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‘B Corp’ Mightybytes grades the greenness of your website

A 15-year veteran of Chicago’s tech community, web-design and video-production house Mightybytes, Inc., is designing technology to help businesses go green — a grading process to tell companies whether they are operating a “sustainable” website. The “sustainable website grader,” set for launch on Earth Day, …

Innovator: Harness city’s wind

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Energy-renewal innovator Beth Thomas is passionate about the possibilities of expanding “green” energy in urban environments, and she sees Chicago as a gold mine.

Channahon eyed for wind energy station

CHANNAHON — Wind energy harvested from western states will be routed through Morris and Channahon substations and converter stations under plans by Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners. A representative of the firm explained the concept to the Channahon Village Board this week. Electricity in the …

Not heating the neighborhood

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Energy efficiency is out-performing glacially slow bank lending and home buying to provide jobs and more livable rental housing in South and West Side neighborhoods, as Chicago’s Energy Savers program is proving. The Chicago-based program is enabling landlords to invest in building upgrades that cut …

App tracks energy savings

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Want to brag about how you’re pinching pennies by reducing your ComEd bill? There’s an app for that. The app, downloadable for free through Facebook at https://social.opower.com/, lets people nationwide, including ComEd customers, import their energy use data, see how their energy use compares with …

West moving ahead on geothermal system at Smith Elementary

AURORA — Plans are moving forward on a proposal to create a geothermal heating and cooling system for Smith Elementary School. The West Aurora School Board this week discussed hiring a firm to install the system for $1.3 million. Smith was chosen as the location …

Restaurants following NCC’s lead in food scrap composting

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Those last couple of cold fries or that bit of bread crust you leave on your plate the next time you patronize a downtown Naperville restaurant might be worth something. Food composting, the next green frontier, depends on those scraps. Several restaurants in the retail …

Chief hopes flex-fuel vehicles will help earn $200,000 alternative fuel grant

CROWN POINT — Police Chief Pete Land wants to be able to take advantage of a potentially almost $200,000 in free E-85 fuel so this year’s vehicle purchases are all flex-fuel. Land received approval Wednesday from the Board of Public Works and Safety to move …

Powers Energy garbage-to-ethanol plant takes a few steps forward

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LOWELL — Plans for the proposed $330 million Powers Energy trash-to-ethanol plant in Schneider appear to be gaining some momentum. Powers Energy and the landowner are expected to reach a deal on a purchase agreement in about a week. Powers is also in negotiations with …

Porter County approves first solar facility

VALPARAISO — Portage Township is getting the county’s first solar farm. The Porter County Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved the plan Wednesday for Portage Solar LLC, which calls for solar panels on about 11 acres at the southwest corner of Robbins Road and North …

Phillips Chevy opens charging station

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Phillips Chevrolet in Frankfort has added an electric vehicle charging station that is free and open to the public.

Hobart council expedites solar farm project

HOBART — Emergency action taken by the City Council on Wednesday night will allow a Minnesota company to have a public hearing on its solar farm proposal at the March 1 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. The council declared an emergency and approved an ordinance …

Company seeks to bring solar panel farms to Northwest Indiana

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A Minnesota-based company sees a golden opportunity for solar farming in Northwest Indiana, courtesy of the sun and NIPSCO initiatives. Ecos Renewable Energy has proposals out for solar panel farms in Hobart, Merrillville and Portage Township. The plans are similar in nature, and if approved, …

Frankfort 'Curiosity' shop feeds creativity and inspires

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FRANKFORT — Three years ago, when Jan Sabey opened Evilena’s Red Dresser, an upscale furniture and consignment store in Frankfort, she did so in the spirit of her 94-year-old aunt, the ultimate example of repurposing and recycling. Sabey recently launched a new product line, Cathrine’s …

Hobart planners favor solar-power proposal

HOBART — A Minnesota company is moving forward in its quest to operate two solar electric generating facilities in Lake County. The Hobart Plan Commission on Thursday voted to give Hobart Solar LLC a favorable recommendation to the Board of Zoning Appeals to build 4,576 …

W. Dundee to switch some traffic lights to LEDs

WEST DUNDEE — In an effort to go more green, the village will partner with the Illinois Department of Transportation to replace the traffic signals on Routes 31 and 72 from incandescent bulbs to LEDs. IDOT officials said the LED lights will lower energy consumption, …