Category: Sustainability

Transforming Energy Expenses into Sustainability Engines

Ron presented “Transforming Energy Expenses into Sustainability Engines” for the Friends FIRST program in November.

The presentation focuses on how businesses and institutions can leverage their existing energy expenses for electricity, heat, and transportation to create a vehicle for lower costs and clean, sustainable power.

https://zoom.us/recording/play/sS-1SksoDAAouGz5iyfyYEji5biGDXG6cPx8s4l812oAwB907w_iVxnvhBKe3tfx?continueMode=true

GM & Tesla Electric Vehicle Tax Credits being phased out in 2019

Both GM and Tesla have sold a total of more than 200,000 Electric Vehicles – triggering the tax-credit phaseout.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/02/gm-hit-200000-us-electric-vehicles-sold-in-2018.html

General Motors reached 200,000 cumulative U.S. electric vehicles sold late last year, triggering a phase-out of a $7,500 federal tax credit over the next 15 months, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

The largest U.S. automaker hit the figure in the fourth quarter of 2018, which means the credit will fall to $3,750 in April, and then drop to $1,875 in October for six months.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is introduced as the Car of the Year during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 9, 2017.

The tax credit is aimed at defraying the cost of electric vehicles that are more expensive than similarly sized internal combustion engine vehicles. In 2009, Congress set the phase-out threshold at 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer.

GM, which said previously it expected to reach the 200,000 sales figure before the end of 2018, declined to comment ahead of the release of its quarterly sales results on Thursday.

GM and Tesla, which hit the 200,000 figure in July 2018, have both lobbied Congress to lift the cap or extend the existing tax credit. Tesla’s EV tax credit fell to $3,750 on Tuesday and Tesla said it was cutting prices on its EVs by $2,000 to partially offset the lower tax credit.

In March, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra called on Congress to expand the consumer tax credit for electric vehicles as the company boosted production of the EV Bolt in response to consumer demand. She repeated the request last month during a visit to Capitol Hill.

GM said in November it was doubling resources allocated to developing electric and self-driving vehicles as part of a significant restructuring that includes ending production at five North American plants. GM also announced it would halt production of the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt by March.

In November, a congressional report said 57,066 taxpayers claimed $375 million in EV tax credits in 2016. Congress estimates the cost of the EV tax credit at $7.5 billion between the 2018 and 2022 fiscal years. now the $7,500 federal tax credit will be phased out on of their future sales.

Electric buses roll out at New York’s airports

Our transformation to Electric Vehicles took another leap forward with electric buses now replacing 50% of the diesel buses at the 3 metro NY airports.

https://ny.curbed.com/2018/12/28/18158480/mta-electric-buses-lga-jfk-ewr-transportation

 

 

Electric buses roll out at New York’s airports

The battery-powered vehicles are coming to Newark Liberty, JFK, and LaGuardia

By Zoe Rosenberg@zoe_rosenberg  Dec 28, 2018, 9:15am EST

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The Port Authority is bringing electric buses to the metro area’s three major airports. They’re estimated to save 807 tons of greenhouse gases and 120,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year versus their diesel counterparts.

Six electric buses are already in use at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Newark Liberty International Airport’s six electric buses will go into use early next year, and LaGuardia Airport will receive its six electric buses by the summer of 2019.

These 18 all-electric buses will account for half of the airports’ former 36-bus diesel fleet. At each of the three airports, the six battery-operated buses are projected to save 269 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and approximately 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually. They’ll also help the air quality by eliminating the emissions of nearly 2,000 pounds of nitrous oxide and 150 pounds of particulate matter every year.

The buses, built by Proterra, take less than four hours to fully recharge and will travel an average of 230 miles per charge. (That’s a lot of traffic loops.) This doesn’t spell the end of AirTrain. Instead the buses will be used to shuttle passengers and employees to areas not serviced by the elevated train. The Port Authority is currently exploring bringing an AirTrain to LaGuardia.

 

EarthKind Bridge solar project breaks ground

EarthKind Energy is proud to be the clean energy consultant to the New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA), who broke ground on a 486KW solar system and had their 1,350 PV panels delivered this week.

EarthKind conducted the utility cost analysis, identified the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge site, provided the solar project sizing, prepared the bid documentation, recommended the installation award, negotiated the Power Purchase Agreement that locked in a price of 10 cents per kwh for 20 years,  coordinated the utility inter-connection application, and is overseeing the project installation and commissioning.

“The Bridge Authority’s commitment and actions to meet Governor Cuomo’s clean energy goals are unparalleled”, said Ron Kamen, CEO of EarthKind Energy.  “The combined lighting efficiency gains and solar energy generation makes the Bridge Authority the first New York State government entity to effectively meet the Governor’s target.  It’s this type of true leadership that will provide stable, affordable electricity prices; save taxpayers money; and create a healthier and more sustainable future for all of us.”

NEW YORK STATE BRIDGE AUTHORITY BREAKS GROUND ON SOLAR PANEL ARRAY AT KINGSTON-RHINECLIFF BRIDGE

 

Energy is the new internet: The Enernet is coming – with massive economic opportunity ahead!

Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another

massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”

Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”

It’s going to be an incredible ride…

Solar grows by 95% in 2016!

Solar energy installation capacity grew by 95% in 2016, with utility scale, residential and commercial solar all achieving record growth. Solar installations were 39% of all new 2016 electric capacity in the US, and wind energy 26%. Renewables were the majority of new capacity – blowing away new natural gas plants (29%).

While we have a long way to go, the exponential growth is creating a new paradigm of clean energy jobs – good for the economy, and great for the environment.  Read Here!

New Solar Job Every 10 Minutes!

 

The solar industry added a new solar job every 10 minutes last year, bringing the workforce to a whopping 260,000 U.S. solar jobs. More than a quarter million workers across all 50 states are busy building a better energy future for all of us. Solar is now the 2nd largest employer in the energy sector, employing more Americans than coal or natural gas. You can download the entire report here:

National Grid & SunRun Announce Partnership


As the solar industry matures, we are beginning to see the emergence of new partnership models. The latest announcement is between National Grid – who owns an electric distribution utility in Massachusetts & upstate New York – and SunRun, one of the leading funders of residential solar installations in the country. As the article notes: “The partnership will also include research on how distributed energy resources can be aggregated to balance and optimize the grid, a service which is currently provided by centralized generators.”  Read Here.

Top Ten Companies Going Solar

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The Solar Energy Industries Association released this year’s top 10 companies who are “going solar” in a huge way:

Recognize any of them? Target, Walmart, Prologis, Apple, Costco, Kohl’s, Ikea, Macy’s, General Growth Properties, & Hartz Mountain…

While they’re getting some “good press” and “green creds” – the reality is that they figured out that solar can save them a tremendous amount of money.

As Mike Duke of Walmart says: “The math adds up pretty quickly…less energy we have to buy… means less waste and more savings”.

Give us a call or email, and we’ll help you figure out how you can save with solar, too.