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(San Francisco, CA)—February 23, 2015—Hotel Nikko San Francisco recently installed two Capstone C65 (65kW) microturbines to increase energy efficiency by simultaneously generating electricity for the building’s power and thermal energy for the hotel’s hot water supply. Known as Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or cogeneration, the exhaust heat captured from the microturbines is transferred to heat exchangers to be converted into thermal energy for hot water production.

The two low-emission, natural gas powered microturbines will generate over 1,000,000 kWh of electricity annually plus up to 830,000 BTU/hour for the building’s hot water needs. The microturbines are grid connected and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified. The system provides energy and hot water for the 25 story, 532-room hotel which features luxury suites, abundant meeting space, restaurants, a 140-seat entertainment venue, indoor swimming pool, and a fitness center.

The cogeneration system was sold and commissioned by Regatta Solutions, Inc. of San Juan Capistrano, CA. Regatta Solutions is the West Coast distributor of Capstone Turbine. Mark Hauenstein of Technical Designs, Engineer and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Project Administrator, provided project management for Takenaka Corporation (U.S.A.), the general contractor for the property. Installation was provided by Accu Temp Air.

As a nine-time EPA Energy Star Award Winner, Hotel Nikko maintains a long list of green initiatives that include water conservation, recycling, and composting. The cogeneration system allows Hotel Nikko to achieve several additional goals beyond reducing energy costs. With Capstone microturbines, the hotel can now maximize operational efficiency, as CHP requires less fuel to produce a given energy output. Producing power on-site also avoids transmission and distribution losses associated with traditional power generation. As a result of burning less fuel to produce each unit of energy, the CHP system will reduce both air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. From a facilities standpoint, the microturbine system minimizes risk and decreases exposure to utility rate increases.

“The microturbine performance is part of Hotel Nikko’s overall strategy to reduce both our energy usage and carbon footprint,” noted Mr. Hauenstein.

The Capstone C65 microturbine is a UL2200/UL1741 approved package with integrated turbine and power electronics that uses natural gas to produce electricity and low emission, usable exhaust heat. The microturbine uses this fuel to produce electricity in parallel with the utility grid as supplemental higher efficiency power. Integrated Combined Heat and Power (ICHP) modules connected atop the microturbine units capture exhaust heat and convert the thermal energy to produce hot water. Heat Exchanger controls maintain the required outlet water temperature.

“Hotel Nikko’s environmentally conscious leadership should be a model for every hotel as this smart power project adds to its legacy as a premier facility serving the city of San Francisco,” says Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions.

I have a cogen question.

About Regatta Solutions, Inc.

Regatta Solutions enables success for a cleaner tomorrow. As the exclusive Capstone Distributor covering California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, the company provides solutions for oil and gas, data centers, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage production, property management, landfills, digesters, waste water treatment, and utilities. Superb after-market service is available with Capstone’s “bumper to bumper” Factory Protection Plan. Regatta Solutions is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.


For more information:

Michelle Haynes, Director of Marketing

Regatta Solutions, Inc.

(949) 350-5335  |

Regatta Solutions

27122 Paseo Espada, Suite 901

San Juan Capistrano, Ca 92675

Andrea Marr

Andrea Marr

(San Juan Capistrano, CA)—February 18, 2015—Regatta Solutions, Inc. the West Coast distributor of combined heat and power (CHP) solutions, announced that it has acquired Wedge Consulting, the Costa Mesa-based energy efficiency and strategic sustainability firm. The acquisition brings several services in-house to the clean technology company, including bench marking, retro-commissioning, and energy analysis for complex buildings such as laboratories and data centers.

Wedge Consulting was founded by energy engineer and US Navy veteran Andrea Marr. Previous projects include systems optimization at academic facilities, CPUC validation work, and energy systems component integration at several high technology companies. Regatta Solutions delivers combined heat and power (CHP) applications providing high energy efficiency with reduced operating expense for its clients. The addition of Wedge Consulting’s audit knowledge will give Regatta an expanded set of offerings that will help justify and qualify new CHP systems for incentives.

“The acquisition of Wedge Consulting represents one massive action that maximizes the pursuit of our company vision as the ‘go to’ leader in innovative, clean energy solutions,” says Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions.

Regatta Solutions also announced that Andrea Marr has joined the company as Vice President of Energy Services. Ms. Marr brings extensive experience in the energy sector. Prior to founding Wedge Consulting, she served as a program manager and commissioning engineer, overseeing the implementation of energy efficiency projects for clients including the California Institute of Technology. She has also designed and installed wind turbines and solar panels in rural communities in Nicaragua that lacked access to the national electric grid. As a member of the Truman National Security Project, Andrea writes and speaks about energy from the perspective of both an industry insider and as a veteran.

In 2005, Ms. Marr graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and subsequently served as the Gunnery Officer on two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and as a Nuclear Engineering Officer for a third deployment. She holds an M.S. in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University where her final coursework focused on the success and failures of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building program. She was a 2013 recipient of the White House Champion of Change award for her work in energy as a veteran. Ms. Marr is a licensed professional engineer.

About Regatta Solutions, Inc. 

Regatta Solutions enables success for a cleaner tomorrow by delivering combined heat and power (CHP) applications in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The company provides solutions for oil and gas, data centers, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage production, property management, landfills, digesters, wastewater treatment, and utilities. Superb after-market service is also available. Regatta Solutions is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation’s energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.


Energy Efficiency and Infrastructure Upgrades: A New Financing Approach

Written By: Jonathan Pickering, Managing Director, K2 Clean Energy Capital, LLC

One of the main barriers for businesses to implement CHP energy efficiency projects is the scarcity of capital. Often projects with all but the shortest of returns are delayed. This blog post introduces an exciting new financing approach which eliminates the need for capex budget and can immediately improve net operating income (NOI). The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is now fully operational in California and available for cogeneration projects. PACE leverages the property equity and provides up to 20-year financing for the upgrades through an assessment on the property taxes.

Cogeneration  microturbines can be financed with PACE, enabling an immediate NOI improvement for the building owner. Image: Courtesy of Capstone

Cogeneration microturbines can be financed with PACE, enabling an immediate NOI improvement for the building owner.
Image: Courtesy of Capstone

Highlights of PACE Financing

  • Financing is secured against the property valuation and not the business.
  • Zero cash down, Terms up to 20 years. No corporate guarantees.
  • Off-balance sheet. Immediate benefit to Net Operating Income (profitability)

The long term of the PACE financing lowers the semi-annual payments such that the energy cost savings and incentives realized from the upgrade projects can often turn the projects cash flow positive. In addition, the PACE bonds are off-balance sheet and are transferable when a property is sold.

Using PACE for Cogeneration

For cogeneration applications, we size the system to the consumption of gas per year. We recently reviewed a case in which the customer was using a gas boiler to heat a large swimming pool year round. The energy costs savings using a 65kWp cogeneration system were:

  • Savings
    • Electrical Savings: $36,400/year
    • Heat Savings: $45,700/year
  • Costs
    • Cogen system running costs: $53,500/year
    • Annual PACE payment: $25,800/year.

After the SGIP rebates and various tax deductions, the project is cash flow positive every year and saves over $60,000 in year one for a total of $450,000 of savings in ten years.

The PACE program has been in development across the nation for several years and is now established in California. Approximately $100 million of commercial PACE deals have been financed in the US in 2014 and we expect over $300 million of commercial PACE deals in 2015. K2 Capital is developing a number of cogeneration projects and actively working with Regatta Solutions, Capstone Turbine’s West Coast Distributor. With 20 year PACE financing, the projects are cash flow positive every year – immediately improving net operating income.

PACE is available for a large range of improvements in addition to cogeneration, including LED lighting, HVAC and controls, cool roofs, elevators and windows, as well as solar PV and solar thermal technologies, EV charging stations and building control systems.

Case Study Resources

Constance Pasadena

The dusitD2 Constance Pasadena qualified for
$6.85M in PACE financing. The project was completed in September, 2014.


About K2 Clean Energy Capital

K2 Clean Energy Capital, LLC, is a California-based engineering company with expertise in renewable energy generation, storage, and energy efficiency. K2 works with contractors and manufacturers on project development and provides turnkey PACE financing. We are accredited by the LA Better Building Challenge and executed the largest PACE project in the US in 2014.

We can be reached at or by calling:

  • Jonathan Pickering, Managing Director (408) 893-8321
  • Steve Tsu, Managing Director (408) 348-0980
  • Susan Wise, VP Business Development 512 773 5098

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Feb. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation ( (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received a follow-on order for five C800 microturbines for another phase of the Los Ramones pipeline project in Northeastern Mexico.
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In addition to this order, Industrias Energetícas, Capstone’s distributor in Mexico, secured the initial order for the pipeline project in December 2014, which consisted of six C800 microturbines and sixteen C30 microturbines.
Considered to be the backbone of Mexico’s natural gas system, the Los Ramones pipeline project is part of the Mexican Energy Reform, designed to improve the gas supply in the central part of the country. The first phase of the pipeline will be approximately 114 km in length and provide a capacity of 2,100 MM
cfd, and the second phase will be approximately 740 km in length with a capacity of 1,430 MMcfd.

Five C800 high-pressure natural gas microturbines will supply power to two compression stations. The microturbines will act as the primary energy source for these remote sites and require minimal maintenance. This ensures a steady and reliable flow of power to the stations while keeping emissions low. Capstone microturbines align perfectly with the needs of oil and gas producers and can be used in all phases of production including upstream, midstream, and downstream operations in both onshore and offshore applications.

“With a free-market energy policy in place, natural gas development in Mexico is poised for substantial growth,” said Juan Carlos Hernandez, President of Industrias Energetícas. “Capstone microturbines were the clear choice for providing power to this multi-billion dollar project where reliability is critical,” added Hernandez.

“The follow-on order helps to further solidify Capstone microturbines as a preferred solution for oil and gas producers,” said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Turbine. “As I outlined in our February 5, 2015 earnings call, Mexico is becoming a significant market for Capstone products as a result of the Mexican Energy Reform. I also outlined on the call how I believed that Capstone’s previous awards positioned us well for the future phases of the project,” added Jamison.

Information on Capstone Turbine, as well as the original press release, are available at the Capstone Turbine website.



Steven Acevedo, President and CEO, Regatta Solutions, Inc.

Peter Moore, Principle Engineer, Yorke Engineering, LLC.

Peter Moore, Principle Engineer, Yorke Engineering, LLC.

The Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference, or EUEC 2015, will hold its 18th annual conference at the San Diego Convention Center on February 16-18, 2015. The event features nine tracks on environment and energy security projects and technologies.

The Renewable Energy track features five sections on distributed generation. Peter Moore, Principle Engineer at Yorke Engineering, and Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions, will present a session on Microturbine Distributed Generation and Permitting Update.

Topics include:

  • CARB distributed generation certification regulation
  • Permitting components
  • Emission limits
  • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) HRA guidelines
  • Average project payback times
  • Incentive programs
  • Project sizing
  • Overcoming hurdles to permitting, logistics, and financing.


For questions regarding the presentation or meeting at the conference, contact Michelle Haynes, Director of Marketing for Regatta Solutions, at (949) 350-5335 or MHaynes @

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