Renewable Energy Is Creating Jobs 12 Times Faster Than the Rest of the Economy

As reported in Fortune on January 27, 2017

The solar and wind industries are each creating jobs at a rate 12 times faster than that of the rest of the U.S. economy, according to a new report.

The study, published by the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps program, says that solar and wind jobs have grown at rates of about 20% annually in recent years, and sustainability now collectively represents four to four and a half million jobs in the U.S., up from 3.4 million in 2011.

The renewable energy sector has seen rapid growth over recent years, driven largely by (more…)

Nest Products Available from Eagle Solar and Light

The latest product offering to be added to the Eagle Solar and Light list is the Nest Learning Thermostat and other Nest products. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns from you, creates a schedule and is proven to save energy. In independent studies, the Nest Thermostat saved an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. So in under two years, it can pay for itself. This is a great new product for homeowners looking to better utilize and understand their energy usage. Features include: (more…)

NABCEP Associate Certified at Eagle Solar and Light

Joe Bennett - strong arm - sqThe North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) has certified Joe Bennett, Eagle Solar and Light’s Chief Operations Officer as a Photovoltaic Associate. NABCEP offers entry level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.  Raising industry standards and promoting consumer confidence, NABCEP is known as the “gold standard” for PV and Solar Heating Installation and PV Technical Sales Certifications.

“I’m proud to receive this level of certification from the National Board recognized by solar installers around the country,” said Mr. Bennett. “At Eagle Solar and Light, we value quality and service and this communicates the level of such that you can expect from us.” (more…)

There is money being wasted in your home. Install Neurio to find it!

neurio-solarSMARTER. SAFER. MORE EFFICIENT.

Neurio provides a smarter way to manage your home, allowing you to live more comfortably and securely, all the while saving your money each month. And with over 100,000 units sold in just over a year and 964 gigawatts of energy monitored to date, homes everywhere are quickly seeing the benefits of what Neurio can offer. (more…)

Solar Installations For Churches Are Getting Easier & Cheaper

As reported on Clean Technica on January 11, 2017

Solar Power for Churches - Credit: InterfaithPowerandLight.orgFaith members considering solar power for churches, temples, mosques, and other houses of worship are discovering that installations are getting both easier and cheaper. Since 2009, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), costs for non-residential solar installations have dropped around 73%, from around $7.50 per kilowatt to today’s cost of about $2 per kilowatt. (more…)

New Tool for Saving Energy & Reducing Commercial Energy Bills

Our partner ActiveLED has just introduced The Explorer Energy Monitor, a user programmable device that allows for the monitoring of a building’s electricity usage in real time. The Explorer provides colorful graphs and reports allowing the user to explore better ways to manage their energy usage and thereby find options to save money on their electricity bill. The Explorer Energy Monitor can also send user defined email alarms that alert the user of power failures, brown-outs and over voltage event. Watch video below for illustration:

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What are 5 steps to getting started with Solar?

esl-logoWe get this question quite a bit. Yes, we’re a solar company, and yes, we’re in what seems like a solar-wilderness being in the deep South. But, it is a legitimate question. So, let’s make this simple:

(If you’re curious if solar is illegal or allowed by the power company, or if it will last very long, or if our climate even works for solar, you should look at this article as well!)
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Solar now cheapest new form of energy in nearly 60 countries

As reported in Daily KOS on 1/1/17:

 Donald Trump and the climate deniers and fossil fuel company backers he’s nominated for his cabinet don’t realize it—or refuse to believe it—but the world is starting to pass them by when it comes to developing new sources of power. In the developing world, solar power is becoming the most cost-effective new source of electricity.

In nearly 60 lower-income countries, the average price of solar energy has dropped to $1.65 million per megawatt in 2016, just below wind at $1.66 million per megawatt. That means new energy development projects will focus on solar energy rather than wind power.

“Unsubsidized solar is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas on a larger scale, and notably, new solar projects in emerging markets are costing less to build than wind projects,” says a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a research and analysis organization for those investing in the energy industry. (more…)