Sierra Nevada brewery installs 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack system

January 18, 2017 by  
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Sierra Nevada Brewing company just installed 500 kilowatts/1 megawatt-hour of Tesla Powerpack batteries at its Chico, California brewery. The Powerpack energy storage system is being used by the craft beer maker for peak shaving (reducing energy purchased from the utility company during peak demand hours) during the energy-intensive brewing process. Sierra Nevada can brew 1.4 million gallons of beer onsite at a time. The beer company is powered by solar energy — 10,751 solar panels on rooftops and the parking lot generating 2.6 megawatts of solar electricity, the largest onsite solar installation of any US brewery. The facility also includes two megawatts of Capstone microturbines. The battery storage system, solar array and microturbines allow the company to offset 20 percent of its annual electricity usage. Related: Tesla to power Gigafactory with world’s largest solar rooftop installation The Powerpacks are designed for utilities and businesses while the Powerwalls are made for residential usage. Both the Powerpack and the Powerwall is assembled at the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada. Tesla recently began large-scale battery production at the Gigafactory. Tesla is also building a massive 20 megawatt/80 megawatt-hour Powerpack system at Southern California Edison’s Mira Loma substation in Ontario, California — the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is upbeat on the energy storage industry, saying recently that the commercial and residential stationary battery storage market will “have a growth rate probably several times that of what the car business is per year,” calling it a “super-exponential growth rate.” + Sierra Nevada + Tesla Via The Verge Images via Sierra Nevada

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Stellar Townhomes are Lake Tahoe’s answer to the energy-efficient mountain house

March 31, 2016 by  
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Visionary architect Zaha Hadid dies suddenly at age 65

March 31, 2016 by  
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Severe Drought Hits Nevada’s Cattle Ranchers

March 3, 2014 by  
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Image via Shutterstock As a crippling drought continues to sweep the west, Northern Nevada’s ranchers are being forced into tough financial decisions: sell their herds or risk bankruptcy. Farmers and ranchers in the region depend on native grasses and alfalfa to feed their cattle, but the water that once flowed freely from the Sierra Nevada snowpack has been scarce. In addition to the western drought, extreme weather has spelled catastrophe for the supply of cattle across the nation and driven beef prices to historic highs. Read the rest of Severe Drought Hits Nevada’s Cattle Ranchers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alfalfa , beef prices , california drought , cattle herds , cattle ranchers , hay , historic drought , joe glauber , nevada drought , nevada ranchers , northern nevada , sierra nevada mountains , sierra nevada snowpack        

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paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

March 3, 2014 by  
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Artist Michael Rakowitz designed a smart urban shelter that uses excess heat from building HVAC systems to keep the homeless warm. Inspired by Bedouin tents that respond to different kinds of desert winds, The ‘paraSITE’ shelters are simple, effective and cost under $5. Over the course of 17 years, Rakowitz has built at least 60 shelters in various cities he’s lived in and plans to develop this project further. Read the rest of paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design for homeless , homeless shelter , humanitarian design , HVAC heat shelter , hvac systems , inflatable structures , inflatable urban shelter , Michael Rakowitz paraSITE , paraSITE plastic shelter , plastic bags shelter , temporary urban shelters , Urban design        

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America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012

April 19, 2013 by  
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LightStructure: Ingo Maurer’s New Geometric LED Lamps Are Suspended by Power Rods

April 19, 2013 by  
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Ingo Maurer is a world-renowned creator of innovative and highly artistic lighting installations that use completely custom mechanisms, minimized connectors, and unexpected materials. His latest LightStructure collection, unveiled during Milan Design Week at the Euroluce exhibition , dazzled onlookers by making a highly technical product into an inspiring object of desire. What makes LightStructure so amazing is that the lines that suspend each tubular LED light bar also provide power without any additional connectors or wires. Read the rest of LightStructure: Ingo Maurer’s New Geometric LED Lamps Are Suspended by Power Rods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly , Euroluce , green lighting , Ingo Maurer , LED , LightStructure , low voltage , Milan , Sustainable        

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MGM Grand Announces Plans to Build a $100 Million New York-Style Park in Las Vegas

April 19, 2013 by  
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Long gone are the days when  Las Vegas casino owners booked the Rat Pack and did whatever was necessary to keep patrons at the gambling tables. With the arrival of Cirque du Soleil, family-friendly venues, spas, and world-class restaurants, Sin City has reinvented itself as a vacation destination for a broader swath of the public. This Thursday, Jim MurrenCEO of the  MGM Grand , announced that he will be investing $100 million to create a New York-style park and promenade outside of its Monte Carlo and New York-New York casinos. Bringing a little East Coast landscape architecture out to the desert, he hopes to counter the long-held mindset of keeping visitors close to home base. Read the rest of MGM Grand Announces Plans to Build a $100 Million New York-Style Park in Las Vegas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery park city esplanade , brooklyn bridge , ceasars palace , cirque du soleil , cooper robertson & partners , hershey’s chocolate world , jim murren , las vegas , las vegas boulevard , monte carlo , new york city , new york-new york , rat pack , shake shack , sin city , tropicana avenue , zuccotti park        

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Big Squirreltail Evolves to Fight Off Fiery, Invasive Cheatgrass

February 12, 2011 by  
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Big squirrel tail, left, not to be confused with Big squirreltail, right. Photos via Tomi Tapio and Matt Lavin Nicknaming plants.

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