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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

Microgrids … The Answer for Resiliency?

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Posted by: Dave Gralnik

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In the wake of ever-increasing natural disasters, owners and users of real estate are scrambling to make their buildings energy-resilient.

Today, microgrids are emerging as the answer of choice.

These are typically building-specific solar panels, fuel cells, natural gas turbines and energy storage devices that are integrated strategically to allow the building to become energy self-sufficient when utility… Read More

Is ‘Community Solar’ Coming to Your Neighborhood?

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Posted by: Dave Gralnik

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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

Time Is Running Out on Federal Solar Incentives!

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Posted by: Bob Best

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Now is the time to move ahead with solar installations.

The federal investment tax credit (ITC) runs out at the end of 2016, and they can cover as much as 30% of the cost of a solar installation.

The rush is on now, because the ITC applies to projects that are producing power by the end of 2016, meaning that… Read More

Solar Electricity Just Keeps Getting Cheaper and Cheaper

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Dave Gralnik



Posted By: Dave Gralnik

Energy and Sustainability Services


In 1977, the average cost of solar panels was about $77/watt .

Today, the cost is a little over $.60/watt.

Utilities, commercial buildings and even home-owners are responding as you might expect … solar installations are booming.

In fact, for the first time ever, more new renewable electric generating capacity is being added to the world’s power grid (dominantly… Read More