Philadelphia Energy Authority looks to BlocPower’s business model while leveraging $1 billion in energy efficiency investments

The Philadelphia Energy Campaign is leveraging $1 billion in public and private investment in energy efficiency and clean energy projects over the next 10 years. The Philadelphia Energy Authority is looking to BlocPower’s business model and success in New York City to inform their strategy as they develop the Philadelphia Energy Campaign and aim to create 10,000 jobs and return $200 million in cost savings to the local economy. Hear BlocPower CEO, Donnel Baird, speak with Katie Colaneri on WHYY (Philadelphia Public Radio) about how BlocPower brings together investors and cutting edge technology to help low-to-moderate income building owners realize energy and cost savings for their buildings. Listen to the full story here.

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Honored to have Donnel Baird on Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017!

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At BlocPower we are laser focused on developing tangible and accessible solutions to some of the most pressing clean energy and air quality challenges. And for most of us, this work is very personal.  Our co-founder and CEO, Donnel Baird, is honored to have our work recognized through Crain’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Read about how growing up in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood helped give Donnel the inspiration to start BlocPower. “I’ve been thinking about these ideas for 15 years,” he said. “Our goal is to be able to do this in every city in the country.” Check out the full article here.

Behind the Scenes: Celebrating Women in Technology

At BlocPower we are proud of the critical contributions women make to our company every day. Here we interview Shruti Sane, one of our Managing Project Engineers, to learn more about her innovative work at BlocPower and her experience as a women in technology.  Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Celebrating Women in Technology

BlocPower’s Chief Engineer talks Data Science on stage at IBM Interconnect 2017!

“The future for us is all about connecting the digital world to the physical world.”   -BlocPower Chief Engineer, Tooraj Arvajeh in his Keynote speech, March 21 on stage at the IBM Interconnect 2017 conference.  Watch the full video:

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Meet our CEO, Donnel Baird, proud to be a Grist 50 Fixer

Our CEO and Co-founder, Donnel Baird, was selected by Grist Magazine as one of 50 Fixers for 2017!  “The world feels pretty broken right now. That’s why we need Fixers — bold problem solvers working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck…

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Check Out BlocPower’s New Mobile App at IBM InterConnect 2017!

BlocPower will be featured in a Keynote at the IBM InterConnect 2017 conference in Las Vegas this week! On March 21 our Chief Engineering Officer, Tooraj Arvajeh, will be on stage at InterConnect to announce BP Analyze, the new mobile application we have been developing with our partners, IBM and Harmony.

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Behind the Scenes: Developing Time Series Databases at BlocPower

As a software developer and an undergraduate student from the University of Waterloo, I had been looking for interesting companies where I could intern. As chance would have it, BlocPower was hiring database developers, and as I researched BlocPower, I realized I would be able to do great work here. Luckily, after interviewing with the principle data architect and CTO of BlocPower, I got matched to BlocPower. Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Developing Time Series Databases at BlocPower

Data-Driven Solutions for Our Mission-Driven Organization

BlocPower’s engineers recently asked the question: What tools exist that enable us to quickly apply different machine learning techniques to the data we collected when conducting energy audits of 300 buildings?  And how can we use this tool to predict all of New York City’s energy consumption? Read on to learn how we partnered with IBM for the answer. Continue reading Data-Driven Solutions for Our Mission-Driven Organization

How is this New York in Winter?

It’s difficult to ignore the moderate days. The out of ordinary days. The days where you step outside and think, “How is this New York in the winter?” Although in the coming weeks it seems as if the weather will return to its normal, icy self, one cannot ignore the chilling “anomalies” of warm weather that are growing in relevancy and concern. The primary issue with brushing off the ubiquity of climate change is that more often than not, it leads to inaction.  

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Carbon Dioxide Levels BlocPower Recorded in a Bronx School Building in 2016

In November 2016, the Environmental Blog posted an article titled “How Our Environment Can Affect Our Health,” a piece that highlights how bettering the environment affects humans in a fundamental way, our health.

The author, John Tarantino, includes notes that frequently reminding people that soil quality and the well-being of animals are negatively impacted by pollution and climate change is not enough to drive change or cause citizens to speak up. Tarantino goes on to discuss the way human health is altered by environmental contamination, including air quality. This is a problem because the emissions of carbon and fossil fuels create prolonged air pollution that can turn short-term effects like asthma attacks into long-term issues like shortened human life spans and cancer. Only recently have agencies and organizations begun to look into this matter, which is encouraging because now a deeper, more profound conversation is happening about greenhouse gas emissions and air quality.

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Particulate Matter Levels BlocPower Recorded in a Bronx School Building in 2016

BlocPower actively works to combat climate change and improve human health. We are creating the Bronx Healthy Buildings Fund, a program that will enable building owners in the Bronx to install energy efficiency retrofit projects that also improve air quality. These retrofits will protect building occupants from health risks like the asthma attacks that currently plague the borough. BlocPower does this through our holistic evaluation of buildings. For example, rather than replacing an expensive boiler in a building, our engineers calculate how multiple building systems like heating and cooling interact with variables like light entering through windows of a building. Our models maximize energy savings while reducing the total cost of completing a building retrofit.

Working at BlocPower is fulfilling for this reason, I know departments from finance to business development are working tirelessly on models and techniques to fund energy retrofits and aid those living in overlooked social and environmental conditions. If you would like to read more about Tarantino’s article, here is a link from his environmental blog page, and once again here is my own blog which I mentioned in my recent post.

-Kayvon Gorji, Technology Intern, BlocPower

 

Behind the Scenes: Working as a Data Scientist at BlocPower

I am truly excited and honored to be a data scientist at BlocPower. BlocPower offers me the chance to work in the most exciting job in the 21st century. In my role at BlocPower, I implement data analytics, machine learning and big data to solve building science and energy challenges.

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