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    The Resilient Path: Community Partnerships, Urban Agriculture & Indigenous Worldview

    The following essay by Mihku Paul is the first in our new series by Black, Brown, and Indigenous thought leaders focusing on the intersection of climate justice and racial justice. Mihku Paul is a Maliseet writer, gardener and visual artist who grew up along the Penobscot River. Her family comes from Kingsclear First Nations, N.B., Canada.... Read more The post The Resilient Path: Community Partnerships, Urban Agriculture & Indigenous Worldview appeared first on ReVision Energy.
    Source Revision Energy |September 4, 2020 |

      First Day of Solar-Powered School for Mt. Ararat High

      Mt. Ararat High School started classes this past week, with two major changes in store for students: they are attending in a hybrid format due to COVID-19, so only half of the population is there at a time, and they are taking classes in an entirely new, solar-powered school building. Mt. Ararat, which serves students... Read more The post First Day of Solar-Powered School for Mt. Ararat High appeared first on ReVision Energy.
      Source Revision Energy |September 4, 2020 |

        Meet the Summer Shine On Champion from Ryan Homes

        It’s that time of the season again where we get to announce our next Shine On Champion! We are returning to our regular Shine Champ programming after switching it up this spring to recognize many of the heroes in our community who have really shined during the challenges of COVID-19.  If you are just joining […] Source
        Source Southern Energy Management |September 2, 2020 |

          Nashua PAL Thrives Through Community Partnerships

          Nashua PAL (Police Athletic League), a nonprofit youth organization, will be going solar at summer’s end – the culmination of an exciting community effort comprised of organizational partnerships and individuals. Donations from New Hampshire Charitable Fund (NHCF), private citizens, and ReVision Energy amounting to more than $40,000 made this project possible, and are enabling Nashua... Read more The post Nashua PAL Thrives Through Community Partnerships appeared first on ReVision Energy.
          Source Revision Energy |September 2, 2020 |

            Battery Back-Up with Flexibility

            We are very excited to announce that Arch Electric is now a Certified Lumin Installer as well as the ONLY in our great state of Wisconsin! As experts in the solar & energy storage field, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve on new technology. The Lumin platform provides homeowners the ability to prioritize how their energy storage system runs their household during the case of a... View Article The post Battery Back-Up with Flexibility appeared first on Arch Electric.
            Source Arch Electric |September 2, 2020 |

              Your Top Five Questions About Solar Panels, Answered!

              Often when people think about going solar, it's the idea of saving money or saving the environment that drives them. But how much do you know about the actual panels that create the power? You may wonder what they’re made from, how long they last, whether they’re recyclable, or whether using them for solar electricity is actually better for the environment than natural gas or coal. Well read on, because here are the answers to your most asked questions about solar panels!
              Source Ipsun Solar |September 1, 2020 |

                Your Top Five Questions About Solar Panels, Answered!

                Often when people think about going solar, it's the idea of saving money or saving the environment that drives them. But how much do you know about the actual panels that create the power? You may wonder what they’re made from, how long they last, whether they’re recyclable, or whether using them for solar electricity is actually better for the environment than natural gas or coal. Well read on, because here are the answers to your most asked questions about solar panels!
                Source Ipsun Solar |September 1, 2020 |

                  All About Metal Rooftop Solar

                  What to know about solar panels on metal roofs Here are the top 5 things to consider if you want to install solar on a metal roof: Installing solar panels on a metal roof is not that different from a standard roof Metal roofs are super durable and most likely outlive your solar panels (average 30 year lifespan) Metal solar roofs can host both thin-film panels AND standard PV panels Solar panels can increase the cooling benefits of a metal roof Metal roofs and solar panels are a great way to modify an existing custom home plan to be net-zero How to start: Email [email protected] to make a Solar Site Assessment plan, now including a drone flyover by one of our FFA licensed drone pilots (COVID-19 friendly) Attach your most recent energy bill so our renewable energy experts can ensure they’re offsetting your entire energy load if possible 1. Installing solar panels on a metal roof is not that different from a standard roof When installing a rooftop solar system, your expert solar installer will drill holes in your roof so that they can attach the mounting for your solar panels. This is our #1 area of concern for many homeowners considering solar, and if done improperly, solar panel system can cause leaks or other roof issues. Most qualified solar installers offer workmanship warranties and roof warranties to reassure their customers that there will be no issues with the installation. Ask us about our workmanship warranty that far exceeds the average. This isn’t because we’re not confident with our craftsmanship or choice of quality materials, it’s because we want to ensure you feel supported and confident with your system going forward. Most metal roofs in Pennsylvania are Standing Seam Roofs. If you have a standing seam metal roof, your installer can attach panels using a mounting system that clamps onto the seams of the roof without having to make any holes. This could reduce install time as well as reduce labor costs, and create peace of mind that you can avoid penetrating the roof itself (no drills). If you want to identify your current roof type and examples of different racking systems, try comparing photos on one of our favorite sites: Energysage.com 2. Metal roofs are super durable and most likely outlive your solar panels (average 30 year lifespan) Solar Panels can last from 25-30 years which is part of what makes them a smart investment for homeowners. One of the first things that Envinity’s Solar Site Assessment Specialist will do on site is examine the structural integrity and life remaining of your existing roof and estimate how the timelines of your solar system and roof will intersect. You may be able to finance a roof replacement at the time of your installation to ensure minimal disruption and optimal savings to your family in the long run. If you already have a metal roof, you will most likely be in the clear but our team will be sure to triple check so you can feel confident your roof and solar panels will work for you in harmony for decades to come. FUN FACT: Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12-20 years. (Statefarm insurance) 3. Metal solar roofs can host both thin-film panels AND standard PV panels Having a metal roof opens you up to a sea of alternative solar options. While you may have heard of the Tesla Solar Roof (did you know Envinity is first in line as an installer), have you heard of thin-film solar panels? While traditional PV panels offer higher efficiency per square foot, thin film solar panels have a lower profile and are easier to install. They also require much less energy to manufacture than silicon solar cells, which can make them a lower-emissions renewable energy option from the start. While Envinity focuses our mission on standard PV Panels, we can help you select the most cost effective, efficient product for you. 4. Solar panels can increase the cooling benefits of a metal roof A cooler roof means lower energy bills, right? RIGHT! Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%, not to mention they allow airflow under the solar panels post-install. 5. Metal roofs and solar panels are a great way to modify an existing custom home plan to be net-zero Did you know a metal roof can help you score ENERGY STAR certification for your home? Envinity always makes it a priority in our custom home design and construction process to ensure you know what it would take to be net-zero or ENERGY STAR certified. As an added eco-friendly bonus, both solar panels and metal roofing materials are recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Metal roofs not only have 25-95% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In contrast, most shingle tear-off waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream — up to 20 billion pounds per year. CHECK OUT OUR LATEST METAL ROOF SOLAR INSTALL HERE
                  Source Envinity |August 28, 2020 |

                    Invest at Home: How to Maximize Savings with the Solar Tax Credit  

                    Timing is everything when you’re thinking of purchasing a solar system for your home. It may sound like a great marketing pitch but, hey, it’s true. If you want to get the most savings on your solar install… now is the time to start exploring your options. The biggest incentive out there today, the Solar […] The post Invest at Home: How to Maximize Savings with the Solar Tax Credit   appeared first on Third Sun Solar.
                    Source Third Sun Solar |August 27, 2020 |

                      Hillside Center for Sustainable Living Promotes Green Lifestyle

                      Hillside Center for Sustainable Living in Newburyport, MA is taking an incredible new approach to sustainable design. Generating more solar electricity than 48 living units can use is a feat in and of itself, but Hillside Center has gone beyond just that by providing a shared electric vehicle fleet, creating central composting, salvaging building materials, harvesting rainwater,... Read more The post Hillside Center for Sustainable Living Promotes Green Lifestyle appeared first on ReVision Energy.
                      Source Revision Energy |August 25, 2020 |

                        Enter the Ipsun Sunny Summer Art Contest!

                        Calling all elementary school kids! It's time for the annual Art of Ipsun Sunny Summer Art Contest! Let's celebrate the last few weeks of summer, the sun, and all of the awesome artists out there who care about fighting climate change. Share your sun artwork for the chance to win a Ben & Jerry’s gift card!
                        Source Ipsun Solar |August 21, 2020 |

                          Enter the Ipsun Sunny Summer Art Contest!

                          Calling all elementary school kids! It's time for the annual Art of Ipsun Sunny Summer Art Contest! Let's celebrate the last few weeks of summer, the sun, and all of the awesome artists out there who care about fighting climate change. Share your sun artwork for the chance to win a Ben & Jerry’s gift card!
                          Source Ipsun Solar |August 21, 2020 |
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