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Puerto Rico’s Microgrid Plans Exemplify the Power of Distributed Generation

Puerto Rico’s Microgrid Plans Exemplify the Power of Distributed Generation

Puerto Rico’s long and difficult recovery in the wake of Hurricane Maria has raised questions about the best ways to provide better infrastructure security in parts of the world that are at the greatest risk due to climate change. Now, the island has an answer:

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Science & Industry Perspectives on the Green New Deal

Science & Industry Perspectives on the Green New Deal

We’ve heard a lot from politicians about the Green New Deal. Let’s take a moment to listen to what climate scientists and alternative energy industry insiders, those who have been at the forefront of the effort to make renewable energy an economic priority, are saying.

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Business, Solar, and the Green New Deal

Business, Solar, and the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal represents a massive shift in the priorities of the American economy, but many experts believe it can (and must) be done. How can the business community help ease the transition while taking advantage of new opportunities?

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State-Level Energy Initiatives are Helping Advance the Green New Deal

State-Level Energy Initiatives are Helping Advance the Green New Deal

From New York to California and everywhere in between, state-level policies are giving us a taste of what a national Green New Deal could mean. We share examples that are advancing knowledge and public understanding of new climate policy:

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What is the Green New Deal? Environmental, Social, & Economic Impacts

What is the Green New Deal? Environmental, Social, & Economic Impacts

What is the Green New Deal and how would it change the alternative energy industry? We take a look at the environmental, social, and economic impacts of a wide-ranging solution to the problem of man-made global warming.

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Solar-Plus-Storage: Another Big Year Ahead for Energy Storage

Solar-Plus-Storage: Another Big Year Ahead for Energy Storage

For consumers who are interested in achieving greater energy independence and security, there has never been a better time to invest in energy storage. We explore the incredible progress in the solar-plus-storage market:

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I have researched adding PV to my home for several years and have met with several PV providers in the KC area and they tend to fall into two broad categories, the new and low budget operators who got into this to ride the wave and are not that knowledgeable, and the commercial providers who have little interest in working with a homeowner and are geared to providing a much larger system where some economy of scale must come into play. Both my wife and I are architects and we wanted something different and it was challenging to find someone who was interested in doing something out of the ordinary. Neither or those types were interested in working with us as we were trying to create something a bit different. they each wanted to sell us their pre-configured solutions.

 

Fortunately we found Bob Solger. He has been a delight to work with and is incredibly knowledgeable and responsive. We wanted to create a solar carport that would provide cover and protection for our cars, but would also provide shade over part of our patio. In essence, the big idea was to create an outdoor pavilion, when, if we wanted to entertain we could move the cars out of the way and have a large covered area for an outdoor gathering. We had selected the Lumos brand of solar panels as they have a very clean look and are partially transparent so some light filters through the panels creating a mottled light pattern on the ground, similar to the shading from a tree. In addition, the system is set up to hide the majority of the connecting wires in the support beams so when you look up at the underside of the PV roof you see a very clean look. Bob recognized our goal and worked with us to ensure the project’s success. Bob identified a structural engineer to design an elegant support structure and found a fabricator to build it affordably. Finally he connected us with a contracting team to clear the space, provide the footings, retaining walls, and pad, who were every bit as careful with everything as you would hope. They were amazingly accommodating to every request and understood that there were a lot of competing challenges that needed to be resolved so we could fit this all in to a very tight location and make it look like it belongs.

 

The bottom line is that it all turned out better than we could have hoped and while it did cost more than the low ball bids received from some of the low budget operators, it was less than the commercially focused suppliers, and more importantly we got the design we wanted and a well-constructed PV carport that will give us great delight for years to come. The best part is of course the savings on our electric bill, which thus far has been averaging around $200/month. So not only do we have a new carport and entertainment patio that our neighbors have been stopping by and admiring (which given that we live in the older Brookside neighborhood and our PV carport is quite modern, we were much relieved) but, our electric bills have been in the under $10/month range.

 

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Bob and his knowledge and team for helping to create an amazing PV carport for us. I’m sure you would be delighted with whatever you engage him to help you with.

Dev & Sue Malik

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