Kat Morgan, an accomplished public speaker, trainer, and facilitator has joined the SmartPower team. cialis price cvs Based in Charleston, SC, Kat will serve as our Community Outreach Manager in the Lowcountry for Solarize South Carolina. She’ll be joining and supporting a growing and exciting Solarize campaign in the Palmetto state. With a Masters of Science from The American University, a Masters of Social Work from University of Denver, and a BA from the University of Colorado, Kat joins us from Trident United Way in North Charleston where she served as Community Volunteer Manager. Prior to that, she cialis lowers blood pressure served as Assistant Director of Education and Training at Hostelling International USA. Please join me in welcoming Kat! And let’s Solarize!
In case you missed it, The Charleston Post & Courier, the most popular newspaper in South Carolina, this week editorialized about our Solarize South Carolina Campaign.
Nice to see when a major news publication “gets” that in addition to all its other benefits – solar is a smart “bargain” too!
You can read the entire editorial at the Post and Courier.
Interactive Charts Show Exponential Growth During Solarize
Connecticut is one of the fastest growing solar states in the nation — showing huge growth in residential solar since the launch of “Solarize Connecticut”. The CT Green Bank has tracked the rise of solar in the state and recently released a huge interactive data set that shows the stunning growth in the industry.
After just 3 years you can see the impact our solarize campaigns have had on the state’s total solar installations. Check out these charts…and see the dramatic growth for yourself.
Solarize CT has installed 2,188 systems for a total of 17.1 megawatts of solar energy capacity installed, based on preliminary results. To put all that in context, the CO2 emissions we saved are the equivalent of replacing 384,922 incandescent bulbs with CFLs, keeping 1.7 million gallons of gasoline from being burned or stopping 15.8 million pounds of coal from being burned.
But click on the link and check it out for yourself. And let’s Solarize!
Here we grow again!
to promote Solarize South Carolina and increase solar installations across the state.
Ashley is experienced in community outreach having worked in the western North Carolina region to promote solar and energy efficiency actions. Ashley is also certified as a LEED Green Associate, and has been doing weatherization projects for the Community Conservation Corps and Habitat for Humanity to help low income homes in the Greenville area.
We’re excited to have Ashley join our South Carolina team!
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An innovative program designed to help South Carolinians go solar and save on electricity costs is formally launching in the Columbia area on Wednesday, May 6th.Solarize South Carolina is an initiative of SmartPower, a non-profit organization whose mission it to advance clean energy, and Dividend Solar, a national solar financing company. Solarize South Carolina is already operating in the Charleston area and has set a goal to more than triple the amount of residential solar in the state, helping to grow solar investments – and jobs — in communities across South Carolina.
Solarize is an award-winning and proven “group buy” residential solar program that is accelerating the growth of solar in many cities across the U.S. Solarize South Carolina plans to install solar on 2,000 homes in the next 18 months. Currently, South Carolina ranks 31st in the country in installed solar capacity with 11 megawatts of solar energy installed (Solar Energy Industries Association). This is enough solar to power 1,000 homes.
South Carolina is beginning to build momentum behind renewable energy, which will help offset utility costs, create jobs and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. In April of 2014 the South Carolina legislature unanimously passed a bill to allow net metering and mandate solar generation. Solarize South Carolina will help residential customers take advantage of these new policies.
“It’s not just ratepayers that are benefiting from this legislation. We’re building a new clean-energy industry right here in South Carolina, creating good-paying jobs,” says Representative James Smith D-Richland. “This is good for South Carolina all around.”
“Recently passed legislation has played a significant role in transforming the solar landscape and paving the way for programs like solarize,” says SmartPower’s President & CEO Brian F. Keane. “And at the same time, we’re seeing costs are coming down so much–both the cost of the hardware and through bundled purchasing–that the installation costs drop another 20 percent. This, combined with zero down financing from Dividend Solar, makes going solar in South Carolina a no-brainer!”
SCE&G is at the forefront of the renewable energy transition, and is a supporter of Solarize South Carolina as a way to provide additional benefits for its customers.
“The work that is being done by Solarize South Carolina will give SCE&G customers another clean energy option and help to advance solar across the state as intended by the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act that was signed into law last year,” said Danny Kassis, SCE&G VP Customer Relations and Renewables. “Our support and investment in solar is an important part of this effort to create a balanced energy portfolio that will serve our customers for the future. We are excited to see this innovative and award-winning program come to South Carolina.”
Solarize South Carolina will feature Dividend Solar’s full-service EmpowerLoanTM, allowing homeowners to easily go solar for zero down with no out-of-pocket expense.
“Dividend Solar is delighted to be bringing the Solarize South Carolina program to Columbia, the state capital. We look forward to helping homeowners make the decision to go solar easier than ever with the EmpowerLoan,” said Eric White, President of Dividend Solar.
Further, as a strong encouragement to participate, communities in the Columbia area can receive free solar on any community building they want when 60 residents sign up before the September 30th program deadline.
The Columbia area launch event will be on May 6th at the Columbia Museum of Art, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, and is open to the public. Follow up Solar Workshops have been scheduled at Richland Library Cooper on Thursday, May 7th and Richland Library Southeast on May 14th, both starting at 6:30 pm. Details can be found on www.SolarizeSC.org. Residents interested in finding out if their home is good for solar can also sign up for a free no obligation site visit at www.SolarizeSC.org.
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Dividend Solar is a leading solar financing company that partners with local installers across the U.S. to offer its $0-down EmpowerLoan. With performance guarantees, warranty ￼￼￼management and system production monitoring included with every loan, the EmpowerLoan offers a better, simpler way for solar ownership.www.dividendsolar.com
Over 100 students, faculty and staff from Johnson & Wales – Rhode Island’s world-renowned culinary institute – joined the Rhode Island Energy Challenge this week! It was all part of the first Johnson & Wales University Sustainability Resource Fair,
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held in Providence this week. The Rhode Island Energy Challenge was proud to be part of spreading the message that saving energy makes good sense.
Congratulations to JWU on a great success – and an exciting partnership!
SmartPower’s Solarize Campaign Hits the State Capital
In case you missed our advertisement in “The State” Columbia, SC’s largest newspaper — there’s a lot going on! And we’re launching in the Columbia area on May 6!
Please join us if you can!
Solarize Allegheny Sponsors First Ever Solar Trivia Pub Night! Question: What is the largest solar-powered brewery in the world? Answer: Heineken. Die hard beer and solar lovers came together on Tuesday night for a festive evening of fun and trivia as their solar knowledge was
tested at the East End Brewing Company in Pittsburgh. Teams combined thirst for knowledge along with their favorite micro beers while answering questions about solar power in the Pittsburgh area and around the world. If you’d like a
copy of our Solar Beer Trivia questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend, SmartPower’s Vice President, Sharon Pillar joined Mayor William Peduto, The Heinz Endowments’ André Heinz, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Amory Lovins, and a host of international leaders at a summit on the future of Pittsburgh’s energy and sustainability future. p4: People, Planet, Place and Performance brought together experts from around the globe to focus on the future of Pittsburgh. The goal: “to forge a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable.”
Since February, Sharon has been leading the Solarize Allegheny campaign, the region’s first solarize campaign. As such, SmartPower’s efforts to engage key community leaders while changing Pittsburgh’s energy landscape has become a significant driver in the sustainable development in Pittsburgh. And throughout the weekend-long conference, the value of community engagement and action became a focal point for the future of Pittsburgh.
With up to $1 billion invested by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, SmartPower is working closely alongside NYSERDA to offer its expertise to communities across New York state as part of the recently announced “Community Solar NY”.
This program aims to make investing in solar easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses.
The solarize campaigns are located in Long Island, the Capital Region, the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, North Country, and the Bronx. The program will be engaging a wide variety of community partners that include local municipalities, planning organizations, sustainability groups, state legislators, business groups, and Native American tribes, among others.