Antares to speak at the 2015 CNYSHE Healthcare Conference

On June 1, 2015, Jim Olmsted from Antares will be a panelist on the Energy Sustainability Panel at the 2015 Healthcare Conference to be held at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.  The panel discussion will discuss energy sustainability topics applicable to healthcare buildings including incentive opportunities for energy projects.  To attend the conference or for more information on the 1 day conference, please visit

ANTARES Offers Complimentary Solar Energy Site Assessment Service

ANTARES Group Incorporated (“ANTARES”), Lanham, MD announced the launch of a free, web-based service intended to spur nationwide development of rooftop and ground mounted solar PV systems in the commercial/industrial sectors. Chris Lindsey, a Principal in the company, stated, “We kept getting calls from organizations that wanted help understanding if there was any real potential for developing solar projects at their site. The cost of a full-blown feasibility study is often a barrier to further discussions, and a simpler analysis is all that is usually required to keep good projects moving forward. Since we have gotten very good at offering feasibility services to our clients, we decided that we could offer a free assessment to help interested parties determine if their site has the potential for development. We also plan to pair that analysis with our industry contacts to help get more projects moving.”

Completing the initial data request form only requires entering a few important facts about a particular site. Unlike “do-it-yourself” websites, an ANTARES staff member with expertise in solar project development will analyze the supplied data and return a customized report. ANTARES has indicated that their analysis will be completed and returned within approximately two business days. The report is presented in a graphical format that is easy to understand and will indicate the site’s development potential and provide customized recommendations.

Organizations or individuals wishing to use the new service may go to the company’s website – 

ANTARES is an engineering and project management company exclusively dedicated to clean energy technologies. The company was established in 1992, and its clients include private companies, state/federal governments and a variety of non-governmental organizations.

For more information:
Christopher Lindsey,
(301) 731-1900 ext. 16
4500 Forbes Blvd, Suite 410
Lanham, MD 20706

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Happy New Year!

As this is the first blog posted by ANTARES in 2015, I would like first to wish all of our blog subscribers a Happy New Year. The start of a new year is a time of reflection in any industry, but as a sector filled with projections, this is especially true for energy. While there is much left to do to secure a fully realized sustainable energy future, considerable progress has been made in recent years. Specifically, I am very happy to note that in 2014 renewable sources accounted for nearly half of all new electrical generation. It is somewhat surreal to recognize that wind and solar now represent a meaningful part of the U.S. energy supply (follow this link for a playful treatment of these facts). There are many reasons for this, but renewable energy sources are now penetrating into markets that are well beyond “ideal” southwestern resource locations. Massachusetts, for example, installed more than 350 MW of solar power in 2014 according to a recent report produced by GTM Research and SEIA.

Perhaps even more important, many of these gains are being made despite the very low price of natural gas-a tough competitor under any circumstances. I don’t know what future gas supplies and prices will bring and with the likely reduction of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) starting in 2017, there is a lot of room for speculation on where the market will be in the coming years. However, the momentum gained in the past few years by solar and wind are a good sign that a balanced, sustainable energy future which is built on the back of renewable energy is more than a “side case” in those energy projections.

For the staff at ANTARES, 2014 was an exciting year filled with helping clients develop solar energy projects, reducing industrial energy use, supporting government agencies meeting ever tightening mandates and surging interest in large-scale bioenergy projects.  We hope for more of the same in 2015 and the continued success of those working hard to make renewable energy projects happen

Join Antares in a Discussion about Farm-Based Anaerobic Digesters

Antares engineer Clair Hessmer is part of team that will be hosting a seminar at the New York Fair Grounds for farmers interested in learning more about anaerobic digesters. The details of the event are below. If you know someone who may like to attend, please pass on this post. Thank you.
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Meet ANTARES at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Conference

ACEEEIf you’d like a chance to meet us in person, Antares will be represented at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) conference in Niagara Falls, NY in July 2013.

Jim Olmsted, one of Antares’ senior engineers, will be leading the “Planning for the Next Generation” panel. Sara Aaserud, a renewable energy engineer and one of our bloggers, will also be attending. If you have a project you’ve been considering or just some questions about renewable energy or energy efficiency, Jim and Sara would be happy to talk. Either find them during the conference or email Jim or Sara to set up a meeting time on one of the days of the conference.

Register for the conference here:

We hope to see you there!

Antares Listed as a Top Small Business Partner in 2012

We are proud to be included as one of VSE’s top teaming partners for our work with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. An excerpt from the press release is provided below:

Alexandria, Virginia, January 25, 2013 – VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) hosted the 3rd Annual VSE Small Business Partner of Choice awards on January 23rd, 2013. The ceremony honored five small business teaming partners who have made significant contributions to company revenue, and the overall quality of support to our Federal customers. Nominees were judged on quality, delivery, performance, product support and customer service.

…Energetics Incorporated – Antares Group, Inc. is an engineering and project development firm located in Landover, MD. Antares focuses on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects and serves public and private sector clients. Energetics is currently a subcontractor to Antares on a Flexible Technical Assistance Program (FlexTech) IDIQ contract for the New York State Energy and Research Development. “We are extremely pleased to partner with Antares Group on a number of opportunities for the State of New York, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the New York Power Authority, and the U.S. Department of Energy,” said Energetics President Nancy Margolis. “Based on our long history of working together, we have forged a level of trust that enables our two companies to provide consistent and exceptional service to our customers. We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with Antares in 2013 and beyond”….

You may read the full press release by visiting the following link:

Antares Staff Published in Energy Engineering Journal

We’re happy to announce that an article by one of ANTARES’ biomass heating and CHP experts, Jim Olmsted, has recently been published in Energy Engineering (Vol. 109, No. 6). “Biomass CHP and Thermal Projects for Federal Facilities” provides a wealth of information for federal and state agencies that are considering biomass projects; it could be very useful for commercial or institutional-scale project developers, too.

The paper’s abstract and purchasing information are available here:

If you are considering a CHP or thermal project, whether biomass- or natural gas-fired, we’re available to help. As always, please contact us or visit our website to learn more.

ANTARES in the News: Supports Development of Biomass Power Project

ANTARES recently participated in the ground breaking ceremony for a biomass energy plant to serve customers of the Griffiss Utility Services Corporation (GUSC), with both heat and power using biomass, specifically locally sourced wood chips. See the news coverage here courtesy of WKTV Utica.

ANTARES has been working diligently on this project since  it’s inception and is now serving as the owner’s engineer.  You can find more information about the project from GUSC and stay tuned to our blog for updates as the project progresses.

Antares Speaking at 2012 Northeast Biomass Heating Expo

The Antares team is excited to announce that we’ll be presenting at the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo taking place in Saratoga Springs, New York from March 21-23.

In particular, one of our senior engineers, Jim Olmsted, will be a panel member for the breakout session titled, “Biomass CHP – The Next Big Thing.” It will take place on Thursday from 3:15 – 5pm. Jim and the other panel members will discuss the feasibility of biomass CHP for commercial and industrial facilities, as well as some examples of current projects in the Northeast.

For more information on the event and a complete list of speakers and panels, visit

ANTARES News: Biomass Logistics Project Featured on

The U.S. Department of Energy has featured on its homepage a biomass logistics project for which Antares Group is a significant contributor. Our project is the one featured in the photo and mentioned with respect to bale handling equipment. ANTARES has many years of experience in biomass feedstock handling and logistics and we are proud to have the work done by our team featured so prominently.

Direct link to the article: “What in the World Are Feedstock Logistics?”

A blog post on the project is in the works, so watch for that in the coming months.