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VSECU Goes Solar!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Clean Electric, Community Solar, Solar, Solar New in VT | 0 comments

VSECU Goes Solar!

 Over the past three plus months, the Soveren team has been working on a 500kW Solar PV ground installation in Guilford, VT. The power from this project is going to offset the utility bills of the Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) branches across VT. Yesterday, October 25th, was the ceremonial “throwing of the switch” on site. With representative from Soveren and VSECU present, as well as the Brattleboro Reformer and the Commons, we celebrated this landmark event for both institutions. This is Soveren’s biggest installation to date and represents months of innovation and creative investments. We are thrilled to work with VSECU, a local not-for-profit credit union,  and to do our part make their dream of going solar a reality. You can read their full article...

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Solar Roadways Pave The Way For The Future Of Infrastructure

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Solar Roadways is a concept which could potentially change the game for the renewable energy industry; by incorporating solar into already cleared land which currently is paved, the available space for solar roadways has already been mapped out and the usage for the space as such is unlikely to change. Virtually every parking lot, paved sports court, road, driveway, etc., could potentially be replaced with this technology. The LEDs within the panels are programmable and can be changed on demand to create a new configuration. Solar roadways have the potential to revolutionize our infrastructure by creating power, melting snow or ice on the road using an integrated heating element –eliminating the need for plowing–, and providing instantaneous road layout changes and messages as needed for construction, fallen debris, obstacles in the road, or simply reconfiguring parking.   Solar Roadways, the company producing the solar roadway product, started in 2006 and debuted their first installation in a public square in Sandpoint, Idaho.   Read More Here:...

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China’s Solar Market Continues To Boom

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Clean Electric, Solar | 0 comments

 China continues to plow forward installing solar to meet its ever increasing energy demands, having installed over 15 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2015, however it is yet to be seen whether this trend is economically sustainable. Much of China’s solar capacity is installed but not yet online, and the country continues to build additional coal-fired power plants despite having the some of the most polluted air of any country. Currently their total installed capacity sits around 43 gigawatts, making them the leader internationally of installed capacity. The government is aiming to install 15-20 gigawatts of solar per year as part of their next 5-year plan. By 2020 China aims to have 140 gigawatts of installed solar. To put that into scale, the  total installed solar capacity worldwide is expected to reach 321 gigawatts by the end of this year. Installations continue and production is ramping up, but some experts have concerns that the market may be becoming oversaturated with production that exceeds global demand. Read More Here:...

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Worlds Largest Solar Array In India

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 India has been seriously gearing up their renewable energy installations lately, and its no surprise that India — as the worlds second most-populated country — would house many impressive sized arrays. Gautam Adani, an Indian business tycoon, recently dedicated the world’s largest solar array to the nation of India itself. The array clocks in at 648 MWs of installed capacity, enough to power about 64,000 average US homes. Impressive! Read More Here:...

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Renewables Booming, Climate Change Still Imminent At Current Trends

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Climate change is a hot topic globally, and the pursuit of saving the planet from ourselves has been making great headway in the realms of Solar, Wind, and Electric Vehicles. Despite these advancements — which are largely in line with necessary advancement to curb climate change — there are many industries which cannot ween themselves off of fossil fuels as easily. Industries which are still fossil fuel dependent and not advancing renewables in their sector are causing a lag in global progress towards addressing climate change. Sectors such as aerial and marine goods transportation are falling behind as an easy replacement for fossil fuels for planes and ships has not been found. Additionally, as developing countries seek to advance their infrastructure, there is an enormous amount of money being invested in new coal plants globally, while nuclear — often seen as a good alternative to coal for a baseline of electricity generation — is not being invested in. The advancement in some sectors with others lagging behind creates both a false sense of success in our fight against climate change when it comes to solar, wind and electric vehicles while other industries keep polluting, and also puts additional pressure on industries who’ve fallen behind. It is indeed a double-edged sword; we must make sure to continue promoting industries showing strong growth in renewable energy applications and also do our best to advance the industries falling behind.   Read More Here:...

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Virtues of Solar Coupled With Ashrams In India

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 India has been making leaps and bounds in its efforts to build greater solar capacity, however there is still much work to be done in the world’s second most populated country. The government of Narendra Modi, current prime minister of India, is looking into supplying all Ashrams in the country with solar in the hopes that creating a visible solar presence at places of worship will encourage the faithful who frequent these hermitages will be inspired by their religious leaders to follow suit. The notion of coupling religious institutions with solar energy has been gaining traction both domestically and abroad, as eco-conscious organizations are reaching out to establish common ground with religious communities. Indeed, here in the US the Unitarian Universalists have become known for promoting solar to their communities and building arrays on their places of worship. Coupling spiritually-based morality with eco-morality can be a big step in galvanizing larger communities behind the fight for renewable energy and promote solar across entire faith-based groups. Regardless of religious affiliation, most people of faith tend to regard the Earth as an important part of the divine’s creation. As such, it makes sense that those who are invested in safeguarding this creation would come to the forefront of one of the most important steps in maintaining its well being; going solar helps safeguard our planet from the extractive businesses who seek to pillage it and maintain the beautiful creation that both the religious and the non-faithful hold in common. Read more here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Narendra-Modi-government-looks-at-ashrams-to-harness-solar-power/articleshow/54283858.cms...

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Solar Future In New Hampshire Looking Bright

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 New Hampshire’s Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill to double its net-metering capacity from 50MW up to 100MW back in May and celebrated it at a ceremonial signing event last Friday. The new bill, along with polling data from New Hampshire, shows that inhabitants of the Granite State overwhelmingly support net-metering policies. This stability in the market will allow further flourishing of the solar state’s solar industry, which currently lags behind its neighbors. Polling also shows that support for renewable energies may very well be an important selling point for our current presidential candidates, as the independent voting block in New Hampshire supports solar by an overwhelming two-thirds, while other polls show that about 4 out of 5 voters in New Hampshire are in favor, regardless of political affiliation. Read More Here:...

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Want To Figure Out How Much Your Solar Array Effects Your Carbon Footprint?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The EPA has a lovely calculator that you can use to see what your carbon offset would be by going solar.   Here’s how to calculate:   1kW DC installed solar will offset ~$260/year of electricity costs through Green Mountain Power   1kW DC installed solar produces ~1300kWh/year   So, take your total yearly bill and divide by $260 to get the amount of kW DC installed solar you will require.   Example: John pays $2400/year 2400/260=9.2   Then multiply your result by 1300   Example: 9.2 X 1300 = 11960   This figure (11960) will be the approximate amount of kWh produced by the array in a given year. You can plug this number into the EPA calculator under “If You Have Energy Data” and select “Kilowatt-hours of electricity” as the unit.   This will then populate a list of equivalencies to the carbon offset your array has!   https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator      We pride ourselves in providing a product that can help our customers save money — and the monetary reward is often the feature of the array customers enjoy most — however it is far from the most important part of investing in solar; the core mission here at Soveren is to do our part in bringing about a transition to clean, renewable energy and reducing humanity’s carbon footprint. Here at Soveren we know that we must care for our planet and its inhabitants, we must ensure future generations’ prosperity, we must ensure our most valuable natural resources remain intact and we know that we’ve in the right business to do...

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Conduct An Energy Audit To Determine How To Lower Your Current Electric Bill

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Clean Electric, Home | 0 comments

 We all want to save money on our electric bill, and saving money on one’s electric bill is one of the primary reasons customers look into going solar. Going solar will certainly save you money in the long run, and in many cases can save you money on a month-by-month basis. However, the best way to save on our electric bills and to reduce our upfront costs for solar is to reduce the amount of electricity we consume on a monthly basis. Changing our lightbulbs to LEDs is a great place to start, as an LED on average requires about one sixth (1/6) the amount of electricity to produce the same amount of lumens as incandescent bulbs. LEDs also last an average of 22 years as opposed to a year for incandescents, making it worth while to spend the extra to make the transition. EnergyStar and energy efficient appliances are also a good route to go, however the cost of many of our household appliances make them an item we’d rather wait to replace when our current ones fail. So remember next time your fridge kicks the can that it may be worth investing in an energy efficient one. Aside from upgrading appliances and lightbulbs, downgrading our electrical consumption is also a good move. This doesn’t need to equate to a reduction in lifestyle, it only requires us to be more cognoscente of the energy we consume and reconsider how we do so. Turning off your lights when you leave a room, turning your AC from high to medium, and turning off your desktop computer when you are not using it can all help us reduce what we consume on a daily basis. If you want to be super stingy about it, unplugging all electronics when unused to eliminate phantom draw can also help save kilowatthours per month. If you want to go a step further, then consider an energy audit. An energy audit consists of finding poorly insulated areas in your house, and tallying all of your appliances and multiplying their wattage by the hours per day or per month they are on. This can help give you a picture of what exactly is bringing you electric bill up and where you are losing precious thermal retention. Heres the Department of Energy’s take on a DIY energy audit. I hope it helps!...

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Incremental Change To Address Climate Change Is Immoral When Faced With Facts

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 The climate is changing folks, but thats old news. We’ve all seen the headlines for record heat, 500 year climate events occurring more and more frequently, ice caps melting, ocean temperatures rising, etc., etc. We’ve heard it so much that we’ve perhaps become desensitized to the increasingly dire situation we find ourselves in as major media outlets circumvent their normal fear-based tactics in favor of burying climate extremities beneath “sexier” headlines. After all, nobody wants to hear about the imminent inhabitability of the planet, we’d much rather hear about the latest tragedies that unfurl in this country that have easy scapegoats to blame it on. Well, my apologies folks, but that’s not what I’m hear to do today. What I’m here to do today is call out the biggest problem we face as a civilization and place the blame squarely where it belongs; on all of us. There is virtually no way you can be a human being on this planet today and not contribute to climate change. You may have the fanciest, all-natural, locally sourced Earthship for a home and you may grow all of your food in an organic garden and allow your goats to mow your lawn, you may ride a bike exclusively and produce zero waste throughout the course of a year, you may think that your existence has a net-zero impact, but heres the thing: unless you are actively pursuing the transformation of your community into a ecofriendly way of life, then you are complacent. Complacency in the face of climate change is not neutral, and in the same way those who remain neutral in the face of oppression have effectively sided with the oppressor, to erroneously think that you’ve done enough, or that you are powerless to create the very necessary our civilization desperately needs, is to give your power to the very forces that seek to continue to pillage our planet. We, collectively, must take a stand. We must fight to create the change we wish to see in this world. We must take up arms to ensure that future generations inherit a planet progressing, rather than a dying rock decaying. The arms we have at our disposal are multifaceted; we must work with our communities on a peer-to-peer basis, we must ensure that we retake our political system from our supposed representatives who serve big money interests rather than people and plant, we must alter our consumption habits, and most importantly we must hold ourselves and each other accountable. This in no way is a “holier-than-thou” guilt trip, nor should we feel poorly about our current habits. We all have work to do to reduce our impact. We have been conditioned into this paradigm and we can condition ourselves out of it. We, together, can change the way we coexist with our planet, check ourselves constantly, and encourage a way of life that promotes a future for our children and children’s children. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and likely we will make mistakes in the process of refining our techniques, but the time for incremental change has long since passed, now is the time for global systemic change, and that starts with each of us standing up and proclaiming our grievances, agitating, educating, and organizing our communities, shutting down business as usual and...

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