Texas Sees New Shape in Solar Technology – Austin-Based Strictly Pediatrics Installs First Cylindrical Solar Modules in Texas

Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 20, 2009

Strictly Pediatrics, an Austin-based pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty center, announced today the completion of a 23.4 kilowatt roof top solar electric system comprised of unique cylindrical solar modules, the first of their kind to be installed in Texas. The modules, manufactured by California-based Solyndra, are designed to generate more electricity on an annual basis from typical low-slope commercial rooftops, while providing lower installation costs than conventional flat panel photovoltaic technologies. Meridian Solar, an Austin-based company specializing in the design and installation of solar arrays completed the project.

Mark Smith, MD, Founder and current Treasurer of Strictly Pediatrics Sub-specialty Center commented, “We are dedicated to providing the best care to the children in this community while minimizing our impact on the environment where we live. We have earned a Three-Star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building Program and we continue to investigate how we can decrease the waste of non-renewable resources.”

The building is managed by Cushman & Wakefield and is the first in Texas to use this technology. Sharon Wilkens, the property manager of the building states, “Strictly Pediatrics and Cushman & Wakefield are committed to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. Installing the solar modules has been a major step in our promise.” In its first year, the system is expected to produce over 32,000 kilowatt hours of clean, locally produced, renewable energy and will offset over 44,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of planting about 6 acres of trees.

Andrew McCalla, CEO of Meridian Solar, the company responsible for the design and installation of the system, said, “The unique modules used in Strictly Pediatrics’ solar installation illustrates how solar technology continues to evolve to better accommodate various implementation scenarios. The ability to offer a broader range of solutions to our customers allows for more precise customization of their installations.”

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Advantage Laser Products Installs Cutting Edge Solyndra Solar Panel System—Going Green While Saving Green

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 23, 2010

Atlanta-based Advantage Laser Products, Inc. (ALP) continues its 22 year commitment to environmentally-minded business practices with its biggest project to date. Beginning January 25, 2010, the flat, white roof of ALP will initiate its transformation from ordinary rooftop to sun-harnessing machine. Complete with innovative solar panel technology, the state of the art system allows for both direct and indirect sunlight to be harvested. And, thanks to a new federal grant and recent state tax incentives, this new plan not only makes environmental sense, it makes business sense as well.

Designed by Empower Energy Technology, ALP’s 3-array state of the art solar panel system utilizes solar modules (developed by California-based Solyndra, Inc.) which not only gather direct sunlight, but indirect light as well. As Director of Clean Energy for Empower Energy explains, “Unlike conventional PV modules, Solyndra’s cylindrical modules will capture both direct and reflected sunlight from the white surface of Advantage Laser Product’s roof. These cylindrical modules, unlike typical flat-surfaced modules, are comprised of a series of cylindrical tubes which are expertly spaced apart from one another, thereby maximizing sunlight absorption.” This translates into enormous energy savings as ALP executive Marvin Masson comments, “Without any further green modifications to our building (such as replacing fluorescent lights with LED lights [ALP’s next project]), the solar panel system will provide 70% of ALP’s energy, including our vast energy needs for cartridge remanufacturing. Once the LED project is complete, ALP will be energy neutral—powering our entire building with our roof.”

Though the technology is impressive, the environmental benefits numerous and the energy savings considerable, it’s less apparent how such a system makes fiscal sense given its significant cost. As Mr. Masson explains, “The environmental benefits of solar power are obvious—the challenge is to maximize green operating levels while maintaining a profitable business. A couple of years ago I looked into solar energy, but despite a 30% tax credit from the federal government, I could not make the numbers work. However, that’s all changed with the passing of the Economic Stimulus and Recovery Act of 2009. This made all the difference.”

The difference Mr. Masson is alluding to is that the 30% federal tax credit turned into a 30% grant with the passing of the Act. Even more, the state of Georgia now offers a 35% tax credit for solar installation—allowing companies to have to borrow less money as well as enjoy additional tax incentives. In the end, the solar panel system will pay for itself in 5.5 years. With a 25 year life expectancy, that’s nearly 20 years of free green power.

For more information about this exciting project, please refer to ALP’s solar blog at http://www.advlaser.com/ALP-Solyndra-Solar-Array-s/508.htm and Empower Energy’s website http://www.empoweret.com.

About Advantage Laser Products, Inc.:

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Advantage Laser Products is a manufacturer of toner cartridges, specializing in remanufacturing or recycling toner cartridges, MICR toner (check printing) cartridges and check printing supplies including HP MICR laser printers and check paper. ALP is located at 1840 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. http://www.advlaser.com

About Empower Energy Techology, LLC:

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Empower Energy Technology serves the needs of commercial and institutional clients for energy management and supplemental power solutions based on conventional and clean energy sources. http://www.empowert.com

About Solyndra:

Based in Fremont, California, Solyndra designs and manufacturers photovoltaic systems, comprised of panels and mounting hardware for the commercial rooftop market. http://www.solyndra.com

Additional Notes:

Cylindrical modules work most efficiently with flat white surfaces, and therefore are not ideal for all applications.

ALP will be installing their 3 array system over a period of 3 years. Once all 3 arrays have been installed, ALP will yield 70% of their energy from the complete system. This year the 1st of 3 arrays is being installed and will yield 23% of their energy.

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Whirlwind Solar Installs BIPV Solar Laminate System on First Certified “Passive House” on South, West Coasts

Houston, TX (Vocus) July 13, 2010

Whirlwind Solar, a Division of Whirlwind Steel Buildings, Inc. a Houston, TX-based company announced today, in conjunction with Corey Saft, an Architecture Professor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the first application of Solar Laminates on a certified ‘Passive House’ home. It is the first such home across the South and West Coast. Keihly Moore, with the Illinois-based Passive House Institute US that gives the certification, says of Saft: “He is the first in the South. He’s blazing a trail.” The use of solar photovoltaics, along with the Passive House design criteria of 90% reduction in energy usage over traditional homes built to current codes, makes this an affordable zero-energy prototype for the extreme conditions in the hot and humid South as well as anywhere else.

The project incorporated many innovative thermal techniques to reduce energy consumption. Following the general Passive House strategy, the home is super-insulated and extremely well sealed, making the construction act more like a thermos to preserve the conditioned air inside and consequently requiring much less overall conditioning of air. As an analogy, think of plugging in your coffee maker to heat the water to make your coffee but then transferring the coffee to a thermos to maintain the temperature throughout the day. Once you cool or heat your house the most efficient way to maintain the temperature is not with additional electricity but through a well sealed and insulated container. In terms of energy consumption the results are obvious – and this is what the Passive House philosophy is all about. Combine this with the efficiency of Whirlwind’s solar laminate panels and you quickly see how in the first month of operation this building was a zero-energy consumer.

The systems in the house are all standard and readily available but it is their integration into a whole house strategy that makes the final product so efficient and unique. The primary system is based on a a small (1 ton) mini-split air-conditioning system and the Ultimate Air RecoupAerator Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV). With 95% energy recovery, MERV 12 filtration, and dehumidification the ERV is the black box in the system that makes it all possible. In conjunction with this primary strategy we also use an air-to-water heat pump to supplement cooling and dehumidification as well as provide hot water.

The wall assembly itself manages most of the thermal issues, as it is much thicker than normal and is made up of several parts that each play a different role in reducing the energy bill. Our wall is a wood stud assembly 24” o.c. laid out using advanced framing techniques. Half of the house is 2×6, but the other half throughout the double height space is 2×8 studs. On the inside, added mass from concrete counters, tile and extra thick drywall is used to store the cool in the summer and the warm in the winter. The space in between the studs is filled with open-cell spray foam for an extra air seal and the whole house is then wrapped with 1” of Polyisocyanurate insulation to eliminate thermal breaks throughout. There is then a radiant barrier and an air space that is used to back-ventilate the final exterior skin of fiber-cement siding. This rain-screen system also acts as a whole house sun-shading device ridding the building of much of the heat even before it gets to our insulated wall.

As well as reduced energy consumption, the design of the home focuses on a richly developed living experience. The home is a modern open plan with a full half of the house boasting a sixteen+ foot double height space. The kitchen, the mezzanine and the stairs hanging off of it create a dynamic spatial experience. Feeding this large open volume is a twelve foot bank of high north facing clerestory windows that fill almost the whole home with artist quality natural light. When artificial light is required in the evening, there is a mixture of LED and CFL lights to keep the energy draw to a minimum and allow the small solar array to balance all its needs.

This house was an experiment on many fronts. As well as being the first home anywhere on the South or West Coast to meet the stringent energy requirements of the Passive House standard, it is also designed to be a cost effective urban prototype. With a footprint of less than 800 sq ft and a total livable square footage of 1200 sq ft, it is a 3 bedroom 2 bath designed for great density. Its long, thin and tall form allows it to be easily converted to a row house or flats above a commercial base on any downtown street. The rich spatial and experiential qualities could easily be maintained in any dense urban situation while the energy requirements would be reduced because of the shared party-walls and reduced number of exterior walls. With these efficiencies and a larger roof area to strategically group the solar array, we could easily develop this project into a net-energy producing urban block.

The construction of this project was a collaboration between Saft and one of his former students, Jaron Young. Young’s company, H.J. Construction, oversaw the building process and also understood it as a unique experiment. Beyond Passive House certification this home is in the final stages of attaining the first LEED platinum rating in Acadiana from the U.S. Green Building Council.

One of the main difficulties in building a project like this is the financing. The appraisal that the underwriting of a traditional construction loan requires rarely takes into account any of the innovative efficiencies present in our home because there are no ‘comparables’ with which to judge how much a consumer might pay for them. The result is that they are just not factored in and the home is severely undervalued. It is a system set up to resist change. This, says Saft, is probably the most significant impediment to a large scale transformation of our building stock.

The solar array, which is laminated to the Whirlwind Weather Snap metal system, is sized at 3.264 kW. The solar laminate system enabled some of Corey Saft’s students to more fully understand photovoltaic’s and at the same time be involved with some cutting edge technology.

The “Made in USA” BIPV system is manufactured by United Solar Ovonic LLC, based Rochester Hills, MI, and is sold through their authorized distributor, Whirlwind Solar, a division of Whirlwind Steel Buildings, Inc. with corporate headquarters in Houston, TX.

A comprehensive video documentation of the installation is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48BBOLEF4gs.

The Solar laminate system is comprised of approximately 24 photovoltaic laminates each 16” wide and 18’ – 0″ long, and approximately

Studio Shed Installs Home Office for Top Marketing Agency in Cannon Falls, MN

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) July 15, 2010

Studio Shed sent a truck to Cannon Falls, MN yesterday and installed a 10’ x 12’ prefab home office on the property of Michael and Suzanne Mayer.

As the co-owner of a branding agency called Lime Creative Marketing, Michael was looking for a home/work space that was both functional and contemporary in design. He desired a stand-alone structure that complimented the natural woods and water of the scenic Cannon River Valley. In Michael’s online search for a “cool prefab structure as a home work space” he came across Studio Shed and in Michael’s words “I recognized immediately it was exactly what I was looking for, so perfect in fact there weren’t any other shed companies in the running. I selected Studio Shed because of the whole company vibe, environmentally responsible materials and the prefab construction with customization…”

The 10’ x 12’ backyard studio shed, set in the woods and painted Ground Cover to match the flora, was built with FSC certified Collins Siding and corrugated metal, 2 gracious 3’x3’ windows, an oversized roof, and floating floor.

Michael has decided to name his studio “The Shed” and will also use the space as his personal “Man Cave”.

Studio Shed guarantees a 3-4 week delivery and installation. Studio Shed’s prefabricated panels use a variety of green building materials: FSC-certified dimensional lumber, recyclable aluminum-frame windows and FSC certified Collins Siding, Low-VOC paint. Complete structure engineered with absolute minimum waste.

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Abundant Energy Inc. Installs First Photovoltaic Solar System in Jupiter FL.

Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) February 5, 2009

Solar energy has finally become affordable is a fact residents and building officials are finally realizing as of February 2009. Last week, Abundant Energy Inc. a 25 year old, locally owned and operated solar energy contractor installed the Town of Jupiter’s first electricity generating solar power system.

Brian and Emily O’Mahoney are not only the first home owners in their deed restricted community, The Shores in Jupiter, to install a solar electricity generating system for the world to see. They are the first home owners in their entire town!

Even with the rising costs of electricity, fluctuating gasoline prices, sinking property values, an uncertain economy and a new roofing project underway, Brian and Emily decided it was time to make the investment in their home they have been talking about for decades, go solar.

The solar investment for the O’Mahoney’s was made easy and affordable by the increased incentives that are available from the State of Florida, Federal Government and Local Property Taxing authority. In total, they are going to receive over $ 30,000 in incentives to help pay for their system. In addition to massive incentives, they will no longer be plagued by rate hikes from their utility provider FPL.

To make it easy on everyone, Abundant Energy Inc, collaborated with the O’Manoney’s roofing contractor, Legacy Roofing, a roofing contractor who not only does a great job, but also promotes sustainable business practices by recycling old roofing materials such as tiles and shingles with each job.

The completed project a combination of Solar Water Heating (SHW), Photovoltaic’s (PV) and a Solar Powered Pool Pump will be offsetting their average electricity cost by nearly 100%, sometimes more. Abundant Energy will also handle coordinating all of the paperwork with FPL the utility provider to set up agreements that allows the O’Mahoney’s the ability to sell excess power back to the utility grid under a program supported by FPL called net-metering.

“Solar Energy is clean, affordable and we make it simple,” said Justin Hoysradt, VP of Sales and Marketing for Abundant Energy, “The most common question we get once a system is installed is – Why doesn’t everyone do this?” A question, we are sure, Justin and the team at Abundant Energy try to figure out on a daily basis.

For additional information related to how you can help the environment, see if your home is right for solar and to learn about the government incentives, contact Abundant Energy Inc. or visit http://www.abundantenergy.com.

About Abundant Energy Inc:

Abundant Energy Inc is a locally owned and operated solar energy contractor in the State of Florida. They have installed over 12,000 residential solar systems for heating swimming pools and as groSolar Medallion partner offers the technical and installation experience of over 1,000 solar PV systems. Abundant Energy has recently installed major solar installations for Frenchman’s Creek Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton and two Palm Beach County Schools, FAU Pine Jog, Lake Worth and St Andrews in Boca Raton.

About Emily O’Mahoney:

Emily O’Mahoney LEED AP, the owner of the new solar energy system is a partner in the Jupiter, FL. firm, Gentile, Halloway and O’Mahoney a leading provider in landscape architecture, land planning and environmental consulting. At GHO we believe people and the environment are part of the same continuum. Sustain one, sustain the other. We strive to improve the Quality of Life by balancing and enhancing resources for our clients’ success while respecting the community, the environment and ultimately our future.

http://www.landscape-architects.com

About Legacy Roofing and Contracting:

Legacy Contracting Solutions is an innovative Roofing and General Contracting company, proud to be an Energy Star Partner incorporating Environmentally Responsible Construction practices into everyday Operations. From recycling all removed concrete tile (over One Million Pounds kept out of the landfill to date!), to material recommendations, balancing Durability, Energy Efficiency, and Hurricane Mitigation, to offsetting all company Carbon emissions, they are striving every day to leave a lasting Legacy of positive change. Their latest efforts are focused on Planted Green Roofs, which together with clean renewable Solar Energy solutions can transform a building from a Consumer of resources to a Producer of resources with a positive impact on the Environment.”

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Bonterra Solar Installs One of the First CSI-Thermal Solar Projects in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 27, 2011

Bonterra Solar, a solar power design and installation company, recently completed a commercial solar hot water installation at the Emil Brown Lofts, a multi-use property located in downtown Los Angeles.

The project is comprised of SunEarth solar hot water collectors and is installed on the roof of the property. By using the sun to pre-heat the building?s water, the system will significantly reduce the property?s operating costs and provide substantial savings over the next 25 years. Along with the yearly energy savings, the property should also see a large increase in value based on the savings associated with the solar system.

Bonterra?s solar system was one of the first of its kind installed in Los Angeles since the mid 1980?s and is part of the state?s push towards a more sustainable future. ?We were excited to have been a part of such a landmark installation,? said Blair Herbert, a Principal with Bonterra Solar. ?As one of the first solar hot water systems installed under the new CSI-thermal rebate program, we hope that this system will accelerate the use of solar power in the greater Los Angeles area.?

The solar hot water system was made possible through the recently enacted California Solar Initiative (CSI-Thermal) rebate program which provides a cash rebate towards the purchase of solar hot water system. In addition, the system was eligible for a 30% federal cash grant and is able to be fully depreciated in the first year.

Bonterra Solar, based in Manhattan Beach, CA, designs and installs residential and commercial solar systems throughout California and Hawaii. Bonterra has installed hundreds of systems and is committed to providing affordable and quality solar systems that provide financial, environmental and social benefits.

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