Energy Department to Fund Efficient Lighting Projects

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department announced May 4 that nine research and development (R&D) projects will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development and U.S. manufacturing.

The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products that can significantly reduce overall U.S. energy consumption and save consumers money.

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Eiffel Tower Installs Wind Turbines

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower in Paris is going green with new wind turbines that will help produce electricity.
New York-based UGE International installed two on-site wind turbines at the Eiffel Tower as part of a renovation and upgrade to the first floor of the monument. Located above the second level for its wind conditions, the turbines are now producing 10,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, equal to the power the Eiffel Tower’s first floor would typically use.

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Field Museum Achieves LEED Gold

CHICAGO — The Field Museum in Chicago was awarded LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB O+M) on March 16.

One of the world’s largest natural history museums, The Field Museum is one of only two museums in the U.S. that has earned LEED-EB O+M Gold certification. It is believed that it is the oldest museum building to achieve LEED.

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NRG Energy Breaks Ground on Sustainable Headquarters

PRINCETON, N.J. — NRG Energy has broken ground on its new headquarters in Princeton, which is being described as an ultra-green, grid-resilient complex.

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Arlington to Debut Net-Zero Energy Elementary School

ARLINGTON, Va. — Measure the soon-to-be-completed Discovery Elementary School in Arlington against nearly any other school in the region, and the differences will quickly become apparent. Where a traditional school would likely feature energy-hogging boiler and chiller systems and a veritable fleet of florescent lighting, the $35 million Discovery Elementary School has chosen another approach for its debut in August 2015. Instead, the facility will rely on a number of energy-efficient systems projected to earn it net-zero energy status.

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