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  • Recyclability of electric vehicle batteries scrutinized

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    Faced with high energy costs, environmental concerns by consumers and government regulatory measures, the world’s leading automakers are embracing new technological advancements to make today’s vehicles more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than ever before.

  • Kimberly-Clark to power mills with wind

    Kimberly-Clark Corporation made its first major commitment to renewable energy.

  • MagneGas reports no damages from Hurricane Irma

    MagneGas Corporation, a clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, shared that all personnel are accounted for and the company’s properties and equipment appear to have escaped damage.

  • The evolving waste-to-energy sector

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    Here’s one thing we know: Waste-to-energy (WTE) initiatives continue to take hold in North America and are beginning to catch up to what is common in Europe.

  • WM opens 100th natural gas fueling station

    Waste Management reported a significant milestone in its natural gas fleet journey, opening its 100th natural gas fueling station. At a ceremony in Oklahoma City, industry representatives, local and state officials joined the company to dedicate the fueling station.

  • Duke Energy recycles coal ash

    Duke Energy announced the proposed location for a third coal ash reprocessing unit at its Cape Fear Plant in Moncure, North Carolina.

  • Trends to watch in the solid waste industry

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    In the past several years, the solid waste industry has witnessed important changes in the business practices of the industry that is continuing to have a profound effect on the status of the solid waste industry.

  • DuPont and Bock partner to expand biogas enzymes distribution footprint

    DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and silage storage specialists Bock UK Ltd (Bock) formed a strategic partnership where Bock will demonstrate DuPont’s biogas enzyme technology at commercial scale in the U.K. market.

  • University of Virginia, Dominion Energy and Coronal Energy launch solar energy project

    The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve key sustainability targets with another partnership with Dominion Energy.

  • Eagle Creek Renewable Energy acquires Hydro facilities in Maine

    Eagle Creek Renewable Energy has completed the acquisition of approximately 30 MW of hydroelectric facilities from Madison Paper Industries, a partnership of UPM and Northern SC Paper Corp., a subsidiary of The New York Times Company. The closing of the transaction took place on July 31, 2017.

  • Copper plays role in EV boom

    Electric vehicles (EV) are at a tipping point as new models are being developed and global regulations are increasingly pushing for EV adoption. As EVs and charging stations continue to become more widespread and affordable, a significant amount of copper will be required to power this technology.

  • Partnership formed over biogas enzymes

    DuPont Industrial Biosciences and silage storage specialists Bock UK Ltd announced a strategic partnership where Bock will demonstrate DuPont’s biogas enzyme technology at commercial scale in the U.K. market.

  • New State of Texas Electricity Sourcing Contract gives nod to renewables

    The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Statewide Procurement Division has awarded its Electricity Sourcing Services contract to the Waco-based energy consulting firm Texas Energy Aggregation, LLC.

  • Urban Solar expands into Puerto Rico

    Urban Solar named San Juan Lighting Corp as its representative in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands.

    San Juan Lighting has focused on high end lighting and other architectural product sales for more than four decades. It will now provide a comprehensive package of off-grid solar LED lighting solutions from Urban Solar, for uses including pathways, bikeways, parking lots, street lighting, and perimeter security lighting.

    Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Technology advances in the waste and recycling industries

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    Here’s one thing we know: Waste-to-energy (WTE) initiatives continue to take hold in North America and are beginning to catch up to what is common in Europe.

  • SC Johnson site running on 100 percent wind energy

    In an ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, SC Johnson announced their manufacturing site in Bay City, Michigan, the facility that manufactures Ziploc brand bags, recently joined two other company owned manufacturing sites running on 100 percent wind energy for electricity.

  • Veolia will build and operate the first waste-to-energy facility in Mexico

    Veolia, through its subsidiary Proactiva Medio Ambiente Mexico S.A. de C.V., has won the public call for tenders published by the government of Mexico City and just signed the contract to design, build, and operate the first waste-to-energy facility in Latin America.

  • First PV inverter-integrated vehicle charger launched

    At Intersolar North America, SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. is unveiling the world’s first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger.

  • Veolia awarded operations contract for biomass facility

    Through a new $9 million annual operations and maintenance contract with North Carolina Renewable Power – Lumberton, LLC, a subsidiary of Georgia Renewable Power (GRP), Veolia Energy Operating Services, LLC will manage a cogeneration plant that converts poultry litter (waste) and wood chips into biomass energy – diverting up to 285,000 tons of poultry waste a year, while providing a renewable recycling solution for the poultry industry.

  • SCI evaluates replacement materials for solar products

    SCI Engineered Materials, Inc. (SCI), a global supplier and manufacturer of advanced materials for physical vapor deposition thin film applications that works closely with end users and OEMs to develop innovative, customized solutions, has entered into a joint project with Case Western Reserve in their Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy and Sustainability program.

  • Closed landfill home to solar farm

    Waste Management, in partnership with project owner Captona Partners, recently completed construction on a five megawatt (MW) solar farm at the closed Hudson/Stow landfill.

  • California implements all-electric trash truck

    The City of Sacramento will soon be home to the state’s first all electric automated left side loader garbage truck. The fundamental technology powering the Electric Refuse Vehicle (ERV) is Motiv Power Systems’ scalable and modular All-Electric Powertrain.

  • Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar team up

    Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar disclosed an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the U.S.

  • EAWC revises agreement

    EAWC Technologies, (also known as Eurosport Active World Corp.), has signed a revised agreement with Mexican Company, Tecnologias Verdes SA de CV, to build waste to energy (WtE) plants in Mexico.

  • Republic Services expands its Twin Cities compressed natural gas powered fleet

    Republic Services unveiled a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and over 50 new CNG powered trucks to serve customers throughout the Twin Cities region. The new CNG trucks are replacing older, diesel-powered trucks in the company’s Twin Cities-based fleet.

  • Two wind energy centers in Kansas commissioned

    State and local leaders and landowners joined executives from NextEra Energy Resources and Westar Energy to celebrate the commissioning of the Kingman and Ninnescah Wind Energy Centers, which has created hundreds of construction jobs as well as millions of dollars in economic benefits to the region.

  • Desjardins invests in clean energy

    More than $1 billion has been invested to support renewable energy, thanks to financing from Desjardins Group’s Capital Markets Division and equity investments from the Desjardins Group Pension Plan, with the contribution of two Desjardins insurance subsidiaries.

  • Neutral Fuels pioneers dairy waste as biofuel feedstock

    After two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company to successfully use butter, cream and ghee waste as a feedstock for creating commercial biofuel.

  • BioHiTech Global acquires interest in MSW facility

    BioHiTech Global, Inc., a green technology company that develops and deploys sustainable waste management solutions, has acquired a 17.2 percent equity interest in the nation’s first Resource Recovery Facility utilizing a proprietary Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) technology for the disposal and recycling of mixed municipal solid waste (MSW).

  • Enerkem Inc. achieves new milestones

    Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, disclosed that its first full scale commercial facility, located in Edmonton, Alberta, has met all operational milestones set by its senior lender Integrated Asset Management (IAM).

  • New facility converts landfill gas to energy

    Cox Enterprises has completed the New River Energy Facility in Beckley, West Virginia. The facility captures landfill gas to generate energy and reduce methane emissions, which produces positive outcomes for the local community and the environment.

  • Alternative fuel incentive grants awarded

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $1.9 million to Pennsylvania schools and businesses for projects using alternative fuels and infrastructure.

  • La Paz County issues proposal request for solar projects

    Leveraging Congressman Gosar’s federal legislative effort to empower La Paz County’s rural economy, the board of supervisors issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to attract renewable energy partners to develop large scale, utility sized solar projects to create up to 1,500 megawatts of electrical power for use in Arizona and California.

  • Shred King and Solect Energy partner to install rooftop solar array

    Shred King, a shredding company located in Boston, has partnered with Solect Energy, based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to install a 212 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar system. The installation will allow the company to reach its goal of reducing its carbon footprint.

  • EPA complex powered by solar energy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will install a 1.5 megawatt solar panel generation field at the EPA’s Edison, New Jersey facility. Ameresco, Inc. of Framingham, Massachusetts, will install 4,788 solar panels, which will provide approximately 60 percent of the facility’s electricity needs. The project is expected to be completed and producing energy by this summer.

  • Muncie Power Products hires new director

    Muncie Power Products, Inc. has hired a new director – zone sales team, Mike Rasnick.

    Rasnick came to Muncie Power Products with 15 years of sales experience within the industry, having last served in a similar leadership role.

    Within his position as director – zone sales team, Rasnick will work with his team of 11 zone sales managers to best serve the company’s channel partners.

    Published in the March 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Duke Energy to recycle coal ash at H.F. Lee Plant in Goldsboro

    Duke Energy plans to excavate coal ash from four basins at the H.F. Lee Plant in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and safely recycle the valuable material for use in concrete products.

  • Covanta Tulsa celebrates 30 years of service in Oklahoma

    Covanta Tulsa, the energy-from-waste facility which serves the City of Tulsa, neighboring communities and local businesses with a sustainable alternative to landfills is celebrating 30 years of reliable operations.

  • West Texas wind project developed

    Tri Global Energy, a leading U.S. originator and developer of utility-scale wind energy projects, disclosed the initial phase of 155 MW for the Fluvanna Wind Energy project has reached financial close, received funding and begun pouring foundations under the construction contract.

  • Massachusetts school has solar canopy installed

    Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School (UCT), a public vocational-technical high school in Bourne, Massachusetts partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Green Seal Environmental to develop and install a 663 kilowatt (kW) solar canopy in the school’s existing parking lot.

  • Veolia completes acquisition

    Veolia Energy North America Holdings, Inc. has acquired Enovity, a San Francisco-based energy services firm. Enovity is a strategic acquisition that complements Veolia’s existing SourceOne energy services business, providing a platform for expanding the company’s geographic footprint.

  • Blue Sphere shares status update

    Blue Sphere Corporation, an international independent power producer, provided a project update for the waste-to-energy facility it has developed and is currently under construction in Johnston, Rhode Island.

  • REI achieves LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy at Arizona distribution center

    REI shared a major milestone in its continued work to lead on sustainable operations.

  • Carroll County, Indiana to benefit from new plastics recycled to renewable diesel facility

    State and local officials joined officials from GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana to disclose its decision to build two facilities in Carroll County, Indiana.

  • John Snell joins TruStar Energy as CFO

    TruStar Energy, developers of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, has hired John Snell as its chief financial officer. Snell comes to TruStar Energy with over 15 years of accounting, operations, and finance experience in public, private, and multinational corporate settings.

    Snell, a California State University graduate, spent the last 13 years with the accounting firm Moss Adams, serving in various audit, consulting, accounting, operations and finance rolls. Most notably, he was named a partner in the firm in 2014. Snell has more than 17 years of experience in corporate finance, strategy operations, financial planning, forensic accounting, internal audit and risk management.

    As the leader of the southwest region of Moss Adams Business Risk Services, Snell helped companies comply with SEC and GAAP reporting regulations, increase profit, and design corporate structure. He has given speaking engagements for nationally recognized associations on various industry leading topics including PCAOB changing landscape, COSO framework 2012 and FATCA compliance.

    Additionally, over the past five years Snell has directed forensic investigations leading to sizable cost recoveries. He has operationally driven efficiencies in inventory costing, revenue recognition and expense management.

    Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • TruStar names Aaron Lay vice president of sales

    TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, has hired alternative fuel systems veteran, Aaron Lay, to lead the company’s sales group.

    Most recently, Lay served as the director of sales for Agility Fuel Systems, where he was instrumental in the proliferation of CNG fueling systems for Class 6 - 8 chassis.

    Published in the December 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • New England Apple installs solar system

    New England Apple Products, the largest cider mill in New England and an industry veteran for more than a hundred years, has partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton, Massachusetts to install a 300 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Leominster facility.

  • Landmark subsidiary closes $73 million solar land acquisition

    Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP, a publicly traded partnership and controlled subsidiary of Landmark Dividend LLC (Landmark Dividend), has acquired (through a wholly owned subsidiary) approximately 4,000 acres of land in California underneath four utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects developed by Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies. Total consideration was approximately $73 million.

  • Algal biorefinery in Canada to reduce CO2 emissions

    Canada’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project, a collaborative research effort between the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Algal Carbon Conversion (ACC) program, Pond Technologies and Votorantim Cimentos’ St Marys Cement, is revolutionizing how industrial carbon emissions are managed.

  • Enerkem works to convert MSW into biomethanol

    Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada.

  • Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are future of the automobile

    Worldwide, over 20 million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles would be sold cumulatively by 2032, according to a report published by Information Trends.

  • Joseph Gallo Farms installs solar array in California

    Joseph Gallo Farms unveiled a new two megawatt (MW) solar array, the largest privately owned system ever installed on a California dairy. The fixed array system supplies renewable energy on-site for the family’s dairy farm.

  • CNG station opened for Rogue Disposal

    TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, opened a CNG fueling station for Rogue Disposal & Recycling, Inc. The station is located in White City, Oregon, and will serve Rogue as well as the public.

  • Chevrolet fuel cell vehicle developed

    General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado based fuel cell electric vehicle in October at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army in Washington, D.C.

  • ClipperCreek offers new vehicle charging stations

    ClipperCreek, Inc. unveiled the Share2™ enabled HCS-40. Share2 allows two electric vehicle charging stations to share power from one branch circuit.

  • Pig farm uses synergies to generate energy

    Croatian biogas plant goes live in Croatia

  • Gaz Metro aims to convert forestry biomass

    Gaz Métro has been conducting a demonstration project aimed at converting forestry biomass into second generation renewable natural gas.

  • Blue Sphere adds new board member

    Blue Sphere Corporation, a clean-tech independent power producer, welcomed Lyron Bentovim as a new member of the Blue Sphere board of directors.

    Bentovim currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Glimpse Group and as a managing partner at Darklight Partners in New York, New York. Darklight Partners is a strategic advisor to small and mid-size public and private companies. From August 2009 until July 2012, Bentovim served as the chief operating officer and the chief financial officer of Sunrise Telecom, Inc., a leader in test and measurement solutions for telecom, wireless and cable networks. Prior to joining Sunrise Telecom Inc., Bentovim was a portfolio manager for Skiritai Capital LLC, an investment advisor based in San Francisco.

    Bentovim has over 20 years of management experience, including his experience as a member of the board of directors at Manhattan Bridge Capital, RTW Inc., Ault, Inc., Top Image Systems, Three-Five Systems Inc., Sunrise Telecom, Inc., and Argonaut Technologies Inc. Prior to his position in Skiritai Capital LLC, Bentovim served as the president and co-founder of WebBrix, Inc.

    Published in the October 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Solect Energy recognized for providing jobs and clean energy in New England

    Developer and installer Solect Energy is among the companies recently named to an annual and well recognized list of North America’s top solar contractors.

  • Giant Leap receives grant through SunShot Initiative

    Giant Leap Technologies (GLT) has received a 2 year, $2.2 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

  • U.S. residential solar market booms

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    While the U.S. market share of the solar industry declined in the early 2000s, the residential solar market is booming once again.

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  • VLS Energy Clinic receives grant for solar development

    The Energy Clinic at the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School announced an $80,000 grant from The John Merck Fund, enabling faculty and student clinicians to expand their community solar work throughout New England.

  • E.ON and Digital Realty to procure energy from Colbeck’s Corner Wind Farm

    E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, LLC (E.ON) and Digital Realty, a global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, disclosed a long term agreement to procure energy from the Colbeck’s Corner Wind Farm. The agreement allows Digital Realty to offset 100 percent of its U.S. colocation and interconnection energy footprint.

  • SolarEdge Technologies reports record revenues

    SolarEdge Technologies, Inc., a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, shared its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2016.

  • Sumitomo Corporation invests in Brazilian biomass fuel manufacturing business

    Sumitomo Corporation signed a contract to acquire up to 20 percent of Cosan Biomassa S.A., a subsidiary of the world’s largest sugar and ethanol company, Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio and producer of sugarcane pellets for power generation, subject to the prior approval of anti-trust authorities in some jurisdictions.

  • TruStar Energy contracted to build and maintain CNG station in Long Beach

    TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, was awarded the contract to build and maintain the first CNG fueling station for Long Beach, California.

  • Ecoplexus to develop solar installations in California

    Ecoplexus Inc., a developer of solar photovoltaic systems, disclosed a 25 MW DC portfolio of projects across California. The projects are a combination of carport and ground-mounted installations, connecting behind-the-meter at a number of state facilities. The generating systems will power the facilities, offset greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy costs.

    The portfolio will provide approximately 30.5 gigawatt-hours of clean electricity annually. That is enough to annually power almost 2,000 households, or offset roughly 21,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    The first seven MW will be completed in August 2015, while the remaining projects are scheduled to complete construction in the spring of 2017. The on-site facilities include state hospitals, military bases and a variety of other facilities.

    Published in the September 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Bafalis named CEO of PHG Energy

    Greg Bafalis has been named CEO of PHG Energy, a company that’s developing waste-to-energy and solar systems in Antioch, Tennessee.

  • Collaboration has high hopes for hydrogen-powered transit

    Sumitomo Corporation together with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SC Group) shared their Strategic Collaboration Agreement with US Hybrid to support their desire to grow its fuel cell production business through the expansion of fuel cell stack production capacity for commercial production.

  • Republic Services and Mas Energy unveil latest renewable energy project

    Facilities capable of powering over 15,000 households and one of the largest landfill-gas-to-energy portfolios in Georgia

  • Duke Energy Renewables completes wind project

    The 426th turbine of the Los Vientos wind power projects is now serving customers near the Rio Grande in Starr County, Texas.

  • Subsidies keep wind energy afloat

    State subsidies to renewable energy give an unfair advantage to more expensive and inefficient sources of energy, while requiring taxpayers and ratepayers to pick up the tab, warns a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis.

  • Veolia chosen to raise performance

    Veolia recently signed a five year contract with Lowell Energy AD, managed by Sustainable Partners (SPART) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the operations and maintenance of its Lowell Energy anaerobic digester.

  • Leeward Renewable Energy appoints new CEO

    Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC, disclosed the appointment of Gregory C. Wolf as its chief executive officer effective immediately.

    Wolf has over 20 years of leadership experience in renewables and most recently served as president of Duke Energy Renewables.

    At Duke Energy, Wolf led the integrated renewable energy business, delivering high growth results and a strong operational track record. Prior to assuming the president role, Wolf was senior vice president of development for Duke Energy’s commercial unit, where he created Duke Energy’s solar and biomass business and managed a national development pipeline.

    Wolf’s strong energy industry experience also includes serving as vice president of General Electric’s Power Systems business as well as GE Capital Group.

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Exploring waste to energy trends

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    Waste to Energy (WTE) means many things to many people. Incineration dominates the industry today, which classically means the “mass burn” of unprocessed, unsegregated municipal solid waste (MSW). Simply defined, waste to energy is the process of generating electricity and/or heat from municipal solid waste.

  • DTE Energy continues appliance recycling program

    DTE Energy electric customers can save money by participating in its Appliance Recycling Program.

  • The Caribbean’s largest solar array goes live

    Monte Plata, a 33.4 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar array located on the Dominic Republic was officially inaugurated.

  • Florida’s first CNG fueling station opens

    TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, has opened a company-owned public CNG fueling station at 5345 Dividend Drive, Fort Myers, Florida.

  • Hybrid and electric technologies compete with lower fuel prices

    The Automotive Science Group released its 2016 Automotive Performance Index study findings, highlighting the stark differences in performance merits that differentiate conventional and alternatively powered cars and SUVs in 2016.

  • BioHiTech Global expands waste stream product offering with launch of Entsorga North America

    BioHiTech Global, Inc., a green technology company that produces innovative data-driven solutions for food waste disposal, has launched its new subsidiary, Entsorga North America that expands the company’s value proposition to include organic and inorganic waste streams and provides enterprise solutions to the residential and municipal marketplaces.

  • Cities with the most energy certified buildings named

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shared its eighth-annual “Top Cities” list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified commercial buildings in the preceding calendar year with Charlotte ranking 21st.

  • Greenbuild diverts over 84 percent of waste

    USGBC and Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate have released the 2015 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last fall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Republic expands Florida CNG fleet

    Republic Services has added 62 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks serving customers in Broward and Dade Counties.

  • Duke Energy to use animal waste in conversion facility

    Duke Energy will buy swine and poultry waste output from a facility planned for eastern North Carolina –using the captured methane gas to generate renewable electricity at four power stations.

  • Blue Sphere to acquire plant in Italy

    Blue Sphere Corporation, a power producer that develops, owns and manages waste-to-energy facilities globally, has signed an exclusive term sheet to acquire a waste-to-energy biogas plant from Agrilandia Societa Agricola a r.l.

  • New York to train military personnel for solar jobs

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said that New York will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets training program, which will provide military personnel stationed at Fort Drum, New York with technical skills to obtain jobs in the growing solar industry after they transition from active service.

  • Caterpillar works with greenhouse

    Caterpillar Inc. and SunSelect Produce, Inc. disclosed a collaboration that will take the waste products of Caterpillar’s combined heat and power cogeneration facility in Mossville, Illinois and put them to productive use in SunSelect hydroponic greenhouses.

  • Weltec erects second biogas plant in South Korea

    The construction work for an anaerobic digestion plant from German manufacturer Weltec Biopower was started in South Korea in 2015.

  • Blue Sphere completes acquisition of biogas facilities in Italy

    Blue Sphere Corp., which develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, has completed the acquisition of four operating biogas facilities in Italy.

  • Herbold takes major step in environmental stewardship

    A long-time leader in the development of systems and equipment for the recycling of plastics, Herbold USA is taking steps to make its Rhode Island headquarters more environmentally friendly.

  • Sonoma County School goes solar

    Sonoma Academy in Sonoma County, California, has switched to solar power. Their solar power system will generate enough electricity to power approximately 50 average homes and will avoid production of 6,266 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

  • Manure-to-energy project underway in Missouri

    Roeslein Alternative Energy disclosed that the turnkey facility to create and inject large quantities of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) into the national grid system, created from one of the largest concentrations of finishing hogs in the Midwest, will be operational by mid-2016.

  • SolarCraft completes solar power installation at Martine’s Wines

    Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft completed a 20 kW solar electric system at Martine’s Wines in Novato, California.

  • Duke Energy and Google team up on solar power project

    In one of the largest solar projects undertaken in North Carolina, Google will benefit from Duke Energy Carolinas’ Green Source Rider program – meeting a portion of the power demand from the company’s data center in Lenoir with solar energy.

  • EPA finalizes increases in renewable fuel levels

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disclosed final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass based diesel for 2014 to 2017.

  • WELTEC Group acquires two biomethane refineries

    The WELTEC Group has acquired two biomethane refineries in Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

  • PowerOptions contracts with Solect as solar provider

    PowerOptions, an energy buying consortium, has selected solar provider Solect Energy, a commercial scale solar developer in Massachusetts, to lead its Small Systems Solar program, providing savings for entities with smaller projects.

  • Site of first commercial CTS plant in Georgia chosen by RRDA

    Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., disclosed that its’ licensee RRDA has secured the site for what will be the inaugural commercial CTS plant located in Vidalia, Georgia.

  • Honda to add 120 EV chargers to campus

    In an effort to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles and to prepare for a new generation of plug-in vehicles set to arrive by 2018, Honda is adding 120 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers on the Torrance, California headquarter campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

  • EnergySolutions signs agreement for acquisition

    EnergySolutions, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Valhi, Inc. and operator of a waste disposal facility located in Andrews County, Texas.

    At closing, EnergySolutions will pay $270 million in cash, $20 million face amount in Series A Preferred Stock and will assume approximately $77 million of WCS debt. Additionally, EnergySolutions will assume all financial assurance obligations related to the WCS business. Completion of the sale is subject to certain customary closing conditions outlined in the transaction agreement.

    EnergySolutions and WCS will continue to operate as independent companies until completion of the sale.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Republic expands CNG-powered fleet in Phoenix

    Republic Services added four compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Phoenix area.

    The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services throughout Arizona to 34.

    Published in the December 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Duke Energy to reduce emissions from power plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice disclosed a settlement with Duke Energy Corporation to resolve Clean Air Act violations at five coal-fired power plants across North Carolina.

  • Biomass-to-energy production evolves

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    PHG Energy’s (PHGE) downdraft gasification technology may spark a revolution in biomass-to-energy production.

  • Inovateus Solar installs arrays for Hoosier Energy

    Inovateus Solar, a provider of solar energy services, is installing two solar arrays for electric cooperative power supplier Hoosier Energy.

  • As UK winter approaches, government cuts to solar

    In August this year, the Department for the Environment and Climate Change disclosed a reduction in the renewable energy Feed-in Tariff (FIT) from January 1, 2016.

  • Alliant Energy’s Solar Power Research Program includes PowerPost charging stations

    Telefonix®Inc., a developer of cord reel technology and manufacturer of PowerPost commercial electric vehicle charging stations (EVSEs), has installed 13 L2 PowerPost EV chargers at Alliant Energy headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin as part of a solar power technology research program.

  • University installs solar PV panels for football facilities

    The Environmental Center of the University of Colorado Boulder will feature a Sustainable Game Day focus at Folsom Field and across the tailgate areas.

  • Littoral Power receives award for hydropower technologies

    Littoral Power Systems Inc. (LPS), a renewable power technology developer based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was selected to receive an award from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

  • Party rental company completes solar installation for laundry facility

    Party Rental Ltd., a full service event rental company, has completed a 200 kW solar energy system atop its laundry facility located in Teterboro, New Jersey.

  • TruStar Energy opens CNG fueling station

    TruStar Energy, a developer of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations, has opened a company-owned public CNG fueling station in Lafayette, Louisiana.

  • Inovateus installs solar array

    Indiana based Inovateus Solar was awarded the installation of a 2.5 MW AC, ground-mounted solar array project for Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) an operating unit of American Electric Power (AEP).

  • Wind power brought to Kenya

    As part of president Obama’s Power Africa initiative, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, committed $233 million in debt financing to support construction and operation of the Kipeto Wind Power Project in Kajiado, Kenya.

  • Partnership to serve electric cooperatives across four states

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., a wholesale power supplier owned by 44 member electric cooperatives and public power districts, and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI), executed a 25 year contract to supply the utility with renewable energy from the planned Alta Luna Solar Project to be constructed in Luna County in southwest New Mexico.

  • New York awards grants for clean energy

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo disclosed $175 million in awards for five large scale clean energy projects that will help the state meet its Reforming the Energy Vision goals to increase the amount of electricity generation from renewable energy sources.

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  • Los Angeles district expands Bigbelly recycling system installations

    Bigbelly, Inc. disclosed that the Los Angeles Ninth Council District is significantly expanding its use of the Bigbelly system to help combat the litter problem on city streets and throughout the region’s public areas.

  • Tri-State and juwi sign solar energy purchase agreement

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., a wholesale power supplier owned by 44 member electric cooperatives and public power districts, and juwi Inc., a Colorado-based renewable energy company, have signed a 25 year contract to supply the utility with renewable energy from the planned San Isabel Solar Project to be constructed in southern Colorado.

  • Enerkem raises $115 million in capital

    Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has raised $115 million and initiated the production of biomethanol at their facility in Canada.

  • Republic expands natural gas-powered fleet

    Republic Services has added 17 compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Denver area.

  • Green3Power to build renewable energy facility on the St. Lucie County landfill

    Green3Power St. Lucie LLC has executed an agreement to build, own and fund a $175 million renewable energy facility (REF) which will convert approximately 1,000 tons of waste per day into approximately 80,000 gallons per day of ultra-low sulfur synthetic green No. 2 diesel fuel.

  • OPIC to support Jamaican solar energy facility

    The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, signed a financing agreement with Content Solar Ltd., solidifying a $47 million OPIC loan to support a 20 MW grid connected solar photovoltaic facility in Clarendon, Jamaica.

  • Covanta extends Long Beach contract

    Covanta Long Beach Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, entered into an extended agreement with the City of Long Beach, California for the operations and maintenance of the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF).

  • New solar power plant being constructed in Japan

    Kyocera Corporation, Gaia Power, Kyudenko Corporation, and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation disclosed that the companies have made a joint investment in Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC, a solar power operating company, to construct and operate a 92 megawatt (MW) solar power plant.

  • Blue Sphere breaks ground on waste-to-energy project

    Blue Sphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, broke ground on their newest waste to energy project in Johnston, Rhode Island.

  • DTE Energy installs Detroit’s first solar energy trash compactors

    DTE Energy will install smart, solar powered trash compactors and recycling units in its downtown Detroit, Michigan neighborhood.

  • Advanced Disposal holds open house for new gas-to-energy plant in Florida

    Advanced Disposal partnered with Sarasota County for a landfill open house and ribbon cutting event for the County’s new gas-to-energy plant.

  • Duke Energy to build two coal ash landfills in North Carolina

    Duke Energy plans to submit permits to construct fully lined on-site landfills at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, North Carolina and the Sutton Plant in Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • Two electric vehicle world records broken

    The electric vehicle (EV) coast-to-coast world record was unofficially broken by a team of 6 with an elapsed drive and charge time of just 58 hours and 55 minutes.

  • Blue Sphere closes on joint venture for biogas generation facility in Rhode Island

    Blue Sphere Corporation has closed on a joint venture with an affiliate of York Capital Management to develop, construct and operate a 3.2 MW biogas generation facility in Johnston, Rhode Island under the management of Entropy Investment Management.

  • EAWC Technologies builds waste-to-energy plant

    EAWC Technologies has signed an agreement with Tecnologias Verdes SA de CV, a private Mexican Corporation, to build the country’s first waste-to-energy (WtE) plant at the state of Chiapas.

  • Duke plans solar energy farm

    Duke Energy received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to construct a solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, North Carolina.

  • Washakie Renewable settles with DOJ

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) disclosed a settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy that resolves allegations that the company generated more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million.

  • Progressive Waste Solutions opens Canada’s largest natural gas facility

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. officially opened its renewable natural gas facility, the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America.

  • Bluesphere Corp. breaks ground on North Carolina waste-to-energy project

    Bluesphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, broke ground on both its first waste-to-energy project and new U.S. headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • CNG station to be built in Kansas

    TruStar Energy has been awarded the contract to design and build a large public access fueling station for CNG Energy LLC, to support Liberal, Kansas and the surrounding area.

  • Drax Biomass appoints Peter Madden as U.S. CEO

    Drax Biomass named Peter Madden as chief executive officer of U.S. operations.

    Madden brings nearly 30 years’ experience in the forestry industry and will play a critical leadership role as Drax’s workforce and investment in the United States grows. Madden will guide the overall strategy and oversee day-to-day operations in the United States.

    Madden most recently served as the vice president of renewable energy and supply chain for Plum Creek Timber Company. Madden began his career in forestry in 1988 as a field technician with the Westvaco Corporation in South Carolina. In 1992, he joined Georgia-Pacific Corporation where he held various positions.

    Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Clean Harbors signs agreement with Nuverra

    Clean Harbors, Inc., a provider of environmental, energy and industrial services, and Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc., a provider of environmental solutions to energy end-markets, disclosed that a definitive agreement has been reached, whereby Clean Harbors will acquire Nuverra’s subsidiary Thermo Fluids Inc. (TFI) for $85 million in an all cash transaction.

    Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, TFI provides environmental services in 21 U.S. states through a network of 36 permitted facilities. The company operates a fleet of trucks and rail cars in servicing more than 20,000 customers.

    Published in the May 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Desert Sunlight Solar Farm starts photovoltaic power plant operation

    U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell along with about 150 federal, state and local officials, and energy industry leaders, gathered to commission the 550 megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Desert Center, Riverside County, California.

  • PHG Energy acquires Florida waste-to-energy facility

    PHG Energy of Nashville has acquired multiple intellectual property assets and a municipal gasification plant in the bankruptcy of Florida based MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc.

  • Electric cars gain ground in vehicle rankings

    At, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released its 18th annual comprehensive environmental ratings for vehicles.

  • NextEra Energy Partners appoints Austin to board

    NextEra Energy Partners, LP has appointed Susan Davenport Austin to the board of directors of its general partner. Austin joins as an independent director and as a member of the board’s audit and conflicts committees.

    Since 2014, Austin has been a senior managing director with Brock Capital Group, focusing on strategic and corporate advisory services. In addition, she continues to serve as vice chairman of Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), where she has served in a leadership capacity since joining the company in 2002 as vice president of strategic planning and treasurer.

    Prior to joining SBC, Austin spent 10 years in investment banking. She was a vice president at Goldman Sachs & Co. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Austin worked for Bear, Stearns & Co. and Salomon Brothers Inc. on multiple financing and merger and acquisition assignments.

    Published in the April 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Alliance BioEnergy Plus adds to its board

    Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.’s shareholders elected the new board of directors at the annual shareholder meeting.

    Incumbent members Ted Chasanoff, Michael Bilodeau, Daniel de Liege and Mark Koch were reelected to the board of directors while Lt. General Mark Hertling (Ret.) and newly appointed chief executive officer David Matthews were added.

    Second-term board member Ted Chasanoff was elected chairman of the board in a subsequent meeting of the new board of directors.

    Retiring from the US Army in January 2013, Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling is now leading programs for Global Partnering, Physician Leadership and Health Performance Strategy at the innovative Florida Hospital in Orlando.

    Chasanoff is the managing director of CBIZ MHM, LLC, based in the New York office. Chasanoff has extensive experience providing accounting, business advisory, and mergers and acquisition services to both public and privately-held companies in various industries. He serves as the technology practice leader for the New York office.

    Published in the April 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Blue Sphere closes joint venture for biogas facility

    Blue Sphere Corporation closed on a joint venture to develop, construct and operate a 5.2 MW biogas generation facility in Charlotte, North Carolina with affiliates of York Capital Management.

    Under the terms of the joint venture, Blue Sphere owns 25 percent of the project and received an initial payment of $1,250,000 in cash at the closing with a second payment of $1,175,000 to be paid later in 2015 upon the project’s achievement of each of mechanical completion and commercial operation.

    Published in the April 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • North America’s advanced biofuel industry produced 800 million gallons in 2014

    North America’s advanced biofuel industry reached a production capacity of more than 800 million gallons in 2014, up from the previous year and almost double the capacity in 2011, according to a new market report unveiled by the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

  • Construction starts on gas-to-energy facility in Orange County

    Board chairman and Orange County 3rd district supervisor Todd Spitzer joined with area government and business officials to present details on the environmental and economic benefits to be gained from a renewable green energy plant at a county landfill.

  • Sims adds wind turbine at MRF

    Sims Metal Management (Sims) and its Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR) division unveiled New York City’s first commercial scale wind turbine.

  • Solar energy on landfills and brownfields continues growth

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    Solar energy generation on closed landfills and brownfields has experienced significant growth over the past few years.

  • Emerging opportunities: The growth of industrial waste heat recovery

    The three most common industrial waste heat management options are recycling within the same heating system, recovery of the waste heat to be used in other systems within the same plant and converting the waste heat to power.

  • San Jose celebrates food waste-to-energy conversion

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the city of San Jose celebrated the city’s successful food-waste-to-energy program at a tour of the nation’s first large-scale commercial anaerobic digestion facility, privately owned and operated by Zero Waste Energy Development Company.

  • Bigbelly Recycling bin useage up

    BigBelly Solar disclosed that the Alliance for Downtown New York recently undertook a major expansion of its use of solar-powered Bigbelly waste and recycling units. The Alliance through a public-private partnership with Vector Media increased the number of high-tech recycling bins from 16 to 174. In making the purchase of the units possible, Vector Media becomes the exclusive partner for the units’ exteriors.

    The Bigbelly stations allow for waste disposal, and recycling of paper or plastic and glass at each specified bin. Solar power drives the units’ compacting capabilities, while remote monitoring via wireless technology notifies staff when units require emptying.

    Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Weltec builds biogas plants in Greece

    German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower has built 7 stainless-steel biogas plants with a total capacity of 2.75 MW that Weltec has set up in Greece.

  • Project created for reused EV battery systems

    Satsumasendai City and Sumitomo Corporation have agreed to carry out a joint project on the Koshiki Islands to establish an effective use of reused batteries from electric vehicles (EV) as large scale power storage facilities and to promote renewable energy.

  • Progressive Waste adds natural gas powered trucks

    Progressive Waste Solutions (PWS) opened a natural gas fueling station in Coquitlam that services the largest fleet of natural gas powered waste and recycling collection vehicles in BC and Canada.

  • Republic adds 20 natural gas trucks

    Republic Services has added 20 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Springfield, Missouri area.

  • Major solar park inaugurated in Kingsey Falls, Quebec

    Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Mario Plourde, president and chief executive officer of Cascades, and Mathieu Chagnon, president of Rackam, inaugurated the Alain-Lemaire Solar Park, which will supply energy to Kingsey Falls.

  • Sunshine produces renewable energy in California

    Sunshine Gas Producers, a joint venture between DTE Biomass Energy and EIF Renewable Energy Holdings through its subsidiary Landfill Energy Systems, has started generating electricity from landfill gas at its recently constructed renewable energy facility at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar.

  • PWS revs up CNG conversion

    Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. (PWS) has added about 250 natural gas-powered trucks to its waste and recycling collection fleet since it announced its commitment in May 2013 to increase the number of compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks it purchases.

  • New waste-to-energy businesses in Italy created

    Reservoir Capital Corp. has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Saxa Gres S.r.L. to develop recycling, manufacturing, waste-to-energy and renewable energy businesses in Italy.

  • Software technology reduces fuel costs for refuse trucks

    “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This brainy notion from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures is often quoted by strategic planners to make a foundational point.

  • State of Hawaii funds BioTork ag waste biofuels initiative

    The State of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie presented a $1.6 million check on behalf of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) to the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center’s (DKI-PBARC) zero-waste biofuel and high-protein feed program on Hawaii Island.

  • TruStar Energy to build Kimble Recycling & Disposal fast-fill public CNG fueling station

    TruStar Energy has been contracted to build a public fast-fill CNG fueling station for Kimble Recycling & Disposal, Inc., in Canton, Ohio.

  • Bluesphere to convert emissions from landfills into clean energy

    Bluesphere Corp., a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, is pursuing a strategy to work in partnership with landfill owners to convert harmful methane gas emissions from landfills into electricity.

  • Ford’s Oakville assembly plant goes landfill-free in Canada

    The Oakville Assembly plant now sends no operational waste to landfills, an achievement that gives Ford Motor Company the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.

  • Lead batteries recycled to manufacture solar cells

    A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

  • SG Preston develops Ohio renewable diesel plant

    SG Preston (SGP), a bioenergy company, has planned development of a 120 million gallon renewable diesel facility in Lawrence County, Ohio. The SGP South Point facility will have total investment of $400 million, create 100 permanent jobs and be the world’s largest purpose-built producer of renewable diesel upon completion, estimated to occur in 2017.

    A key component of the facility’s development is the licensing by SG Preston of advanced process technology which has been successfully proven at commercial scale at other locations. This technology efficiently converts waste feedstock into renewable diesel, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no modifications. Moreover, this technology allows SG Preston to customize its biofuel offering by adjusting fuel characteristics to meet various operating environments (extreme cold or heat) of the end user without diluting energy content in the fuel blend. This technologically advanced process also delivers lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.

    Other partners in the project include the Lawrence County Economic Development Council, which is investing 62 acres in land and other incentives. The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and JobsOhio were also instrumental in securing the investment and technology to play a role in the future of southern Ohio.

    “For SG Preston, this is an important milestone and part of a larger vision of partnering with leading, global refining technology partners and local communities to develop a portfolio of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refineries targeting 1.2 billion gallons per year, or 20 percent of the federal RFS2 biomass-based mandate for biofuels,” said R. Delbert LeTang, chief executive officer of SG Preston.

    Pre-engineering studies for the facility are expected to begin in September 2014, with commercial operations targeted for 2017.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Jacksonville builds compressed natural gas station in Florida

    Champion Brands, a Florida beer distributor, broke ground on its public-private CNG station with partner Trillium CNG.

  • E-Pellets buys Georgia mill for wood pellet production

    E-Pellets, LLC has acquired the formerly shuttered Louisiana Pacific OSB mill in Athens, Georgia. The company plans to convert the mill into a wood pellet production facility, producing approximately 450,000 metric tons annually. The wood pellets will be exported to the European Union to be used as an alternative to coal as fuel in power plants.

    E-Pellets has a long-term port agreement with Georgia Kaolin Terminal, Inc., which provides E-Pellets sufficient port capacity to export up to 1.35 million metric tons per year of wood pellets through the port facility in Savannah, Georgia. E-Pellets previously purchased another underperforming production facility in Nahunta, Georgia and is expanding the production volume. All of the wood pellets are contracted to be sent to European power producers.

    Newly appointed chief executive officer Doug Albrecht leads a seasoned management team. Albrecht is the owner and operator of a major pulp, paper and forestry products company in South America. He is supported on the ground by Chief Operating officer Ken Ciarletta, logistic manager Mark Newhart, development by Ben Easterlin and general administration by Keith Hulbert.

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Food processors offset energy costs with scraps

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    Food processing facilities are beginning to look like potential early adopters of waste-to-energy recycling.

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    Awareness of the benefits of waste to fuel conversion continues to grow.

  • Wind power growth still surging where strongly supported

    Double-digit growth continued in the global wind market in 2013. Of today’s 318 gigawatts (GW) total generating capacity, 35 GW was added in 2013 alone.

  • RES Americas notified to proceed with construction of Pleasant Valley wind project

    Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) has received notice to proceed for construction of the Pleasant Valley Wind Project in Mower and Dodge Counties in southeast Minnesota.

    RES Americas is the developer and engineering, procurement and construction contractor of Pleasant Valley. The company successfully developed the project over a number of years in coordination with county and state officials and through the assembly of a landowner stakeholder committee to represent the community. Upon completion, RES Americas will transfer the project to Xcel Energy which will own and operate Pleasant Valley.

    The 200 MW project is comprised of 100 V100-2.0 MW Vestas turbines, 88 of which will be in Mower County and 12 of which will be in Dodge County. During the planning phase, RES Americas selected the turbine locations so as to preserve the site’s wetlands and other biological, natural and cultural resources. Construction of Pleasant Valley began in July 2014, with projected commercial operation in October 2015. The project is expected to employ up to 250 workers during peak construction.

    The project is expected to qualify for the Federal Production Tax Credit, and it is anticipated that it will generate nearly $950,000 in annual local tax revenue that will be split pro rata between the counties and townships.

    Xcel Energy estimates that Pleasant Valley will avoid up to 419,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The Vestas V100-2.0 MW turbine, launched in 2013, generates approximately 13 percent more energy than earlier models at medium wind speeds. It is expected that the cost of energy generated by the project will be competitive with or below wholesale power prices in the region.

    “The Pleasant Valley project is 1 of 4 new wind projects under development that will add 750 MW of clean wind energy to our Upper Midwest system,” said Dave Sparby, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. “These projects will lower our customers’ bills, offer protection from rising fuel costs, and provide significant environmental benefits.”

    RES Americas currently has more than 770 MW of wind and solar power under construction in the United States and Canada. The company recently completed construction on Canada’s largest wind project, the 270 MW South Kent Wind Project in Ontario, and Texas’ largest solar photovoltaic project, the 41 MW Alamo 1 facility in San Antonio.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • SunEdison brings solar power to India’s villagers

    SunEdison, Inc., a solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced a new project that will install 159 kilowatts (kW) of solar PV micro-grids with battery storage in six remote Indian villages, which will bring electricity to, and thereby improve health and education for, 4,875 off-grid people.

  • TMEIC wins Intersolar award for innovation in solar tech

    Every year, Intersolar Europe, the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, pays tribute to  the most innovative developments in solar technology.

  • Maine’s two largest utilities to develop transmission projects

    Maine’s two largest utilities have agreed to jointly develop electric transmission projects to enhance the strength and capacity of the state’s bulk power grid and improve access for new generation resources.

  • Inaccess to monitor Panama’s first utility-scale solar power plant

    Inaccess, a global provider of solar monitoring and control systems, has successfully commissioned its solar power plant optimization solution, insolar, at a 2.4 MW solar power plant in Sarigua, a desert region in Panama’s Herrera province.

  • TruStar Energy opens public CNG station for MSD fleet

    TruStar Energy, a designer and builder of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure, and the Muncie Sanitary District (MSD), have opened their first large public fast-fill CNG station.

  • Sungevity utilizes instant solar installation quoting tech

    Sungevity, Inc. has released technology capable of generating residential solar installation quotes instantly based on nothing more than a street address.

  • Astronergy gives PV to children’s hospital

    Astronergy donated 150kW PV panels to a solar system installed on a parking lot of a children’s hospital, Hospitl de las Californias, located in Tijuana, Baja California.

  • EPA names top organizations utilizing renewable energy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership released a list of the top 100 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar power.

  • Casella partners on solar project

    Borrego Solar Systems Inc. has partnered with Soltage Greenwood, a joint venture between Greenwood Energy and Soltage LLC to develop a solar project, launched by Casella Waste Systems on its Coventry, Vermont landfill site.

  • Bluesphere to build new waste-to-energy project

    Bluesphere Corp. (BLSP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a local developer

  • Enerkem launches new facility

    Enerkem officially inaugurated its first full scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

  • Honeywell UOP technology powers largest biofuel facility

    UOP LLC disclosed that its UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process technology is powering the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the U.S., capable of producing more than 130 million gallons of renewable diesel per year.

  • Eisenmann converts waste to compressed natural gas

    The design and engineering phase of CR&R’s anaerobic digestion project is in full swing.

  • Once maligned methane gas now an asset for energy production

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    Today, recycling methane gas is not only a growing source of energy generation, but also an effective means of preventing greenhouse gas from polluting the atmosphere and turning it into a valuable revenue stream.

  • Organics to energy facility opens

    Harvest Power opened the Central Florida Energy Garden, an organics management and renewable energy facility that is the first of its kind in the U.S., converting organic waste into renewable biogas and natural fertilizer.

  • First Wind makes $600,000 community benefit payment

    First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, has made the first payment to the town of Oakfield, Maine in the amount of $600,000 as part of the community benefit agreement.

  • Sunvault Energy acquires half interest in CleanGen Power

    Sunvault Energy, Inc. has acquired, through a share purchase agreement, 50 percent of CleanGen Inc.

  • SunEdison constructs 24 MW Cascade solar power plant

    SunEdison has completed construction of a 24 MW direct current (DC) solar power plant located in the California desert.

  • Crushmaster to expand into North America

    Crushmaster Ltd., a manufacturer of size reduction and processing equipment for the waste to energy and biomass industries, disclosed that it will expand its operation into North America.

    Crushmaster is in the process of opening a facility near Chicago, Illinois which will stock machines and aftermarket parts in addition to a material testing center. The facility will be staffed with personnel knowledgeable in the waste to energy industry.

    Published in the April 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • First Wind surpasses projected growth

    First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, has achieved record growth in 2013 by securing commitments for some 750 MW in new renewable energy projects.

  • Vermont biomass power plant denied approval

    In a final decision reached on the fate of the 35 MW North Springfield Sustainable Energy biomass plant proposed in Vermont, the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) denied the plant a certificate of public good

  • CNG fueling station opens for Denver’s garbage fleet

    TruStar Energy has opened Denver’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station