Solar Energy Technology

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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Invest in Solar Energy Now to Have a Better Future

It’s not question that the solar industry is on the rise. Some say it’s rapidly pounding on the door of the oil and gas industries to change their outlook. Many oil and gas companies are making the conscious adjustment over to solar energy not only because of the low prices, but also because of the social pressure from the entire world.

With COVID-19 ravaging the world and the healthcare systems, businesses all over the globe are taking some sort of hit, whether that is financial, health, or employment related. The goal to have 100% renewable energy is still looking up, but it may have some slow-downs due to overcoming the political and regulatory status quo, trade tariffs and the Coronavirus crisis.

Investing in Solar will Only Help Your Future

At Pope Energy, we believe solar is inevitable, and that is why we are working with landowners, commercial businesses, real estate owners, farmers, etc. to develop large-scale solar photovoltaic projects to help them utilize renewable energy, save on energy bills, and do their part in eliminating the carbon footprint.

There is a growing demand for companies to incorporate green energy as soon as possible due to the social and economic pressure from around the globe. We are visualizing the future of our energy with only renewables, which means companies eventually will have to make the switch if they want to stay relevant and be successful. So, why not now?

An article written in Solar Magazine states “Oil and gas companies paid a high price to obtain leases to drill on land to extract oil and gas. As prices fluctuate, the leases have put the companies in debit.”

As an owner, you may be thinking to yourself how am I going to afford this upfront? Pope Energy has a financing program where we can work with you to bring financing solutions to build large-scale solar projects. We have the ability to place power purchase agreements or tariff agreements in place, as well as leveraging banking relationships to finance your solar project.

Evidence of New Technology Solidifies the Case for Solar

The technology for solar energy is rapidly improving. There were problems in the past with harsher weather conditions affecting solar panels, as well as energy production at night. We will soon see new technology to allow for bi-facial solar panels as well as seeing technology for solar energy production at night.

This is a no brainer for businesses to start investing in solar energy projects. If the technology is improving and the price is lowering, you’ll see the world turn to renewable energy resources without hesitation because of the long-term reward it has on energy savings and the environment.

Pope Energy is Working Towards a Renewable Energy World

If you’re worried about everything that goes into developing a large-scale solar photovoltaic project, you don’t have to fret. We can assist you with every aspect of solar development from zoning issues to pulling the proper permits to obtaining financing. Around the country, individuals and companies are realizing that investing in solar energy is the future and the key to having a sustainable business. The question for the world is not why but when.

It’s only a matter of time before solar energy is the norm. At Pope Energy, we want you to have a bright future, and that is why we are helping individuals and businesses around the Northeast develop solar projects.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 to learn more about how we can help you get started on your large-scale solar photovoltaic project!

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!

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 Panels on Farm

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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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!

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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.

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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!