Come see us at Aubuchon Hardware Beverly

Relay Power will be at Aubuchon Hardware in Beverly to answer all your questions about how you can save money on your electric bill by joining a local community solar farm. You can get a Aubuchon Gift card for signing up.

A representative from Relay Power will be in store:
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2-5pm
Saturday, Dec. 1, 9am-3pm

 

Come see us at Aubuchon Hardware Haverhill

Relay Power will be at Aubuchon Hardware in Haverhill this Saturday from 8am-12pm to answer all your questions about how you can save money on your electric bill by joining a local community solar farm.

Come see us at Aubuchon Hardware Beverly

Relay Power will be at Aubuchon Hardware in Beverly to answer all your questions about how you can save money on your electric bill by joining a local community solar farm.

A representative from Relay Power will be in store:
Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30am-3:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 9:30am-12:30pm

 

Come see us at Aubuchon Hardware Beverly

Relay Power will be at Aubuchon Hardware in Beverly to answer all your questions about how you can save money on your electric bill by joining a local community solar farm.

A representative from Relay Power will be in store:
Friday, Nov. 9, 2-5:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30am-3:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 9:30am-12:30pm

 

Come see us at Aubuchon Hardware Beverly

Relay Power will be at Aubuchon Hardware in Beverly to answer all your questions about how you can save money on your electric bill by joining a local community solar farm.

A representative from Relay Power will be in store:
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2-5:30pm
Friday, Nov. 9, 2-5:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30am-3:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 11, 9:30am-12:30pm

 

Solar Farms one of Top 10 Ways to Combat Climate Change

In light of the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change earlier this week, which gives us until 2030 to cut carbon emissions to half of their 2010 level and until 2050 to be “net zero” or on balance removing as much carbon as is emitted, it’s clear we need to act quickly.

With such a tight deadline and so much at stake, it can be tempting to give up. But now is the time to double down, we still have time to take action and more and more resources to do it with. Even though at the national level the US has pulled back from efforts to address climate change, there’s a lot that can still be done and there have been some positive developments already.

Combating climate change in a timely way requires creative and accessible applications of the technology we have. According one recent article, “Solar photovoltaics are only two percent of the global electricity mix at present.” This number will have to go up to hit the 2030 deadline. Unfortunately, solar can have a lot of barriers to entry, including high installation costs and difficulty finding suitable candidates who also have the right site for an install. Community solar farms are a solution to this, and made this list of top 10 solutions to climate change. Solar farms are installed at utility scale, and offer benefits including clean energy and cost savings to the communities they’re in. They are a good solution because they have lower installation costs than fossil fuel plants or smaller scale solar installations. They also offer better efficiency, more flexible installs, and they’re accessible to more energy users than a traditional on-site installation.

Solar farms are a great solution, and they come with cost savings in addition to reduced greenhouse gas emissions. So what’s holding us back? What stands in the way are mostly outdated laws regulating the electricity grid. Most of these laws are at the state level, where residents have the ability to influence policy makers with grassroots action and their votes. Another obstacle is increasing awareness and adoption of these types of projects. Several states, including Massachusetts, have laws and programs in place that support community solar installations. Massachusetts’ program is well established, and recent legislation is adding capacity in the state. Check below to see if there are any farms available where you live.

As the second biggest contributor to carbon emissions and one of the highest per capita polluters, action in the US is vital. 28% of our country’s emissions comes from energy production, and 68% of our energy comes from fossil fuels. Clean power generation has been increasing recently, and some of the states that have the most capacity installed are conservative, such as Texas and Alabama. We have the technology and the opportunity in the US to go from leading the world in carbon emissions to leading it in clean energy production and innovation.

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Community Solar Can Supplement Rooftop

Rooftop solar has been booming in recent years, but by itself it’s not enough. Even homes with good exposure can’t always produce 100% of the occupant’s usage. According to a recent article from the NRDC, community solar developments could be the solution.

Community Solar is a way for multiple households to access clean energy. Programs differ, but basically each household gets a share of the field and receives credit for that share’s production on their electric bill. The fields are accessible to more residential electric users than rooftop installations, which face obstacles such as roof exposure, upfront costs, structural issues, and shade. The article reported that solar fields are a way to get low cost and accessible renewable energy. “In the study, commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), analysts from the Brattle Group found that community solar could be a more cost-effective and powerful carbon-cutting tool than individual rooftop installations.”

The panels in a solar farm can also be placed for optimal production and generate more efficiently than rooftop installations can. “The study compared 200 hypothetical zero net energy (ZNE) homes in both Minnesota and New Mexico and determined that the cost of installing community solar to power ZNE homes was 30 to 35 percent less than individual rooftop installations… The savings from community solar are due in part to economies of scale, as well the technological advantages of a large, offsite array. Large solar arrays can be adjusted to catch more light throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky, and be oriented in an optimal direction, and thus generate more electricity than rooftop panels. And by offering an offsite location, community solar enables more people to use solar energy, even if they don’t have enough space on the roof or if their rooftop is shady.”

As more states and local communities push for “net zero” goals, with California pledging to go 100% renewable and zero carbon by 2045, community solar has an important role to play. Here in Massachusetts, where we have older buildings and lots of trees, many homes only get part of their bills covered by rooftop, or don’t qualify at all. Click below to find out what programs are available to you.

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“Solar should be able to benefit everyone!”

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Community Solar Farm in Hancock, MA

Until now, solar was mostly available to affluent homeowners with a perfectly situated roof, or to large companies. Luckily, that’s starting to change. According to a recent Greentech Media article by Emma Foehringer Merchant, “How to Build Community Solar Projects for the Masses,” community solar is positioned to make clean energy affordable and accessible to previously underserved communities.

“A new report from GTM Research, Wood Mackenzie and Vote Solar, a solar accessibility advocate, notes that 50 to 75 percent of U.S. consumers don’t have access to conventional rooftop installations. But if it is executed properly, community solar can change that… ‘Solar should be able to benefit everyone,’ said MJ Shiao, head of Americas research at GTM Research. ‘But it’s difficult to apply onsite solar to folks who rent, or to low-income communities….’ ”

It’s often difficult or impossible to put solar up on rental units or condos, which bars a lot of customers from the market. Especially in urban areas, where living space comes at a premium and a lot of people rent, this is a serious obstacle for meeting the demand for clean energy. In addition to the environmental benefits of solar projects, there are also some real financial benefit. The savings from solar projects have not been accessible to the populations who arguably could benefit the most from them.

Community solar could go beyond just making solar more accessible; it could be developed to help specific populations: “GTM Research notes in its report that ‘community solar can be used as a tool to target benefits to communities historically have been at the front lines of environmental pollution and negative impacts from traditional energy generation.’”

Analysts recommend job training programs, siting preferences and community-focused incentives to provide benefits to populations that have been sidelined by the electricity system. Baking environmental justice initiatives into community solar development can also have positive impacts on public health.”

It’s a win on all sides – generate jobs in places that need them, offer the financial benefits of solar to new and underserved populations, improve the quality of the environment by replacing polluting power plants, and give more people the ability to choose clean power.

More solar farms are going up across Massachusetts – find out here if there is a community solar project that serves your area!

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March customer success stories

Jacob & family are in #communitysolar for #cleanair and local jobs #solarisworking @relay_power

Jacob & family are in #communitysolar for #cleanair and local jobs #solarisworking @relay_power

 

It came down to #cleanair and #actonclimate for Scarlet & Jayme when deciding to do #communitysolar w @relay_power #solarisworking

It came down to #cleanair and #actonclimate for Scarlet & Jayme when deciding to do #communitysolar w @relay_power #solarisworking

 

Kua Hoag welcomed #communitysolar from @relay_power to his home #solarisworking

Kua Hoag welcomed #communitysolar from @relay_power to his home #solarisworking

 

As engineer Val knows the #solarisworking and now #communitysolar w/ @relay_power is working for her family

As engineer Val knows the #solarisworking and now #communitysolar w/ @relay_power is working for her family