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Schneider Electric ESS Receives Awards for Top Product and Top Project of 2019

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Schneider Electric’s Energy & Sustainability Services (ESS) announced today that it has received a double honor from Business Sector Media, publisher of Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today, under the company’s 2019 awards program. The company announced this week that ESS has received both the Top Product of 2019 award for its renewable energy-focused NEO Network™ and Top Project of 2019 award for its Advanced Visualization Hack Challenge done in collaboration with client, Procter & Gamble.

Partners in Purpose: Symantec Employees Build a Sustainable Business

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change advises that failing to take urgent action to keep temperature rise below 2°C will result in untold negative impacts.

In response, Symantec has set science-based targets, and have engaged their employees to help reduce the company's GHG emissions by at least 2.8% each year through 2033.

See more from Symantec here.
Video produced by Kate Finegan

Kimberly-Clark Switches on One of Singapore’s Largest Solar Roofs

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Kimberly-Clark switched on one of Singapore’s largest solar energy installations at its manufacturing facility in Tuas, which produces Huggies diapers and Huggies baby wipes. The 7,730 photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof will generate 3.5 Gigawatt hours of clean energy, enough to power up a thousand 3-bedroom HDB flats for a year.

Announcing the 2019 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Winners

By Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs
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Today, in our third year of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, we are proud to be recognizing a new group of young entrepreneurs who are creating cutting-edge, technology-based solutions capable of solving some of the world’s toughest challenges.

Innovation Gets in the Weeds Under Solar Panels

College students in Florida design robots to cut grass beneath hard-to-reach solar panels
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Solar power plants provide many benefits but at least one perpetual challenge: How do you keep grass under the panels from growing too high?

Mowers with traditional blades can damage equipment. Hand-held weed-whackers are a labor-intensive solution. Even the sheep tried at one small site behaved unreliably.

So why not innovate and let engineers-to-be address this question for college credit?

Consumers Energy Chief Sees Solar Future in Michigan

By Jim Malewitz
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Patti Poppe likes to joke about the bumper sticker she once stuck on her Chevy Volt electric hybrid car: “I ♥ coal.”

These days, the sticker sits in Poppe’s office at Consumers Energy’s headquarters in her hometown of Jackson. It’s a symbol of her personal evolution on climate change — and the transformation she’s leading at Michigan’s largest natural gas and power provider.

$13M Apartment Complex Breaks Ground in Downtown Jackson

By Taylor DesOrmeau
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JACKSON, MI – Crews have broken ground on a new apartment complex after three years of discussion.

The $13 million development, called The 200, includes plans for 86 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments on four floors. It’s on pace to open in spring 2021, said Kevin Thomson of Jackson Downtown Partners, developer of the complex.

The city is giving over the land for $1 and Consumers Energy is incorporating the project into its Jackson Smart Energy District.

Plans for complex include solar panels on the roof and energy efficiencies throughout.

SCE | Fighting Climate Change Through Higher Education

SCE, University of California and California State University partner on an innovative pilot to reduce greenhouse gases.
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The University of California, California State University and Southern California Edison have a common goal: lead the fight against climate change. That’s why they are collaborating on a Clean Energy Optimization Pilot.

HARC Joins Forces With Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to Support Sustainability Research and Regional Green Building Leadership

—Green Mountain Energy Sun Club® Donation Funds HARC’s Next Step Toward Becoming First Net Zero Energy Commercial Building in Texas—
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HOUSTON, May 14, 2019, /3BL Media/ – HARC and Green Mountain Energy Sun Club leaders celebrated the completion of a sustainability project signifying a major step towards the organization’s goal of achieving a highly regarded net zero energy (NZE) status, which would make the HARC headquarters in The Woodlands the first commercial building in Texas to accomplish the feat.

SCE Procures 195 Megawatts of New Clean Energy Resources in Ventura, Santa Barbara Areas

Energy storage, demand response projects submit successful bids to meet customers’ local reliability needs by 2021.
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ROSEMEAD, Calif., May 20, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Southern California Edison announced that it has signed seven contracts for 195 megawatts of battery-based energy storage resources to meet local capacity requirements in the Santa Clara sub-area of its electrical system.

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