North Providence Steps Up to take National Grid’s RI Energy Challenge! PROVIDENCE, RI – National Grid today named the city of Central Falls a “Rhode Island Energy Champion” after students and city officials there successfully mobilized over 5% of the city’s households, or a total of 394 homes to register for the Challenge and change their energy use behaviors. This is the 4th community to successfully complete the Rhode Island Energy Challenge: Find Your Four! campaign. In addition to the designation as an “Energy Champion”, Central Falls is receiving a grant of $7500 from National Grid to help the community invest in further energy savings. Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa took an active role in promoting the challenge. “The success of this campaign across the state has been inspiring. We wanted Central Falls to be a leader in making Rhode Island more energy efficient. I’m proud of our community and especially all of the students, for stepping up and taking actions in the home to save energy.” At the Mayor’s request, city leaders engaged in face-to-face interaction with residents at community events beginning with the Bright Future Festival. [Read more…]
Sara Hummel Rajca has joined the SmartPower team as a Solarize South Carolina Community Outreach Manager in Columbia, South Carolina. She, along with Lauren Ellison Fox, will be working with community leaders to implement our Solarize program.
Sara brings to SmartPower a wealth of experience in solar energy and community outreach. Among other roles, she has served as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for the South Carolina Wildlife Federation as well as the Solar Outreach Coordinator for former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Sara currently serves as a Board Member for the South Carolina Solar Council.
We are excited to have her on the team!
This week, SmartPower’s Chief Operating Officer Toni Bouchard has been serving as an “Expert Faculty Member” at the E-Lab Accelerator workshop in Sundance, Utah. As they say, this is a “bootcamp for electricity innovation.” As such Toni has been working with some of the greatest minds in the country trying to work out the details of some of the most innovative projects in energy distribution.
Toni brings SmartPower’s perspective from the front lines — representing the communities, customers and stakeholders we work for across the country in all our energy efficiency and renewable energy work. The group has spent the week focusing on new utility business models, electricity pricing structures, and regulatory reform efforts focused on distributed energy resource; energy innovation districts like demonstration projects, downtown clean energy zones, and other localized projects. And of course, new customer solutions — including customer engagement programs, innovative financing and strategies for low-income populations.
But don’t worry, we’re pretty sure that Toni figured out how to get in a run or two on the slopes.
And to be sure, we’re proud to have SmartPower right there in the front lines working on these solutions.
This past weekend, SmartPower’s President, Brian F. Keane delivered the keynote address to over 300 community energy leaders at the Local Energy Solutions conference in Concord,New Hampshire. Co-hosted by the New Hampshire Local Energy Work Group and the NH Sustainable Energy Association, the annual LES Conference provides critical resources, information, and guidance for individuals, local energy committees & commissions, local governments, school districts, and leaders across the state seeking to implement an energy reduction project in their communities.
Keane’s talk, titled: “50 Shades of Clean” covered a wide array of ways that local communitis can all be part of the energy solution. And each participant walked away with not only a smart approach to moving residents up the “food chain of sustainability,” but also a copy of Keane’s book: “Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and
Help Your Community Profit From Clean Energy.”
…and if you’re keeping score at home, you probably couldn’t help notice that Brian was in South Carolina last week and New Hampshire this week. With this tour of early primary states, could Iowa be next?
Congratulations to Kerri Luchka and Family for winning “Best Video” as part of The Rhode Island Video Challenge. Also, Scituate High School has won for “Rhode Island School with the most video entries” and will receive a grant for sustainability measures on campus.
Over the past few months, the Rhode Island Energy Challenge hosted an online video contest asking contestants to show us what they have been doing to be more efficient at home, and just how easy it can be, by creating a unique 60-second video.
Over 10,000 votes were cast on 36 entries, vastly expanding the reach of our energy efficiency campaign, Find Your Four! National Grid and SmartPower have spoken with over 11,000 Rhode Islanders and hosted events all over the state championing the Challenge. From employee events at Rhode Island businesses to Sunday coffee hours at places of worship, the Challenge is showing everyone how to be more energy conscious.
We’ve posted the winning videos on Facebook. Watch them here! While you’re there, give us a “Like” and help us grow our community of energy-savers!
For Immediate Release
SmartPower: Brian F. Keane 202-775-2042
Lauren Ellison Fox: 843-532-4234
Solarize South Carolina Launches
Award Winning Solar Program to Accelerate Spread of Solar in South Carolina
March 13, 2015 Charleston, SC: Solarize South Carolina, an innovative program designed to help South Carolinians go solar and save on electricity costs, launched today. With discounted installations provided by high-quality local solar installers, there has never been a better way to go solar. The first Solarize program in South Carolina is now available to residents of Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston and James Island, and will be introduced across the state in the coming weeks.
Solarize South Carolina (www.solarizesc.org) is a community initiative designed to assist South Carolinians with the adoption of solar power. Solarize South Carolina is a partnership between SmartPower – a national non-profit, Dividend Solar – a leading national lending partner that offers $0-down loans to customers “going solar” across America, and the two leading solar installers in South Carolina: Mount Pleasant-based Alder Energy Systems and Sunstore Solar Energy Solutions of Greenville.
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. In a Solarize campaign, the more households that participate, the lower the costs go for solar. [Read more…]
South Carolina ranks 31st in the country in installed solar capacity with 11 megawatts of solar energy installed. This is enough solar to power 1,000 homes.
Now, with the launch of Solarize South Carolina residential solar is about to take off!
Solarize South Carolina, launching today in Charleston, North Charleston, James Island, West Ashley, and Mt. Pleasant, plans to install solar on 2,000 homes in the next 18 months. That’s triple the amount of residential solar across the state! The result will help to grow solar investments – and jobs — in communities across South Carolina. Read more
Solarize South Carolina (www.solarizesc.org) is a community initiative designed to assist South Carolinians with the adoption of solar power. The campaign is a partnership between SmartPower – a national non-profit, Dividend Solar – a leading national lending partner that offers $0-down loans to customers “going solar” across America, and the two leading solar installers in South Carolina: Mount Pleasant-based Alder Energy Systems and Sunstore Solar Energy Solutions of Greenville.
So if you live in South Carolina and have ever thought about buying Solar – now is the time!
Here’s something to warm up to: through March 31st, the Connecticut Green Bank is offering 2 months free lease payments to new customers who apply and close their lease within 30 days. Act now and become one of the more than 10,000 Connecticut homeowners who have gone solar.
Solar leases are the most popular form of financing solar installations and have contributed to the surge in solar across the country in recent years. They allow customers to go solar for no money down, with warranty and insurance coverage included. This special offer–which provides an additional $199 in savings (on average)–is only available to homeowners who apply and close their CT Solar Lease through AFC First within 30 days.
The CT Solar Lease is a great way to participate in Solarize CT! Solarize CT offers affordable solar installation options for homeowners through group pricing discounts. There are flexible financing options available to homeowners, including the no-money down leasing option. Homeowners who choose to add solar power can expect to see significant energy cost savings.
Connecticut residents interested in learning more about SolarizeCT should visit http://www.solarizect.com/ and find their community.
Connecticut’s Green Bank, Yale, Duke & SmartPower Honored As “Driving Force” for Solar Energy Boston, MA – Solarize Connecticut, a cutting-edge residential solar program that makes going solar easy and affordable, has been awarded the highly coveted “Project of Distinction Award” by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). The Award was presented at the Annual PV America Conference on Monday. Solarize Connecticut is spearheaded by Connecticut’s Green Bank and is part of the United States Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS). The entire program is a partnership with The Green Bank, SmartPower, Yale University and Duke University. [Read more…]
Lauren Ellison Fox, a dynamic, highly skilled Charleston native, joins SmartPower not only with a law degree from Charleston School of Law, but with a strong community network and lengthy experience in sales and outreach.
As the Community Outreach Manager in Charleston, Ellison Fox represents the first hire for SmartPower’s Solarize South Carolina Campaign.
Lauren has an infectious personality and passion for what she does, and we are excited to have her enthusiasm, talents and ability as we launch Solarize South Carolina.
Please join me in welcoming Lauren!
Brian F. Keane