Ten reasons to join the Solar Energy Industry

Here’s a list of the 10 best reasons that people decide to go solar.

1.) It’s good for the environment. Unlike conventional power generated from coal or natural gas fired power plant, solar produces no harmful emissions or pollutants that harm the environment.

2.) It’s a solid long-term home investment. Many home improvements that you will make will not add the same value that you put into them. Solar energy will save you money.  In addition, the investment that you make in solar, will add value to your home.

3.) Solar Energy systems are durable. Solar power systems have no moving parts, require little or no maintenance and generally offer a 25-year power producing warranty.

4.) Solar can actually make you money! Excess solar energy is sold back to the power utility through a net-metering program. During the morning and afternoon hours, when most people are at work, your solar system will produce more electricity than your home is using. This excess electricity is pushed back onto the local utility grid. This literally causes your electricity meter to spin backwards. In the evening hours when the sun is down, you will be using the credited energy from the meter spinning backwards.

5.) Solar could help you afford that home improvement you’ve been wanting. Many people design a swimming pool or hot tub with their solar system in mind. On average a swimming pool adds $300 to your monthly energy bill. Your solar system could be designed with that extra usage in mind.

6.) Solar has a fixed energy cost. Utility providers historically raise energy costs, but your cost for solar power will remain fixed for the long-term.

7.) Being ahead of the curve. The future of energy is in renewable and clean energy. By converting to solar energy now, you’d be a step ahead.

8.) You can use your solar energy all day. There’s a big myth that solar power only works when there is sun. This is untrue. Most solar energy providers keep you connected to the local utility grid.  During the morning and afternoon hours, when most people are at work, your solar system will produce more electricity than your home is using. This excess electricity is pushed back onto the grid. This literally causes your electricity meter to spin backwards, and is most often referred to a net-metering program. In the evening hours when the sun is down, you will be using the credited energy from the meter spinning backwards.

9.) Solar Energy is cool! Let’s face it, what’s cooler than the sun powering your home?

10.) Either way, you can’t keep the money. Whether you’re spending money to make an investment in solar energy, or giving that money to your utility provider, that money is still being spent. Deciding to go solar is very much similar to deciding to purchase a home. You can invest in yourself and take control of your energy costs, or pay your utility provider for rented energy monthly.

Solar Energy Facts You Might Not Know

We bet you didn’t know
 corporations have taken a surprisingly quick liking to solar power in recent years — the companies installing solar might surprise you. The Solar Energy Industries Association, or SEIA, released the top 20 corporate users and here is the top five:

1. Walmart comes in first with 65 MW installed.

2. Costco has installed 38.9 MW.

3. Kohl’s has 36.5 MW of capacity.

4. IKEA has installed solar on 79% of its stores for a total of 21.5 MW of solar.

5. Macy’s rounds out the top five with 16.2 MW of installed solar.

Solar Energy Supply and Demand

☀  The earth receives more energy from the sun in just one hour than the world consumes in an entire year.

☀The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of the planet is so vast that in one year it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth’s non-renewable resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium combined.

☀Solar energy is the cleanest, most abundant renewable energy source available.

☀ Global installations of solar PV in 2016 are expected to reach 64.7 GW in 2016, according to new figures provided by Mercom Capital Group.

☀ Mercom Capital Group recently released its forecasts for 2016 this week, predicting installations would conclude at 57.8 GW in 2015, and then grow to 64.7 GW in 2016, with China leading the way with approximately 19.5 GW to be installed in 2016.

☀ “The largest markets in 2016 will again be China, the United States and Japan; the United States is set to overtake Japan as the second largest solar market behind China,” said Raj Prabbu, CEO and Co-Founder of Mercom Capital Group. “These three countries will account for about 65 percent of installations next (2016) year.”

Now is the Time to Go Green!

Canada’s Wind and solar energy sectors are growing MUCH better than thought before.

With a lengthy amount of time spent over dealing with sky high gas prices, crashing oil, coal, and natural gas values, many Canadians are unaware that the alternative energy source’s industry is sky rocketing. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels.

One reason this ratio is so high is because of the low prices it can cost to create clean energy! Recent solar and wind auctions in Mexico and Morocco ended with winning bids from companies that promised to produce electricity at the cheapest rate, from any source, anywhere in the world, said Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Even though we are  in a time where oil will be cheap for some time, this actually doesn’t affect the investments of clean energy , says Liebreich

Since 2000 the total amount of energy created by solar power has doubled seven times over! Wind power as well has doubled four times over during the same period despite being already established.

Oil and gas losses are a direct result of too much supply, and not enough demand. But with Solar and wind technology the market is perfect with the growth of all- electric cars, and more and more efficient  technologies that are growing to every device. This type of energy can be used anywhere, for almost anything. Natural gas will still be used for when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, but even with the cost of utility- scale batteries dropping, that will eventually to, be in the past.

Solar is a wonderful growing market and the more the public invests, and contributes, the cheaper and easier it is for consumers to convert.

Mike Holmes Talks Green Energy

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Television personality Mike Holmes attends "Home Free" Habitat For Humanity New York City Build on July 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Television personality Mike Holmes attends “Home Free” Habitat For Humanity New York City Build on July 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)

Mike Holmes is a world renowned house builder who focuses his building in his home country, Canada. So why is it so important to him to focus on installing solar energy systems in his new builds?

Mike holmes“The move for renewable energy and greener technologies has been really important to me for years now. Why? Because I’m building homes that are going to be around for years. So if I’m going to do it right, I have to think about the environment these buildings are going to be in today and tomorrow.”

“Let’s look at the facts: The cost of energy keeps rising. A lot of the resources we use for energy are on the verge of depletion. And the environmental fallout of modern living has reached a critical point.”

Seeing this fallout as a challenge, Mike can succeed at facing it head on. His view of issues behind our environment mixed with economy gives him the perfect time to push forward on these projects everyday by building greener homes day in and day out.

Holmes says: “If we look at what’s going on in the economy and the environment, we’ll see there’s actually a huge opportunity here. For new infrastructures, new technologies, new skills and an economy that gets stronger the more we help our environment. There’s no conflict of interest here.

“Another bonus is that green economy creates long-term jobs for different skill levels. This includes skilled tradespeople to manufacture all the parts for solar panels and turbines, contractors to install them and engineers to dream them up.”

Mike hopes that if he can influence public to go green and educate them as to why they should, it should be easier for the government to make policies that boost the movement. He makes an effort to do this by creating awareness of great organizations.

“PURE Energies is a microfit company that facilitates solar leasing. They install, operate and maintain solar power systems on suitable residential homes, at no cost to the homeowner. They’ll also monitor a home’s HVAC system to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible, given the weather and temperature. And even though PURE Energies owns the solar power system, they share the revenues from the energy produced with the homeowner. Everybody wins.”

“Right now, PURE Energies will make a donation to the David Suzuki Foundation for every inquiry they receive from homeowners interested in a solar power system. And if an inquiry leads to the installation of a system, PURE Energies will make another donation. Why the David Suzuki Foundation? Because they’re helping lay down the groundwork, through science and education, for a shift to sustainable living.”

Energy and environment is two of the most important discussions on our country’s headlines right now, and the answers to these could easily one day be everything Mike Holmes is working towards right now.

“As a contractor and builder, I take my job seriously. And I don’t take this responsibility lightly.”

“No matter the project, I always try to go for green options and renewable energy solutions. I could be working on a house for the new series, a custom home, a hurricane resistant house in New Orleans, a children’s village in Haiti or a First Nations reserve. I always try to incorporate green solutions that make sense. Not just for short-term maintenance but also for long-term sustainability. And solar leasing is a good way to start weaning our homes off non-renewable energy.”

Being Energy Efficient

 

 

Energy efficiency can save you money, but to do so effectively involves more than just using less energy – it requires you to become aware of how energy is used, where it’s wasted, and how it can be used more effectively in everyday life. Here are some tips to help your home or business become more energy efficient and save some $$$.

  1. To lower your A/C costs during the warmer months, use fans and keep those doors, windows, and shades closed during the day to reduce heat coming in.
  2. Instead of overhead lights, use desktop lamps with CFL’s.
  3. If possible, wash your clothes in cold water. About 80% of the energy used by washing machines goes to heating the water.
  4. Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks, and adding insulation can save up to 20% on home heating and cooling costs.
  5. Clean or replace all filters in your home once a month. Dirty filters make your heating and cooling systems work harder and run longer than necessary.
  6. Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking. The microwave uses up to two-thirds less energy than your stove.
  7. Don’t peek in the oven while baking! You peek and the temperature drops 25° F and requires additional energy to bring the temperature back up.
  8. Control your fixtures with a photocell or a timer to assure dusk-to-dawn only operation of your outdoor lights.
  9. Don’t leave your computer on all day long. Only turn on your computer, monitor, printer, and fax machine when you need them.
  10. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
  11. Using dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers at night will keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 PM and 6 PM, and reduce the chance of an emergency!
  12. Don’t leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside.
  13. Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule.
  14. Turn off the lights when they’re not in use. Lighting accounts for about 15% of a typical residential utility bill.
  15. Don’t leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight, it only takes a couple of hours to charge.