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February 27, 2014 – Denver, Colo. – Students attending Ecotech Institute, the only college entirely focused on renewable energy and sustainability training, can now receive industry certification from three distinct national standards development and credential organizations. This provides Ecotech Institute graduates the best foundation possible to immediately make an impact in their field.
Ecotech Institute students have the opportunity to graduate with certifications from North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and Building Performance Institute (BPI).
These designations expand graduates’ career opportunities. For example, the BPI certification ensures that new professionals interested in careers in state-run energy efficiency and weatherization programs are qualified for these positions, since many of these programs require the BPI certification. Read More…
SEATTLE (February 27, 2014)—Today 3TIER®, a Vaisala company and global leader in renewable energy assessment and forecasting, announced the public release of wind and solar annual averages from its global datasets as part of Google’s Map Gallery launch. Through its collaboration with Google, 3TIER is excited to make this contribution to the global community and vastly improve access to wind and solar resource information by making it freely available to both researchers and the general public in Google’s popular and widely used platform.
Until today, gaining access to high quality global wind and solar resource information from a reliable, consistent source was not an option for most people. This information is vital to a wide variety of fields, from energy development, infrastructure, efficiency, and policy planning to agriculture and conservation. However, it is often beyond the budgets of the non-profits, NGO’s, and public agencies conducting this important research. For example, it will support individuals like energy consultant, Allison Archambault, and conservation geographer, James Oakleaf.
OutBack Power Unveils GridZero Energy Balancing, Advanced Battery Charging to Maximize Solar Power Investments
OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power and mobile applications, today announced that three newly available additions to its Radian family of inverters will include GridZero energy balancing technology to ensure users get the most out of their solar power and energy storage investments, regardless of how incentives, utility policies and grid rates might shift. The new Radians and a fourth existing Radian, all designed for global markets, now also feature Advanced Battery Charge profiles for compatibility with lithium-ion and other advanced battery chemistries coming into wider usage, as well as lead-acid. Together, OutBack Power Radian inverters’ GridZero and advanced battery charging capabilities eliminate buyer uncertainty caused by changes in energy policy and give buyers the confidence to invest in solar today with a “future-perfect” system. Read More…
Liberty Lake, Washington-based smart utility meter maker Itron has scored another, international win, saying today that it has won Gaz reseau Distribution France (GrDF), the main natural gas utility and 100 percent-owned subsidiary of GDF Suez for its Smart Gas Meter project. The project will create smart metering excellence in France to benefit GrDF customers, improve operational efficiency and create jobs.
Originally published on Clean Technica
Via Motors has now named Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of GM, its chairman of the board. Lutz, who has served as a board member for a while, will be taking the place of retiring Carl Berg, according to the company website. Berg remains VIA’s biggest shareholder.
Lutz’ automotive career has spanned decades, first starting at GM in the 1960′s, then moving to BMW, Ford, Chrysler, and Exide.
In 2001, Lutz returned to GM, helping to play a vital role in the Chevy Volt’s birth, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle which ranks now as one of the top-selling EVs on the market. He retired from GM in 2010, only to join the VIA Motors board in 2011.
“Mr. Lutz brings with him a passion for the evolution of the automobile, and decades of experience from his tenure in top executive positions at each of the world’s leading auto companies,” said VIA Motors CEO John Weber.
“I believe VIA is electrifying the right end of the business and is implementing a very sound business strategy,” said Lutz.
“If we are going to see main stream adoption of electric vehicles, the technology must deliver a good return on investment to the largest segment of the auto business, namely trucks, vans & SUVs. That’s why I am so confident in VIA and I’m pleased to serve as Chairman,” he said.
An “enigma” in the world of cleantech because of his progressive views on electric cars combined with claims that global warming is a crock, Lutz a few months ago said electric trucks, not cars should have hit the market first.
With the “ultimate car man” leading the helm of a “game changer” like VIA Motors, expect to hear a lot about this company in the very near future.
BOTHELL, WA – Clean water technology company HaloSource, makers of well known HaloKlear brand of products for environmental treatment and HaloPure brand of drinking water purification products, announces the appointment of Jeanine Willis as the company’s new Human Resources Director. Ms. Willis brings over 20 years of HR leadership to the company with broad experience gained from her time in the biotechnology, healthcare, and service industries. Ms. Willis joins us from the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute where she led the human resources team and partnered with colleagues across the organization to hire and develop outstanding researchers while building a culture of open collaboration. Ms. Willis has a Bachelors Degree in Speech Communications from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Management from Antioch University.
“Jeanine will be a key member of our Leadership Team, bringing a solid background of leadership experience in the HR arena as well as a great deal of related industry experience. This will help us enormously as we work together to continue to evolve and drive our global strategic plans.,” said Martin Coles, CEO of HaloSource.
Nitze-Stagen and Daniels Real Estate have announced they’re launching a venture capital firm in Seattle to invest in sustainable products and services used in the building industry.
Everett, Wash. – Take advantage of Snohomish County PUD incentives to save money on energy bills and improve your home’s comfort! The utility can help you with great deals on heat pumps, duct sealing and insulation, efficient windows, lighting and more. Heating and weatherization programs are available only for electrically-heated homes.
Heat Pump Incentives
Install a ductless heat pump this year, and you’ll get a rebate of up to $1,200. These units not only reduce your PUD bill, but they improve your home’s comfort by providing even heating and cooling. Customers can also receive $2,000 to $2,500 for converting from electric resistance heating to a ducted heat pump system.
Upgrades from single-pane to double-pane windows carry an incentive of $8 per square foot and $6 per square foot for upgrading metal frame double pane windows. The PUD also provides incentives, for upgrading the insulation level in your homes attic, floor, wall and ducts. Read More…
Washington Clean Technology Alliance members Salinas Construction and Nyhus Communications were listed in the top 24 Fastest-Growing Minority Businesses in Washington State by the Puget Sound Business Journal. The rankings were based on growth between 2010 and 2012.
Salinas Construction, a civil construction firm specializing in concrete slipform paving, was ranked 16th. Revenue for the period grew over 85 percent with 2011 revenues exceeding $15 million. The company is based in Mukilteo.
Nyhus Communications ranked 24th on the list. Nyhus offers communications and advocacy strategies and services. Revenue grew over 61 percent during the period to more than $4 million. The company is based in Seattle.
Source: Puget Sound Business Journal, December 6, 2013.
Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has acquired 3TIER for US 14.7 million. Going forward the two companies’ combined expertise will bring an integrated suite of renewable energy assessment, forecasting, asset optimization, and measurement solutions to customers around the globe.
3TIER will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Vaisala, so customers will still interact with 3TIER as they have in the past. And they can expect the same industry-leading forecasting and assessment services 3TIER is known for, now and in the future, only made stronger by the resources and depth of experience from Vaisala.
To learn more about the acquisition, please read Vaisala’s Press Release. 3TIER encourages any customers with questions about this announcement to reach out to their 3TIER representative.