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The June 2014 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) report, which assess the impact of the Federal Power Act, indicates that natural gas is still leading the nation in installation capacity for the year overall. However, those numbers only record utility installations and do not account for residential rooftop and commercial installations of solar electric panels. Many industry professionals suggest that if that data was available, solar energy would be leading the the U.S. in installations. The Solar Industries Association (SEIA) states that over 44 percent of solar energy units that were installed over the first quarter of the year were non-utility, which is a significant chunk of the industry. According to The Eco Report, if those numbers kept up through the end of June, solar would certainly be the leader in energy sources across the nation. President and CEO of the SEIA, Rhone Resch, said in a press release that solar has already and will continue to be a huge booster for the national economy. “Solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy today – and, as this report bears out, it will continue to be for years and years to come,” said Resch. “The continued, rapid deployment of solar nationwide will create thousands of new American jobs, pump hundreds of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy and help to significantly reduce pollution.” With the country  trending toward solar power, many Coloradoans have begun looking into ways of making their homes solar-friendly. This conversion saves homeowners on utility costs by creating a more energy-efficient living space. If you are interested in learning more about your solar options, contact Golden Solar today for a free at-home consultation.
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Everyone knows what it feels like to dread your power bill each month. In fact, most people have considered switching over to solar power in their homes. Perhaps you have too. It is a tempting idea but frequently it seems too daunting and confusing, so you decide to go without. Well today we’re going to explain why it’s not as difficult as it seems, it’s actually not difficult at all when compared with the extensive benefits you’ll experience!

So have no fear, your beginners guide to solar power in your home is here!

By going green with solar power not only do you get to feel good about saving the environment but you’ll also save money in the long run. Tax breaks, rebates and lack of an electric bill are all amazing benefits of installing a solar power system in your home.

So what do you need to consider?

You’ll want to think about the following when making the jump to solar panels:

  1. Space. Where can you place the panels in your home to maximize their exposure to sunlight and ensure you’re getting the most out of them?
  2. Installation costs. The cost of installing solar panels may seem high but when you that consider against the cost of your electric bill over time it’s really quite reasonable. Additionally, the government frequently offers tax breaks and rebates, so be sure to do your research!

Finding an installer:

Of course when you’re looking for someone to install your solar panels it’s tempting to select the cheapest option, but that is not necessarily the best option! You’ll want to keep in mind that your solar power system is meant to last for 25-30 years. With that type of time you want to select an installer with the proven experience and qualifications to do the job! A great contractor will answer any of your questions confidently and provide a comprehensive warranty for issues in the future. With an experienced installation team this process is much simpler than it seems.

Once you’ve considered space and installation costs, and found an installer you trust, you’re ready to take the plunge! The sooner you get started on your solar panel installation, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits of it. Ask your installer for any advice he has to make the process simpler and get ready for an environmentally friendly home and happier wallet in the long run! When you decide on a solar power system, you’ll always feel good about your decision.

Some people look at solar energy from a purely environmental perspective. Others might acknowledge the benefits it has to our planet but focuses primarily on the long-term cost savings. Most people, however, tend to fall somewhere between the two sides of the spectrum, embracing solar energy for both the environmental and financial aspects of the technology. While your friends at Golden Solar are certainly doing what we can by assisting the fine people and companies of Colorado with their solar energy needs, we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize other green technologies that are playing their part in the solution. As a matter of fact, many of the innovations in the green technology space are surprising in both context and application. While these are just a couple of the examples available, they collectively demonstrate the ingenuity of the many different people working toward the same goal — finding cost-effective, innovative solutions to our ever-increasing energy demands.

A New Meaning to Microbrew

An ice-cold beer might be synonymous with tailgating at a football game or maybe a weekend barbecue, but rarely have beer and the environment been seen as mutually beneficial. The Alaskan Brewing Company, however, has been actively trying to change that since 1998. Recognizing the pristine location of its headquarters in Juneau, the company uses a series of technological innovations to not only clean up the brewing process but actually remove excess CO2 emissions from the local environment. While the efforts to eliminate its CO2 footprint and preserve water are certainly commendable, it’s the company’s unique Spent Grain Steam Boiler that’s especially interesting to those in the clean energy industry. Although not common knowledge, the brewery process has had an age-old problem when it comes to disposing of the spent grain left over from every batch produced. Most breweries distribute their spent grain as feed for cattle to local farmers. However, since there are no cattle in Juneau, the Alaskan Brewing Company had to choose between shipping out its spent grain or developing a new technology to process it. Not wanting to increase its carbon footprint by relying on trucks to ship its spent grain, the company created a technology that allowed it to fuel the brewery’s steam boiler with that spent grain. By the following year, the technology was operational and the Alaskan Brewing Company was well on its way to reducing its overall oil use by more than 65 percent. So, the next time you tip back a cold one, remember that even brewers are doing their part to create ecologically friendly energy sources.

Mirror, Mirror on the Farm

Not to be outdone, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project outside Las Vegas is putting vanity to work by creating a mirror farm, 10,000 mirrors strong, to help power the insatiable energy demands of Sin City. Once again creating a unique technology born from the demands of the local environment, the farm is made up of thousands of mirrors, each the size of a small house, spread out in a series of concentric circles in the middle of the Nevada desert. Each mirror has been individually calibrated to follow the path of the sun and reflect the light toward a massive receiver filled with salt. The molten salt retains an internal temperature of almost 1,000 degrees F, even during the night when the receiver is collecting no reflected sunlight. The mirror farm instantly creates power by releasing heat stored within the salt, turning water into steam that drives generators and creates energy. Although the project comes with a hefty $1 billion price tag, it’s still more cost-efficient than building a new coal or nuclear plant, with far less environmental impact. At Golden Solar, we like to relay stories of other organizations accelerating sustainable energy technologies that will ultimately help both the environment and the wallet. As always, we will continue to do our part for our neighbors throughout Colorado.

With an increase in pollution as well as a limited amount of resources, it’s imperative to find alternative sources of energy. Because of advancements in technology, it’s now easier than ever to harness power from the sun. Solar energy is increasingly becoming an attractive option for both homeowners and businesses. There are several great reasons you should go solar.

1. Substantial Savings

When you go solar you can begin enjoying the benefits right away. The longer you continue to use solar power the more your savings will increase. Having solar energy can increase the value of your home. There are also tax incentives when investing in solar power. These can include the Solar Investment Tax Credit that enables you to take up to 30 percent of installation costs off your taxes. Whether it’s for your home, business or a non-profit, going solar can save you money.

2. Easy Maintenance

Solar panels are generally easy to maintain. Energysage reports that solar panels are very durable and often last 25 years or longer. It’s important, however, to have your panels regularly maintained and monitored to make sure they’re operating as efficiently as possible. While some homeowners may want to clean their own panels, it’s recommended to leave maintenance to trained professionals.

3. Environmentally Friendly

Solar energy is a renewable resource, protects natural resources and generally creates little to no pollution. Compared to other sources, such as coal, solar energy provides an excellent source of environmentally friendly power. Fossil fuels are not only detrimental to the environment but they are considered a limited resource. Installing a solar system is a great way for you to use a pure, clean source of energy.

4. Home Friendly

According to Solar Power, solar panels can generate an adequate amount of electricity to power an entire house. Whatever type of home or building structure you may have, there are a variety of solar options available. Traditional roof mounts can be used for many types of homes. If you receive a lot of snow, a pole mount may work best for your home. Ground mounts can be customized if you need a larger system.

Whether you’ve decided to go solar or are looking for more information, Golden Solar can provide experienced solar energy services. They feature a variety of solar panel options including roof, ground and pole mounts. From design and installation to replacement and repair, they can provide all your solar panel needs. Contact Golden Solar for more information.

Though the average person’s utility bill has steadily increased over the years, wages have not improved at anywhere near the same pace. The solution to our utility bill woes might be found in the form of solar power. Though solar power is often characterized as extremely costly and somewhat ineffective, it has the potential to wean humans off of our reliance on finite and highly polluting fossil fuels. Government initiatives to promote solar power like the one currently administered by the Colorado Energy Office just might be exactly what we need to make the transition from fossil fuels to the comparably green solar power. How Colorado is Using Solar Power to Decrease Utility Bills Some low-income households in Colorado are eligible for the installation of solar panels through a new initiative administered by the state’s Energy Office known as the Weatherization Program. This program is operated on the federal level by the United States Department of Energy and implemented through local energy offices on the state level. Solar panel installation is one component of the initiative. The Weatherization Program also provides LED light bulbs, “green” refrigerators that operate at a heightened efficiency, improved insulation and storm windows. Solar Power’s Expansion Through the Weatherization Program The Weatherization Program’s first rooftop solar panel was recently placed on a low-income home in Colorado Springs. Rooftop solar has the potential to double each low-income household’s energy savings. Representatives from Colorado’s Energy Office stated that their aim is to add solar panels to at least 100 low-income houses throughout Colorado every year. The addition of these solar panels is meant to shed light on the under-publicized benefits of solar power. At the moment, many homeowners and business owners do not even consider the purchase of solar panels as the technology has been stereotyped as absurdly expensive. Though the up-front cost of solar panels intimidates some prospective buyers, these amazing pieces of technology pay for themselves as time progresses. Government initiatives like the Weatherization Program are designed to heighten awareness of solar power’s extensive merits in terms of cost savings as well as reducing our negative impact on the environment. For one, the addition of solar panels to low-income homes lowers the total energy burden as it reduces the cost to power and heat living spaces. These solar panels also serve to boost opportunities to distribute any surplus of solar energy that is collected and not used by the residents of the low-income homes where the panels have been installed. Perhaps most importantly, the program’s solar panels are a highly publicized example of solar power’s viability as a power source. Learn More About The Benefits of Solar Power If you would like to learn more about the Weatherization Program, its guidelines and how the Colorado Energy Office is implementing the push for solar power, click the following link:

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