Visit 1 of 2 Crestline Homes on Solar Homes Tour

imgp1764Birmingham, October 9, 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 a residence in Crestline to visit from 12-2pm. (more…)


September 2, 2016, Learn more at Red Mountain Park:image002
Birmingham-based company, Eagle Solar & Light has installed and contributed a brand new solar lighting system for Red Mountain Park. The donation has made possible the illumination of the Park’s 80-foot tall Kaul Adventure Tower. Now Park guests can zip line, rappel and climb at night during special after-hours events. The lighting system is made up of ActiveLED Solar Lights and Solar Lighting Controls, PV solar panels and batteries. During the day, the solar panels charge the batteries that store energy to power ActiveLED solar lights once the sun goes down. ActiveLED’s ActiveREST dimming technology dims the lights when no one is on the Kaul Adventure Tower and raises lighting back to full power when guests approach. And should Park staff forget to turn the lights off at the end of an exciting night-time Adventure? No problem—ActiveLED controls will automatically turn the lights off at dawn.

In 2015, Sam Yates, Founder and President of Eagle Solar & Light, discussed with Red Mountain Park the exciting benefits of renewable energy at RMP, and generated a feasibility study on lighting the Kaul Adventure Tower so that revenue generation could be enhanced for zip tours after dark. Yates was excited to make the plan a reality, saying “Eagle Solar & Light is proud to have an opportunity to donate such an advanced renewable system for such a unique, incredible venue, home only to Birmingham, Alabama!” (more…)

By Wide Margin, Voters Add Tax Break to Florida State Constitution

image As reported in the Miami Herald by Steve Bousquet on August 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – The runaway winner in Tuesday’s primary election was at the end of the ballot, as voters in Florida overwhelmingly approved a tax break to encourage businesses to go solar.

The amendment, which will become part of the Florida Constitution, exempts solar and other renewable energy devices on business and industrial property from property taxes for 20 years. The same tax break already exists for residential property owners. (more…)

Eagle Solar & Light turning City sun into clean energy

image As featured in Iron City Ink, July 28, 2016 -by Sam Chandler

Prior to last November, Samuel Yates said the Birmingham metro area did not have a company devoted to solar energy power systems.

The Mountain Brook resident has since helped start two of them.

In November, Yates said he co-founded Vulcan Solar Power as the first business of its kind in the area. But after a benevolent split with his founding partner in late March, he said he decided to launch his own. On April 1, Eagle Solar & Light came to life.

Located at 4005 Second Ave. S. in Avondale, Eagle Solar & Light specializes in the design, installation and service of solar energy systems for both residential and commercial use, Yates said.

Essentially, Yates and his team provide a start-to-finish turnkey service that can switch a building to at least partial reliance on solar power. This is typically accomplished by outfitting the roof with a grid of rectangular solar modules, which convert sunlight into a usable form of energy. (more…)

German Solar Tour Part 5

by Samuel Yates, CEO

So, what could the Renewable Energy Landscape look like in the United States by 2020?

Let’s break it down into two major renewables, Wind and Solar:


German Solar Tour Part 4

by Samuel Yates, CEO

wind-and-solarToday, our travels took us from Rothenburg in Franconia to Dresden in Saxony, part of the former Eastern Bloc held by the former Soviet Union after World War II.

This 250-mile stretch included a veritable smorgasbord of renewable energy. We passed no less than 2000 windmills stretched out around the Autobahn–at times, up to 100 are clearly visible in all directions.  Surrounding this Federal Motorway are dozens upon dozens of utility scale Solar Farms!


German Solar Tour Part 3

by Samuel Yates, CEO

img_1124We traveled from Munich in Bavaria to Rothenburg in Franconia today, through the largest concentration of installed solar power yet!

Field after field of solar arrays–many covering hundreds of acres!  There were towns and villages full of rooftop solar, both residential and commercial–some so plentiful that 10 to 12 different structures would be visible at one time!  You can view pictures here.


German Solar Tour Part 2

by Samuel Yates, CEO

fieldLets talk about the big picture and compare solar in the United States to that in Germany.

Geography and Population-Germany is slightly smaller than the state of Montana and home to some 81 million people.

The population of the United States is 323 million.

Installed Solar-Germany has been the world’s top PV installer for several years. Total installed solar amounted to over 40 gigawatts (GW) at the end of May 2016.

The United States has about 19 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity.

Electrical Consumption– This comparison is even more disappointing when you consider the fact that the United States consumes Eight Times more energy than Germany.

Solar Insolation– Alabama receives about 1550 kWhours per year, while Southern Germany receives about 20% less. (more…)

German Solar Tour Part 1

by Samuel Yates, CEO

homeWhat a stunning and clean country–a veritable treasure trove of history, pristine countryside, and magnificent cities!

Our travel takes us from Western Germany, beginning in Frankfurt and the Rhineland, South to the Black Forests of Southern Germany and Bavaria through Munich, and finally North to Berlin.

Germany has been called “The world’s first major renewable energy economy”.

Eight and one-half weeks ago, on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2 pm, for the first time ever, renewables supplied nearly all (100%) of domestic electricity demand in the entire country! (more…)

Alabama Environmental Council hopes new solar array can encourage Birmingham market

by Dennis Pillion, The Birmingham News

2016-06-21 09.54.43The Alabama Environmental Council flipped the switch this week on a new 1.5-kilowatt solar power array at the group’s recycling center, located in Birmingham’s Avondale area.

The array, which was donated to the AEC by new Birmingham-area solar installation company Eagle Solar and Light, consists of five 300-watt panels mounted to a bracket on the south-facing roof of the recycling center’s office building.