Clean Energy

Ominous winds blow, but offshore efforts hold steady

By GREGORY ZELLER // President Trump is tapping the breaks on offshore-wind development, but the burgeoning billion-dollar industry is still poised to reset environmental and economic barometers. That’s the word from world-class energy guru Robert Catell, chairman of the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, who’s staying calm in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration is delaying permits for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, until such time that the administration…

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Cold start: With $25M round set, ThermoLift ices test

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based heat-pump innovator has completed a rigorous round of prototype testing – and, in the process, crushed a series of critical U.S. Department of Energy performance standards. ThermoLift, headquartered at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, announced Tuesday that it’s wrapped up testing of its innovative, refrigerant-free natural-gas air conditioner and cold-climate heat pump technology…


FuzeHub brings clean-gen Build4Scale workshops to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // A U.S. Department of Energy training program that schools burgeoning energy-hardware manufacturers on prototyping and manufacturing is coming to Long Island. FuzeHub, a nonprofit networking organization serving as the vital cog of New York State’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has scheduled its first Long Island-based Build4Scale workshops, designed to equip energy innovators with the necessary knowledge to create manufacturing-ready prototypes, avoid costly redesigns and play nicely with large-scale manufacturers. With the Trump…


With clever new focus, hope floats at Energystics

By GREGORY ZELLER // In the movies, the hero routinely saves the world in a single bound – but in real life, getting there often requires many smaller steps. Such is the lesson learned by innovator Reed Phillips and his Stony Brook-based startup Energystics Ltd., which has always favored the slow-and-steady route but is now laser-focusing on a particular vertical that Phillips hopes will prove a gateway to much bigger things, and that right quick….


North Carolina firm snags Shoreham solar farm

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 25-megawatt Suffolk County solar farm has a new out-of-state owner. Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of North Carolina-based electric power holding company Duke Energy, has completed its acquisition of the Shoreham Solar Commons project – officially, a 24.9-MW facility located in the Town of Brookhaven, on the site of the former Tallgrass Golf Course. Duke Energy Renewables acquired the farm – which as of July 1 began providing power to…


In Holtsville, a crowning clean-gen achievement

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s food-and-beverage king has completed an ambitious solar installation promising royal benefits – for itself, and for the regional power grid. Along with its partners at New York City-based EnterSolar, major league distributor J. Kings Food Service is celebrating its new 771-kilowatt rooftop solar installation, permanently affixed atop the 44-year-old titan’s Holstville headquarters. The distributor and the circa-2005 energy company were set to commemorate the solar system’s completion with a…


Clean-gen investment firm shines in megawatt deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // Alternative-generation startup CleanCapital has announced its second major solar acquisition in one month – another impressive forward step for the innovative New York City-based online marketplace for clean-energy investing. CleanCapital’s second solar acquisition of the season comes from G&S Solar, a New York-based developer that builds, develops and operates solar systems in numerous Northeast states. The additional portfolio of 10.2 megawatts comes less than a month after CleanCapital announced the acquisition…