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Earth Day: 1 of 365

homepage-background-lagunaHappy Earth Day! Started in 1970, this is the 45th anniversary of a timeless truth: Waste Not, Want Not. This colorful day of clean-ups and celebrations is really about resource use. It’s one day out of 365 days to challenge ourselves to meet our needs and wants with as few resources as possible.

At Regatta Solutions, we work with manufacturers, breweries, data centers, hotels, hospitals, and other businesses with significant energy demands. These organizations have committed to investing in methods that meet their production or service goals with fewer resources. Whether driven by expense reduction or a desire to curb resource use, the result is an improved industrial ecology.

With each company that thoughtfully and strategically commits to efficiency in design, materials, and operations, fewer resources are taken from the planet, and less waste is pushed back at the environment. That’s worth celebrating!

So on this Earth Day 2015, we at Regatta Solutions applaud the decision makers who have accepted the resource challenge by:

 

These are the actions to model and the businesses to patronize.

Enjoy your day, and enjoy the challenge!

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Regatta Solutions Joins Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

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Regatta Solutions announced that the company has joined Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) as a Business Council Member. As a national association of business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable, AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy companies. Business Council Members participate actively in and influence the direction of AEE’s initiatives.

“As a provider of both power generation and demand side energy management, we are excited to join a group of like-minded companies working to transform the energy landscape,” noted Andrea Marr, VP of Energy Services at Regatta Solutions.

According to AEE, “Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid. It’s all the innovations that make the energy we use more secure, clean, and affordable.”

With global energy consumption projected to rise nearly 40 percent by 2030, AEE engages in policy advocacy at the federal, state, and regulatory levels and brings CEOs together to address cross-industry issues.

More information about AEE and its projects can be found on the website.

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Capstone Turbine Secures 3MW Order to Upgrade State-of-the-Art Glasshouse in South Australia

Dvine tomatoes on vineCHATSWORTH, Calif., Dec. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order from Optimal Group for three C1000 microturbines to upgrade D’VineRipe’s 27 hectare glasshouse located at Two Wells in South Australia.
Optimal Group, Capstone’s Australian distributor, secured the order, which is expected to be installed and commissioned in April 2015. Earlier this year, Capstone received an order from Optimal Group for fifty C65 microturbines with integrated heat exchangers for the launch of its microturbine based rental fleet. The D’VineRipe glasshouse project will increase the total amount of Capstone microturbine power in Australia to 18MW.
According to the National Farmers’ Federation, 99 percent of Australian farm businesses are family owned and operated. Agricultural commodities play a vital role in Australia, contributing to social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
D’VineRipe is one of the largest producers of glasshouse grown tomatoes in Australia. The facility is fully reliant on power from diesel generators to help produce quality vine ripened tomatoes for local markets. As a part of its Two Wells site expansion, D’VineRipe explored solutions that would both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide more reliable power. The benefits of implementing Capstone microturbines and the flexibility of the application made for an easy decision to switch from the facility’s aging diesel generator sets.
This Australian glasshouse uses Capstone microturbines for reliable power with low emissions.

This Australian glasshouse uses Capstone microturbines for reliable power with low emissions.

“We were attracted to the Capstone Microturbine technology with its ability to respond rapidly to load fluctuations due to its unique inverter based control system and onboard battery pack,” said Byron Mason, Project Manager for D’VineRipe. “The three natural gas powered C1000s will reduce our reliance on diesel, reduce our cost of power, and reduce our CO2 emissions. The Capstone Microturbine solution will be the backbone of our future power needs,” added Mason.
“Electricity prices in Australia have nearly doubled over the past few years,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “We see Australia and South America as potentially high growth markets as local businesses start exploring the economic and environmental advantages our microturbines offer over conventional reciprocating diesel generators,” added Crouse.
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Mark Gilbreth Speaks on CHP Association Resilience Panel

CHP Resilience Panel: Distributed Generation for Business Critical Facilities

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The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Association will host a moderated panel on CHP Resilience at its annual meeting on October 16, 2014. The panel will discuss the role CHP can play to meet resiliency needs for business critical facilities such as data centers. Moderated by Rick Tidball of ICF International, the panel will offer insights from Cherif Youssef of Sempra Utilities, Michael Lozano of the California Energy Commission, and Mark Gilbreth of Regatta Solutions, Inc. Together, they will address:

  • funding options
  • hurdles
  • hybrid uninterrupted power supply (UPS)
  • applications of distributed generation to California’s energy resiliency
  • other market segments that should be looking into resiliency capabilities.

If you have concerns and ideas about your facility’s vulnerability to weather-related outages and other grid interruptions, let’s set up a phone appointment. 


For more information on the CHP Annual Conference, visit the conference page.

 

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WEFTEC 2014: Cogeneration Q&A at Regatta Solutions/Capstone Booth.

If you’re attending WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (Sept. 27 – Oct. 1), you’re concerned about the management of your project’s water resources. Water and energy are deeply connected, and cogeneration technology can ensure that you get the most from both resources.

Microturbines powered by biogas or natural gas generate electricity onsite and reduce utility demand, costs, and risks. And with cogeneration, you get a second helping of efficiency. The turbine exhaust heat pulls double duty as:

  • Hot water generation
  • Water pre-heating
  • Waste water disinfection for safe discharge or recycling

Bring your questions about power, hot water, and cogeneration and speak with a Regatta rep while you’re at the WEFTEC exhibition. To ensure we connect, book an appointment!

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Capstone Turbine Announces Two-Megawatt CHP Order From Regatta Solutions to Upgrade Southern California Technology Innovation Firm

Regatta-C1000CHATSWORTH, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines to upgrade a technology innovation firm in Southern California.

Capstone’s distributor in California, Regatta Solutions, secured the two-megawatt order.

The technology innovation firm conducted an analysis of their energy usage and decided it was time to upgrade to a more efficient and reliable power generation solution. After comparing various technologies, the firm chose Capstone’s clean-and-green microturbines.

The primary criteria in the decision making process were reliability, availability, cleanliness, and cost savings. The two natural gas fired C1000 microturbines are dual mode, meaning they can operate independently of the grid or work with the grid in a load sharing capacity. This ensures the firm is receiving the lowest electricity cost available at various times of the day and year.

Additionally, the C1000’s will be operating in a combined heat and power (CHP) application. The clean exhaust from the microturbines will be captured via heat exchangers and will provide hot air and hot water to the facility. This boosts the overall efficiency of the firm’s energy usage to greater than 80%.

“High system resiliency and independence of the grid for secure power were key drivers for this project,” stated Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions. “The Capstone C1000 microturbine system provided the best solution for our client’s requirements of high availability and high energy efficiency.”

Because the technology innovation firm is located in Southern California, a state with some of the strictest emissions standards in the world, minimizing the environmental impact was an important factor in the decision making process. Capstone microturbines meet and exceed Tier 4 level emission standards with no exhaust after treatment. Reciprocating generator sets require bolt on exhaust after treatment equipment to meet these strict emission standards, adding to the first cost, lifecycle cost and footprint of the installation.

“Businesses are constantly seeking ways to enhance their core processes and become more efficient while simultaneously improving their bottom line,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “Capstone microturbines are the ideal solution, helping businesses achieve energy independence by providing reliable, efficient, and clean power at a lower cost than the local utility,” added Crouse.

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To read the original article or learn more about Capstone click here:
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=120708&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1963825&highlight

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2014 CHP Conference

Join the combined heat and power community for the CHP Conference in Los Angeles. New environmental regulations, an increased awareness of energy efficiency benefits, and a growing understanding of the key role CHP plays in the security and resilience of our infrastructure combine to make this conference a priority for anyone in the energy sector. If you are planning an energy project of any size or complexity, CHP should at least be on your short list of options. At this conference you can see why. You will meet with the experts from across the energy spectrum to understand how CHP fits into your energy puzzle. The conference will feature presentations from government officials, CHP users, NGOs, CHP manufacturers, utilities and more.

Visit the website for more information:  http://chp-conference.com/annualmeeting/

 

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Capstone C1000 Animation

The Capstone C1000 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system can be utilized to increase efficiencies and reduce operating cost. The Capstone C1000 consists of (5) C200 Microturbine engines being used to generate electricity and thermal energy to meet the facility needs. The waste heat from the turbines can be utilized for hot water, steam, chilling or air-drying applications. The system can work in parallel to the utility or if the utility goes down it can act as a back up system to protect any critical loads or processes from going down.

Regatta Solutions, Inc. offers full turnkey solutions from analyzing to see if your facility can benefit from a CHP system to the installation and servicing of your equipment to keep it running efficiently.

If you are interested in learning more, feel free to contact our main office and we will be happy to assist you.

Check out the latest video from Capstone:

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California Energy Commission Staff Workshop on Combined Heat and Power

news-cal-energy-commCalifornia Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to discuss the benefits, challenges, and practical solutions to incentivizing development of clean and efficient combined heat and power (CHP) resources in California. The workshop will include panel discussions on the values and benefits of CHP resources, as well as progress and barriers in developing those resources. Additionally, three recent papers will be presented that address many of the challenges to measuring the fuel and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions savings achieved when CHP resources displace conventional generation. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with an emphasis on these challenges. Regatta Solutions’ Steve Acevedo will be a panelist.

Monday, July 14, 2014
9:00 a.m.

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California

For more information:

http://energy.ca.gov/calendar/index.php?com=detail&eID=2130

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Regatta Supports AB 365 to support CHP Installations!

Sacramento_capitolRegatta Solutions supports Assembly Bill 365

AB 365 would relieve current and future clients with clean, onsite generation technologies from paying non-bypassable charges (NBCs)  on electricity that they generate.  The bill would only assess NBCs on electricity purchased from the grid .  This policy will enable more investment in  CHP projects generate clean, onsite electric generation that improve air quality, and reduce energy costs for all ratepayers.

 

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Sample Support Letter:

 

June 16, 2014

The Honorable Alex Padilla
Chair, Senate Energy, Utilities, and Commerce Committee
State Capitol Room 5046
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Senator Padilla,

________ would like to express our support for Assembly Bill 365 by Assembly Member Mullin which would eliminate barriers to the installation of clean, reliable, onsite electricity generation.  This bill would enable broader deployment of clean distributed energy resources which help meet California’s energy and environmental goals while reducing the cost of electricity for all ratepayers.

[INSERT DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/ASSOCIATION/ORGANIZATION]

Residential, commercial, and industrial customers, such as Company Name, are willing to invest their own capital to install clean onsite generation technologies.  However, nonbypassable charges applied to electricity produced and consumed onsite create an economic barrier to these investments.  As a result, ratepayers and the State do not get to realize the cost savings and environmental benefits provided by clean onsite generation.

Clean onsite generation technologies provide multiple benefits to the environment, electric grid, and ratepayers.  These technologies reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas and criteria pollution emissions compared to the grid.  They also provide much needed grid reliability and resiliency by reducing overall demand and providing backup for when the grid goes down.  Furthermore, since onsite generation reduces demand on the grid, it reduces the need for electricity generated by inefficient, dirty, and expensive “peaker” plants.

For all of these reasons, we strongly support AB 365 and urge your support when this bill is heard by your committee.

Sincerely,