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EarthKind Developing Electric Vehicle Program in Westchester County, NY

Ron presented on the Sustainable Westchester Clean Transportation Project, Electric Vehicles (EV), and EV Charging Stations to the Town of Ossining Board meeting on March 21st. The Board voted to approve the Town’s $48,000 grant application for 3 new E …

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$10 Billion Purchase for 110,000 Electric Vehicles

While the federal government is backing away from the fuel economy standards that were driving a transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs) – local municipalities are now joining together to lead the way. EarthKind is honored to be the Clean Transportation …

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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 arou …

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The Battery Revolution just reached the next level

: Three massive battery storage plants—built by Tesla, AES Corp., and Altagas Ltd.—are all officially going live in southern California at about the same time. Any one of these projects would have been the largest battery storage facility ever built. C …

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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 …

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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. S …

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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 th …

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Happy 2017!

Through this Season’s Longest Night, We Remember that Every Candle Illuminates the Deepest Darkness And Each Day’s New Dawn Heralds the Return of the Light… As Solar, Wind, Water, & Biomass Renewable Energy continue to become the least cost sourc …

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Google Goes to 100% Renewable Energy!

Google will be the first major corporation to become 100% powered by renewable energy. Even though Google consumes as much energy as the City of San Francisco, Google has figured out ways to reduce their carbon footprint, eliminate price fluctuations, …

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Top Ten Companies Going Solar

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… …

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The Voice of Hope in the Renewable Field

  There is more speculation, more rumors, more nervous people in the renewable energy field right now then ever before in our history. It is refreshing this week to hear of some positive forward thinking in the midst of all the angst. The U.S. Dep …

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Saving the World = 100 Gigafactories

Forbes recently did an article on the movie “Before the Flood”, where the UN “Messenger of Peace” – actor Leonardo DiCaprio – documents the realities of Climate Change, and provides insights into the solutions. One of most fascinating quotes: To transi …

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Best Time To Be Alive

There were two incredibly inspiring articles on the web this week: The first, a gift from our neighbors to the north, speaks for itself: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/10/17/leave-it-to-canada-to-remind-america-that-its-still …

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Electric Vehicle Week

Electric Vehicles are coming. 90% of American’s trips are shorter than 30 miles, so we could all use EV’s most of the time. If you pay 12c per kilowatt hour for electricity (from your utility, or via a reasonable Solar Power Purchase Agreement) – drivi …

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Chile Has Cheapest Solar Energy Prices in the World!

  Chile has more sun than the US – but, the trends is clear: Solar power came in at 2.91 cents per kwh at a Chilean energy auction this month. That’s the lowest price on record for electricity from sunshine, surpassing a deal in Dubai in May. It’s …

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USA Electric Grid Weak, Old and Unstable

There are many complicated issues with the utility grid: technological, financial, government policy, monopolies… It’s fascinating that one of the biggest “problems” (in Germany, California, and soon-to-be-almost-everywhere) is that – at times – there …

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North East States Prioritize Renewable Energy

This past week New York’s PSA (Public Service Commission) passed the Governor’s mandate for New York to go to 50% renewables by 2030.  Massachusetts approved  offshore wind for 1,600 MW of power.     Last year Vermont  approved a Clean Energy Standard …

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The Time is Now to Grow New York’s Clean Energy Economy!

From East Syracuse to Liverpool’s public library, discussions about clean energy have been popping up all over Onondaga County — and all across New York State.   Now, it’s time for action.  Read Ron’s article here!

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The REVolution

The REVolution has already reached a new level on the west coast….Read here!    

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USA Electric Grid Vulnerable For Attack

The Wall Street Journal has recently done a in depth study of our nations electric grid system. The bottom line is our electric grid is not safe. Not at all. Billions of dollars would need to be poured into the system to make it safe. Are micro grids a …

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Public Support for New York State REV at 89%!

In a recent poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy it was discovered a growing number of New Yorker’s are in support of NYS REV (Reforming the Energy Vision).  A total of 89% of New Yorker’s questioned were in support of the plan,  only 8% were again …

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Guide Book for Renewable Energy Jobs

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) has created a guide for getting into the filed of renewable energy.  Many young people are graduating from with a firm belief that they need to create a sustainable world to live in.  Therefore it is logical for graduat …

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2016 Already a Breakthrough Year For Solar Energy

  Solar energy has been growing for years now.  But 2016 could turn out to be one of the biggest yet!  Growth is predicted now at 116% New technologies, new regulations, public opinion, green businesses have led to many new models of solar availab …

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Solar Installing – are we loosing quality for quantity?

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 t …

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Clean Energy Means Clean Jobs

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 regardin …

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Strange bedfellows: How solar and utilities struck a net metering compromise in New York

  Across the country, solar customers & installers and battling with utilities over solar net metering – which “turns the meter backwards” at the same retail rate that customers pay their utility. Solar advocates argue that net metering provid …

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New York State Takes Giant Step Towards Clean Energy

New York State has taken another giant step toward creating a modern, 21st Century electric system with additional orders from the NYS Public Service Commission. Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) aims to provide the means for all NYS electric users to …

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EarthKind Energy wind purchase makes University at Buffalo #1 in EPA Green Power Partnership

photograph from Siemens EarthKind Energy Wind Energy purchase makes University at Buffalo #1 in EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program in the country.   If your organization is interested in purchasing some of these highly rated wind certificates then p …

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The Duck Curve

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 some …

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New Yorker’s For Clean Energy Launch

The video from the May 2, 2016 New Yorker’s for Clean Power is finally out! Mark Ruffalo, Ron Kamen and others spoke at the event held in New York City. Ron, representing E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) spoke about the recently published New York Clea …

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PSE&G Installing 100 Megawatt Solar System on Landfill

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 p …

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Million Solar Strong

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.  Environmen …

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Mark Ruffalo, Energy Experts, Leading Environmental and Business Groups Launch Major ‘New Yorkers for Clean Power’ Campaign

On May 2  Mark Ruffalo, energy expert Ron Kamen,  leading environmental and business groups launched   “New Yorkers for Clean Power” Campaign.  A press event was held in New York City in which Ruffalo and others presented the “Clean  Jobs New York Repo …

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Sail Van Nostrand & Energy By Choice

Sail started his company- Energy By Choice in 2005, the same year we started EarthKind Energy. Growing up together in the solar energy business Sail and EarthKind became good friends and partners in many projects. Sail and his company have integrity an …

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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 pane …

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Earth Day 2016. What’s Your Carbon Footprint?

Happy Earth Day!   This is a significant day every year but today in 2016 – 160 world leaders will join together at  the United Nations to officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement.   What is your carbon footprint?  Take one of these quizes  and find …

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The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016,  first introduced by Senators Murkowski and Maria Cantwell in 2012,  may be finally getting passed.  The last energy act passed by Congress was back in 2007. We are long over due for change. However,  we sti …

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Coal Tax?????

This is certainly one of the dirtiest and generally nasty things talked about in the energy field today. The coal industry in the US is on it’s way out. This is a fact. And it is a fact that there are communities of people suffering because of that. A …

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World Wide Renewable Energy Development Outpaced Any Other Energies

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 fr …

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Ron Kamen to Present Herzog Lecture on April 29, 2016

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 sy …

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Tesla New Model 3 Sparks Renewed Interest in Electric Cars!

Tesler’s newest model has awakened a huge interest and desire for electric cars. The Union of Concerned Scientists have published a report this week about the state of electric vehicles in California. Over 200,000 electric cars have been sold in the st …

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Every Drop Counts

My work involves water only as far as hydro tech goes. However, water is one of the most important issues facing the world today. All life needs it to exist on this planet. Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) (of which Ron Kamen of EarthKind Energy is a p …

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Scotland Closing Last Coal Plant

  Scotland seems to be getting ahead of a lot of other countries these days.  Most recently it has decided to close it’s last coal power plant!  This would mean the end of a very long history with coal and a shift to renewable energies instead.   …

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Canada and US Working Together for Climate Comitments

  It is good to see that there is a lot that goes on off the radar on working on climate change.  The US and the Canadian governments have been hard at work since Paris. Trudeau and Obama have been working together and have many common goals. As t …

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The Entire Nation is Turning Towards Solar Energy!

The entire nation seems to be going crazy for solar energy!  Just a few states are left that have made major strides in solar!  Read here!

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Birds and Wind Turbines

After hearing people talking about birds being killed by flying into wind turbines I read/watched this brief report on Energy.gov. It is important that people understand that bird and bat studies are done before wind turbines are placed in a specific a …

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United Airlines To Use Biofuels!

United Airlines has announced that it plans on using biofuel for it’s planes!  This is one of the first major airlines to begin to use biofuel.  We hope this is the beginning of a new trend! Read here!

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Nissan Introduces a Possible Energy Future

This is a video from Nissan which looks at the future of electricity as one continuous grid everywhere.  Kind of like community solar model gone wild.  It is a fascinating glimpse of what could be.   OK,  lots of people will be cynical watching the vid …

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Turning Windows into Solar Energy

Wow,  what a cool idea! And really such a simple idea.  Surprised we haven’t been doing this for years! Read here about it on Energy.gov  

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Canada Moving Quickly Towards Renewable Energy Goals

  While we here in the USA continue to fight for and against renewable energy in our communities, town boards, courts,  legislatures, corporations, schools….  our quiet neighbors up north have been developing a renewable energy plan that will pe …

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South Korean Grid Will Soon Have Biggest Energy Storage System

South Korean Grid Will Soon Have Biggest Energy Storage System! They have made use of two massive lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) oxide energy storage systems (ESSs).  In the USA we are not even close to this kind of parity. We were  recently at …

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US Agency Reach’s “Holy Grail” of Battery Storage. ?

  Really?   Well maybe not today but soon.  (five to 10 years).  But seriously there appears to have been some significant steps made that will indeed lead to real storage.  READ HERE

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Off Shore Wind Energy is Back!

  It’s looking like off shore wind projects are finally taking off.  For a while there it wasn’t looking very hopeful. This is great news for the renewable energy industry!   Read here for some of the exciting new projects!

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Dept of Energy Carbon Emissions Report

The Dept of Energy has released it’s study of carbon emissions by each state. They created a interactive site that you can see emissions and energy state by state. Results may surprise you. Click here!

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Questioning Value of Large Utility Renewable Systems

Business models have traditionally had the mind set of “the bigger – the better” and so it goes. Of course the utilities think that really giant renewable systems make sense. That way they maintain control of electricity & the profits. What our ele …

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Rhinebeck Considering Solar System Placed on Former Landfill

EarthKind Energy is based in Rhinebeck,  New York.  A beautiful little village  located in the equally beautiful Hudson Valley Region of New York State.   We here at EarthKind were thrilled to hear that the town was going to study the possibility of a …

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Delta Computer Group Installs 500 327 watt PV Panels

EarthKind Energy to proud to have worked with Energy by Choice and Delta Computer Group to secure it’s 500 sun power 327 watt panel solar electric system. The system went on line in August 2015 and is running seamlessly! Click here for details!

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US solar industry built record 7.3 GW new capacity in 2015

  The United States solar industry built a record 7.3 GW in 2015 outpacing even natural gas! The solar market grew 17% this past year.  A outstanding growth rate! Read here!

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Governors Accord for a New Energy Future

17 States have banded together to form the “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future”. New York and California are among them. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the recent Supreme Court suspension of the Clean Power Plan and the co …

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Utility Execs Seeing Significant Changes in the Future of Electricity

Some interesting thoughts from utility executives regarding the future of utilities. There is a definite sense that significant changes are coming fast.   Read Here!

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Solar Tower Development

    Solar Towers have been besieged with controversy. When the Ivanpah Tower in California was build in 2013. Opposition emerged regarding bird kills. Due to this Brightsource (the developer) had gone back to the drawing board. This new tower …

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Despite Supreme Court Decision

This article by Mary Anne Hitt of Eco Watch is commendable, it puts a positive spin on a otherwise gloomy decision. Read Article Here.

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Distributed Energy Resources Integration With Utilities

Very important issues that need to be considered by all renewable energy developers.  DER integration with utilities is a current and critical issue. Read article here.

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President Obama Proposes Doubling Clean Energy R & D by 2012

The White House released a “Fact Sheet” this week on the President’s proposal to double clean energy Research and Development by 2012.  “Accelerating clean energy innovation is essential to achieving the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures …

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Strange Bed Fellows

& Strange Bed Fellows indeed!  Coal companies and environmental groups have been gathering together to back incentives for carbon capturing! Read here!

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Solar Power To Power The Super Bowl!

The 2016 Super Bowl will be powered by Solar Energy!

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Supreme Court Decision on Order 745

These Supreme Court decision will have a positive impact on the renewable energy market in the United States.  How much of an impact has yet to be seen. see details here.

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Major US Senate Solar Bill on Floor Today!

A very significant bill is being debated in the US Senate but nobody seems to be talking about it. This bill proposed by Harry Reid and Angus King would would protect solar customers from retroactive changes to net metering rates and set new rules for …

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Change to Renewable Energies Can Be Fast and Cheap!

  The switch to clean energy can be fast and even cheap according to Scientific America. It is simply a matter of strategic placement of solar and wind farms across the United States.  The key word here is “strategic”. Cheap and Fast – Read Here! …

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California continue to lead the country in renewable energy!

“In a 3-2 vote on Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its long-awaited final decision on the state’s successor net-metering program, often referred to as NEM 2.0” Click here for full story.

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New York State REV in 2016

REV has been one of New York’s boldest initiatives in many years,  2016 is going to be a very important year for REV in many ways.  This article is a thorough discussion of the matter. Click her for full article

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Better Power Lines Could Super Charge Renewable Energy?

There has been a huge debate going on in the communities of Dutchess County, New York (in which I live) about putting up new 345-kilovolt high voltage line that would run entirely within the existing 14.5-mile Con Ed corridor.  This has been approved b …

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US Energy Department Announces 2017 Solar Decathalon Teams

(2015 winners shown above) 16 college teams have been selected this week for the 2017 Solar Decathalon! This is a exciting event for the many colleges who participate.  Many of the participants go on to become the solar champions of the future. click h …

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Corporations and Sustainability Goals

Today corporations need to embed sustainability goals into their mission. It is no longer adequate to have sustainable goals as add-ons. Click here for full article

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NASA Study Reveals Record Shattering global warm temperatures in 2015

  Credits: Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center The record-breaking year continues a long-term warming trend — 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have now occurred since 2001. Click here for full article  

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New York State Governor Announces Significant Commitment to Renewal Energy

New York State continues to be a leader for the future! Governor Cuomo commits to a significant renewable energy plan in his State of the State speech. Click here for full article  

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Solar Jobs Double in Five Years

  The solar industry has become one of the largest job growth industries of this century.  It has already out paced the oil and the auto industry in it’s growth rate.   Exciting times for solar! Click here for full story

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Oakwood Friend’s School Solar Array Completed! (Poughkeepsie Journal)

(Photo by Poughkeepsie Journal) EarthKind is proud to share Oakwood’s Friend’s School announcement of it’s brand new solar system.  Oakwood is located in Poughkeespie, NY. This system will power the entire campus and service as a teaching tool for Oakw …

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Renewable Energy Portfolios by States Showing Considerable Benefit

Not all the states have renewable energy portfolios.  But for those that do a study was conducted that showed over the last several years there has been considerable benefit in a range of areas.  Including reduction of green house gases,  growth of the …

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Community Solar Is Going To Get Hot In 2016!

Community Solar may very well be the future of solar energy in the USA in 2016. For people who cannot afford to have a solar system on their own, or who live in an building where a system is not possible – community solar is a exciting option. EarthKin …

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The Need for Renewable Energy Crosses Party Lines

Senator  Al Davis of Nebraska is very concerned about his home state.  He sees wind energy as a life saver for the people of Nebraska. Read More Here

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Winter Solstice = Oakwood’s Inner Light!

Every person and organization is unique. Part of the challenging fun is working through the solar development and decision-making processes with diverse individuals and organizations. While every project is great, the best ones are those where “the sta …

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

From EarthKind Energy “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” (graphic courtesy of  SEIA)

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Oakwood Friend’s School – Solar PV Panels Installed

  EarthKind’s PV project at Oakwood Friend’s School is progressing quickly.  The  ground mounts were completed and now the panels are on the mounts.   Very soon the school will have 100% of it’s electrical need produced by 100% renewable solar ene …

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SUNY BEST Energy Leadership Team Tours EarthKind Project

SUNY BEST Energy Leadership Team attended a tour of the Bates-Troy Cogen (Combined Heat & Power, CHP) system on Friday, December 18, 2015. Bates-Troy’s innovative 400KW Cogen system reduces daily energy costs and peak demand, and provides resilient …

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2015 Year In Review for Renewable Energy

 Great summary of major advances that have been made in the field of renewable energy in 2015. Battery storage development strongly moving ahead – we will see full electric storage enter the market sooner then you think! And electric cars and their cha …

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Great Summary on Federal Tax Incentives

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Historic Climate Change Agreement Met!

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EarthKind client Bates Troy’s owners Ara & Brian Kradjian and Ron Kamen were featured in the in the video that helped the Southern Tier win $500M in NYS economic development funding on 12.10.15

Bates Troy Owners Ara & Brian Kradjian with EarthKind’s Ron Kamen

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Solar Sister Project

Solar Sister is a incredible project in Africa to help women have their own businesses.  Not only is this admirable but the businesses they are starting are solar lighting and camp stoves.  EarthKind Energy proudly supports this amazing organization!

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Solar Batteries

In the first HALF of 2010, the U.S. solar industry installed 340 MW of solar, at a cost of $6.40 per watt. In the first QUARTER of 2015, the U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar – at an average $2.36 per watt. That’s ~ 4x times as much solar, in ½ the time …

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Solar Ready Vets

In conjunction with the military the US Energy Department has created a outstanding occupational program for US Vets.   The Solar Ready Vet project has been a huge success in the last year and plans are being made to expand it over the country!  

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Help For Struggling Communities

This is a fun,  good feeling video about helping small, struggling communities through solar energy.   Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIT0ZXOey1Q  

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Bates Troy quoted in Governor’s Clean Energy Announcement

EarthKind was recruited to bring together technology providers and represent Bates Troy, a prestigious Binghamton area client, through the development of a 400,000 watt Combined Heat and Power system. From the September 22nd news release, “Governor Cuo …

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Major US Corps commit $140B for new renewables

13 major US companies announced $140B in new renewable energy investments to reduce their carbon footprint this week. Isn’t it time for us all to save money with clean energy?   Major US Corporations Pledge To Increase Renewable Energy Usage, Decr …

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Now Everyone in NY can “go solar”!

This week, the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) delivered on Governor Cuomo’s promise to create a statewide “Community Renewables” program. http://ny-sun.ny.gov/Get-Solar/Community-Solar The community net metering initiative now allow multiple custo …

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EarthKind Delivers NY Prize Microgrid Award for City of Binghamton

EarthKind led the development of an application to the competitive NY Prize initiative for the City of Binghamton. EarthKind built the Team, created the plan, and submitted the application. The Governor announced that the City of Binghamton received a …

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The Way Humans Get Electricity is Changing Forever

Mainstream media now recognizes that we have reached a turning point. EarthKind has been igniting partnerships that position our clients for the new era. This article nicely explains 6 reasons why the Time is Now. Solar Prices Keep Crashing Solar Billi …

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A Car at Clearwater?

We had the pleasure of attending the annual Clearwater Music Festival this weekend for some music, friends, and fun. Thousands came in spite of the rain, and a “good time was had by all”. While we saw the many usual environmental products, services, an …

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MIT – Solar panels supply enough energy to power the world!

The guys at MIT have discovered something that many of us have suspected for quite a while now:   that the sun supplies enough energy to power the entire world! Solar panels can power the world – MIT study Published time: May 20, 2015 16:38 Edited time …

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Bates Troy CHP Unveiling

It was my honor and pleasure to be part of the successful development of the Bates Troy CoGeneration (CoGen, or Combined Heat and Power = CHP) system – and the media launch event on May 27, 2015.   I went to college in Binghamton, NY, got my degre …

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Tesla Battery Power

Elon Musk announced the “Tesla Powerwall” – a moment that will go down in history. Humanity has 2 billion cars on the road. With the same number of new battery systems, we can power the entire planet with stored solar energy. Human will power combined …

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“Reform the Energy Vision” (REV) Released this Week

The NY Public Service Commission released their plan to “Reform the Energy Vision” (REV) this week. REV is “…an ambitious plan that could dramatically alter the state’s energy markets, with the aim of making them more competitive, cleaner and ultimatel …

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E2 Mission to Washington, DC

L to R: Joanna Marvin, E2 New England; Bob Keefe, E2 Executive Director; Berl Hartman, E2 Director, New England; United States Senator Edward Markey; Ron Kamen, E2 Director, New York; Barbara Blumenthal, E2 New Jersey. In November, I joined a stellar t …

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Solar & Wind Almost Competitive with Fossil Fuel Electricity

  The price for solar & wind is now almost competitive with fossil fuel electricity in most locations around the country. Current federal and state incentives are being reduced, and many will expire soon. While solar will continue to be cost-compe …

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“Go Solar” with ZERO cash outlay

It is now possible for municipal, school, and other electricity customers to “go solar” with ZERO cash outlay – saving money immediately and over the long-term with Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). In addition to federal tax incentives that allo …

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Angel Light Pictures Is On A Green Mission; Joins EarthKind Energy

I’ve known Antonio Saillant for over 2 decades. It’s an honor and pleasure to work with him again as Angel Light Pictures expands Planet Greenfest to integrate energy & environmental sustainability throughout the entertainment industry. BWW Movies Worl …

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Solar panel awards worth $94m across New York State

    New York continues to escalate its solar program, with $94M of incentives announced for larger projects. Many of the projects are “Remote Net Metered”, which allows non-residential customers to have a solar system installed at a “Host” si …

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Ron Speaks to the Westchester County Legislature’s Environment and Energy Committee

  The Westchester County Legislature is working to pass legislation that would eliminate the use of dirty, polluting #6 and #4 oil. As part of their deliberative process, the Environment and Energy Committee invited Ron to speak about solar hot wa …

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Energy Revolution

 Source: International Energy Agency The Energy Transformation (or, really, a Revolution) is underway. After 130 years, the electric utility industry is going through a disruption “…potentially as great as those that have remade the airlines, th …

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Solar Hot Water is a Global Leader

The New York Times’ Green Column article, Interest in Solar Water Heating Spreads Globally by Kate Gailbraith addressed the presence of solar hot water around the world. Most people don’t realize that there is 3 times more solar hot water installed acr …

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Clean Energy Jobs on the Rise

    Ron Kamen was interviewed by “TheStreet” regarding E2’s report on clean energy jobs. Ron Kamen is a New York Chapter Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) – a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors and others wh …

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Corporations can realize sustained financial benefits with solar

Stephen Lacey writes about Verizon’s $40 million solar investment. Not only are major companies like Verizon turning green for sustainability purposes – but, they have now realized that they can “’drive shareholder value’ by investing in a technology t …

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All of Society Moving to Solar

The bright sunlight of solar power has just entered a new phase. Not only is government promoting the transition to the most powerful energy source in the world – but businesses, financial institutions, and all of society are moving to solar electricit …

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Last Century’s Hydro Power helping Solar Energy for the Future

Advances in solar manufacturing technology and high transportation costs are making it cost-effective to manufacture in the US. Now we are bringing jobs back to Western New York thanks to New York’s $1 Billion program for 3,000 Megawatts of solar – usi …

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Go Solar, Save Money and Save the World!

In this New York Time’s Op-Ed piece Paul Krugman confirms the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report that although we are still on the road to catastrophe without major policy changes, there is reason for some economic optimism. The price o …

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Blessed by Year-Round Tropical Sunshine

“One of the fastest growing areas for solar is the Caribbean and other islands (such as Hawaii) where electricity is generated by burning expensive foreign oil. State and country policies are now being changed to allow private businesses – like this re …

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Make Hay While the Sun Shines

“Make hay while the sun shines” – and the sun shines every day (whether we can see it that particular day, or not). Solar is becoming cost-competitive with every other source of electricity – even with massive subsidies to the fossil fuel and nuclear p …

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Get Moving Sooner Than Later

Anyone considering a solar project in the near future should get moving sooner than later. State cash incentives are going to continue to decrease, and net metering (which provides a 100% offset to the retail price of electricity for 30+ years) will be …

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Here Comes the Sun: Politics Make Strange Bedfellows

The Phoenix home of David Leeper, a Republican who has installed solar panels on his roof. Samantha Sais for The New York Times This week The New York Times published an article that began: In conservative politics, solar power is often dismissed as an …

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Climate Change Wakeup Call

A Coke bottling plant in Winona, Minn. The company has been affected by global droughts. Andrew Link/Winona Daily News, via Associated Press The economics are dramatically different when climate disruption stops business because there is no water, or s …

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Solar Power Adds A Premium To A Home’s Resale Value

I’m often asked what happens when a person sells their home with a solar electric (PV) system. The answer has now been extensively studied and definitively proven – your home value goes up! Read all about it…

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Solar is Booming in the US

While many Americans have heard of the failure of one solar manufacturer – Solyndra – the reality is that solar is booming in the U.S., with many other manufacturers growing exponentially. The best news is that the 70% per year annual growth is not jus …

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Happy New Year

This letter was recently published in the New York Solar Energy Industries Association’s newsletter — something I get to do as the president emeritus. You can browse the entire newsletter here, or read my letter below: Dear New York Solar Friends & …

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The future is here!

The founders of Tesla and SolarCity are creating the beginnings of a sustainable future. Solar powering our homes and offices. Solar powering our electric cars.  Now, the same high-capacity batteries can reduce peak demand charges, usually the most exp …

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If History Tells Us Anything…

I believe this article needs little additional comment: “…if history tells us anything, renewable energy will be one of the answers”: Read all about it.

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Solar Energy Out Shines Nuclear Power Everytime

Here’s my response to this recent piece in the New York Times Opinion Pages: ‘To Those Influencing Environmental Policy But Opposed to Nuclear Power.’ When I was a kid, I read a lot of science fiction, and was a believer that nuclear energy was the pow …

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Latest Thinking on the Evolution of Energy

I first heard of Amory Lovins in the 1980s, when he created the concept of “Negawatts,” which recognized that saving energy was more cost-effective than creating new energy supplies, and aimed to give utilities an incentive to invest in energy efficien …

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Generating Extra Energy

I just read this interesting article in the New York Times: Modern Updates to Old-School Building Materials. While it mostly discusses new construction options, the solar electric that Mr. Torcasso uses for his almost zero electric bill in his multi-mi …

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Solar Costs Have Dropped 99%

Today’s NYTs article quoted Noah Smith’s piece in the The Atlantic talking about economic trends: “New Trend: Cheap solar, disrupting old industries. Since Jimmy Carter was sworn in as president, the price of solar cells has fallen over 99 percent. No, …

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Celebrate Solar

For those of us interested in Solar Energy, there is cause to celebrate. Here are some compelling facts: 92% of American voters agree that it is important that America develop its solar capacity. The price of solar panels has dropped 80% in the last fi …

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Solar Saves

Ron Kamen in front of the Curtis family's solar shed, added to their south-facing wall to provide solar heat and hot water and gain storage space. The rectangular panel on the right is a solar air heater for heating a kid's bedroom. (photo cred …

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Solar Energy: the Sustainable Choice

Can the energy from the sun meet our world-wide energy needs? Find out…

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Do you know about LEEDS?

LEEDs Certification is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings, of which solar is often a component. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Celebrating 20 years …

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EarthKind Energy Divests Solar Products Division to Focus on Solar Project Development

RHINEBECK, NY, Sept. 18 – EarthKind Energy®, a renewable energy company founded in 2007, today announced that it has sold its Solar Products Division in order to concentrate on its rapidly expanding solar project development business. “This move is an …

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Opportunity with EarthKind

Sales Performance-Equity Partner Job Details EarthKind Solar Energy is ready to hire an experienced sales professional whose performance will lead to an equity position in the company. You must have proven sales success in the development of commercial …

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New York Solar Jobs Coalition holds Job Fair

Clean energy advocates gathered May 24th at Cornell’s Industrial and Labor Relations School in Buffalo to call for an expansion of solar power across the state. Holding a Solar Jobs Fair, members of the New York Solar Jobs Coalition along with business …

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The Boiler Dilemma – What Are The Alternatives to Converting to Gas?

The Boiler Dilemma -Kamen presentation On March 22nd, EarthKind’s Chairman spoke at a discussion series on Renewable Energy in NYC organized by RenewNEWYork. The City’s new heating oil rules require buildings to stop using heavy oils by 2030, and build …

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Central Hudson Solar Summit: Solar Advocacy

Ron Kamen, February 1, 2012 EarthKind: Renewable Energy Credits Experience Management are leaders in the policy development of NYS voluntary renewable energy markets Created marketing and sales programs for 2+ Million MWhs of NYS Environmental Disclosu …

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Bard College Shines by Gerhard Klier

Reprinted with permission from the *January/February 2012* issue of Facilities Manager magazine, the magazine of APPA, Alexandria, VA. With its park-like campus location overlooking the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains in New York’s Hudson Valley, …

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New York Awards Solar Developers $30 million for Solar Projects

EarthKind is included in a select group of eligible developers to implement Governor Cuomo’s Solar initiative. Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the state Public Service Commission (PSC), a total of $3 …

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A Changing Energy Landscape: Why I Choose Green Energy

Concern for the long term well-being of the planet, and the reduction of fossil fuel costs for our future, is the resounding message of this week’s submission to the Why I Buy Green Energy Contest. Energy Contest c/o EarthKind Energy, Kingston, NY [sic …

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Going Green: Hollywood and Energy Efficiency

Going Green in New York By Claire McCurdy First published in the Journal of Foreign Relations January 23, 2013 Reprinted with Permission After months of monitoring the disasters in Japan, it is a refreshing change to cover a story about a positive ener …

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Investing in Solar Energy: NY State Gov. Cuomo Calls for Quadrupling Solar Capacity by 2013

“In its first year, the NY-Sun Initiative will be capable of doubling the customer-sited photovoltaic capacity that was installed in 2011. By 2013, we estimate that NY-Sun will quadruple the 2011 capacity.” ~New York State Gov.Cuomo According to Clean …

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Going Green & Staying Green: A Sustainable Movie Industry

How can it be that the movie industry be sustainable: an interview with Antonio Saillant, US producer and director, by Alma Daddario on Sustainability International Forum. Excerpt from “Meeting a Green Director” “Q – Are you implementing any kind of pr …

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Why Buy Green Energy: For Our Children’s Children’s Children

This submission to the Why I Buy Green Energy Contest co-sponsored by EarthKind® and NYSEG Solutions makes a strong statement that the most powerful reason to “Go Green” is for our children, and “all who come after us.” “Subject: Why we “buy green” We …

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Teaching Our Children About Green Energy

Being concerned about the future of our planet Earth, teachers feel an obligation to teach their students a sense of responsibility in regards to green energy. This submission comes from such a teacher: Why I Buy Green Energy As a classroom teacher and …

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Renewable Energy: It Really Can Be Easy Being Green

There are many great reasons for buying green, and this submission to the Green Energy Contest from Salem, NY has a wonderful list. RE: Why I Buy Green Kermit the Frog was wrong. It really can be easy being green. With just some thought, and a little e …

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NYSEIA 2011 Conference Presentation

NYSEIA president Ron Kamen (and chairman of EarthKind®) giving the keynote presentation at the 2011 New York Solar Energy Industries Association conference, September 21, 2011. Download the Presentation PDF Here: NYSEIA-2011-Conference.pdf NY SRECs (So …

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Buying Green Energy to Be Environmentally Responsible

Many families are trying to reduce their global footprint and find ways to be environmentally responsible. This includes looking for alternatives to the fossil fuel energy sources available to them. EarthKind®, a renewable energy solutions company, par …

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Support Green Energy

“It is just a way of life for us!” is the perfect answer to the question “Why I buy Green.” Buying renewable energy doesn’t just save the planet; it can save you money as well. Doing good and feeling good about it; priceless. Being rewarded with a clea …

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Solar Energy Projects that Make a Difference. (Part 2)

Reprinted from Alternative Energy eMagazine – Case Studies from EarthKind® Solar continued from Part 1 written by Gehard Klier, EarthKind® Energy Bard College Shines At the liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, students learn and live in 25 geot …

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Down to Earth Solar Energy Projects… (Part 1)

Reprinted from Alternative Energy eMagazine – Case Studies from EarthKind Solar written by Gehard Klier, EarthKind® Energy Green Seniors Go Solar at Hawthorne Ridge Retirement Community Joan Taylor has always cared about doing her part to conserve the …

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Why I Buy Green Energy Contest

EarthKind® Energy and Energetix/NYSEG Solutions are offering Green Energy customers the opportunity to win an overnight trip to the Fenner Wind Farm. A family of four will have 3 meals (lunch, dinner & breakfast) as well as overnight accommodations …

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City of Binghamton Shows Committment to Sustainability

EarthKind® Energy installs a 50KV solar array for Binghamton’s water treatment plant convincing even their toughest skeptics! “We’re very excited to be able to install the first on-site renewable energy system on a City of Binghamton facility,” said Am …

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EarthKind® in “Hot Water”

EarthKind® Energy completes a new solar hot water heating system for HealthAlliance’s Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY. In an effort to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, HealthAlliance commissioned EarthKind® Energy to design a sola …

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