Zero Net Energy Walkthrough: What it Means for Schools and Other Organizations

April 5, 2018

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is generating a lot of buzz around California, especially for schools and municipalities. So what is Zero Net Energy and does it make sense for your organization to pursue for existing or new buildings?

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Topics: policy, california, finance, solutions

Ready for Solar and Not Sure Where to Start? Here are the First Steps.

February 15, 2018

It looks like you are interested in how solar power can save you money on your energy bills and help you green your organization. Great! The first step is to engage in a free consultation with one of our solar energy experts so that our team can generate a proposal that includes a conceptual design of the solar project as well as an estimate of the energy savings that you can anticipate. To get that process started, we need some information from you. This information helps us to develop an accurate proposal.

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Topics: solutions, nationwide, policy

A REC: Whats in a Name?

January 8, 2018

A REC, also known as a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) is a tradable certificate that represents the environmental attributes of a certain quantity of renewable energy generation. Think of it as a deed of ownership that can be bought and sold among various entities. The ownership does not apply to the actual electricity generated, but to the carbon-free quality of that electricity. Sound abstract? We hope this post makes RECs a bit easier to understand.

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Topics: solutions, policy

The Future Energy Jobs Act: What does it mean for solar in Illinois?

December 12, 2017

In December of 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) into law. The 503-page legislation, which took effect on June 1, 2017, outlines policies designed to transition the state to a cleaner electricity grid, generate thousands of well-paying jobs in the green economy, and position the state as a leader in renewable energy deployment.

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Topics: policy, solutions

Wholesale Solar Procurement: What You Need to Know

October 17, 2017

Organizations across the United States are taking big steps to adopt renewable energy in larger quantities to meet their sustainability initiatives and cut energy costs.

Just a few years ago, this trend initially meant parking canopy, rooftop, or on-site, ground-mounted solar systems; however, many organizations are expanding their approach to include larger volume wholesale procurement to benefit from industry economies of scale. This article describes these newer procurement methods and how organizations can benefit from their adoption.

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Topics: policy, nationwide, solutions

Net Metering by State 101

May 16, 2017

Solar energy at residential homes and businesses is typically made possible by net metering policies that allow system owners to receive compensation for excess energy that they supply to the grid. More simply, it might help to think of it as allowing your meter to “spin backwards” during times when your solar array is producing more than you are consuming at home or at work.

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Topics: policy, nationwide