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Carolina CAT Power Systems leads solar farm project in North Carolina

| Renewable Energy

Carolina CAT Power Systems, a provider power generation equipment, parts, and service, has completed the final stages of construction for a new 10-acre solar farm in Shelby, N.C. Continue reading

USGBC CEO to step down in 2016

| Materials

Rick Fedrizzi, co-founder of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has announced that he will step down from his position as CEO at the end of 2016. Continue reading

SPI partners with SPE to produce Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo

| Waste

Washington, D.C.-based SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has signed a three-year agreement with SPE and its Plastics Environmental Division (PED) to co-promote and develop technical information for the Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo. Continue reading

MetoKote adds electrocoating technology to two plants

| Materials

MetoKote Corp., a custom coating applicator based in Lima, Ohio, has added electrocoating (e-coating) technology at its Sheffield Village, Ohio, and Sumter, S.C., plants. The new Powercron® AdvantEdge™ technology by PPG Industries is a high-edge, cationic-epoxy product formulated with a proprietary metal-free catalyst that eliminates the need for dibutyl tin and other scarce or restricted heavy metals as catalyzing agents.

The e-coating technology is designed to provide high protection of cut, stamped, or formed edges on complex metal parts. It cures at temperatures as low as 320 degrees F to help reduce energy use and related carbon emissions. It also offers a smooth film appearance and corrosion resistance. Continue reading

Lockheed Martin’s 2.26-MW solar carport in Oldsmar at construction midpoint

| Renewable Energy

The first phase of the solar carport at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training facility in Oldsmar, Fla. – – the largest private, nonutility-owned solar array – – is completed, and phase two construction is underway. Continue reading

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