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6 Crucial Benefits of Building a Solar Powered Home



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There is no denying that photovoltaic or solar technology is becoming more and more popular. So much so that we are seeing an increasing number of solar-powered houses and the city government incentivizing such homes.

Why Go Solar-powered?

In case you are unaware, the solar energy source is plenty wherever you go. Wherever the sunlight reaches, expect that you can do something to harvest it and turn it into energy.

Mind you, even Alaska and the Pacific Northwest have an excellent solar source.

Suppose you live in the United States; an hour of the noontime summer sun can be equivalent to the country’s annual electricity demand. Hence, it makes sense that you opt for this renewable power source as much as you can.

After all, there are many advantages to using solar power. And we have listed six of them below:

1. No to low maintenance costs

Sure, buying can be expensive. But think of it as a long-term investment.

Meaning, you can install it today, and it can power your house for the next decade. Hence, you can save up on your electric bills for years. And the money you save can tantamount to the initial investment you made.

Simply put, you get your money back within a couple of years.

However, your solar power being low maintenance does not mean you can install it once and then ignore them. Check on your panels at least once per year or more often if the weather in your location can be erratic. Doing so can help mitigate any damages to your solar panels.

2. Reduced monthly bill

One of the primary reasons you should go solar-powered is that you can significantly reduce your electric bill.

In the United States, the average residential electric bill will cost $115 per month in 2019. However, you do not have to pay that much if some appliances in your house are solar-powered. Instead, you can use that budget for other home projects, like upgrading your bathroom or renovating your bedroom.

3. Increased property value

According to real estate data company Zillow, a solar-powered home costs more in some states.

Here’s the thing: A homeowner would be willing to pay thousands of dollars for a home improvement. Hence, they would be ready to buy a property that does not require too much remodeling.

On the other hand, you need to factor in the cost you incurred while installing solar panels. More so if you intend to sell your house eventually.

4. Collect SREC

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) are incentives for people with a solar-powered home.

For every 1,000 kWh you generate from your solar panels, you get to have one certificate. You can then sell your certificates to utility providers taking steps to meet their solar carve-out requirements.

A homeowner makes one SREC for every 1000 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) generated by their solar panel system. In some states, a certificate is worth around $300.

Imagine being able to save around $1,000 annually from your electric bills and earning the same amount from selling your SRECs. This means that you can keep as much as $2,000 per year!

Meanwhile, a “carve-out” is the required minimum percentage of electricity sales from renewable energy sources. 

5. Easy and simple to build

According to EnergySage Solar Marketplace, the average gross cost of having a solar-powered home is $16,860. Of that amount, layout and installation labor costs provide about ten percent of the total bill.

This ten percent is what homemade solar panels will save you in reality since you’ll still need to purchase the equipment yourself.

Regardless, solar panels require a hefty upfront cost. It just so happens that you can save a lot from your electricity bill as a result.

6. Environment-friendly

Solar panels generate harvest energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. As such, you are not burning fossil fuels, and you are getting your electricity from a renewable source.

It also helps lessen your household’s carbon footprint by 80% annually. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated from your solar panel, it can significantly reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

Aside from electricity, you can also use solar power to save on water consumption and withdrawal.


Here’s the thing: Solar power is capital intensive. This means that you need a significant sum as an initial incentive, whether it is to buy the solar panels or you will do it yourself.

However, having a solar-powered house will allow you to save on electric bills. And for every 1000 kWh you solar power energy you generate, you can earn one SREC. You can then sell these SRECs to utility providers that want to meet their carve-out requirements.

Other than that, you can reap the following benefits:

  1. Low-cost maintenance
  2. Reduced monthly electric bills
  3. Increased property value
  4. Generated income from selling SRECs
  5. Easy installation
  6. Environment-friendly energy source

That said, you get to gain more in the long run when you opt for a solar-powered home.

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Camptoo — “Airbnb on Wheels” — is Expanding



Zach is tryin’ to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.

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Electric Vehicle Growth is Accelerating but its Given Rise to a New Social Faux Pas



Originally posted on EVANNEX.
by Charles Morris

With new technologies come new social norms concerning what is and is not considered polite behavior. No one knew what “netiquette” meant 25 years ago, but now it’s a required social skill for any well-bred person.

Tesla Model S charging at a residence. Image courtesy of Tesla.

The rise of EVs will lead to a new set of rules for considerate behavior. A couple of these are already clear: ICEing (parking a filthy gas-burner in an EV charging spot) is obviously a sin, and ICE-holing (deliberately doing so, and possibly making rude remarks to any EV drivers in the vicinity) could lead to a road-rage incident.

What about unplugging someone else’s EV if you need to use a public charger? The rules about this are still evolving, but most drivers would probably agree that it’s alright to do so if it’s obvious that the first vehicle has finished charging.

There are a couple of fine points of EVtiquette that are specific to Tesla owners. At some Supercharger stations, adjacent charging points share an electrical connection, so if two Teslas are charging side-by-side, each will only get half the maximum power available. Therefore, tech-savvy Tesla owners may bristle if someone pulls up next to them when there are other empty spaces they could take. However, less technically-inclined drivers are likely to be unaware of this issue, so it would seem churlish to make a big deal of it.

Now Floriane Laroche, writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, has identified a new faux pas: “blagging [bumming] electricity while visiting someone else’s home.” A survey of 2,000 UK drivers conducted by Kia found that 61 percent of respondents would consider it rude for a guest to ask to plug in his or her EV. However, 56 percent would be too polite to say no if they were the hosts. Oh dear, it’s ever so awkward!

Home charging a Kia e-Niro. Image courtesy of Kia.

Some 63 percent of respondents said that asking to plug in your EV at someone else’s house would be like asking if you could have some gasoline from a can in the garage.

Etiquette expert William Hanson sees things differently. “With new technology comes new etiquette,” he told the Post. “Part of being a good host is sharing food, drink, and your home comforts. As society evolves, this should now include e-charging, which is ultimately for the benefit of the planet. Guests do need to be mindful not to go over the top, of course. Try and limit charging time at someone else’s house and don’t take too much liberty.”

Hanson offers a common-sense recommendation that Emily Post would surely have approved of: “While we get to grips with this new frontier, I advise guests not to ask their hosts unless they are offered. Hosts should be proactive, and generous, and offer their charger when they see a friend arrive in an electric car, especially if they have made a long journey and do not know the area. If any electricity is used, a guest should send a thank-you letter or gift, and of course be ready to offer their own charging point when their friend visits their own house.”

Kia, which conducted the survey, offers a way to avoid the sticky social situation in the first place: its new Kia Charge service, which gives drivers access to around 17,000 charging points around the UK, via Kia’s charging app.

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Ground Temps Reached 118°F In The Arctic Circle Yesterday



Ground temperatures in Siberia have reached 118°F, Gizmodo reported while sharing the newly published satellite images. It should be noted that the temperature recorded is a land surface temperature, not air.

Although cities here in the U.S. — such as Phoenix, Death Valley, and even Salt Lake City — were in the news with insanely hot temperatures this week, Siberia heating up to 118° should terrify you. It terrifies me. Here I was, down in Baton Rogue, thinking I’m dying at 93° with 35% humidity (air not land surface) mere days ago.

118°? In Siberia?! Hot to touch?!

That satellite imagery looks unreal. It’s mostly red with orange and yellow outlines. The abnormal temperature was measured on the ground in Verkhojansk, in Yakutia, Eastern Siberia, by the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel satellites, Gizmodo noted.

Other ground temps in the region included:

  • Govorovo — 109°F.
  • Saskylah — 98.6°F.

Notably, Saskylah had its highest temperatures since 1936. Although these temps aren’t as hot as Arizona’s, Arizona doesn’t have permafrost, which would destabilize the Siberian earth, expose frozen carcasses of many Ice Age mammals, and release methane into the atmosphere.

This isn’t the first time Siberia had these unusually hot temperatures. It happened a year ago. Also, it was in the 90s last month in western Siberia. Siberia has also been struggling with wildfires that produced a record amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Featured image courtesy of European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-3 imagery.

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NYECC Announces 2021 Energy New York Award Recipients for Vision,…



The New York Energy Consumers Council (NYECC), one of the largest energy customer advocacy organizations representing large energy users in New York State, today announced its 2021 Energy New York Awards (ENYA) recipients. The ENYA honors organizations and individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership and innovation in smart energy use and conservation, and whose work has impact beyond their individual buildings or sites. Ruth Kent, Managing Partner, Brookfield Asset Management served as Keynote Speaker at the event.

  • Brookfield Place received an Innovation award for its success in the challenging replacement of one of the largest and most complex Chiller Plants in NYC, completed in 6 months with zero downtime and achieving 5MW permanent peak power reduction.
  • Christine Flaherty, SVP, NYC Health & Hospitals, received a Leadership award. Partnering with industry and City and State agencies, Christine ensured adequate bed capacity and resources for COVID patients, while balancing the challenges of increased ventilation needs with reducing the generation of greenhouse gases.
  • RXR Realty received an Innovation award for the creation of RxWell, a comprehensive, data-driven program to give their occupants the tools and peace of mind to be safe throughout the COVID pandemic and beyond.

The new ENYA Award for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), for those who demonstrate an inspiring level of leadership to drive greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the world of New York City real estate/energy was awarded to:

  • Elizabeth Velez, President, the Velez Organization, serves on the advisory boards of numerous NYC and NYS agencies, industry non-profits, and groups supporting mentorship and scholarships for youth, and is an outspoken advocate for diversity and empowerment of women.
  • John Rice, President and Principal, Legacy Engineers, a consulting engineering firm launched with a mission to become a national, best-in-class, MBE firm that will respond to the demand in the market for inclusion of minority -owned firms on engineering and construction projects.

Diana Sweeney, Executive Director, NYECC noted, “Our ENYA honorees are leaders who have made a significant, positive impact on energy, sustainability and the environment in NYC. Our JEDI awardees will be welcomed to share their leadership practices and exemplary contributions to society with the NYECC for the purpose of fostering greater collaboration and societal impact.”

JPMorgan Chase & Co. was the Platinum Sponsor for the event.

About The New York Energy Consumers Council (NYECC)

The New York Energy Consumers Council represents the interests of an ever-expanding spectrum of major energy users in New York City and Westchester County in order to realize a sustainable, environmentally responsible and equitable energy future for the region that provides for safe and reliable generation, transmission and delivery of energy the lowest possible price for our members. The NYECC advocates for its members through ongoing interventions in regulatory, legislative, executive and judicial arenas.

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