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Solar energy in the NFL in 2017: a solar powered Super Bowl LI

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There was a time when we asked, “Could the NFL Be Leading the Way in Renewable Energy?” We firmly believe that the more people are exposed to solar and other renewable energies in their daily lives, the more quickly these technologies can become part of the mainstream. Now, six years later, we’re happy to report that there is a definite proliferation of solar power use not only in the NFL, but in Major League Baseball and the NBA as well. More and more teams are recognizing the tremendous potential these systems have to save money, generate positive publicity, and reduce negative environmental impacts. Continue reading

The Sunny Side of Corporate America: Companies Making Headlines for Going Solar

Historically, environmentalists and multinational corporations have usually been on opposite sides of the fence. Recently, however, the two groups have found some common ground: solar power. Corporations are realizing that what’s in the best interest of their businesses and what’s in the best interest of the environment aren’t mutually exclusive, and as the costs of installing solar panels have plummeted, many corporate giants are adopting solar as a way to slash their energy costs and increase profits, while also creating goodwill with their stakeholders. Continue reading

Tips for Timing Your Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments

On some level, we all know we should do something to reduce our energy costs, but where to start to achieve that goal is less clear. Should we reduce our consumption by making efficiency improvements (e.g. installing energy efficient lighting, replacing old windows, adding insulation, etc.)? Or, should we focus on reducing the cost of the energy we’re using by installing a clean energy system such as solar, wind or geothermal system? Both approaches make a lot of sense. Here are some points to consider that may help you to decide.

What are your goals for better energy efficiency? Continue reading

MAJOR MYTH: Solar Panel Systems Are Only a Good Investment Because of Rebates and Incentives

Lately, there’s been a lot of noise in the marketplace about whether or not solar panel systems would make financial sense without the government tax incentives and rebates that are available today. Even the Wall Street Journal seems to have jumped on the band wagon.  Continue reading

Retiring to Someplace Sunny: Solar and Other Renewables Improve Retirees’ Financial Outlook

This recent blog post “For Retirement Savings, Solar Power Is a Better Bet Than the Stock Market” from thedailygreen.com shows how one octogenarian couple is using renewable energy to stretch their savings and contain costs in retirement. While this post focuses on solar photovoltaics, any clean energy system—solar, wind, geothermal or biomass—can produce the same benefits. Continue reading

Are You a Begley or Buffet? What Clean Energy Benefits Matter Most to You?

There are a lot of different motivators that drive property owners to consider clean energy systems such as solar energy panels, small wind or geothermal systems. When you think about alternative energy, how do you approach the decision? Do you take an Ed Begley, Jr. approach rooted exclusively in the environmental benefits? Or, is your approach more akin to someone like Warren Buffet who weighs the pros and cons from an investor’s point of view? Continue reading

Solar Panels: Smart Investment or Big Expense?

We all know that perception is everything. There’s a huge difference in how people view a $10,000 investment versus a $10,000 expense. So could solar power systems be suffering from a perception problem? EnergySage set out to find out just that.

In a survey of 150 consumers interested in solar energy and other clean energy systems (like solar hot water, small wind turbines and geothermal) for their home or businesses, EnergySage found that 50% of respondents thought of solar panel systems as an investment, 30% considered it an expense, and 20% did not know enough to tell the difference between the two. Continue reading