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May 30, 2014
The SunSmart Program has installed solar power systems at schools designated as emergency shelters throughout Florida. | Photo by Amy Kidd
SEP Success Story: Florida's SunSmart Program Helps Provide Power to Schools When Storms Strike

This hurricane season, which officially starts on Sunday, the Sunshine State will be more ready than usual to recover from storms that wreak havoc, thanks to the SunSmart Schools and Emergency Shelters Program. Learn more.

April 23, 2014
Shreveport, Louisiana's first public heavy duty CNG fueling station officially opened on Earth Day. | Photo courtesy of Ivan Smith Furniture
SEP Success Story: Louisiana Company Makes Switch to CNG, Helps Transform Local Fuel Supplies

A Shreveport, Louisiana, company is switching to a locally-produced, cleaner source of fuel and helping other distribution fleets do the same. Learn more.

April 8, 2014
ZF North America used Alabama E3 funding to create a recycling program that saves more than $100,000 a year in trash pickup and landfill fees. Pictured here are workers in the Tuscaloosa location, which provides Mercedes with complete axle systems. | Photo courtesy of ZF North America, Inc.
SEP Success Story: Local Program Helps Alabama Manufacturers Add Jobs, Reduce Waste and Increase Profits

E3, a joint federal initiative between the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, USDA, the Small Business Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is helping manufacturing facilities increase competitiveness through efficient production processes, reducing waste, lowering costs, growing jobs and encouraging innovation. Learn more.

November 27, 2013
Diversified Power International President Tony Trigiani inspects a part at DPI's headquarters in Tennessee. DPI is expanding its engineering, development, and manufacturing operations to keep up with demand. | Photo courtesy of Chris Davis, Tennessee Solar Institute
SEP Success Story: Small Company Makes Big Changes to Boost Clean Energy Economy

Through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, Diversified Power International leveraged funds from the Tennessee Solar Institute, funded by the Tennessee State Energy Office, to provide high-level training to both its existing and new employees and upgrade its production facility. The upgrades included new equipment and new process lines, as well as energy efficiency measures. Learn more.

November 26, 2013
Thanks to the Energy Department, Delaware-based Brandywine CAD Design was able to breathe new life into a local historic building while saving on its energy costs. | Photo courtesy of Brandywine CAD Design.
SEP Success Story: Delaware Company Breathes New Life into Old Post Office Building

With the help of the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, Brandywine CAD Design, Inc. set out to create a new workspace. The long-term goal: qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating -- something that they hope to achieve by mid 2014. Learn more.

November 8, 2013
The Jackson County Welcome Center in Moss Point, Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved new rules that will help provide utility customers several pathways to increase energy efficiency. | Photo courtesy of Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
SEP Success Story: Mississippi Adopts New Rules to Save Energy, Money

An economic impact statement issued by the Mississippi Public Service Commission indicates new energy efficiency rules could potentially save the state’s consumers $2.3 billion by 2034 and create 9,500 jobs by 2030. Learn more.

October 1, 2013
This Halloween, keep energy vampires at bay -- while saving energy and money -- with these home energy efficiency tricks. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department
SEP Success Story: Warding Off Energy Vampires and Phantom Loads

Tennessee’s Office of Energy Programs (OEP) is working to wipe out energy vampires and phantom loads with its EDGE project, which could serve as a model for other energy efficiency projects throughout the country. Using Recovery Act funds made available by the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, OEP distributed Kill-A-Watt® Meters to program participants to measure “in use” and “standby power” of at least five of their devices or appliances at home or work. Participants then report their findings and pass the Kill-A-Watt® Meters on to others to use. Learn more.

October 11, 2012
During a yearlong renovation, Harding Charter Preparatory school upgraded lighting fixtures, installed a new heating and cooling system, and replaced the entry doors. The new doors allow daylight into the school and restore the historical building envelope. | Photo courtesy of John Winkel, Energy Department.
SEP Success Story: Transforming a Transformative School

Recently, Harding Charter Preparatory school undertook a yearlong renovation, making the school a more suitable environment for high school education, thanks to funding from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program. Learn more.

August 30, 2012
Energy efficiency upgrades -- such as geothermal heating and cooling, nanogel-filled windows, and lighting sensors -- will help the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research reduce energy use and save money. | Photo courtesy of the University of Kentucky.
SEP Success Story: Research Laboratory Experiments with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

This month, the University of Kentucky celebrated the completion of a newly constructed research laboratory, thanks to an investment from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Learn more.

August 2, 2012
With new pipes and controls, the natural gas kilns Highland Craftsmen uses to produce poplar bark shingles will operate about 40 percent more efficiently, saving the company $5,000 a year in energy costs. | Photo courtesy of Highland Craftsmen.
SEP Success Story: Back to the Basics of Sustainability -- Houses of Bark and Energy of Sunshine

Highland Craftsmen Inc., a small poplar bark shingle manufacturer in North Carolina, recently achieved the incredible energy efficiency milestone of net zero electricity use with funds provided through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Learn more.

July 23, 2012
Using its fiberglass technology expertise and a grant from the Energy Department's State Energy Program (SEP), Energetx Composites was able to shift its operations to producing wind turbine blades. | Photo courtesy of Energetx Composites.
SEP Success Story: Energetx Composites: Retooling Manufacturing, Creating Michigan Jobs

Capitalizing on its origins in yacht manufacturing, Energetx Composites recently re-tooled its operations and is now applying its well-honed fiberglass technology expertise to produce wind turbine blades. As a result of this shift, the company expects to create 300 jobs at its Holland, Michigan-based production facility over the next several years. Learn more.

June 28, 2012
SEP Success Story: Helping Wisconsin Small Businesses Increase Sustainability

The Wisconsin Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) is designed to implement sustainable business practices within small- and medium-sized manufacturers. Thanks to financial support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and funding from a grant from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, this specific program has been able to increase its outreach and support to local organizations. Learn more.

June 6, 2012
Pure Power, LLC makes products that allow truck engines to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. The company has increased their energy efficiency and hired new employees. | Photo courtesy of Flickr user ClatieK.
SEP Success Story: Fueling South Carolina's Clean Energy Economy

Through the Department’s State Energy Program, Pure Power Technologies, LLC, a Navistar company, used Recovery Act funding to increase energy efficiency while expanding plant operation and developing products that allow truck engines to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Learn more.

May 30, 2012
Betin Incorporated's generator converts gas from the plant's anaerobic digester into electricity. | Courtesy of Montchevré.
SEP Success Story: A Not-So-Cheesy Approach to Clean Energy Manufacturing

With investments from the Recovery Act, Betin Incorporated (the producer of Montchevre-brand goat milk cheese) recently installed a digester that transforms industrial waste into electricity. Learn more.

May 24, 2012
Green Launching Pad 2.0 awards ceremony with Secretary Chu, Gov. John Lynch, and UNH President Mark Huddleston held at EnerTrac, Inc., in Hudson, NH. | Courtesy of University of New Hampshire Photographic Services
SEP Success Story: "Green Launching Pad" Supports Clean Energy Small Businesses

A commercialization partnership funded by the State Energy Program – known as the Green Launching Pad program -- is a joint effort by the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning and the University of New Hampshire. Learn more.

April 18, 2012
Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman joins officials from Tennessee government agencies and the University of Tennessee at the official opening of the West Tennessee Solar Farm. | Energy Department photo.
SEP Success Story: Harvesting the Sun at the West Tennessee Solar Farm

The West Tennessee Solar Farm (WTSF) is the largest single funded project under the State Energy Program. At a capacity of five megawatts, the WTSF is also the largest photovoltaic installation in the State of Tennessee and the seven-state Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region. Learn more.

March 28, 2012
One of several Georgia convenience stores that improved lighting while saving energy and money. | Courtesy of Outlaw Consulting, Inc.
SEP Success Story: Lighting Up Georgia Convenience Stores

Convenience stores across Georgia are saving energy thanks to energy efficient lighting upgrades made possible by Recovery Act funds from the State Energy Program and the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Learn more.

March 12, 2012
Idle Free System's frame rail unit mounted onto the chassis rail of a truck. Idle Free produces battery-powered, idle-elimination systems that lower fuel costs and CO2 emissions while retaining power to a truck’s cab. | Courtesy of Idle Free Systems.
SEP Success Stories: "Idle Free Systems" Does Not Stand Idly by

Wisconsin-based Idle Free Systems received nearly $1.2M from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program to expand production of their idle elimination solutions through the Recovery Act, and expects to create 20 jobs from the investment. Learn more.

March 5, 2012
A robot works on crystalline solar cells at Wisconsin-based Helios USA, LLC. The opening of the manufacturing plant has supported 26 jobs and is projected to create a total of 50 permanent jobs in the state and was supported through a State Energy Program loan. | Courtesy of Helios USA, LLC.
SEP Success Story: Not a Long Time Ago in an Energy Efficient Galaxy Not Very Far Away

A manufacturer of crystalline solar cells has opened a new manufacturing facility for the assembly of solar panels by plant staff and robots in Milwaukee as a result of Recovery Act funds from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP). Learn more.

January 31, 2012
Last July, Governor Neil Abercrombie unveiled the first public charging station installed in the state capitol’s underground parking garage with the "Hawaii EV Ready" program. In 2011, rebates were approved for 237 electric vehicles and 168 chargers. | Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor.
SEP Success Story: Hawaii Gets 'EV Ready'

Hawaii is using $2.6 million in Recovery Act funds to six organizations charged with promoting, installing and deploying charging stations and electric vehicles across the state. By April 2012, charging stations across all counties will be installed, as part of the EV Ready grant program. Learn more.

January 25, 2012
The Arkansas Energy Office recently launched a Compressed Natural Gas Conversion Rebate Program, which provides incentives for fleets and individuals to purchase and/or convert their Arkansas-licensed vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG). | All Rights Reserved.
SEP Success Story: State Energy Program Helping Arkansans Convert to Compressed Natural Gas

The Arkansas Energy Office recently launched a Compressed Natural Gas Conversion Rebate Program, which provides incentives for fleets and individuals to purchase and/or convert their Arkansas-licensed vehicles to compressed natural gas. Learn more.

December 27, 2011
The public library in Esopus, New York, used Recovery Act funds to install two photovoltaic arrays expected to generate 31,200 kWh of electricity annually -- approximately 30 percent of the library’s electricity use and a savings of nearly $4,000 in energy costs each year. | Photo courtesy of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
SEP Success Story: Library Patrons in New York Check-Out Renewable Energy

In a hamlet on the Hudson River in upstate New York, two newly installed photovoltaic arrays at the local library are generating electricity, interest in renewable energy, and community pride. Learn more.

December 21, 2011
This is part of the holiday light display at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania's Brandwine Valley. This year, they commissioned an American-made 1.2 megawatt, 10.7-acre solar field as part of their goal to generate three megawatts of renewable energy by 2018. | Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens/W. Hill
SEP Success Story: Solar Field Powers Historic Garden Holiday Display

One of the most visited public gardens in the United States, and a popular attraction for elaborate holiday decorations, is now running on solar power thanks to help from the Energy Department. Learn more.

December 21, 2011
These two General Electric wind turbines, erected in January 2011 on the Frey Farm landfill adjacent to Turkey Hill Dairy's ice cream and sweet iced tea plant in Lancaster County, Penn., are expected to produce 7.5 million kWh of electricity annually. | Photo courtesy of Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.
SEP Success Story: Turkey Hill Dairy: Where Energy is Not Left Flapping in the Wind

Turkey Hill Dairy, the fourth largest producer of ice cream in the United States, uses wind power to produce its 26 million gallons of ice cream each year. Learn more.

December 16, 2011
Cows like these in Skagit County, Washington, supply the biodigester developed by Kevin Maas of Farm Power up to 70,000 gallons of manure per day. The newest Farm Power facility in Washington generates enough electricity to power 500 homes. Photo courtesy of sea_turtle.
SEP Success Story: Farming Out Heat and Electricity through Biopower

Kevin Maas developed an anaerobic digester and then a company around a biodigester that heats and processes dairy manure and other organic wastes in an oxygen-free environment. The biodigester is designed to induce digestion by bacteria and then collect the methane-rich biogas output by the bacteria. Learn more.