Energy Storage

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.

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!

living off the grid with solar energy

Living Off-the-Grid with Solar Energy

This might be an extreme way of living in today’s society, but there are several places in Northern Canada with people and communities living the so-called “off-the-grid” lifestyle with major help from solar energy. Solar energy is playing a major role in the conservation of energy and the elimination of our carbon footprint already, but how is it impacting people trying to live a minimal and simple life?

Here is what we found about communities doing exactly that:

Extreme Living Situation

In Northern British Columbia, Canada, a family of seven is living off-the-grid and is utilizing solar energy to do so. Although, their solar energy system isn’t powering everything in their home. They do use solar to power several utilities in their home to reduce cost and energy.

They have two solar systems, which include one that generates 12-volt power to power lights, and smaller electronics. The other solar system is a 2.5-Kilowatt system located on their roof with a lithium ion battery bank to power the fridge, chest freezer, washing machine, mixer, blender and toaster. A backup generator is used but only when needed during cloudy and snowy seasons.

Life Off Grid

In 2016, a documentary was released about several individuals and families that are essentially living off the land all around Canada. Life Off Grid is a film that tells the tale of real people who have chosen to live their lives utilizing renewable energy.

What does Off-the-Grid Living Mean?

When it comes to solar energy and living off the grid, these people are generating their own energy, which means they aren’t using the commercial electrical grid in Canada. In the documentary, these people explain why they are doing this, and how it has been challenging, yet ultimately rewarding in the long run. Most of the people that were interviewed have similar views of the electrical grid. They would accept the invitation of being on the grid if it didn’t cost them any expenses. They’re using solar systems of their own to power their entire lives, which allows them to not need the commercial grid.

When you’re self-sufficient, you realize what is most important in life. The material world seems very unnecessary when money is a major priority.

What Does this Have to Do with Solar Companies?

A company like Pope Energy specializes in the production and maintenance of photovoltaic solar projects around the Northeast. We provide system owners, farmers, commercial real estate owners and landowners with a solar system where they can save money on energy and help the environment. Although living off-the-grid can be an extreme way of living, there are ways to save on energy costs, help the environment, and live better by investing in solar power. Pope Energy believes this and is dedicated to helping those get to that point. Contact us at 855-767-3363 today to learn more about our solar services and products!

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!