Commercial Solar Energy

Solar panels during hurricanes

How Solar Energy Storage is Withstanding Natural Disasters

As we see natural disasters around the country hit more frequently, we’re continuing to look at how solar energy is withstanding these storms. Solar energy storage plays a major role during a natural disaster. We see so many businesses lose power during severe weather and major natural disasters. When solar energy is being used with an energy storage system, you won’t have to worry about losing power in a storm.

How Solar Technology is Fighting

Solar panels have been surviving natural disasters, and there have been more stories of success regarding solar rather than failures. Considering some major natural disasters have negative impacts on renewable energy sources, we have to take a look at some of the benefits of renewable energy resources during natural disasters.

Wildfires – As wildfires continue to ravish parts of the country such as California, we can say that having a solar energy system will not contribute to the negative environmental factors that may launch wildfires. We understand that any electrical equipment, if heated up enough, will explode from a wildfire for example. If the solar energy system is built properly and functioning properly, it will not contribute to a wildfire.

Hurricanes and Tornadoes – We’re seeing more and more solar energy roofs and systems that are built properly and attached to commercial buildings that are withstanding major disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes.

Snow and Hailstorms – As solar energy systems and technology improves daily, they’re capable of withstand snowstorms and hailstorms. We’re witnessing engineers come up with new ways to harvest solar energy even during the colder months and during blizzards.

How is Solar Energy Storage Benefitting Businesses?

We’re talking about energy security when it comes to solar energy storage. The biggest benefit to having a solar energy system is when you invest in solar + energy storage. It’s power when you need it. If there is a major storm hitting the area, companies still need energy to power their businesses and commercial buildings.

  • Lowering Electric Bills – When you’re supplying yourself with your own energy, the excess amount is supplied back to the grid. Your energy bills are decreased, and sometimes you’re making money depending on the use of energy. If there is a solar energy field on your property, you’ll be getting paid for that energy consumption that the grid is taking.
  • Helps the Environment – Solar energy and other renewable energy resources are eliminating fossil fuel emissions and wasted energy. This helps to improve our environment and push clean energy initiatives around the country and even internationally.
  • Energy Independent – Not having to rely on the grid to power your business means that you have the freedom from bills and other necessities. Harvesting your own energy helps you focus on more important things in life such as your livelihood.

 

Pope Energy Providing Solar + Energy Storage

At Pope Energy, we are in the business of providing landowners, real estate owners, farmers, and commercial building owners with large-scale photovoltaic solar projects in and around the New England region of the United States. Massachusetts is one of the leading states in the country pushing the clean energy movement.

If you’re looking to change the way you harvest energy, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today to learn more about how we can help!

 

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Massachusetts Doubling Size of Solar Program

The state of Massachusetts has been continuing to reduce the amount of fossil fuels emitted. This summer, the commonwealth is implementing a “Clean Peak Standard” program, which is meant for renewable electricity generation resources arrive at the right time on the grid. Now, Massachusetts is doubling the size of its SMART(Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target) program.

Modifications to the SMART Program

The emergency regulation changes include:

  • The target has been doubled from 1,600 MW to 3,200 MW of new solar generation capacity
  • Energy Storage Systems are now required to be co-located with solar projects over 500 kW in size, with some exceptions
  • Stakeholders and proponents need to review the categories of land use
  • There are limitations to certain areas of land under Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape when it comes to solar energy use
  • Changes to Low Income Eligible Areas
  • The expansion of Public Entity Projects
  • See Pope Energy’s Comment letter to regulators about how to improve the land use restrictions currently in place.

 

There are much more updates and changes. Massachusetts continues to set the standard for renewable energy projects. One of the leaders in the nation for solar, Massachusetts has over 100,000 projects and 2,500 megawatts installed all over the state.

COVID-19 and Solar Energy

Even in the middle of the pandemic crisis, the doubling of the SMART program will stabilize the solar industry in the Massachusetts economy. Providing job and career opportunities, as well as meeting clean energy goals will improve the economy and environment.

Pope Energy provides large-scale photovoltaic solar projects in New England for landowners, real estate owners, commercial building owners, and farmers.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today to be a part of an amazing investment in solar energy.

Solar energy on your farm

Is it Possible to Run My Farm on Solar Energy?

Many farmers around the country are constantly pondering the idea of investing in solar energy to run their farmland. There are many factors that can affect farming in a negative way. Pandemics, natural disasters, economic recessions, and other negative events can result in nightmares for the agriculture industry across the country. One way to help save farms on energy bills and the cost of running a farm is to invest in renewable energy like solar.

How is COVID-19 Affecting Farming?

The COVID-19 Pandemic has forced restaurants, coffee shops, and other markets to close, which has led to fresh food demand to drop. Farms have been left with stockpiles of fresh food they can’t supply to restaurants and other places serving fresh food. This impacts farmers because they make their living on supplying the fresh food to those who need it. The federal government will have to step in to help farms and ranches supply that food to people in need of it.

Why Should Farms Invest in Solar Energy?

Solar energy systems are low maintenance, and the energy would be free once the initial cost of the investment is recovered. For farmers, their longevity is the most important, and that is why a solar energy system investment can benefit farms in the long run. Traditional energy like kerosene, diesel, and propane have caused problems such as the cost of transportation, spillage, fumes, and high maintenance costs.

By utilizing solar energy in agriculture, these farmers will be able to reduce their fossil fuel emissions and environmental hazards. If a farm has a solar energy system with energy storage, they will have the opportunity to obtain a surplus of energy, which then they can give back to the grid supplying them with another source of income in times of need. Another significant reason for agriculture to invest in renewable energy is because it is the future of energy. If farms want to last, their best bet is to go solar.

When Should Farmers Invest?

Investing in a large-scale solar photovoltaic project sooner, rather than later is highly beneficial. At this point, fossil fuels continue to rise and solar has dropped almost 80% in the last several years. Solar energy is the best alternative in favor of energy independence. As utility rates rise, a farmer’s investment will become even more valuable. Energy bills will decrease significantly, and when a tough obstacle appears, your solar energy system will take the weight off your shoulders.

The Benefits:

  •  Long-term energy savings that grow
  • Energy Independence
  • Another form of revenue for your farm and livelihood
  • Fuel your farm and home
  • Lease your land for solar development with no outlay of money required.

 

So, what should I expect solar energy to help farmers with?

Solar energy has the capability to supply your farm with energy to run motor, water pumping for irrigation in fields, for livestock, and pond management. For your building needs, solar energy can supply energy for lighting, ventilation, heating, air cooling, and much more. Anything that requires energy to be used has the possibility to be run on your solar energy system if you play your cars right.

Environmental Benefits for Farms:

  •  Solar energy decreases fossil fuel emissions in the atmosphere
  • Solar produces clean energy
  • Air quality improves and pollution decreases

 

Pope Energy Provides Solar Energy Projects

At Pope Energy, we specialize in the development of large-scale solar projects for land owners including farmers. With our solar development team, we have the capability to guide through every detail of the project with installation, development, production, and repair and maintenance.

If you’re a farmer, and you need help on energy savings and supply, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363. Your investment in solar energy can help save your livelihood of farming!

 

 

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How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar energy is one of the cleanest and most reliable forms of alternative energy on the planet. Many people are curious of how a solar panel generates energy for homes, commercial buildings, and farms. We’re here to explain the simple process of a solar panel.

Generating Electricity

Solar-powered Photovoltaic panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity for many different uses. The photons of light from the sun end up exciting the electrons in the silicon cells in the solar panels. They transform that incoming light into electricity rather than heat. There are multiple cells that make up an entire solar panel, which means the more solar cells and the more solar panels will generate more energy. Photovoltaic solar panels will generate direct current electricity, which means the electrons flow in one direction around the circuit.

Inverters Convert Solar Power

An electrical piece of equipment called an inverter will convert the direct current electricity into alternating current electricity, which powers your home, building, or farm. This energy will power your appliances, and the leftover solar electricity will be pumped back into the grid. It’s ultimately the most logical system we can invest in. You have the opportunity to use as much energy as you need before it gets moved back into the power grid. Solar panels retain energy through the daytime, which means at night we still need the energy to power our homes.

If you’re curious as to how you can benefit and save money with investing in solar energy, then you should get in touch with Pope Energy. We serve system owners, commercial and industrial industries, land and real estate owners, and the agricultural industry. Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 to learn more about how we can help you start your investment in a photovoltaic solar project.

Solar energy system on field

How is COVID-19 Affecting Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy has no escape to the COVID-19 crisis around the globe. The economy is hitting hard times as we speak, as well as the health of our nation and the world. We’re in difficult times right now, and this can be a major lesson to the way we live in months and even years to come.

In Green Tech Media live blog update on the Coronavirus, they make an interesting statement and question. “American society has made dramatic changes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Why hasn’t it responded similar urgency to climate change – another human global catastrophe that could harm human health and well-being for generations to come?”

The Green Energy Economy and Coronavirus

It’s difficult to predict the way the COVID-19 crisis will play out. Healthcare workers and world leaders are working to slow down and eliminate the spread of the virus. This is a time to come together as a world and end this as quickly as possible. When it comes to the economy around the globe, there are quite a bit of people out of work for the time being. Maybe hours and pay are cut in companies to eliminate the possibility of layoffs, which is a good thing, but for those investing in solar energy and other renewables, will this have a major impact?

It could very well, but we don’t know for sure yet. There most likely will be disruptions to green energy and solar projects due to a halt in businesses across the country and globe, but they shouldn’t be too daunting to the industry.

Experts Say This May Not Be an Awful Outcome

In Europe, experts are staying positive and believe that this crisis won’t have a negative impact on the progression of the renewable energy projects and agreements. Europe saw a major increase in solar installations last year, but it doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s numbers will be just as good. Many industry leaders believe that projects will continue to develop but at a slower pace.

For workers in the solar industry, it just means fewer people on jobsites, changes to breaks, and running extra transport to and from the project but with less people. There is a calculation of one to two-month delays on projects, but that still will fall in most projected timelines for these developments.

This Should Be a Lesson for Renewable Energy

Many countries were not prepared for the global pandemic. They did not pay attention to the impact it would have on the healthcare industry and the economy. We are in the middle of it in the United States, and it’s hard to tell when it will end. Everyone is responding with full force on this, but what about climate change? If a pandemic like this can happen, what’s to say that climate change cannot be catastrophic in the future if we don’t act immediately with 100% clean energy across the globe. This will be a test for nations around the world to attack the issue of climate change as quickly and efficiently as possible to secure the well-being of our planet.

Installation of large scale solar energy projects

Due to Social Distancing, Europe Sets Solar Energy Records

With everything going on with the Coronavirus Pandemic and incredibly clear skies, solar energy increasing in productivity. Several European countries on the front end of solar energy development have broken records with the production of solar energy.

Solar generation reached a peak of 9.68GW, which was an increase since the record peak of 9.55GW that was set in May of 2019. The conditions are better now considering the fact that people aren’t traveling as much. Pollution is decreasing because of the elimination of activities and the social distancing rules set in place around the world.

Why is this Significant?

We don’t want to diminish the severity of the virus, but we also want to reiterate the impact that pollution has on the production of solar energy. Air pollution has a substantial negative impact on the solar production industry. The production of solar energy can fail due to air pollution in large cities where pollution is high. This can be the difference of successful solar projects and solar fields that are experiencing inefficiencies and monetary losses due to pollution.

Solar Energy Lesson to Learn

Is this mother nature telling us to keep turning to renewable energy and eliminate fossil fuels? Well, it’s probably a little bit simpler than that. This might be a lesson for all of us to consider the way we live. In big cities, pollution is much more prominent. Switching to solar energy for electricity and power can eliminate the need for toxins polluting the air. When we eliminate our polluted lives by riding bikes and being conscious of the environment, solar energy can work better to provide us with the power we need.

At Pope Energy, we are dedicated to providing solar energy projects for landowners, real estate owners, famers, and commercial businesses. If you’re looking to save money on energy costs and improve the environment, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today!

Solar energy jobs in Massachusetts

Massachusetts to Grow Solar Jobs

The state of Massachusetts has been a leader in the solar energy industry in the United States. The state has set a precedent for all other states to follow their renewable energy agenda, so that the country can have a sustainable future. In Massachusetts, policy uncertainty is getting in the way of nonresidential development of solar energy, which means legislatures need to come together and make some changes.

Renewable jobs are growing across the United States, creating sustainable careers for hardworking Americans in some of the most fossil fuel-heavy states. It looks as if the coal industry is turning downwards once again.

Legislation Needs to Step Up with Solar

Legislation in the state of Massachusetts needs to work together with passing bills and keeping the Solar Massachusetts Energy Target on track for 2050. This means expanding the program by 3,200 megawatts for this to happen. There has been a stall on some solar progress in recent years, which has caused thousands to lose their solar energy jobs. Using compliance obligations already in force within existing legislation, regulators need to establish a fixed amount of solar DG as recommended by the Brattle Group Report, Achieving 80% GHG Reduction in New England by 2050. For Massachusetts, which consumes 45% of the electricity in ISO-NE, this fixed amount of solar that would need to be installed each year would equal 0.9 GW -2.5 GW of solar per year. A target of needing to install this level of solar would drive solar and interconnection policy with DOER, D.P.U. and MassDEP.

Allowing customers to adopt solar on not only a residential, but also a commercial scale will help the industry hire back the workers that have lost their jobs. This will help the state of Massachusetts reach a goal of net-zero carbon pollution by 2050, which was passed by the senate recently. If Massachusetts triples the SMART Program, Vote Solar figures it could create 8,000-9,000 new jobs and drive more than $5 billion in solar project investment into the state’s economy.

How Will Solar Energy Impact Jobs?

New renewable solar energy projects are much cheaper than keeping existing coal plants afloat. Building replacement wind and solar facilities will be much less expensive across the board by 2025. With the state’s trend for 100% clean energy goals, the demand for more jobs and workers to build solar panels and wind turbines is growing substantially. As long as legislation cooperates with passing bills on behalf of the clean energy movement, then jobs will be booming in this industry.

According to the National Solar Jobs Census, “Between 2014 and 2019, solar employment increased 44%, five times faster than job growth in the overall U.S. economy.”

 

In the state of Massachusetts, Pope Energy is taking initiative to provide commercial solar energy projects to customers around New England and in New York. If you’re looking to grow your business and be successful while helping to get to 100% clean energy in your state, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363!

 

industrial solar farm

What to Know About the World’s Largest Solar Project

The world’s largest solar project being built in the Middle East is at a record low for cost in solar price. It’s expected to be completed in 2022, and it will stand as the largest single-site solar energy project.

Why is this Solar Project So Cheap?

There are a few places in the Middle East going head to head in seeing if they can hold the record low for solar projects. In Dubai, a project that started in 2013 is looking to get up to 5 gigawatts by 2030. This project set the record low in November with a 1.7 U.S. cents deal for the next 900 megawatts of its solar park.

Qatar decided to take the reins in January with 1.6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Now, United Arab Emirates looks to have the record low again. A 40 percent stake will go to the winners and receive a 30-year PPA contract including construction, procurement, and operations and maintenance.

The Middle East Advantages

To have a successful solar project, there are many factors that have to be in place. In the Middle East, their advantage is the resources, which include large and flat sites, cheap land costs, cheap finance, and massive scale.

Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Affecting Production?

As it looks, there hasn’t been many hiccups with solar projects in the Middle East due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Even as many markets are currently in lockdown, the solar energy sector is still continuing to push their projects.

Pope Energy

At Pope Energy, we’re in the business of providing large-scale solar energy projects for the New England region of the United States. For landowners, real estate owners, farmers, and commercial building owners, solar energy can become a major importance for your business. A long-term investment in solar will pay off down the road.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today!

 

 

 

 

solar energy and wildfires

Solar Energy Helping Brushfire Communities

Tesla and Atlassian is deploying energy systems to help communities who have been affected by the wildfires in Australia. Australia has been investing in Tesla Energy for energy storage systems to prevent high electricity rates and power outages.

The Wildfires in Australia

Australia faced wildfires that devastated the communities and wildlife in the region. The infrastructure was affected as well, and flooding and storms added to the damage already there. Resilient Energy Collective is helping out by installing solar and battery solutions for sustainable energy in communities that need it the most.

Who is Helping?

A collaborative effort from 5B providing solar systems Tesla providing battery storage, and the funding of $12 million is coming from Mike & Annie Cannon-Brookes. Solar panels are being rolled out for generating electricity within hours with MAVERICK solar technology. Powering back the local grids no matter how remote in the brushfire communities is essential for Australia to recover from this devastating disaster. The energy for these communities will stay on day and night, and it also takes up less space generating twice as much power per square meter.

How is this Benefitting Communities?

With the help collaborative efforts, we’re providing clean, reliable, and resilient solar energy systems to power communities devastated by the brushfires in Australia. A sustainable future is in the future for Australia. Communities will not have to rely on fuel-powered generators that provide short-term solution for all the thousands of people.

  • Save thousands of dollars in fuel costs
  • Communities can focus on the rebuilding process
  • Save time and energy

This solar farm is pre-built and can be folded up and transported to the destination in need. It’s a fantastic, efficient solution to help people after a natural disaster recover their power and focus on getting their houses and lives rebuilt.

No matter the area of disaster, solar energy is playing a major role in giving communities their energy back and more. Pope Energy specializes in providing photovoltaic solar energy projects in the New England area of the United States to system owners, landowners, farms, and real estate owners.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today!

Restored solar energy project

Restoring Your Solar Project with Pope Energy

Solar energy is improving by the day. Researchers and scientists are developing new ways to harness solar energy for efficiency and a less-costly expense. If you’re a business owner, a landowner, or a farmer with a solar energy project that has been neglected or unfinished, there is a way to restore that project and improve your energy usage.

With Pope Energy, you could finish that photovoltaic solar project or make some changes for improvements if it’s an old solar farm. 

Why Do Solar Projects Stall or Fail?

Depending on location or company you’re investing with, there can be some failures and stalling situations during a solar energy project. Inexperience, engaging poor developers, designers and specifying non-Tier 1 materials for your project are most frequent reasons for project failure.  This is not the case with Pope Energy. When it comes to solar photovoltaic projects, we have years of development and design-build construction experience to assist with the development and construction of your project with Tier 1 materials to ensure the successful development and operation of your solar project.

Here are some reasons why solar energy projects fail or get put on hold:

  • Development Deficiencies – Development of a solar project is a long-term real estate and electrical infrastructure community asset. Short term thinking nearly always causes problems with long term project success.
  • Financial Reasons – Whether this has to do with the solar company or the individual investing, solar energy projects can be stalled by finances. The building process may cost more than was planned, causing the individual or the company to halt the process.
  • Land Surveying – Every aspect of land surveying will need to be incorporated into developing a solar farm, or any type of solar project. If you’re a landowner and start building a solar project, land surveying will have to come first. If this is not incorporated, then you’ll run into some problems along the way including disputes. This will put a pause on some solar projects.
  • Building Codes and Laws – Building codes should never be overlooked because the county or state will put a halt to your solar investment.

We’re Witnessing Major Solar Projects Being Restored

Countries around the globe that have stalled or failed solar projects are looking to restore these projects and get back on track to contributing to the renewable energy movement. Even after natural disasters and major storms, we’re seeing countries looking to rebuild power grids with an emphasis on solar energy. Smaller countries like the Bahamas that are susceptible to hurricane season are smart to look for new ways to restore their power grid. Small islands that get wrecked by hurricanes need a more efficient system, so that when they do get hit by hurricanes, they don’t have to worry as much to restore power to their country.

In recent years, hurricanes have ravaged small islands and coastal regions in the United States. With some solar energy systems, there have been damages and destruction, but we’re also seeing some undisturbed systems. This helps countries look at how certain solar projects can withstand major storms. If solar energy can withstand natural disasters and major storms, this will be a vital part of preventing people from losing power.  

How Can Pope Energy Help You?

If you’ve had trouble with restoring your solar energy system, and you would like to finish it or restart it, Pope Energy is here to help. We offer design, development and construction of solar photovoltaic projects, solar energy storage, and maintenance services. Investing in solar is the future, if you are interested in leasing land for solar development and receiving a long-term revenue stream, or if you’re looking for an efficient way to cut energy bills, prevent power outages, and save the environment, solar energy is the only choice you should make.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today to find out how we can help you get your solar energy system back running or back on track to being completed without any stalling.