Solar Power In The U.S. Becoming A More Popular, Cost-Saving Option For Homeowners

Ben Kunz wanted to do “the green thing” and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Connecticut, he leased one.

“I thought it was a pretty good deal,” he said. “I lean a little environmentalist so I’m concerned about global warming.”

Increasing numbers of U.S. homeowners are relying on the sun to meet much of their hot water and electricity needs. In fact, residential electricity produced by solar in the first quarter of 2013 was almost 10 times higher than that generated in 2008, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

But the potential for more is huge.

Consider this: “The amount of solar energy falling on the United States in one hour of noontime summer sun is about equal to the annual U.S. electricity demand,” the Energy Department says in its SunShot Vision Study.

Written by Carole Feldman. To read the full article, click here.

Walgreens to add over 200 solar panels to stores

Walgreens announced it will add more than 200 solar panels to stores in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The store is working with Chicago-based solar developer SoCore Energy LLC on the renewable energy project.
Once complete, Walgreens will have more than 350 stores with solar installations, more than any other retailers in the country. Walgreens has approximately 8,100 stores across the the U.S.
SoCore Energy will own, operate and maintain the solar installations. The two companies first joined together in 2011 to install solar panels at 53 Ohio stores. The panels will generate an estimated 13.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
“SoCore is proud to be developing one of the most important and sizable distributed solar platforms ever constructed in the United States,” said Pete Kadens, SoCore’s president and CEO.

Written by PennEnergy Editorial Staff. To read the full article, click here