including solar power at two locations, a solar water heater for the Memorial Park pool, as well as energy-efficient lighting and HVAC upgrades at numerous city buildings. The city expects energy savings of as much as $400,000 annually.
May 22, 2015
DOE Breaks Ground on First Ka Hei Photovoltaic Projects
The Hawai’i State Department of Education held a groundbreaking ceremony at William McKinley High School to mark the first phase of the Ka Hei Program in partnership with OpTerra. McKinley High is one of nine public schools that will receive photovoltaic (PV) panels in the first phase of this program.
May 18, 2015
OpTerra Energy Group’s Bluestone Division Expands National Energy Conservation Staff by Appointing Three Executives to National Accounts Team
Bluestone Energy Services, LLC, a leader in energy conservation engineering and project development services for a variety of industries, announced today that it is adding three seasoned managers to head new roles for national accounts: Mathew Tuttelman, Chad Fiedler and Mark Macomber.
May 13, 2015
OC Pathways Partners with OpTerra Energy Services, Which Will Sponsor 10 Paid STEM Internships
OpTerra partnered with OC Pathways, the Orange County-wide initiative that’s working to expand career pathways for students from kindergarten through college in the Santa Ana Unified School District in California. OpTerra is sponsoring 10 paid summer STEM internships for high school students in the District.
May 12, 2015
Highlands Intermediate Student Wins Statewide Logo Competition
In Honolulu, Hawai’i, a Highlands Intermediate student won the statewide logo competition for the Ka Hei energy and sustainability program. The winner’s design was selected out of 326 entries and the logo will be featured on all communications and materials associated with the program.
May 4, 2015
Light Side of Dark | Brandon Hayashi | TEDxHonolulu
Electric light has the power to transform the performance of our brains and bodies. OpTerra’s Strategic Alliances Manager, Brandon Hayashi, discusses the benefits of bright light during the day and its capacity to transform our productivity, our mood, the way we learn, and our sleep. He discusses the opportunities to shift to more “humancentric” lighting in his TEDx Talk.
May 1, 2015
Sustainable Schools Earn an A
The Hawai’i state Department of Education worked with OpTerra to implement Ka Hei, a comprehensive statewide sustainability plan for K-12 schools across the islands. The program is delivering practical strategies to bring clean energy to all 255 state schools, reduce total energy by 25% and water use by 30% over five years.
April 24, 2015
OpTerra Hawai’i Seeks to Cut Energy Use and Costs in Public Schools
OpTerra Energy Services’ growing Hawai’i division is seeking ways to reduce energy consumption and save taxpayers money. OpTerra is working with the state Department of Education to make Hawai’i’s 255 public schools more energy-efficient, create better learning environments for students, integrate an energy education component in classrooms and reduce its environmental footprint.
April 17, 2015
Jurupa Valley: Solar Panels Now in Session at Schools
Jurupa Unified School District, in California, is using solar energy to lower its utility bills. The District already produces about 27% of its own energy with solar panels on parking canopies at nine sites. Jurupa continues its efforts to reduce utility costs with solar farms built on excess property at Mission Middle School and Nueva Vista High School. OpTerra is providing the expertise, operating and maintaining the equipment.
March 31, 2015
Bluestone Energy and Supermarket Retailer Ahold USA Announce the Completion of Significant Energy Conservation Initiatives and Continuance of Long Standing Energy Conservation Partnership in the Years Ahead
Bluestone Energy Services, LLC, a leader in energy conservation engineering and project development services for a variety of sectors including industrial and retail, announced today that it is continuing and strengthening its relationship with supermarket leader, Ahold USA, a food retailing group that operates supermarkets throughout the US. For nearly the last ten years, Bluestone Energy and Ahold USA have partnered to reduce the energy consumption across hundreds of Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and GIANT/MARTIN’S supermarkets, resulting in a significant reduction in Ahold USA’s overall carbon footprint, as well as a substantial reduction in energy costs that can be passed onto customers.
March 30, 2015
Maui to Host 6th Annual STEM Conference
From April 17th-18th, the Hawai’i STEM Conference was held in Maui. The event hosted 500+ students and educators from 30 intermediate and high schools across the islands, who received first-hand exposure to advanced technologies and new software training to address real world challenges. The conference attracted prominent national partners and sponsors from top companies including OpTerra.
March 16, 2015
Canton to Reduce Utility Expenses by $5.7 Million with Energy Savings Performance Contracting
Canton Township, Michigan, participated in an energy savings program with OpTerra that will reduce Canton’s utility costs by more than $5.7 million over the next 15 years. Upgrades include improved plumbing, replaced light fixtures, new mechanical units and controls, water conservation measures at a local aquatic park and more.
March 11, 2015
City of Arlington to Save $14MM through Landmark Energy Program Featuring LED Streetlights
The City of Arlington, Texas, announced the beginning of a comprehensive energy program partnership with OpTerra. Improvements include energy efficiency measures for 22 buildings and lighting retrofits for 10,500 streetlights. The program will save $14MM in energy costs over the next 15 years.
March 11, 2015
Desert Sands Completes Largest Prop. 39 Project in California
Desert Sands USD (Nuevo, CA) has completed the largest Prop. 39 project to date in California — designing, applying for funding, and implementing a dynamic expenditure plan in less than seven months. Leveraging $6.4MM in Prop. 39 funds, they will save nearly $20MM in energy costs over the life of the program.
February 27, 2015
Going Green on Campus with Help From Academic Programs
“Energy-efficient buildings have made a huge difference to the entire university,” said Louay Chamra, Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University in Michigan. The energy efficient facilities, upgraded in partnership with OpTerra, have made the campus community more energy-focused and have helped build morale towards energy efficiency.
February 25, 2015
Bluestone Energy Services to Exhibit at the 2015 National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference and Expo
Bluestone Energy Services, LLC, a leader in energy conservation engineering and project development services for a variety of sectors including industrial and retail, announced today that it will be exhibiting with a full team of representatives at the National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference and Expo. The 2015 NFMT will be held on March 10-12 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
February 12, 2015
Salinas Saves $22M with Energy Program
The City of Salinas approved a wide-ranging energy program that is expected to generate more than $22 million in net savings over the next 25 years. The comprehensive program includes installing solar arrays on parking lots and LED lighting retrofits as well as many other energy efficiency upgrades and will not require that the City invest any general fund dollars.
February 12, 2015
San Jose Flips Switch on LED Streetlights
San Jose has started what officials said today is the largest streetlight conversion project in the country, retrofitting 18,000 lights using 1970s technology with LED lights that will cut energy costs by more than half. The lights will save the city millions in future energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.
Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmen Ash Kalra and Johnny Khamis honored the project at a brief ceremony in South San Jose where one of the “Smart Streetlights” was turned on.
February 6, 2015
Mayor Looks Back on Milestones of 2014
In 2014, the City of Simi Valley, California, continued to pursue options to increase energy efficiency and save taxpayer dollars at city facilities, in partnership with OpTerra. The city and OpTerra developed a scope of work for increased energy efficiency at city facilities, including the potential for solar, biogas and the acquisition of streetlights citywide for conversion to LED.
January 14, 2015
Bluestone Energy Services Enhances Partnership with The Global Green Team to Provide More Midwest Customers With Robust Energy Savings
Bluestone Energy Services, LLC, a leader in energy conservation engineering and project development services for a variety of sectors including industrial and retail, announced today that it is strengthening its existing partnership with The Global Green Team in 2015 after continued success throughout the Midwest market.