Posts Tagged "clean energy"

US Department of Defence and the Fort Hood Hybrid Clean Energy Project

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I have previously posted about the US DoD stance on climate change and clean energy. In July of 2015 the department released a report on the security implications of climate change. The national securiy argument that has been made by the military is that, “because it [climate change] degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.” With these changes in our environment, resources become scarce and conflicts can arise. These threats are clear to some, but it is the DoD’s stance, with government backing, that can lead the normalization of clean energy. The changes that are being made by the department are evident in the solar industry with the development of large solar projects. This is spurred by the goals set by the Obama administration last year. Goals which include a department wide demand for 20% of the energy to come from renewables by 2020. One of the more recent projects is being developed for Fort Hood in Texas with a combined 65.8 mW of solar and wind. It is the first hybrid renewable project of its kind, as well as the biggest. With both on and offsite installations, the department has contracted two local veteran owned business to help with the development. Thus, pouring the resources of this $500 million project into the clean energy industry, while supporting small business and veterans. Assistant secretary of the army for energy and sustainability said that, “This project demonstrates that renewable energy can both decrease costs and increase the security and resiliency of our installations,”; a wholistic approach to combatting the security threats of climate change. Slated to go online in 2017, this project locks in low electric rates and could potentially insulate the post from massive black outs. This is a responsible move forward by the department spurred by the 2015 government mandate. It is my hope that this is the first step towards more clean energy requirements and greater security for our national infrastructure. It is a move in the right...

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Maasai women installing solar panels in remote regions of Kenya

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Maasai women installing solar panels in remote regions of Kenya

Since November 2014 about 2,000 households have adopted solar technology in Kajiado County, Kenya. Green Energy Africa, a renewable energy developer, created an initiative called The Women and Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Project (WEREP). Green Energy Africa is training Maasai women to install solar panels. The women use donkeys to carry the equipment needed for installations to remote areas in the county. The electricity produced from the solar panels helps to light livestock enclosures at nigh. The lights scare away predatory animals like leopards and hyenas and helps prevent livestock loss. The clean energy produced also mitigates the need to burn coal and wood in the home reducing the amount of exposure to smoke inhalation and the negative side effects of these. These are just some of the benefits of the solar installation initiative. To read more about this solar revolution click here (photo generated from internet and not necessarily a woman or donkey involved in the...

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Selling out already!

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Selling out already!

Construction is again underway in Townshend on another Vermont Community Solar project. Over the winter we drummed up enough interest and support that we are happy to announce this project is already selling out! We could not do this without our local community support. This includes our invaluable Soveren Team that go above and beyond to make these projects possible, our participants who are willing to take a chance on our unique program, and the good old fashioned word of mouth buzz that keeps the wheels turning in any small VT business. We are blessed to be able to continue this work for another installation season. There are many irons in the fire and we are continuously working towards a cleaner, more resilient Vermont. If you have any questions about what we are doing at Soveren or any of our up coming projects, please contact us at info(at)soverensolar(dot)com or use the Contact page. You can also call and talk to a real person at (802) 869-2500. Happy May day!  ...

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Why Spring is the best time to invest in solar…

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Why Spring is the best time to invest in solar…

For many, the end of the year looks like a juicy time to invest in solar. You can squeeze in those tax credits to cover what you owe and make the books look nice and balanced for the coming year. For some this type of thinking isn’t even on the radar. However, when we use a renewable source of energy, the natural cycles come into play in a big way. Everyone who is thinking about going solar, or looking at the state of their solar credits should understand these cycles. Vermont Community Solar makes going solar so simple that many participants forget that their power is actually being generated by the sun. Here’s the scoop… Buying VCS panels is like buying stock in the sun except this market never crashes. It is always in the positive and will always make you money. How much money depends on the season. To put it simplistically, in the stock market, you buy low priced stocks, sit back, watch them grow, and sell them at a higher price. There are similarities when going solar. While the sunshine market is much less volatile, you will see your solar credits grow throughout the summer and dip in the winter. Knowing these cycles is useful when investing in solar. If you buy panels in the fall, you will have minimal return until the following spring when the sun rises higher in the sky and the days get longer. If you buy panels in the Spring, you will watch your return rise to its peak in the Summer. Starting out in the green (or the most green) can be helpful when taking the financing option. This way, you will start out with the maximum amount of credit to weather what minimal volatility there is throughout the year. So, buy panels in the spring and watch your electricity bill dissolve in the...

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PV America Award

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PV America Award

On Monday we were recognized by PV America as having a “Project of Distinction”. This project is the Vermont Community Solar project in Brattleboro, VT: Soveren Community Solar 1. It was recognized for its dedication to local labor and financing, as well as its working relationship with two organizations in Brattleboro, the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center and Brattleboro Savings & Loan. Without the support of these organizations, this project would not have been possible. Also, thank you to PV America for the chance to bring Vermont Community Solar to a wider audience.                   Read the Press Release here....

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