August 2013 - State University of New York's (SUNY) Cortland campus has recently taken action to use 100% renewable energy. In July the school was 1 of 79 applicants awarded funds for large-scale solar energy projects under the NY-Sun Initiative. With those funds, the university is planning to work with SolarCity to install a total of 700 solar panels on campus which will generate about 6 percent of the campus' electricity use. SUNY Cortland will further demonstrate its commitment to renewables by purchasing 16 million kilowatts (kW) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) in September 2013. The RECs and the solar installations combined will account for 100% of the electricity used on the campus.
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College Commits to Renewable Electricity
May 2013 - SolarCity and Goldman Sachs have announced a lease financing program to fund more than $500 million in projects. The financing program will allow homeowners and businesses to install an estimated 110 megawatts of solar capacity with no upfront costs. With the support of Goldman Sachs, SolarCity can now expand its customer base by offering services under lower credit requirements and to customers who are not publicly rated, such as schools and municipalities.
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SolarCity and Goldman Sachs Create Largest U.S. Rooftop Solar Lease Financing Platform
March 2013 - Wal-Mart has completed the installation of more than 4.5 megawatts (MW) of solar panels atop twelve Ohio stores. The project is expected to produce 6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year—approximately 10-15 percent of each store's power consumption. The systems are owned and operated by SolarCity, which will sell the electricity to Wal-Mart through a negotiated power purchase agreement. The new solar installations account for nearly a tenth of all the solar currently installed in Ohio. Currently, Wal-Mart has 240 renewable energy projects underway worldwide, including three recent solar installations completed in Kahului, Kailua-Kona, and Kapolei, Hawaii. The Hawaii installations each have a capacity of 311 kilowatts (kW) and are expected to individually produce 400,000 kWh annually.
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Walmart expands solar installations to Ohio
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Area Wal-Marts go solar
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Walmart Expands Solar Installations in Hawaii
October 2010 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2010 Conference in Portland. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.
Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to the Kohl's Department Stores, Motorola, Inc., TD Bank, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partners of the Year. The City of San Francisco and Phoenix Press, Inc. were recognized for their On-Site Generation. Corvallis, Oregon and Park City, Utah were honored as Communities of the Year. 3Degrees, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, SunRun Inc., and SolarCity were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year. La Plata Electric Association, Inc. and Portland General Electric won for Utility Green Power Programs of the Year. Arizona Public Service was awarded for Best Green Power Education Outreach Program. Sundance Square was named for Best Promotional Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser. Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power were recognized for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier. Thor Hinckley of Portland General Electric received the Green Power Pioneer Award.
News Release - DOE Recognizes Six Organizations as Nation's Top Green Power Suppliers
News Release - EPA Honors 18 Partners for Advancing Green Power Market
News Release - Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2010 Green Power Leadership Award Winners
News Article - Portland General Electric Receives Two National Green Power Awards
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