Basic economics suggests that, when prices go down, more people make purchases. As such, recent declines in the installed costs associated with residential and nonresidential solar photovoltaics (PVs) bode well for electrical contractors.
Because of increased pressure from government regulators to provide efficient energy systems, Boston-area developers must enlist experienced contractors with proven track records of providing sophisticated energy systems that ensure high quality and reliability, according to Matthew Guarracino, busi
The growth of renewables and other energy technology is not just changing the way consumers get their power. The trend toward nontraditional fuel sources also is contributing inadvertently to the growth of other, previously ancillary systems that are riding the wave of green technology.
According to The Washington Post, the number of wineries around the United States has grown from about 2,000 in 2000 to approximately 8,000 in 2014. In addition, while they tended to be limited to a handful of states 15 years ago, every state, including Alaska, now boasts at least one winery.
Credit does not necessarily go to utilities for the expanding role of green power. Some states, including Arizona and Oklahoma, have made it less cost-effective for homeowners to install their own solar panels.
As electric cars, smart meters and solar panels have become popular, it may be hard to believe that consumers don’t have enough information about the energy the technology consumes.According to a group of researchers, that is precisely the case.
Efficiency has emerged as a key element in the transformation of the nation’s energy landscape, and solid-state lighting (SSL) has also taken on an expanded role. Reflecting that emphasis, investment is focusing on innovations in the field.
As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.
It can be easy to forget that, in rural areas, the way electricity is transmitted can be more old-fashioned than in urban landscapes. Now, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made the money available to bring these systems into the 21st century.
It is no coincidence that renewable industries have evolved in tandem with the digital economy. They share many qualities that have helped define their success, including an innovative and socially conscious form of inclusiveness that empowers even the most marginalized among us.
While energy efficiency continues to play a prominent and growing role in the larger movement to transform the way society generates and consumes power, debate continues over the question of whether it really works. A recent study should help put that debate to rest.
Austin, Texas, has an aggressive plan for alternative energy. The “Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2025” sets the city’s goal of sourcing 55 percent of its energy from renewables by the end of the plan’s term.