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The Innovation of Solar Technology Never Stops

Solar energy technology keeps on getting better and more efficient. Engineers and scientists around the world and in our country are working day and night to find new ways to harvest solar power at the highest efficiency and the most affordable price. If you think about it, solar energy is just starting to rapidly expand.  As many environmental advocates push towards using renewable energies in place of harmful materials, scientists are looking to make solar even better.

Solar Energy Improvements Lie in Nature

A Michigan State University professor in the department of chemistry believes that the future of solar energy technology lies within nature. By this, he is referring to the abundant materials in nature that are scalable and designed to improve upon the energy conversion systems found in nature.

There is a new study that shows molecules telling scientists how to modify to better absorb solar energy for power usage. It’s a molecular property known as quantum coherence, which may play a huge role in natural photosynthesis.

Nature can tell us more things than we already know about harvesting solar energy. Sunlight is rather low-density for an energy source even though it’s abundant. You need large amounts of space to collect the right amount of solar energy. This is also why the commercial solar energy is ramping up with industrial and commercial companies. The goal for scientists researching solar energy is to harvest molecules that absorb energy from sunlight to be used for energy production and storage. The more molecules scientists find, the more energy we can harvest for the world.

This can have amazing benefits for the solar energy industry. As the industry grows, so does the technology. The easier and more efficient way to harvest solar energy will only help the world deal with problems.

Pope Energy

At Pope Energy, we work with commercial and industrial companies or individuals looking to invest in large-scale photovoltaic solar projects. If you’re looking to improve your life, the environment, and cut costs, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today or visit us online to learn more!

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Should You Lease Your Land for Solar?

Leasing your land for the placement of a solar photovoltaic development project allows you to gain long-term revenue from your property lease, enhance the value of your land for re-sale purposes, and keeping your property intact without having to subdivide any pieces of the property. Many landowners own land in which they can’t decide what to do with it. Solar energy investing might be the best move you can make for putting your unused land to purposeful use, and you’ll be getting paid for it as well.

Not only are you helping yourself save money, produce revenue, and help the environment, you’re also allowing other people to obtain resourceful and natural energy to power their homes and businesses.

Whether you are in the agricultural industry as a farmer trying to add revenue to your farm while continuing to work, a landowner without any ideas how to use your land, a real estate owner looking to cut costs on building expenses, or a commercial and industrial building owner, leasing that property out for solar energy production is one of the most beneficial things you can do to help yourself and others.

What will your land need in order to be leased for solar?

The ideal size for a five-megawatt system is at least 30 acres developing a standard solar field and 40-50 acres for an Agricultural Solar system. The smallest land area that is economically feasible for an investor owned system is 10-18 acres, which would yield a two to three-megawatt system.

Having access to utility grid infrastructure is important and does not need to be near a transmission corridor, but it needs to have a reasonable access to a three-phase electrical service. Good exposure to the sun is crucial, but also, be ready for a long-term commitment: solar farms offer amazing benefits for the long run, and it’s important to recognize this. Plan for the future with solar energy.

At Pope Energy, we’re in the solar energy business of helping landowners lease their property for large-scale photovoltaic solar projects. We also have financing opportunities for you to apply for because we know that not everyone can afford the entire cost up front. We understand that the future is solar, and we want every landowner to be investing their money in a rewarding long-term investment, rather than something quick and short lives.

Benefits of leasing your land for solar

Not only can you create a substantial source of additional income for your property, but you can also create a brighter, greener future for the surrounding community. If you have extra land available, why not put it to work generating renewable energy? Give your land a purpose for you and the community. Owning land is very important in today’s day and age, so why not make it useful with solar energy solutions from Pope Energy.  

That is community impact on a much greater level.

Our solar management team at Pope Energy will help you discover the value that solar energy can bring to your land. If you’re interested in learning more about solar leasing, and whether your land qualifies, please call us at 855-767-3363 today!

 

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Key Benefits of Incorporating Solar Into Industrial Facilities

Advancements in technology and favorable regulations have drastically increased the viability of solar for a wide range of businesses. If you’re thinking about investing in solar energy for your facility, a large-scale photovoltaic solar project could be your best move for the long haul. Pope Energy can make this happen for you with solar development, operations and maintenance, and energy storage. If you plan on having a successful business, you need to think of the future, and the future is solar.

Here are some of the key benefits:

Environmental

One of the most important benefits of solar energy is reducing your company’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. Unlike fossil fuels, the source of energy used is limitless and does not generate harmful byproducts such as pollution. Harnessing the power of the sun allows the need for a stable and inexhaustible power source to be met, while simultaneously contributing to sustainability goals.

Economic

While moving renewables is a necessary goal, businesses must factor in economic needs. Solar power can also benefit your company financially in the long run. The cost per kilowatt-hour has decreased to at or below other energy sources, with researchers predicting solar to completely take over the market of energy resources in the near future.

While there is an initial investment in solar systems, prices have been shrinking significantly over time. Commercial users have the added benefit of the economies of scale dynamic. This means the cost per watt paid for a solar energy system decreases as the size of the system increases.

Solar is expected to undercut the competition in coming years, so investing in the installation of these technologies today while other incentives are in place will put you ahead of the curve. Investment now is a sure way to save your company money on future energy costs.

Reliability

With all the economic and environmental benefits to solar, why might some still be skeptical?

The ability to provide power when the sun isn’t shining may be an area of uncertainty for people. Storage solutions are a major innovation area for solar power that can be utilized day or night, rain or shine. Additionally, commercial solar users tend to require higher amounts of energy during the day when energy production is at its peak making it a quality energy source for daytime businesses. Utility Demand Charges are capable of being reduced with the inclusion solar + storage and the economic capabilities of battery storage are forecasted to expand in the near future.

Assessing your company’s needs and the availability of technological advancements in storage will ensure you have a consistent reliable power source regardless of outdoor conditions.

These are just some of the many advantages of transforming your company’s energy source to solar. Contact us so we can further discuss the specific needs of your solar project and any potentially applicable subsidies your company could use to save even more. Please call 855-767-3363 today!

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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.

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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!