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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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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!

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The Impossible Solar Farms

Solar energy has become more affordable, beneficial, and accessible in the past several years, which has sparked a movement in the world. Unlikely solar farms are now popping up in parts of the world we never thought could be possible, and they’re working.

Even in places such as Alaska, they are implementing solar farms that are powering homes and towns. This seems so unlikely considering the little amount of sunlight the state of Alaska gets throughout the year.

Solar Farms Spreading All Over the State

Less than six hours of daylight in the winter months, it seems impossible for this farm to harness enough solar energy to power anything. Renewable IPP, an Alaskan Solar Company made this solar farm the largest in the entire state. This solar farm is capable of powering about 120 homes year-round with 11 rows of panels.

A more northerly solar farm is in Fairbanks, AK. Golden Valley Electric Association is just about 200 miles from the arctic circle and consists of a three-acre solar farm. This is the largest at this latitude in the state, even though there are smaller solar farms setup further north.

How Do They Give Us Enough Energy?

With all the snow and minimal sunlight in several parts of Alaska, we wonder how solar farms harness energy for homes and the power grid. Snow and ice can end up covering solar panels in the winter months, which means people have to be hired to clear the snow and ice off for the farms to work properly. In the month of December where it’s mostly dark, there is no reason to go out and keep clearing off the panels, so they let the snow build-up until the month of February.

Another technique these farms use is angling the solar panels, so that the snow will then slide off fairly easy making it less of a struggle clearing off the snow as frequently. New techniques are being implemented such as clear coating the panels to make them slippery.

There is a carbon cost of installing solar farms, but the cost outweighs the future carbon footprint. Alaska is a state where it’s experiencing some of the worst effects of climate change. The fact that solar farms are popping up and benefitting the grid in the state just means that there is no reason for other parts of the country or world to disregard solar energy production.

Pope Energy in Massachusetts

Pope Energy provides photovoltaic solar energy projects across the New England region, as well as New York. If you’re a commercial business owner, landowner, or farmer, consider investing in solar energy projects. Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363!

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New Solar Energy Cell for Windows

Solar technology is constantly improving and becoming more efficient, even during this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The question for every solar energy technologist and scientist is, how can we make solar energy better for people? Well, here is one way how scientists and technologists are working towards new innovations in the solar energy industry.

Semi-Transparent Solar Cell

Engineers are currently developing a semi-transparent solar cell that could be used in windows. This would make homes more energy-efficient by the use of windows as creating energy for your home. The amazing thing about this new solar cell innovation is that it could drastically change the architecture industry by benefitting both the solar industry and architecture industry. Windows generating electricity could mean so much to the renewable energy world. Every minute, we are working towards a 100% renewable energy world, and this takes us one step closer.

Why are Solar Windows Important?

If we’re looking at the entire picture, we can say that solar windows will play a major role in continuing to reach 100% renewable energy. Think about all of the skyscrapers and other buildings covered in glass windows. If these windows are solar, you’ll see energy costs eliminated for companies around the globe! Turning commercial buildings into power generators will have a major impact on the way we construct buildings, but there are tradeoffs that architects and property owners have to consider.

“Two square meters of solar window will generate about as much electricity as a standard rooftop solar panel.”

Pope Energy specializes in providing landowners, property owners, and businesses with large-scale photovoltaic solar projects. We know the importance of solar. For more solar news, you can check out our blog! Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today!

 

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Solar Energy is Continuing to Get Cheaper Everyday

As more and more individuals, businesses, and governments around the world invest in solar energy, we’re seeing a spike in research and invention-like movement to reduce the cost of solar technology. This is big news in the solar world because every single day scientists and researchers are looking for ways to improve the technology, make it cheaper, and encourage the investment in it.

The Development of Low-Cost Solar Technology

It has been a difficult task around the globe to come up with a solution for developing low-cost solar technology, but there may finally be a breakthrough. Lithuanian and German researches from Kaunas University of Technology have developed a material that produces highly efficient solar cells. More efficient solar cells are the future of solar energy technology. There is incredible potential with this technological breakthrough that these scientists have come across. We can look forward to a clean future with this technology. The license to produce the technology was bought out by a Japanese company.

Greater Efficiency Equals Lower Cost

When it doesn’t cost a great amount to produce solar energy, then greater efficiency can be achieved at a lower cost. Space cell processes are being invested in and developed to create greater efficiency solar energy. Multi-junction solar cells are potentially more efficient because they absorb several wavelengths of light. This will allow cells to convert more into electricity. Scientists have discovered a more efficient and cost-effective way to produce solar energy from this cell process that can be sustainable on Earth.

Solar Battery Technology Can Store Our Energy

The grid is benefitting from solar energy storage technology. Ideally, this method of storing energy will help individuals and the entire grid providing electricity and backups for towns and cities. Pope Energy can bring energy storage technologies to solar developments, real estate owners, and large energy consumers. We believe people are starting to realize how much energy is taken for granted in this country and world. The purpose of storing renewable energy is to savor what we can. We know that solar is a renewable energy that will never run out. Storing it on the grid and individually can benefit our lives greatly.

Elon Musk believes Tesla Energy will continue to grow just as rapidly as Tesla Motors. Many people will discount him on his claims, but we can’t ignore our energy professionals completely. If competition keeps growing, solar energy will keep getting better and cheaper for the world.

Pope Energy

Here at Pope Energy, we develop and construct large-scale solar photovoltaic projects and battery storage for system owners, large-scale energy users, commercial real estate, agricultural, and industrial. As technology gets better and better for solar energy, we continue to develop solutions for individuals and businesses wanting to invest in solar power.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 to learn more about all over our solar energy services!