Energy Storage

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!

 

Solar energy projects

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!

 

 

Commercial Solar panel installation

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.

Agricultural solar energy system

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.