Solar in Alabama?

First Published on LinkedIn on December 20, 2016 by Joe Bennett:


Not too long ago, I entered the PV field with close to 30 years of operations experience and lots to learn.  During the first two weeks into my new field, I made a startling and crucial observation about what I see as the truest potential of solar energy:

Solar has a wide range of appeal across a diverse set of stakeholders. (more…)

Reimbursement rates frustrate solar panel adopters in Alabama

anniston-star-pic-sqAs reported in the Anniston Star by Eddie Burkhalter on November 17, 2016:

Clayton Angell thinks that in about two years’ time the new solar panel system atop his Anniston business will begin paying for itself.

He expects the 66-panel, 22-kilowatt system will generate about half of the energy needs of his Remodeler’s Outlet, located in a 71,000-square-foot former textile mill on Noble Street. (more…)

5 Things to know about payback on Commercial Solar Systems

1. Electricity Savings are immediate
2. Federal Solar Tax Credit available through 2019
3. Accelerated Depreciation with Bonus through 2017
4. Achieving 45%+ Return on Investment
5. Warranties last for 25 years

Businesses can install an Interconnected Solar System, and generate tax credits and phenomenal returns on the cost of that solar investment.


Visit the Day Star Construction Office for Solar Home Tour

img_8810Birmingham, October 3, 2016: As previously announced, there will be 7 options to visit solar installations in Birmingham on Saturday, October 29th from 8am to 4pm. We hope that you will consider more than one, but wanted to highlight the offices for Day Star Construction. From 8-10am, join us at 4005 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222 to see this installation. (more…)

Birmingham’s First Solar Home Tour Announced

Birmingham, September 29, 2016: In conjunction with Energy Awareness month every October, homeowners and businesses in neighborhoods across the country open their doors and show what they’ve done to slash utility bills and help cut pollution from electric generating plants. It offers the opportunity to informally tour innovative green homes and buildings, and see how solar energy can be used efficiently. The tour hopes to inspire people across the nation to make sustainable energy choices that reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.

Get ready to see solar power generated and other clean energy projects. This is a chance to see affordable and practical technologies, in your neighborhood, that benefit the environment and are part of the solution to our nation’s energy problems. If you are considering solar energy, please consider visiting a business or resident participating in the National Solar Tour to learn more.

For the first time, Birmingham will have its own Solar Home Tour. Tours have been occurring in other parts of the state, but will be brought to the Magic City for the first time in 2016. This year’s Birmingham events will be hosted by the Alabama Solar Knowledge Project of the Alabama Environmental Council, UAB Sustainability, Eagle Solar and Light, and Vulcan Solar Power.

Visit one (or all) of these Birmingham locations anytime during their time-slot to learn more about how solar energy can help you reduce electricity bills, reduce carbon emissions, and achieve energy freedom!

8-10am AEC Recycling Center
8-10am Daystar Construction
10am-12pm UAB Recreation Center Solar Project
12-2pm Residential Home
12-2pm Residential Home
1-3pm Residential Home
2-4pm Red Mountain Park tower

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AlabamaSAVES Continues Commitment to EE


ALABAMASAVES_logo1MONTGOMERY, September 21, 2016— The AlabamaSAVES program is celebrating its sixth year as one of the most successful energy efficiency loan programs in the country. Since inception, AlabamaSAVES has partnered with over 40 financial institutions throughout Alabama to provide $56 million in funding for 102 commercial, industrial, institutional, and agricultural loans. The Program, which is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), and administered by Abundant Power Group, LLC and its specialty finance affiliate, CleanSource Capital, LLC, has established a solid foundation for the on-going financing of energy efficiency in Alabama. By enabling private commercial, industrial, and institutional borrowers to make significant retrofits, 172 buildings representing 12.9 million square feet are benefiting from renewable energy installations such as: solar panel installation, HVAC upgrades, LED lighting, and water conservation measures. (more…)