06.01.16: NAESCO Technology & Financing Workshop

NAESCO Technology & Financing Workshop June 1-2, 2016 - Louisville, KY Capturing Innovation without Sacrificing Performance: How Technological and Financing Choices Shape Project Development and Implementation Today GEM Energy to attend this dual track Technology and Financing Workshop that highlights the changes, challenges, and opportunities when designing energy efficiency projects today for tomorrow. Session highlights include: A regional report on state energy efficiency initiatives Capturing whole-building and system wide savings The economics of LEDs The financing community reassesses M&V requirements What does the Internet of Things Mean for energy efficiency? Can PACE transform the commercial market for energy efficiency? Another look at Off Balance Sheet Financing for public sector customers Managing ESAs for the commercial and industrial market Improving indoor air quality as part of an ESPC retrofit Will state-created Green Community Programs further incentivize development of EE and RE projects? >> Additional meeting info >> Online registration ...
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GEM Energy Completes Energy Upgrades For Two 100-year-old Downtown Toledo Buildings

The following article appeared January 14, 2015 on Business Energy. Read below, or view on the website. Toledo, Ohio (January 14, 2015) – GEM Energy, of the Rudolph Libbe Group, has completed energy upgrades for two downtown Toledo buildings which will turn 100 years old this year – the Toledo School for the Arts and the Toledo Club. (more…) ...
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Toledo Zoo Solar Ground Array

Re-Powering News: Toledo Zoo Solar Array

The following write-up appeared in the December 2014 RE-Powering News quarterly news digest. A 22-acre brownfield site north of the Toledo Zoo's main parking lot in South Toledo, Ohio, is now home to a 2.1-MW solar array that provides up to 30% of the zoo's electricity.  This project returns the former elevator factory site to productive use, generating clean energy while reducing blight.  The solar was designed, developed and built by GEM Energy of Walbridge, Ohio, which has a long-term contract in place to sell electricity generated at the site exclusively to the zoo. The solar installation supports the zoo's overall commitment to sustainable practices. Related initiatives include a wind turbine to power the parking lot booths, a solar walkway at the main parking lot entrance, and geothermal wells near the aquarium. GEM Energy worked with city and county organizations in a strong example of public/private partnership to repurpose the property.  "Before the solar development, the brownfield site was considered undevelopable," said as Jason Slattery, Director of Solar, GEM Energy. "Because it was in receivership, the site was considered a tax and utility liability. GEM Energy worked with the Lucas County Land Bank to reset the negative tax liabilities. GEM Energy then worked with the city and Ohio EPA on the contamination issues, establishing a base line status and allowing the property to be repurposed." ...
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The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

It's time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future "By 2020 – as the scale of (solar) deployments grows and the costs continue to decline – more than 80 percent of the world's people will live in regions where solar will be competitive with electricity from other sources." The following article, written by Al Gore, appeared June 18, 2014 in RollingStone. Read the full article on RollingStone's website. In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate and complete the transition to a low-carbon civilization. There will be many times in the decades ahead when we will have to take care to guard against despair, lest it become another form of denial, paralyzing action. It is true that we have waited too long to avoid some serious damage to the planetary ecosystem – some of it, unfortunately, irreversible. Yet the truly catastrophic damages that have the potential for ending civilization as we know it can still – almost certainly – be avoided. Moreover, the pace of the changes already set in motion can still be moderated significantly. (more…) ...
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