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6 Questions to Ask Before Going Solar

Posted by SEPCO

7/24/14 9:30 AM

Before_Going_SolarAs with any investment, purchasing solar panels for your home is a decision that shouldn't be made lightly. You will need to consider many factors and avoid the numerous pitfalls. By hiring the right company and asking the right questions, you'll be able to benefit greatly from solar panels.

It is important to decide if having solar panels installed on your house is the right decision for your situation wants and needs. Solar panels offer many impressive benefits, but there are other factors to consider. We take a look at what questions you should ask before you make the switch, and the pitfalls to avoid.

1. Is the company and brand of solar panels you’re considering reputable?

You should ask the companies if they use a reputable brand of solar panels. If you can't find much information about the brand or manufacturer, then you shouldn't use those particular types of solar panels. The solar company you go through should have fully trained employees, with skilled technicians and installers to help you with the process.

Don’t be afraid to ask how long the company has been in the business. An established company that has served many customers with a portfolio of work and testimonials tends to be a company that you’re able to trust and relay on. Years of satisfied customers means good work and a reputable company will be more than willing to show off their good work and previous clientele.

In the solar business, there are unfortunately many people trying to sell cheaply made solar panels and rip customers off. Opting for a cheaper solution or a company that doesn’t appear reputable will only lead to inexperienced installer doing the job for you, additional and costly repairs, and a service that won’t follow up on you and the product after it’s installed.

By concentrating on quality above anything else and working with the right company, you’ll be able to determine whether solar panels is a good investment for your home and avoid costly mistakes.

2. Should you lease or buy solar panels?

Depending on your goals, there difference between purchasing your own solar panels and leasing can vary dramatically. Because every homeowner has different goals, the “right” payment option for each person can change.

Whilst the initial cost of purchasing solar panels yourself can be expensive, most homeowners prefer to do so. The ongoing savings on power bills solar panels offer ensure the initial expensive of them are paid off in 10 years, depending on the home. Cash rebates can also reduce the cost of the system by 10%-50% and with government incentives in place, tends to be the better option for most people.

For those that choose to lease solar panels, the long-term financial benefits will be less than those of purchasing. The advantage though is that the upfront costs are lower and any maintenance or repairs become responsibility of the leasing company, not you. Lease terms are generally for 20 years but some can range from 10-20. To find out what option is best for you, it’s best to speak with the solar power company about your specific situation.

3. Does the cost outweigh the benefits?

There is no point in investing in something that doesn’t serve you and so weighing up the cost and benefits is crucial. For homeowners that haven’t yet experienced the benefits of solar power firsthand, making the switch can be fairly daunting with the costs involved.

On the brightside though, (pun intended) the savings through solar power are significant – not to mention the environmental impact it has too. Over the last few years, everyone has fallen victim to the ongoing utility costs on the rise and we’re all looking for ways to cut down on how much we spend. Installing solar powers and taking advantage of the sun’s energy is one of the best ways to do this.

Government incentives and tax breaks sweeten the deal for homeowners wanting solar a little more, the system and panels add value to your home and the sustainable energy is a growing and beneficial industry. Whilst the initial cost can seem like disadvantage, solar power systems are one investment that will pay off and give years of enjoyment. Always ask your solar company to go through the individual costs with you. You can bring a copy of the last few utility bills too to determine if the cost will really outweigh the benefits in your home.

4. What is the type of panel mounting system that’ll be used?

Understanding the type of panel mounting system for your home, and the materials it’s made of will ensure you’re getting a durable system. Look for mounting systems that are made from either stainless steel or aluminium.

When solar panels are installed, the mounting system is what balances everything and holds it into place. Check with the company whether roof mounts, ground mounts or pole mounts would be best for your home and how this can impact on the system quality and price. The most common style of system mounting is on the roof and this is held together by metal brackets between the solar panels and roof to ensure the panels do not overheat.

5. Will you be able to produce enough power in your location?

The biggest advantage of solar power is that it relies on the sun for its power source, making it absolutely free. But, this would be pretty useless if your sun gets little to no sun right? Cloudy days can be an issue and locations that suffer all year round winters can be very indecisive about making the switch.

To accommodate for lack of sun, a large number of solar powers can be needed to produce greater amounts of electricity. This can require more roof space and money so it’s best to check with your company if this will affect you.  If you’re unsure, ask a reputable solar power company. Most companies will come to your home and conduct a site examination, including shade analysis which helps to determine whether solar is the best solution for you.

6. How long will the solar panels last for?

No homeowner wants to fork out money for an investment that won’t last the distance. This is why choosing a company that is reputable and trustworthy, and that uses quality a product is of the upmost importance. 

The lifespan of solar panels depends on several factors including the quality of the materials, and the specific manufacturer. Look for products that come with a long warranty, and this shows the manufactures commit and belief in the product. Companies that offer only a few years warranty on their products is best to stay away from, you should be looking at least 10 years.  A durable and reliable solar panel inverter and mounting system will last the distance.

Author Bio: This article is written by Aidan Jenkins , Managing Director of Infinite Energy, Australia’s market leader in quality solar power systems. 

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Topics: Guest Post, Green Ideas, Solar Power, Clean Energy, Off Grid Solar PV

Making Your Community Green and Reduce Costs

Posted by SEPCO

5/15/14 9:30 AM

Communities all across America are trying to improve their green image and reduce costs, but some are having a hard time figuring out where to start. Here are some ideas that can help improve your community and lower overall costs in the end.

  1. CommunitySolarLighting.jpgBuild LEED – new buildings, either commercial or residential, should be done to the highest green standards. Using high efficient HVAC systems, energy efficient building materials such as Low-E or thermal windows, plenty of insulation and energy star qualified appliances will lower the energy pull for every building.
  2. Remodel to Higher Standard – the same as above can be used for remodels. Sometime the integrity of the original construction is what the community wants to preserve, but this doesn’t mean energy efficient improvements can’t be made.
  3. Use Solar Lightingsolar lighting can be installed anywhere since no electrical grid is needed. Solar lights for signs, parking lots, streets, billboards, etc. will lower the costs to the electrical company and provide more sustainable lighting systems.
  4. Provide More Bike Lanes and Sidewalks – people are becoming more eco-conscious and are doing things on their own. One of the largest issues is traffic for bikers. If communities would install more bike lanes or sidewalks where people can safely travel, more people will chose to use their own two legs to power themselves where they need to go.
  5. Promote Local Farming – if there is farm land nearby, promote using these farms for local restaurants and grocery stores instead of importing produce and meat from far away. The quality is usually better and lower transportation costs.
  6. Install Recycling Bins – Instead of just having trash cans everywhere, put recycling bins out as well. By making recycling easy, more people would be inclined to actually do it, even the not so eco-conscious.

Just doing some simple things will provide a much greener community. What steps has your community taken to improve its green image and lower costs?

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Green Ideas, Clean Energy, Recycling

Important Tips Linked To Solar Street Light Manufacturer Selection

Posted by SEPCO

3/27/14 9:30 AM

SolarStreetLightManufacturer.jpgWith the pressure on to conserve energy, many companies and local authorities are installing solar powered street lights. These lights not only help save money, but also help reduce the pressure on power generation plants thus helping reduce greenhouse emission production. It also helps reduce pressure on the power grid thus helping divert the energy to other sectors and industries which need it more. When planning to purchase a large number of solar street lights, it’s important to keep certain factors in mind so as to select the right solar street light manufacturer and brands. Below are some of these factors which will help make more informed decisions:

The amount of light required

Street lights are meant to light up large areas thus requiring the solar lights to be bright. It’s important the radius each light eliminates be taken in to consideration thus allowing the distance between lights to be calculated. This makes it possible to determine the number of solar street lights that are required and helps estimate the cost. The larger the radius covered by each light, the fewer the number of solar street lights you need, thus helping reduce solar street light purchase and installation costs.

Solar light maintenance tips

It’s important to keep in mind that street lights are a public utility and therefor tend to be mishandled. This makes it important to select solar street light which is made using strong materials which will prolong the usable life.

Insect and animals management

Keep in mind that the lights tend to be an insect attraction and require to be completely sealed to prevent insects and other animals seeking shelter inside the lights. It’s common to find small animals like rats and squirrels finding their way in to street lights and making themselves at home since the lights provides a source of warmth during the cold winter nights. Also make sure the lights are strong enough to support extra weight. This is because you are bound to find birds perching on the solar street lights which can result in breaking of the lights.

Preventing and avoiding corrosion

The materials used to make the lights also require being corrosion resistant to prevent deterioration over short periods of time. Today, there are several alloys and plastic materials which can be used on the lights to help prevent corrosion. On some parts of the light anti-corrosive materials can be used to coat the metals and prevent any damage from heat and water.

Reduced wiring and maintenance requirements

It’s also important to take the wiring in to consideration to help reduce the maintenance requirements. Today NANO technology has resulted in miniaturizing most electronics including solar street light controls. This means that they have all the required components inside the street light. They have an in-built solar charging unit, battery cells and an automatic light sensor which turn the solar light on and off. Select solar lights which offer a one in all solution thus helping reduce maintenance and repair requirements.

The cost of solar street lighting

When price comes to question, many people will consider just the tag price but with solar street light section several other aspects come in to play. To begin with it’s important to consider the area covered by the lights. Keep in mind that the wider the radius covered results in the requirement of fewer street lights. This makes it important to make the required calculations so as to determine each street lights “light span”. This measurement will help determine the number and eventually the cost of the solar street lights. Also take time to calculate other aspects such as the maintenance and repair costs linked to the solar street lights.

For companies, property developers and local government authorities that purchase a large number of street lights, the above points play an important role towards selecting the right solar light manufacturer, brands or models. Every aspect must be taken in to close consideration to make sure you get the most effective solar street light which delivers abundant lighting and results in the least amount of maintenance requirements.

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Topics: Clean Energy, Street Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

What the Solar Tax Credit Can Do for Your Solar Installation

Posted by SEPCO

2/18/14 9:30 AM

30_Tax_CreditSolar has come down in price a lot over the last couple years; however, it is still out of reach for a lot of people. There are different tax credits available that can help cut down the out of pocket costs of solar and provide an incentive to installing solar. Here is a basic overview of the federal tax credit available to residences and businesses alike.

The Federal Tax Credit for solar installations allows for a 30% tax credit on costs at installation. The Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) states that 30% for solar, wind and fuel cells is available and 10% for geothermal and microturbines. The maximum incentive is $1,500 per 0.5 kW of solar installed, so there is a cap to the tax credit. Microturbines is only $200 per kW. If you install solar on your business and want to claim the tax credit, you need to fill out IRS Form 3468.

Residential Federal Tax Credits include solar electric, solar hot water, wind turbines, geothermal heat pumps and fuel cells. There is no maximum on most of these for the credit and it is 30% all the way around. There is more information on DSIREUSA’s website along with Energy Star and you will need to fill out IRS Form 5695.

Both Federal Tax Credits are available till the end of 2016 as of now. This may or may not be extended beyond and we won’t find out for quite some time. If you are looking for money to help your solar installation, make sure to push while the money is still available.

State incentives vary depending on what state mandates are available. Hot solar states provide better incentives then states that aren’t pushing for renewable energy installations. To find out what incentives are available in your state, DSIREUSA’s website is the best resource. You can also contact your local power authority to find out if they provide additional incentives for using solar on your home or business.

The final resource I will leave you with is 1BOG. They work with your local solar companies to help you get the best value. I personally have worked with them and it is a breeze. You type in your location and they will contact the local solar providers and set up appointments with you. The solar providers will come out and assess your home and provide you a quote for the system and installation. There are a lot of solar companies that will even deal with all the tax credits, rebates and such, find you money to help with the purchase, and quote you what is left. To read more about my personal experience, check out Solar Power is More Feasible than I Thought.

Solar is completely feasible, but make sure you jump on board while the financial help is still available. What other questions about going solar do you have? Let me know below and I’ll make sure to answer them.

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Topics: Solar Power, Clean Energy, Solar Tax Incentives

What if the US followed Germany’s Renewable Energy Policies in 2014

Posted by SEPCO

1/9/14 9:30 AM

SolarGermany.jpgGermany is leading the renewable energy industry for the last couple years, far in front of most of the rest of the world. What do you think would happen if the US followed suit and put in place the same or similar policies? Would we be able to catch up? Would we finally have some energy independence?

First off, the US doesn’t have an overall renewable energy policy. Each state is left to do what it feels like with no overall governing force. Subsidies are still going to oil and other dirty forms of energy. Some money is being pushed into renewable energy; however, it is still a fraction of the amount being spent every year. Developing clean energy policies is a necessity to get us on track and money needs to be spent on these forms of energy.

Germany has clear set goals and the government is funding the projects to make it happen. They have already reached over 20% energy produced by renewable energy and are quickly moving towards their goal of 35% by 2020. Honestly, I think they will make it there before. I’ve even had the firsthand experience seeing a nuclear plant in Germany completely surrounded by wind power stations and the nuclear plant was off. That was an amazing sight (I wish I grabbed a picture though).

Best of all, corporations don’t own the majority of the renewable energy in Germany. Actual citizens own the power. Here in Florida for example, FPL owns some renewable energy plants and gives money to homeowners who want to put solar on their house. Sounds great, right? Not really, as FPL only gives a tiny amount of money, all of which is gone within minutes of the funds being released. If you don’t have a good solar company fighting for you, you will miss out on getting it. And what about the extra power you feed into the grid? FPL won’t pay you for that. They’ll give you a credit towards your bill if you ever use more than you produce, but after a year, the credits are reset back to zero. A win for FPL, but a loss for homeowners wanting to use solar and use the credits to help pay for the change.

WindGermany.jpgWell that’s Florida and people dealing with FPL. Other states have other policies and there are power companies that will actually pay you for your excess power. But what about states like Arizona. They are now charging their customers who use solar energy a fee. The fee is small, but what is it going to do to solar installations in Arizona. Especially since the sun is great in Arizona, making solar a great option for homeowners and businesses alike.

Instead of fighting this renewable energy changeover, the government needs to get on board and push good policies to get us finally in the right direction. Instead of dropping pennies out there to help homeowners make the change, put policies in place that stops the feed of subsidies going to oil, coal and other dirty forms of energy and get the money where it will have a better ROI. Instead of literally burning the money away, let’s let it shine for many years to come by implementing better renewable energy policies in the US. The US is moving towards renewable energy, but putting country wide policies into place will ensure our energy independence faster and more efficiently in the new year.

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Topics: Clean Energy, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy: Companies are Going Clean

Posted by SEPCO

4/9/13 9:30 AM

Green CompaniesIt seems more and more companies are starting to look to clean energy as a source of power. Apple recently announced 75 percent of its corporate facilities and data centers use renewable sources for power and they own the nation’s biggest privately-owned solar array. Their 100-acre, 20-megawatt facility can create 42 million kWh of renewable energy each year with less impact on the environment and climate. Apple is not the only powerhouse company jumping on the clean energy bandwagon. Google uses renewable sources to power more than 30 percent of their operations and is working toward ultimately having 100 percent of their power come in the form of clean energy.

Renewable sources include wind, solar, hydro and geothermal power, and these have a more positive effect on our environment, climate and health than fossil fuels or coal. Unfortunately, the world is very dependent upon these fuels for electricity and power generation and in the United States, they are the number one source for global warming emissions and a major contributor in air pollution. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, renewable energy resources generate electricity with few negative effects, and could provide up to 40 percent of the country’s electricity within the next 20 years. The installation costs can be pretty high and it may not be possible to fulfill all of your energy requirements from renewable energy like Apple and Google want to do, but by using the most effective technologies, a company can get close. The benefits of using clean energy generally outweigh any downsides.

After the cost of installation, solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal energy systems cost nothing to run. Most will need periodic maintenance, but these sources could produce enough electricity to create excess. Plus, if you use an hourglass slewing drive within the system, you can get 30 years of reliable performance and cut back costs even more.

  • Sticking to natural energy sources means you won’t be affected when gas and electricity prices increase.
  • Users of clean energy don’t need to worry about wastage because it can be regenerated.
  • Focusing on renewable energy sources allows for the remaining oil, gas and coal supplies to last longer and be used where clean energy can’t be substituted.
  • The government may be able to help fund a project if it creates renewable energy.

Author Bio: Kinematics is the world's largest slewing drive manufacturer with a production capacity of over 4,200 units per week. Kinematics Manufacturing Inc. began in 1996 as a small operation outside of Los Angeles. Founder, Brent Morgan, designed specialty gearboxes, then machined, assembled and shipped them one at a time from a small, 50 m2 rented space. Kinematics delivers custom-engineered solutions to customers in 23 countries from its 14,500 m2 facility in Jiangsu, China and two distribution warehouses in Europe and the United States.

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Topics: Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

Solar Power Ensures Microgrid Expansion well Beyond 2013

Posted by SEPCO

1/31/13 9:30 AM

As a result of solar power becoming increasingly affordable and easier to install, many areas are using them to create their own Microgrids. Here is a look at how solar panels are helping to encourage Microgrid creation and what the future holds for solar energy in residential areas.

The Benefits of Solar Energy

In order to appreciate the reasons why so much money and technological research is being invested in solar power it is worth considering the benefits that this energy source has to offer. Solar energy can boast two main attributes, not only is it a sustainable resource but it is also completely renewable, so unlike fossil fuels we will never run out of it. It also enables homeowners and communities to generate their own source of electricity and reduce or maybe even eliminate their dependency on the main grid. Solar power produces zero emissions and is good for the environment especially when you compare it against fossil fuel generated electricity. Many governments around the world are embracing this concept of powering our homes and a good number of them offer financial incentives or even rebates to encourage individuals or communities to change to this cleaner and more cost effective source of energy and power.

Microgrid

Delivering Energy Locally

As the focus continues to intensify on producing renewable energy, Microgrids are considered to be the most viable way of approaching the subject of grid modernization and reducing dependency on the national grid network. Microgrids are essentially scaled down versions of the centralized electricity system that are able to deliver local power needs in the same way as a national network is expected to do. The fundamental difference of course is that a Microgrid offers communities the opportunity to control and regulate their power source on a localized basis which allows for greater customer participation in the electricity enterprise.

Scalable Growth of a local Microgrid

A Microgrid is essentially a collection of solar panels connected together to create a network that is capable of providing power to communities who are either looking at trying to reduce or eliminate their need to use the national network and at the same time, want to improve energy efficiency, control costs and reduce the impact of carbon emissions. Microgrids are the next generation of energy supply and should not be viewed as simply a backup system and they also have the ability to harness power for everyone within their vicinity by pooling together the solar panels in use rather than the less efficient way of each property having an individual stand alone panel. They use specifically designed software and power electronics to store the power generated in order to provide energy on a 24 hour basis and not just when the sun is shining.

Microgrids are understandably a very welcome solution in areas where there are significant power outages or in local communities where there is limited access to the national network. Linking up solar panels and creating a successful Microgrid is a viable way forward for every home and community to obtain their power in the future and that includes urban as well as rural areas that would benefit in many ways, such as substantially reducing emissions as well as creating the opportunity for reduced energy costs as the network grows.

Yogesh Mankani is an environmental researcher and consultant. He enjoys sharing his finding with the public through blogging. Visit the #1 site to shop and compare energy rates Save On Energy.
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Topics: Guest Post, Solar Power, Clean Energy

How is Solar Technology Being Adopted in the UK?

Posted by SEPCO

1/24/13 9:30 AM

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TEKN Photography

As the oil dries up, the planet chokes in smog and we career blissfully toward an apocalypse of our own creation, the need for green energy has become more urgent than ever. With cold fusion still a distant impossibility, scientists and leaders are desperately scrambling to concoct a solution to the biggest problem of our times. Wind farms are sprouting up, debates are raging and consensus still looks far away. But all is not lost; from recycling to solar energy, the general public are supporting renewable resources in droves. Here we take a close look at the prevalence of solar energy in the UK; who is using it and why:

Regions: Who Goes Green?

Solar isn’t used uniformly across the country, far from it. For example, the amount of panels installed across Scotland and especially the Highlands is almost negligible. Obviously, this isn’t a surprise: the Highlands can have as little as 711 hours of sunshine annually, compared to nearly 1,500 for the UK. With winter seeing as little as 1 hour of sunshine per month in some areas, the idea of solar power doubtless seems like a daft Southern fantasy.

The trend continues down into the extreme north of England; Newcastle and the Northumberland area installing more solar panels than Scotland, but still relatively few. It isn’t until we hit Leeds that the first spanner appears in the works: although the city receives an average of 50% less sunlight than London, solar panel installations are in the top bracket. How come?

Well, a 2012 study measuring the ‘greenness’ of UK cities came to the conclusion that the richer a city is, the greener it is likely to go. Leeds may not compete with the capital, but it is ‘wealthier’ than nearby Manchester; and both are richer than Liverpool, which ranked bottom of the green list. Looking at the map of solar distribution, we can see that Manchester has fewer installations than Leeds, while Liverpool barely outranks the Scottish Highlands.

A vague correlation of wealth and ‘greenness’ continues across the country (with some outliers), until we hit the South. By the time we reach the notoriously sunny South West, only a handful of areas such as Torbay rank any lower than the top bracket for solar panel installation. Even traditionally poor, rural communities that haven’t been swamped by moneyed refugees from London rank highly. The obvious conclusion to draw is the opposite of the Scottish one: in the South West (avg. hours of sunshine, 1600 – 1900 annually), the benefits of going solar are immediately obvious.

The London Riddle

One of the most immediately striking things about the distribution of solar panels is the comparative lack covering London. Located in a high potential area (map) and famously crawling with wealth, the modest number of installations (at times comparable to the Highlands) seems counterintuitive. Despite being ranked as one of Forum for the Future’s top 10 sustainable UK cities (#10); the leap to harnessing solar seemingly has not yet been made.

One answer could be the great disparities between incomes in the population. For every enclave of super-rich bankers luxuriating in their millions, there are several more areas suffering real deprivation (Hackney famously suffered a 186.4% rise in long-term youth unemployment last year). No matter what subsidies are on offer, splashing out any amount on solar installation is an impossibility for those on the bottom of the economic ladder.

Another factor to take into account would be the high instance of renting in the capital, even where the middle classes are concerned; along with the widespread use of social housing. Put simply, unless you own a home with room for installation (immediately discounting flats), there is little point in even enquiring.

At the end of the day, solar is just one of many alternatives to fossil fuels currently on offer to UK residents. While it may not be practical for everyone, for those who can take advantage, it’s encouraging to see its use beginning to take off. Will it continue to rise in the face of economic Armageddon? Only time will tell.

This is a contributed report from UK based insurance company, PolicyExpert.co.uk. Find out how solar panels affect your home insurance by visiting their site.

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Topics: Guest Post, Solar Power, Clean Energy

Green Ways We Can Improve Our Cities (Infographic)

Posted by SEPCO

12/6/12 9:30 AM

The environment is in danger, but fortunately, going green can help save the environment from further degradation. One of the things that people can do to save the environment is reduce waste consumption by encouraging recycling. Seventy-five percent of the waste in the United States is recyclable. However, studies have shown that only five percent of it is recycled.

Converting from heating oil to natural gas can also save the environment. Gas is much cleaner than oil. It also burns 30 percent less carbon dioxide. New York City plans to totally eliminate its use of heating oil by 2030. Natural gas is not only better for the environment, but it is also cheaper.

Additionally, the environment can be saved if there were more electric cars available. Electric cars use 50 to 60 percent less petroleum than regular cars. Furthermore, some people argue that electric cars perform better than regular cars.

Green Ways We Can Improve Our Cities

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Topics: Clean Energy, Infographics

Green Energy Jobs - The New Revolution in Energy Jobs

Posted by SEPCO

11/21/12 9:25 AM

LightBulbSunRiseYears ago, no one thought in terms of ecological home and building designs. Today it's the norm, as the world turns toward sustainable energy. As this revolution expands, it will prove to be the catalyst for new jobs, in an industry sector that will have a wide range of different opportunities. The building designs of today, will give way to future designs that will include:

  • energy efficient ratings
  • construction materials, that reduce carbon footprints
  • micro-renewable, and
  • recyclability

These are a just a few of the changes that will be part of the building designs of tomorrow. Before buying a home, people will ask for energy audits, and use these as a part of their decision making process. Business startups now include those that will help homeowners to reduce energy, and make homes more saleable, by increasing its energy efficiency. It will also include large industrial buildings that need to save money by employing energy saving techniques and green resources.

Green energy will lead to a host of new job classifications across the world. These jobs are available today for those qualified, and will expand rapidly in the future as new technologies come online. The pace of technology is picking up almost on a monthly basis, and future job seekers will need to stay educated on all the new techniques that industries will employ. Companies will be looking for workers that are certified by national organizations, and for workers that maintain their qualifications by upgrading their knowledge base, as technology innovation expands.  

Energy renewable resources and energy efficiency will dominate the next decade as companies expand into areas of:

  • solar
  • wind
  • geothermal technology
  • oceans
  • hydropower
  • gas from landfill sites
  • municipal solid waste

Energy efficiency areas that will produce new jobs include:

  • maintaining appliances with energy star ratings
  • lighting in homes and offices that are energy efficient
  • thermostats that are programmable
  • combing power and heat for cogeneration
  • manufacturing equipment that is energy efficient, and
  • buildings that are LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

People who are educated in these disciplines will be able to find employment in a number of areas. Currently state and the federal governments are offering grants and scholarships to people wishing to study in these areas. Most studies can be done through online education sites that are part of recognized institutions, and can be schedules around times that are suitable to those studying.

New job opportunities are opening up today and more are expected in the future. Currently universities are already training people to fill these openings, and the more education people have in this area, the more choices will be available to them. Online websites are being developed to help companies fill their current searches for green energy employees.

Now is the perfect time for people who want to change careers, soldiers returning home, and those facing long-term unemployment, to start studying to fill these positions. Green energy jobs will continue to evolve in different areas over the next ten to twenty years, and education especially in the field of Solar Training & Certification, will be the main qualification and driver of who is chosen to fill a position.

The "Green Revolution" is expected to provide millions of jobs worldwide and those educated in these areas will have the security of long-term job security.

Everblue’s mission of "TRAINING EARTH’S SUSTAINABLE WORKFORCE", addresses the environmental and climate challenges facing the global community, through exceptional hands-on training and education. We specialize in providing intense green jobs training for government employees, architects, engineers, property managers, facility managers, and general contractors.

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