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SEIA Partners With SolarReviews.com, Chooses Solar Estimator Tool

SEIA Partners With SolarReviews.com, Chooses Solar Estimator Tool

  The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently signed an online content sharing partnership with SolarReviews.com to increase the quality and transparency of information made available to American consumers who are considering installing solar panels.   The SolarReviews.com family of sites are the leading group of consumer-facing solar power information sites in the U.S. receiving more than 3 million unique visitors on an annual basis.    The sites include:   SolarReviews.com - which offers customer reviews of solar installers and brands of solar equipment.   Solar-Estimate.org - which includes a solar estimator, co-designed with Department of Energy    SolarPanelTalk.com - the largest and most active solar forum in the US with expert moderators who provide technical advice on solar panels, solar installation and answer questions posed by consumers, installers and others.    Each of these sites plays its part in ensuring that consumers are properly protected when investigating an investment in solar. Between these sites consumers can see all the information they need to make the best choice they can about going solar.    They cater for the most basic information needs of any consumer considering a purchase:   How much do solar panels cost?   What is the best solar panel to use?   Which is the best solar installer in my area?   “This new marketing agreement with SEIA solidifies SolarReviews.com’s reputation as well as that of its sister sites as a trusted leader in the provision of accurate, unbiased consumer information in the US solar industry” said SolarReviews.com President Jamie Lakes.   “SEIA’s use of the Solar-Estimate.org tool throughout their site makes it easier for consumers across the country to get accurate and up-to-date estimates on the cost and benefits of a solar array and helps connect them to leading solar installers in their region.”   “Solar reviews offers comprehensive information about the solar customer experience,” said Dan Whitten, SEIA’s Vice President of Communications. “The Solar Estimator tool is an invaluable resource for folks who visit our web site, and the company’s reviews offer transparency into the solar purchasing process, which is consistent with our extensive consumer protection effort, which itself is meant to shed more light on the solar purchasing experience.”   SolarReviews.com is the leading customer reviews website in the solar industry, with more than 2,500 listed solar installers and 17,000+ customer-generated reviews of solar installers and manufacturers.    SolarReviews’ site has more than 1 million unique visitors annually.  Users simply input their zip code and can access ratings and reviews of installers that serve their area as well as request a solar quote from the solar installers that best meets their needs. Solar-Estimate.org contains the leading solar panels payback calculator in America.    This tool was developed with support of the US Department of Energy and has been used by more than 200,000 consumers since 2008 to get an estimate for installing solar panels on their home. This site also receives more than 1 million unique visitors per year.    SolarPanelTalk.com is the largest solar panels discussion website in America with more than 100,000 posts and around 18,000 active members. Contact: SolarReviews  President | Jamie Lakes 720.328.8928 jamie@solarreviews.com Source: SolarReviews
Time to reboot Minnesota’s community solar program

Time to reboot Minnesota’s community solar program

Community solar is a remarkable Minnesota success story, giving tens of thousands of electricity customers new and better access to clean, affordable solar power. With a community solar option, customers who cannot benefit from rooftop solar, for example those who rent, have a shaded roof, or lack upfront capital, can still go solar, giving them the power to control how their electricity is generated and manage their electricity costs. And more than 11,000 households in Minnesota, along with schools, non-profits and commercial customers have done just that. Like everything in Minnesota, it is well above average.  
Top 10 Most-read Blogs of 2011

Top 10 Most-read Blogs of 2011

Here at RenewableEnergyWorld.com, we encourage you to lend your voice to the discussion. One of the best methods to do this is to post a blog, and we see fantastic insights each day. In case you missed them, here are the top 10 most-read blogs of 2011 — keep blogging!
East Anglia reaches major milestone with completion of UK windfarm

East Anglia reaches major milestone with completion of UK windfarm

East Anglia has cemented its position as a major center for renewable energy with the completion of the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm – an incredible achievement, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. All 102 Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines – situated 43km off the Suffolk coast – are now fully operational, with the capacity to produce 714MW of clean energy. […]
CHP can help deliver on legally binding targets of fifth carbon budget

CHP can help deliver on legally binding targets of fifth carbon budget

Combined heat and power (CHP) can make an important contribution to new legally binding carbon reduction targets approved by the UK government, says ENER-G. The fifth carbon budget passed into law during July and commits the UK to slashing CO2 emissions by 57 per cent between 2028 and  2032,  against 1990 levels.  One of its  key recommendations is to increase the uptake of low carbon heat. Wasted heat is a weak link in the current energy supply chain. Forty per cent of the UK’s energy is used to generate heat energy; and heat wasted from buildings accounts for half of our total energy emissions. Such waste has been highlighted in a report by a coalition of industrial manufacturers and environmental groups, which states that 54% of energy used to produce electricity is being wasted via conventional power production at a cost of  £9.5 billion per year. The UK's energy productivity problems can be significantly improved by moving from centralised to decentralised production, using technologies such as CHP. By capturing and utilising heat via CHP, organisations can achieve 85% efficiency, more than double that of conventional power production. The technology can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as  30%, as well as achieving cost savings of up to 40%.    Chris Marsland, Technical Director for ENER-G Cogen International, said: "CHP consistently provides a highly effective method for converting natural gas and carbon-neutral fuels, such as biogas, into useable power and heat. This is particularly beneficial for applications where there is a large heating or cooling demand, like hotels, hospitals, universities, leisure centres and industry. CHP also scores in terms of versatility – since it is suitable for new and refurbished buildings, as a replacement for an ageing boiler plant, or in augmenting existing or new boilers." Most local authorities are now championing CHP as part of local planning and building regulation approvals, with assessments needing to consider district heating networks and community heating schemes with CHP as a main energy source. The Government is supporting the development of heat networks with a commitment of £300 million and aiming to dramatically increase the level of district heating. The UK’s energy industry is coping with a turbulent transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and the need to maintain energy security. CHP has long been considered the ultimate agile and flexible technology and it is an essential part of the energy mix. Its rotating momentum  helps stabilise the network and manage system stresses when there is wide fluctuation in power output, as is the case with intermittent sources such as wind and solar. Decentralised energy generation using on-site CHP is already playing a vital role in securing supply at peak times as a key plank of National Grid’s Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) and Turn Up schemes. Through such incentives, CHP generators are able to generate extra income by exporting power onto the national grid to meet capacity constraints, or turning off supply, or shifting loads to compensate for excess renewable generation when demand for electricity is low.   The use of CHP and other decentralised supplies, including renewables, is being taken to a new level of  demand response via smart grids, such as the Smart Cornwall project, which plans to develop the U.K’s first integrated smart energy network. Research undertaken by ENER-G in partnership with Advanced Digital Institute; Flexitricity; Smarter Grid Solutions and UK Power Networks has provided simulations to demonstrate the potential of clusters of CHP assets in a decentralised smart-grid or virtual network.  Low-carbon, energy saving technologies like CHP have a big role to play in productive decentralised energy production, helping stabilise and decarbonise energy supply and future-proof security. Further information: www.energ.co.uk
Renewable Energy Video Tips

Renewable Energy Video Tips

Video customer testimonials have been used for years to sell products, but they are an especially good tool for marketers in today's renewable energy space. There are three main reasons for this:
Water and Renewables: What Are the Options?

Water and Renewables: What Are the Options?

While recent technological and policy developments in the U.S. and collaborations with arid nations will offer many benefits, each project will have different goals and present different challenges in addressing water availability issues in respect of renewable energy project development.
Three strategies for building solar and wind energy systems on potentially contaminated lands

Three strategies for building solar and wind energy systems on potentially contaminated lands

Building solar and wind energy projects on potentially contaminated lands can be a golden opportunity, both effective and cost-effective, for developers. The 120-acre Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation Superfund site was recently redeveloped with a utility-scale solar farm and is a prime example of the reuse potential inherent in thousands of Superfund sites, brownfields, retired power plants, and landfills.
South Carolina’s Past Failures and New Policies Contribute to a Brighter Future for Solar and Battery Storage

South Carolina’s Past Failures and New Policies Contribute to a Brighter Future for Solar and Battery Storage

South Carolina now stands among the more proactive Southern states in clean energy policy. But it wasn’t always that way.
Siting Wind Farms in the Great Lakes Region: Policy Summary and Analysis

Siting Wind Farms in the Great Lakes Region: Policy Summary and Analysis

The Great Lakes region has a widely varied policy framework to govern the development of wind energy facilities on the land. A wind energy facility can be a single turbine, but more often it is a group of turbines that are constructed as part of a single development project, commonly known as a "wind farm." This article compares and contrasts Great Lakes states and provincial policies that affect wind farm development. Some jurisdictions have developed siting guidelines for local implementation; others have developed enforceable regulations while still others have a hybrid approach. The process also varies: some jurisdictions have relatively streamlined processes, while others have a more complex decisionmaking structure. The type of developer (that is, utility or independent power producer) or the size of the project can also affect which regulations, if any, apply. Siting policies and associated regulatory structures are heavily influenced by state-specific factors such as state government organization, level of electric utility regulation and how much authority is delegated to the local level.