Category Archives: Solar Garden

Alternative Energy: Five Things You Need to Know About Solar

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Understanding your alternative energy options can be daunting. This series demystifies the different sources of alternative energy and provides key points that you should consider when reviewing your alternative energy options. This week’s topic introduces solar energy.

Within recent years, solar energy has gained considerable traction and momentum as a leading source of alternative energy. Solar installations can take many forms, from systems installed on rooftops and carports, to ground-mounted systems, to community-shared… Read More

How Obama’s Power Plant Rule Affects Commercial Real Estate

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President Obama’s Power Plant Rule imposes greenhouse gas emission targets on utilities on a state-by-state basis.

While the target is fossil-fuel generating plants, the impact will reach owners of commercial real estate, and the opportunity could be a (sorry) windfall.

Of the many ways that utilities will respond, encouraging customers to use renewable energy on-site or through the… Read More

Is ‘Community Solar’ Coming to Your Neighborhood?

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Probably.  And, with good reason.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), community-shared solar is picking up speed and could become a real force in our energy arena.

The Department of Energy launched the idea through its Sunshot Initiative to make solar power financially competitive by the end of the decade.

Community-shared solar projects eliminate the need for… Read More

Solar Power without Panels in Minnesota?

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If you want solar power at a lower cost than conventional electricity, you can do it without any solar panels on your property, if you are in Minnesota (or other states looking to apply this concept in the coming months).

The concept is called a “solar garden.”

Here’s how it works. Minnesota passed legislation in 2013, allowing… Read More