Category: solar energy

Solar Installing – are we loosing quality for quantity?

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Mr. Van Nostrand raises some very good points about a growing concern. It seems to be that when solar was a fairly new technology that installers took their time to really do a good job. However, now that solar is become so competitive and mainstream that we seem to be loosing that personal touch of real quality work. All of us in this field need to be continually mindful of providing quality service to our customers.Read Mr. Van Nostrand’s article here.

Clean Energy Means Clean Jobs

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One of the most important drivers of the economy is jobs.  And today with many jobs going overseas Americans need to create more and better jobs for today’s workers. In this week’s Poughkeepsie Journal   I had the opportunity to write a column regarding this very issue.  Clean energy is one of the answers to this lagging jobs market,  very simply clean energy creates clean energy jobs.  Clean Energy jobs are at a all time high growth rate,  outpacing many other sectors.

The Duck Curve

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Are you familiar with  the “Duck Curve”?   Remember the “Bell Curve”  in collage statistics?  The Duck Curve is basically a concern over the availability of solar in the day time,  but going down as the sun goes down.  This concern has turned into something of a urban myth of late according to  Robbie Orvis, Michael O’Boyle, and Hallie Kennan of Energy Innovation.  The authors propose that by using common sense, smart rate design, and regional sharing/coordination we can minimize the impact of the Duck.  Read the article here.

PSE&G Installing 100 Megawatt Solar System on Landfill

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We have been seeing more and more solar installations being done on landfills, brownfields… over the past few years. Seems to be catching on. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. in New Jersey has proposed to install a 100 megawatt system. What is particularly significant here is that PSE&G is a utility. Historically new installations have been done by solar companies. One major sticky point however is that the utility is asking for a 9.75% rate of return on it’s investment. And that increase would go to the tax payers of New Jersey. Read here.

Million Solar Strong

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The “Million Solar Strong Campaign”  has kicked into high gear!  With the millionth solar system being installed in the United States,  SEIA has decided to try for a whole lot more by starting the “Million Solar Strong Campaign”  this week.  Environmental Entrepreneurs as well  our company EarthKind Energy has signed onto SEIA’s Solar Energy Declaration which clearly states that  the solar transformation is here to stay, no doubt of that.

Sail Van Nostrand & Energy By Choice

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San Francisco Solar

San Francisco has always been one of those cities that seems to be on the cutting edge of just about everything.    So it is no surprise that San Francisco has become the first city in the USA to require all new buildings be required to have solar panels.   Let’s see if this catches on. Read more about it here.

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World Wide Renewable Energy Development Outpaced Any Other Energies

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This is a momentous announcement:  that world wide  renewable energy accounted for the majority of new development in 2015.   And that’s in the world!  Clearly renewables have  come into their own.   We are on the right path.  Read about it a report from the United Nations.

Ron Kamen to Present Herzog Lecture on April 29, 2016

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Ron Kamen, CEO of EarthKind Energy, is the featured speaker for the renown annual Herzog Lecture at Oakwood Friends School on Friday, April 29. Mr. Kamen is an expert in clean energy and was pivotal in the development of Oakwood’s new solar electric system this year. “People, Technology and the Forces of Nature” will be presented at 10:30 am in the Oakwood theater, 22 Spackenkill Road in Poughkeepsie, NY . See article here