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How the Ban on Xinjiang Imports Could Affect Solar

Jul 26, 2021 10:21:56 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar

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The US Senate unanimously passed a bill on July 14th 2021 that would ban the import of all products from the Xinjiang region in China, citing forced labor and regional genocide as their reasons.   

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A Beginner's Guide to Solar Terms

Jul 12, 2021 11:02:51 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar

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The solar industry is a world unto it's own, though it does share similarities with the real estate, legal, and energy industries. Acronyms in solar are commonplace, and though there are many, there are a few core terms that will help beginners to the industry understand it better.  

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Increasing a Building's Energy Efficiency

Jul 6, 2021 8:48:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar, Sustainability

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By now we all know that the more efficient a building, is the less you'll pay for upkeep. But you may be surprised at just how much of a difference it makes.

Whether you own a home, rent an apartment, own or lease commercial buildings, or are in charge of operating costs for an office building, consider having an energy efficiency audit done to learn where you can improve your building's energy efficiency and save money

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Il-LUMA-nating Puerto Rico

Jun 28, 2021 9:26:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar

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The unincorporated US territory of Puerto Rico, located directly south of Florida, has gorgeous beaches, tropical weather, and doesn't require a passport to visit for US citizens. It's a tourist destination with the brightly colored houses in Old San Juan, the tropical rainforests on the eastern side of the island, and a bustling tourism trade. 

Unfortunately, it also has some major electricity problems that often result in unscheduled blackouts, some for days at a time. 

What's happening with Puerto Rico's electricity grid to cause the instability and what's being done to fix it?

 

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The Electricity Crisis in Puerto Rico

Jun 21, 2021 9:45:54 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar

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Electricity in Puerto Rico is unlike any other in the US. Puerto Ricans pay one of the highest prices per kilowatt hour for unstable, inconsistent electricity from the main grid, which is not only aging and has historically lacked considerable standard maintenance, but has also sustained damage from multiple natural disasters in the last 5 years.

We break down the electricity crisis in Puerto Rico below, including how the US territory in the Caribbean islands has gotten to this point, and what's going to pull them out of it.  

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Growing the US Electric Vehicle Market

Jun 14, 2021 9:22:34 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar, Solar Technology, Sustainability

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The sale of internal combustion engine vehicles peaked 4 years ago. 

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Carbon Offsets Through Solar Investment

Jun 7, 2021 9:41:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar, Investing

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The cost of pollution is rising as carbon taxes increase worldwide. As these costs coincide with individual consumers and corporations becoming more aware of our carbon footprint and impact on the planet, we're seeing a consumer-driven paradigm shift to focus on products and services that offer little to no negative environmental impact. These changes together are changing the behavior of large corporations and forcing them to consider ways to reduce their carbon footprint, or lose their market share.

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The Clean Hydrogen Debate

Jun 1, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar, Sustainability

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Clean hydrogen is a misnomer - or is it?

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Going Solar With $0

May 24, 2021 9:22:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar

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Solar is booming! There are so many reasons to go solar today , including reducing your carbon footprint, pairing solar panels with an electric vehicle charging station, having battery backup in case of blackouts or electricity grid failures, and just wanting to reduce your electricity bill.

Needing to have the money upfront to purchase a solar energy system is a myth. There are many ways to invest in a solar electricity generation system with $0 upfront, both in the residential and commercial and industrial (C&I) applications of solar panels. 

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The 3 Stages of a Solar Project

May 17, 2021 9:34:00 AM / by Sara Richardson posted in Solar, Project Management

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Entering the solar industry can be an easy transition with the right resources and information. Understanding more about solar projects, including the difference between the three stages of a solar project; early, mid-stage, and late stage, can help tremendously by helping to determine where a newcomer to the industry can jump right in and transition their expertise smoothly to a solar project and where to engage experts in the field when they're just starting out.

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