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Solar canopy installations: bring shade and clean energy to your parking lot

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The financial and environmental benefits of solar are greater than ever, and companies looking to benefit can now install a solar canopy over their parking lots to share in the savings. Businesses across the country are building solar parking lots that provide shade for cars while simultaneously generating renewable energy – and they’re saving thousands of dollars on electricity bills in the process.

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Can the Clean Energy Industry Benefit From Its Own Version of Edmunds.com?

This 2011 map created by Columbia University illustrates the estimated Total Annual Building Energy Consumption for New York City. This kind of information is appealing to us at EnergySage. We’re obsessed with how much energy households are using, what it costs, where it comes from, and how to make the whole energy equation better by using clean energy systems. But if information like this were readily available, would it appeal to a broad base of residential and commercial property owners? And, what might happen if it were? Continue reading

Search for the Solar Grail – Part 2

Continued from Part 1

10:30 AM – the doorbell rings on Martin Luther King day. It’s 12 degrees out and the guy at the door – in blue coveralls with the NStar logo – is from the electric utility company. Carmine – that’s his name – is here to install two “net-meters” to prep for our upcoming Photovoltaic installation. He explains that normal electric meters go only one direction, but net-meters go forwards and backwards as well. Continue reading

Search for the Solar Grail – Part 1

Hello to new EnergySagers –

I’m located in Massachusetts and I thought my recent experiences looking into solar PV for my house might be helpful for folks.

First off, I should say that I’m pretty lucky to have an unobstructed south-facing roof. I’ve been thinking about solar for a while, and watching prices go down, so a couple of months ago I started asking people who had installed solar PV panels if they could recommend companies. I found two through word of mouth and then I found three more via EnergySage.com.

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Own a Solar, Wind, or Geothermal System? What Advice Do You Wish You’d Had?

Deciding whether or not to install a solar, small wind, or geothermal system at your home or business doesn’t need to be a lonely pursuit. Consider this: If you’re looking for a hot new restaurant to try, where do you look? You could check the yellow pages or maybe look through local newspaper ads, but you probably won’t. A far more likely scenario is that you will ask your friends or neighbors for a recommendation. Why? Because, aside from a sincere desire to see you happy, your friends and neighbors don’t have any vested interest in which restaurant you choose. As people who know you and know what you are looking for, they serve as a credible source of information. They are people who are willing to share their own thoughts, experiences and expertise to help you to make your own decision.

This kind of friendly help and advice is particularly invaluable when deciding which clean energy system is right for you—a decidedly bigger decision than where to go out to eat. Continue reading