Many of us are lucky enough to have never thought much about where the basic things in our lives come from. We turn on the faucet and water comes out. We go to the supermarket and have endless options. We flip a switch and the lights come on. Behind that switch is a world that tends to stay invisible. It is a world of laborers, engineers, technicians, and drivers; of dams, coal mines, nuclear reactors, oil fields, gas lines, and incinerators. Increasingly, it is a world that includes scaled-up solar power and wind. Even in those cases, the energy being produced is out of sight and mind for its users. Read More
The solar industry is growing and does not seem to be slowing down! Americans are aware that renewable energy hosts a long list of environmental benefits but solar energy is now more than ever a driving force in job creation in the United States. As unemployment falls to the lowest it’s been since 2007, Americans can look to the solar industry for a booming job market.
In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing easy ways to make your home more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly! You’ll be surprised how some simple changes can set you and your family on the path to greener living. Did we mention that you’ll be saving money on your energy bill while shrinking your carbon footprint?
Transcript from Solar Finance & Investment USA panel discussion on Residential Solar. (See remarks from SunBlue’s Chris Hale highlighted in yellow.)
Representatives of four companies who are active in the US solar residential rooftop market had a wide-ranging discussion at a conference hosted by Solar Media in New York in late October 2015 about the different business models in use in that market and how each will fare if the 30% federal tax credit for solar is not extended past 2016. The conversation covered current installation costs, typical capital stacks, the cost of capital, barriers to entry and the potential for margin compression.
The panelists are Sylvain Mansier, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Sungage Financial, Albert Lu, vice president for structured finance and strategy at SolarCity, Jason Cavaliere, vice president for project finance at Sunrun, and Chris Hale, president of SunBlue Energy. The moderator is Keith Martin with Chadbourne in Washington. Read More
As those of us who have been active in the solar industry for some time will tell you (without prompting), now is the best time to go solar (and always has been). How can this possibly be true?
Why Now is the Best Time to Go Solar
If (like me) you don’t happen to have a fully functioning time machine, now will continue to be the best time to go solar: you can’t go back to the past and go solar then anymore. Rebates were higher 2 years ago or even 10 years ago, so you could have gotten more of your solar system paid for by someone else. But, guess what? Solar panels were more expensive then too, so those two facts more or less cancel each other out. If you had gone solar years ago, you likely would have paid more over all for your system, but you also would have been saving on your electric bills in the meantime. In any case, that option is no longer available (unless you get that time machine working). Read More
Lately we’ve noticed a lot of advertising in Westchester, Rockland County and the greater New York area claiming that solar energy installation is free.
As advocates for the solar energy industry—and its growing body of homeowners—we feel the need to explain why this advertising is misleading. Companies who advertise “free installation” are usually offering homeowners a lease option, whereby the homeowner does not own the system, but instead leases the system for a 20-year period from the solar company. The solar company owns the system and is responsible for its operation and maintenance for the life of the term. The system resides on the homeowner’s roof. Read More
We’re honored to welcome a blog post from the Soundworks Team, located in Armonk, New York, shedding some light on the harmonious relationship between solar panels and home automation to save you money and protect the environment.
While the household of the future may involve fewer hovercrafts than we expected, new home automation and alternative energy technologies are making the Jetsons look like the Flintstones. More homeowners are taking advantage of cutting-edge technology that not only allows them to manage their homes with the touch of a screen, but also offsets rising energy expenses. Read More
Join us in celebrating the height (and heat) of summer in Westchester County with our #DogDaysOfSunBlue competition!
The sun keeps radiating all that energy our way and we’re excited to make the most of it by harnessing power for our homes and businesses, enjoying our beach days and offering local dog owners the chance to win prizes. Read More
If you’ve been considering adding solar energy cells to your home or business, now is the time to act! From June 21st, the Summer Solstice and longest day of the year, until July 4th SunBlue Energy is offering $300 off solar installations in Westchester and the tri-state area. Solar energy is the safe, sustainable way to power your home, while saving money every month on your electric bill. Isn’t it time you celebrated your energy independence? Read More
In April Tesla Motors announced their newest product, Powerwall: a home battery and then some. There has been a lot of buzz over the lithium-ion battery designed to charge and store energy generated from solar panels. Tesla, a multi-industry leader in the fields of energy storage, battery charging, and welding technology, has always been innovative. Read More