Whether we’re showcasing our customer’s latest project milestones or celebrating program completion at community events, our latest news captures the best highlights from ENGIE Services U.S. highlights across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.