“We use a lot of hot water and this system will save us a good pile of money. With EarthKind, we not only completed a highly successful green initiative, but in the process we found a great strategic partner to move forward with.”
—Charles Flinn, Chief Operating Officer, Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley

“I love the EarthKind solar thermal systems because it is a very visible investment in sustainability the college has made.”
—Hanna, student, Bard College

“EarthKind has provided our customers with clean energy supply from wind, solar, biomass and hydro power — without breaking the bank. We’re able to use EarthKind’s renewables expertise, so we can focus on what we do best.”
—Mark Beaudoin, President, Energetix/NYSEG Solutions

“We were very fortunate to work with a very professional staff at EarthKind. Even the tough, stubborn skeptics at the Water Plant were impressed with the outcome of the project. The system has been great, we haven’t had any problems, and now we get all this free power. It’s a great step toward reducing our greenhouse gas emissions — and our expenses.”
—Tarik Abdelazim, Mayor’s office, Director of Planning, Housing, Community & Development, City of Binghamton, New York

“From the moment I met Ron, I knew I trusted him and wanted the university to do business with him. Through Ron’s skills as an innovator in the field of renewable energy purchasing, he offered us an important opportunity to be a leader in wind energy, and subsequently won us national recognition. I’ve relied on Ron for up-to-date knowledge on solar and renewable policy, pricing, markets, and technology for many years, and he’s helped us address many questions and issues that could have held us back. Beyond all of this, however, is the fact that we were all deeply impressed with Ron’s heartfelt concern for people and the environment, and by his long and proven history of successful renewable energy policy campaigns, market development, and facility projects.”
—Walter Simpson, State University of NY at Buffalo (UB), University Energy Officer & UB Green Office Director (retired)

“Working with Ron on our project to install solar thermal at two residence halls at Bard College was both a success and a pleasure. He provided turnkey services with an ever-positive attitude. He has a genuine commitment to help move us away from fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy.”
—Laurie Husted, Sustainability Manager, Bard College Office of Sustainability

“I am writing to acknowledge you personally, and your firm, for the excellent job done by all concerned on the recently completed energy efficiency upgrade throughout the World Bank H & I buildings.”
—Gregory Oliver, Facilities Director, The World Bank 1818 H Street N.W. Washington, D.C.

“I just wanted to tell you how pleased we are with the work products you have provided us. Your efforts easily exceeded our expectations. Many thanks for a ‘job well done.’”
—Robert A. Landman Head, Electrical and Electronics Branch, United States Department of the Navy, Military Sealift Command

“Your work was excellent, professional and timely … your detailed analysis and energy model resulted in substantial savings for our company. I look forward to working with you again soon.”
—Charles M. Boto Vice President, Real Estate, Time Warner Telecom

“Ron Kamen has displayed professionalism, efficiency and courtesy throughout a difficult energy project. Our firm has come to rely on his prompt and accurate knowledge of the energy industry.”
—Michael J. Mezo, Building Services Manager, Marsh & McLennan Companies

“I wanted to write to let you know how much we have appreciated your help and expertise for the past four years. Your hard work has yielded great results that continue to save us money on an ongoing basis. We truly appreciate your professionalism and responsiveness and look forward to continuing our business relationship in the future.”
—Michael B. Yee Director of Operations, Shearman & Sterling.

Case Studies

For more than 25 years, numerous companies, governments, and non-profit institutions have turned to Ron Kamen and his companies, Starphire New Energy Technologies and EarthKind Solar Energy, for cutting-edge, innovative solutions to complex energy challenge.

Military Sealift Command

Military Sealift CommandThe US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) “operates the ships which sustain our warfighting forces and deliver specialized maritime services in support of national security objectives in peace and war” by managing the transport, fueling & hospital ships for our armed forces. Every light on a ship is powered by diesel generators, so energy efficient lighting saves oil, reduces costs, and enables the ships to go longer between costly refueling. In addition, the control board lights are “mission critical” in ensuring that all on-board equipment is functioning properly. In 2000, MSC commissioned Ron to evaluate options and create a pilot project to re-lamp the indicator lights on the main control boards. Now, long-lasting Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are saving MSC vessels energy and money, and keeping ships in ready-mode — with dramatically less lamp changes & burnouts.

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc

Marsh & McLennanMarsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC) is a U.S. multinational professional services, risk management, and insurance brokerage firm with headquarters in New York, 54,000 employees, and annual revenues of $11.9 billion. MMC engaged Ron to evaluate energy options for their NYC headquarters. The resulting cost-benefit analysis identified cash incentives and tax savings, and the successful energy efficiency upgrade reduced energy costs by more than 30%.

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling is a leading international law firm headquartered in New York City, with approximately 850 lawyers in most commercial centers around the world. S&S is in the Top 10 ranking on The American Lawyer’s prestigious A-List. S&S engaged Ron to both analyze and manage a comprehensive energy efficiency project for their headquarters, and to further reduce electricity costs by taking Ron’s recommendation and becoming one of the first companies to participate in electric industry deregulation with a utility energy service company (ESCO), saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

NYSEG Solutions & Energetix

NYSEG Solutions & Energetix are energy services companies (ESCOs) that provide natural gas, electricity, and clean energy solutions and serve residential, small business, and large commercial/industrial customers. Ron’s green energy strategy, purchasing, pricing and marketing program enabled them to become one of the leading energy and green energy suppliers in New York State before they were sold in 2012.

Community Energy, Inc.

Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) was founded in 1999 to ignite the market and develop the supply of fuel-free energy. CEI engaged Ron to create and build the voluntary market for renewable energy in New York State. Ron’s efforts spurred the demand for hundreds of megawatts of new wind generation through his securing over $3 million in state funding for marketing, and developing partnerships with utilities, energy service companies, and state & federal agencies, as well as creating a “NYS Municipal Wind Buyers Group” that won national awards.

New York Solar Energy Industries Association

NYSEIA is the “solar industry advocacy group and statewide non-profit membership and trade association that is dedicated to advancing the solar energy industry in NY State”. Ron was recruited to join the Board of Directors, and subsequently was served as President for 3 years through 2012. During his tenure, Ron led efforts that professionalized the association, bringing in new members from every portion of the solar value chain, hiring a professional lobbyist, and building trust with state government leaders. He helped create the NYS Solar Coalition, and led efforts that resulted in expedited processing of solar rebate applications and the creation of a new $1 Billion NYS commitment to build 3,000 Megawatts of solar by 2020.

Solar hot water provides 400% more energy worldwide than solar PV electric, yet the US lags behind virtually every civilized country in using the fuel-free, cost-effective energy from the sun to provide space heat and hot water. Ron initiated and led the NYS Solar Thermal Consortium (STC), in bringing together more than 130 stakeholders from industry, labor, academia, non-profit and government agencies to identify the hurdles and create a plan to develop a vibrant Solar Thermal industry and position the state to become a national leader in the Solar Thermal industry.

Hospitals use a tremendous amount of hot water for patients, surgery, and cleaning. EarthKind Solar Energy analyzed energy usage, secured state & federal grants,and developed a successful solar hot water pre-heat system for the Health Alliance’s Benedictine Hospital, saving the hospital energy and money, and substantially reducing its carbon emissions.

New York State Collaborative

The NYS Office of General Services (OGS), New York Power Authority (NYPA), the State University of NY at Buffalo & Binghamton, Syracuse University and Nassau County wanted to purchase renewable energy for a percentage of their electricity usage. Starphire supplied our EarthKind® Wind, EarthKind® Water, and EarthKind® Biomass and helped the agencies and authorities to dramatically reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2 = climate disruption), sulfur dioxide (SO2 = acid rain) and nitrogen oxide (NOx = smog) emissions.

World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, with a unique partnership that aims to reduce poverty and support development. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the leading source of development financing to reduce poverty and inequality for Latin America and the Caribbean efforts, aiming to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. In their efforts to control administrative costs and improve their environmental sustainability, both Banks contracted with Ron to develop and implement comprehensive energy efficiency lighting programs for their headquarters in Washington, DC.

Time Warner Telecom

Time Warner Telecom (tw telecom) delivers managed data, Internet and voice networking solutions to businesses and large organizations throughout the U.S. As one of the three largest providers of Business Ethernet in the nation, they connect more than 20,000 commercial buildings to their national fiber network. However, when their landlord told them he had forgotten to bill them for their share of electricity charges for a number of years and attempted to bill them an incredible sum, TW Telecom turned to Ron Kamen to analyze their energy usage and provide a realistic energy profile for the past and future bills.

St. Peters Health

St. Peters Health Partner’s “Eddy Hawthorne Ridge” in Greenbush, New York has an independent senior living community, an assisted living residence, and an Alzheimer’s Center. The seniors “green committee” has implemented a number of measures to create a legacy of environmental responsibility – including hiring EarthKind to design and install a large solar hot water system.

Millwood Water Treatment

The Millwood Water Treatment facility provides drinking water for the residents of the Town of New Castle, which includes the hamlets of Chappaqua and Millwood, as well as the village of Mount Kisco. Towards its environmental sustainability goals, the Town engaged Ron to develop a solar air heating project that uses the sun to heat the air throughout the facility.

Binghamton, New York

The City of Binghamton hired EarthKind for the installation of a 49.68 KW solar photovoltaic system at the City’s Water Treatment Plan. The first onsite renewable energy generation system for a City building, EarthKind secured a $320,922 federal recovery grant that reduced the City’s investment to $56,635 (15%). The system is expected to save Binghamton taxpayers up to $560,000 over the life of the system, and eliminate more than 23 tons of carbon dioxide production annually by reducing the plant’s use on fossil fuels.
Founded in 1860, Bard College is an independent, nonsectarian, residential, coeducational, four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences. EarthKind secured state and federal grants, then designed and managed the installation of solar hot water systems for several of Bard’s student dorms.

Ronnybrook Dairy Farm

Ronnybrook Dairy Farm is a third generation family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley, offering a full line of dairy products made in small batches, delivered at peak freshness with a philosophy to “keep a small piece of America natural and alive”. EarthKind secured a USDA grant and then created New York State’s first “Heat Purchase Agreement” to install a large solar hot water system that reduces the farm’s oil and propane costs — without any initial cash outlay by Ronnybrook.

Westchester Community College

Westchester Community College (WCC) is the county’s largest educational institution, and “…is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors.” WCC hired EarthKind to secure state and federal grants and to subsequently design, develop, and manage the installation of a large solar hot water system for their gym.

The Center for Automotive Education & Training

The Center for Automotive Education & Training (CAET) was founded by the Greater New York Auto Dealers Association (the organizers of the world-renown NYC Auto Show). CAET’s mission is to support and promote ongoing automotive education and training and to help recruit individuals who are looking for careers in the auto industry. CAET hired EarthKind to secure state and federal grants and manage the installation of their 50KW solar PV electric system.

The Community Environmental Center

The Community Environmental Center (CEC) is a not-for-profit firm whose mission is to mitigate global warming by creating a healthier, affordable and more sustainable built environment. CEC is a leader in the burgeoning energy-efficiency field and serves entire New York Metropolitan Area as a major provider of construction and technical services for green buildings, and a proponent of green living and working conditions, especially for the neediest. Tompkins Community Action, a private not-for-profit charitable organization, has implemented programs that today partner with thousands of individuals and families in Tompkins County. National Church Residences mission is to provide quality housing and care at affordable prices in communities of caring persons, and they are the innovative leader in integrating home and supportive services for seniors and vulnerable individuals, enabling them to live healthier and more satisfying lives. EarthKind Solar Energy provided all three organizations with analysis, design, and project management to develop multiple solar hot water projects for large and small low income, multi-family buildings throughout urban, suburban and rural areas of New York.