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Diode Ventures Announces Financial Close of Its First Greenfield Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Project

Once constructed, Grizzly Ridge solar installation will help serve increasing demand for renewable energy in Texas
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 16, 2021 /3BL Media/ - To help address growing demand for solar energy generation in the southwestern U.S., Diode Ventures (Diode), a Black & Veatch company that develops global infrastructure projects, announced today that has reached financial close on the Grizzly Ridge Solar Project, a nearly 140-megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar field located in Hamilton County, Texas. The project was co-developed with RKB Energy, LLC (RKB).

Shining a Light on Heritage

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A rich history stretching back more than 300 years disappeared beneath dense undergrowth when, in the 1970s, the inhabitants of a remote Hakka village abandoned it to move into urban areas or abroad.

Now, half a century on, Mui Tsz Lam in Hong Kong’s northeastern New Territories has sprung back to life after villagers and their descendants lovingly rescued it from the clutches of nature and recruited the help of CLP to reconnect it to the electricity grid.

Tetra Tech's Ernesto L. Diaz Discusses Using Ecological and Nature-based Engineering for Coastal Risk Reduction and Sea Level Rise Adaptation

Building resilient coastal communities and infrastructure
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Ernesto L. Diaz is Tetra Tech’s Caribbean regional manager based in Puerto Rico and a lead coastal and marine scientist specializing in risk reduction, shoreline protection, and development of sea level rise adaptation strategies using ecological and nature-based engineering approaches.

Black & Veatch Analysis of Carbon-Neutrality Projects Informs Sacramento Municipal Utility District's 2030 Zero Carbon Plan

Leader in decarbonization planning assessed a range of zero-carbon generation projects for SMUD in detailed utility analysis
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 26, 2021 /3BL Media/ – Zero-carbon technologies, including carbon capture, energy storage, hydrogen, solar and wind, will allow the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to achieve its goals of zero-carbon emissions in its electricity supply by 2030, finds a recent analysis by decarbonization solutions leader Black & Veatch.

Big Mac, Small Footprint

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Fast food and green living aren’t concepts that always sit comfortably together – but in Australia, one of the world’s biggest corporate names has created a landmark in sustainability.

McDonald’s last year joined hands with EnergyAustralia to build a restaurant in the Melbourne suburb of Melton South that is powered entirely by renewable energy.

EnergyAustralia installed 68 450W solar panels and an inverter on the restaurant in the space of just two months, and is purchasing green electricity to meet its annual demand for 42,500 kilowatt hours (kWh).

FedEx Awards $600,000 to 12 Nonprofits Dedicated to Addressing Climate Challenges

$50,000 grants distributed across six regions worldwide to organizations advancing sustainable solutions
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MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 25, 2021 /3BL Media/ – FedEx Cares, FedEx Corp.’s global community engagement program, recently announced that 12 nonprofits will each receive a $50,000 USD grant in recognition of their work in advancing sustainable solutions to improve the environment.

As part of the Priority Earth Global Grant Program, FedEx team members reviewed a list of remarkable nonprofit organizations around the globe. Close to 3,000 employees participated, helping to select the two nonprofits from each of the six regions that will be awarded a $50,000 grant.

Tetra Tech's Ridge Robinson Discusses Using Water Resources Economics to Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Public Infrastructure Investments

Applying economic principles to understand the benefits of infrastructure improvements to remote Alaskan communities
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Ridge Robinson has more than 30 years of experience in the water resources economics field and has worked on more than 200 water resources projects around the globe. Since joining Tetra Tech in 1998, Ridge has served as senior economist on many projects evaluating the merits of public infrastructure investments, including flood risk management, coastal storm risk management, navigation, ecosystem restoration, hydropower, and water supply. His project activities have included risk assessment and economic cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analyses for water resources projects.

Heidlersburg Enters Service As Enbridge Continues to Blaze Solar Self Power Trail

2.5-MW Pennsylvania facility will provide power for our Texas Eastern Transmission natural gas system
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Like the morning sun on a summer day, Enbridge’s solar self-power program is rapidly on the rise—and starting to look like the proverbial scorcher.

On May 15, the 2.5-megawatt Heidlersburg Solar Project in Tyrone Township, PA entered service, with its 8,190 solar panels now supplying a portion of the electrical power required to run Enbridge’s Texas Eastern Transmission natural gas pipeline system, which moves the natural gas that heats homes, hospitals, businesses and schools up and down the Atlantic seaboard.

Climate Impact Optimization in Concrete Bridge Construction

How to construct climate smarter versions of standard bridges
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This article was first presented at the 39th IABSE Symposium—Engineering the Future—in Vancouver, Canada, September 2017.

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Tetra Tech's Richard Czlapinski Discusses Using Nature-based Solutions to Address Climate Change in Coastal Environments

Designing resilient coastal solutions to help minimize impacts of climate change
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Richard Czlapinski is a senior coastal engineer and project manager for Tetra Tech’s Center of Coastal Services in southeast Florida and has more than 45 years of experience specializing in shoreline protection and coastal restoration projects. He is a Diplomate in Coastal Engineering as certified by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE). ACOPNE is subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and offers advanced technical specialty certifications. Richard served as President of the ACOPNE Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2013.

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