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EmPower-ing Lido Beach to go solar

EmPower Solar's new Lido Beach community pricing plan, photo courtesy EmPower Solar

EmPower Solar of Island Park is going all out to help residents of Lido Beach grab the solar dream.

EmPower Solar's new Lido Beach community pricing plan, photo courtesy EmPower Solar

EmPower Solar’s new Lido Beach community pricing plan, photo courtesy EmPower Solar

They recently announced their Lido Beach Community Solar Pricing Program. Born of meetings with local residents and civic groups, the idea has come to fruition and EmPower is offering a $750 discount plus an additional sliding scale of incentives for residents in the town of Lido Beach to go solar.

The more residents that go solar through the program, the bigger the discount they all get.

Their goal: 400 kW of solar by the summer.

To help you get there, EmPower Solar is offering Lido Beach homeowners an upfront discount on the price of your system. With an extra tiered community pricing system, the more homeowners who go solar, the more everyone saves.

As part of the program, they will be hosting a solar tour day and event on April 20, 2013.
Residents can see solar power systems right in their own neighborhood, see how they work, and talk directly with what EmPower refers to as their ambassadors [Em-bassadors? ; )].
To qualify for the Community discount, Lido Beach residents must sign their contract with EmPower Solar by the program deadline of May 31, 2013 and participate in at least one ambassador activity.

So Lido Beach residents, if you’ve ever been thinking about going solar, now is the time. Might I also mention that while solar prices have been going down, so have the incentives available, and it is unlikely they’ll continue to be this good.

There’s really just a question to ask with your current LIPA Bill :
what’s the payback period on that?

Never.

What’s the payback on a solar power system? 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 years is usually about average.

What are you doing about your share of pollution created for the electricity you use, in addition to your “carbon footprint”. 

Find out by clicking here from the Nature Conservancy’s carbon footprint calculator.

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I personally like to think of it this way- are you planning to retire soon?

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you were not going to have an electric bill for the remainder of your retirement? You know that electric bill isnt going to do anything but go up between now and then!

Too young to retire? Well may I suggest just retiring from paying an electric bill  5 to 7 years from now?

To find out for yourself, or to get more informatioon on the Solar Tour Event on April 20,  please contact Tara Bono at the number below or at  tbono@empowerces.com or follow the information below:

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EmPower Solar contact Information

 

**for the record, All Our Energy is not affiliated with EmPower solar, we are just getting word out about a program available to residents.  Please contact them for all related information. 

 

Upcoming Event: LI Clean Energy Forum -12/4/2012 , 7 PM

Visions of Long Island's Energy Future

Come to The Long Island Clean Energy Forum: Navigating NY’s Energy Crossroads. Tuesday December 4th 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
This is what Long Island’s energy future should look like.

Come ready to learn your role in the push for clean energy…

 

So, what’s everybody doing next Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7PM?

Our friends at Renewable Energy Long Island woke us up to this upcoming event.

“At this forum, you will hear from a panel of well-respected individuals in the clean energy field, including Adrienne Esposito of Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Peter Olmsted of the Vote Solar Initiative, Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island, as well as a representative from the offshore wind company Deepwater Wind.” -

Please join the Sierra Club and the Green Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock on the evening of Tuesday, December 4th, 7 to 9 pm for a discussion on Long Island’s clean energy future. The forum will be held in the Social Hall of the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock at 48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset, NY 11030. You can find directions here: http://www.uucsr.org/find.asp

The Clean Energy Forum will provide a great opportunity to learn more about the current turning point in our energy policy and which path we need to take to achieve the future we want to see. This will be an action oriented discussion so

come ready to learn your role in the push for clean energy.

 

Find all the information and attendee registration here:

LI Clean Energy Forum: Navigating NY’s Energy Crossroads

 

You know, we here at All Our Energy are all about public awareness, involvement, and organization, so bring a friend and if you see me, say Hi.

Feel free to invite others you know with the “share” buttons below!!!

How About Cutting the Average Family In on the Deal?

Great article from the Washington Monthly Magazine, explaining the underlying issue in most of our posts.

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Click here to read “Rooftop Revenue” by Anya Schoolman.

It was tweeted to us by Community Power Network (@Power4theFuture):

“Government helps big corporations make billions off green energy. How about cutting the average family in on the deal?”

Amen.

Getting Your Solar Energy Onto the Grid

…otherwise known as “What we need to do to make this just happen”

Check it out here by clicking: freeingthegrid.org which is tracking grid connection policy in all 50 states.

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Freeingthegrid.org

Freeing The Grid short movie explains solutions to the grid connection barriers solar and renewable energy face.

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A Great website and seperate video explaining why we need a more “democratic grid” with clearer rules and equality for all.

As it is All Our Energy, we would like to see this expanded promoting this for all renewable energy, for all citizens.

Solar Power in the Palm of Your Hand

Curious what you could be doing with solar power? Testing if an Electric Vehicle (EV) could work for you?
Check out this iPhone and Android app that puts the power of the sun in the palm of your hand.

Courtesy of our friends at Clean Technica.


Solar Power Resources & EV Driving Potential Estimated with Free Solar App (iPhone & Android) (via Clean Technica)

You can now use the screen of your smartphone to simulate the active surface area of a solar panel, and receive an estimate of the solar resources in that position. In addition to that, the free app, available for iPhones or Android phones, also gives you information such as “hours of light generated…

 

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The Greenpeace Billboard They Don’t Want You To See!

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada- A Canadian billboard advertising company has refused an already paid-for ad from Greenpeace.

In an apparent attempt to hush opposition to larger and more powerful clients, who are currently spending millions promoting dirty energy, the advertising company refused this “outrageous” billboard ad.

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Yes- the Great White North (or is that now oil-spill Brown?) are bought and paid for by oil, too!

Read all about it in this great article
Greenpeace Clean Energy Billboard Rejected By Pattison by Carol Linnitt at desmogblog.com

So much is being spent, even opposition as un-controversial as this is being silenced.

There have been numerous recent spills and millions being spent by the dirty energy industries in pro fracking, pro-drilling, and pro…um “pipeline-ing”- millions being spent promoting the Keystone XL

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All in the name of trying to “clean up” their images and shift grassroots, groundswell public opinion that is already swelling against them.

Feel free to fill in that blank in the comments below….

NY Solar: Four Times as Nice

20120621-184130.jpgIn response to NY State Governor Cuomo’s call to quadruple the state’s solar capacity, called Solar In New York: It’s Strategy to Make Solar Shine by Elisa Wood, just published today at Renewable Energy World

Interesting points include

Cuomo proposed competitive bidding to attract large-scale solar projects. … NYSERDA, has set out a plan to realise Cuomo’s goal, which the authority says could bring 269 MW of solar to the state from 2012-2015, and 110 MW some time after. NYSERDA calls the plan ‘aggressive but achievable’.

To attract industry investment, the state must provide a more consistent policy for long-term growth, say solar advocates. To that end, they have been pushing for a solar feed-in tariff (FiT)

(We ask “why only Industry Investment? Why only Solar?”),

…solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), or other methods to move the industry beyond developing hundreds of megawatts of solar into thousands of megawatts.

Cuomo also is opening up new opportunity for big solar projects through his new ‘Energy Highway’ initiative to upgrade the state’s aging infrastructure. As part of the (‘Energy Highway’ ) initiative, his office issued a formal solicitation in April 2012 seeking ideas … to fix various energy problems…. so that it reaches its target of getting 30% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2015 and more beyond that. The state hopes to draw $2 billion in private investment.

The article goes on to mention our local utility LIPA’s involvement, achievement and proactive stance in delivering utility scale solar at minimal cost to ratepayers.

Now if we could just get them all to agree that homeowners, non-homeowners and the public at large should be more easily and readily able to

  • Sell their rooftop solar into the grid at a realistically profitable price (similar to what they pay the big corporations).

  • Generate more energy than they use (this is already too limited – to only 5% above use in most cases!)
  • Have access to participate in off-property “virtual metering”, “community” or “cooperative” projects (like community wind in Minnesota) where individuals can invest their money to generate any viable renewable energy (wind and eventually ocean/wave as well) and sell it to and through the grid. Millions of apartment dwellers can never be investors, and are relegated to be just “consumers”, never providers.

That’s not to say individuals shouldn’t do what they can with solar on their roof, but if we need more, why not pay New Yorkers for it and allow more?

News flash: it is not a free market out there. These types of projects are near impossible to do because current tax code and utility laws are set up to keep the already picked winners in their monopolized place at the top, and keep what I’d like to call “democratic energy” from expelling them from that position.
No: you cannot invest in renewable energy except through megacorporation stocks or a small generator on your property that only offsets your use.

This is the number one thing keeping renewable energy and the “green economy” in it’s so-called place. It is going to take a “green revolution” to get there.

Governor Cuomo it’s a start, but a half one at best. Why are we soliciting mega corporations, with development money that guarantees no results, This, when the average New Yorker, who would love to, cannot invest in renewable energy other than offsetting only their own household use and only on their own home, or by buying stock in, say BP, as one of the few mega companies with a dedicated solar division? That doesn’t allow New Yorkers, to do more!

That’s the question that defines All Our Energy’s entire existence.

Would you like to invest in renewable energy? Let’s find out how to do that and get things done differently, together!

Why Wind?

 

Why wind?

 

“You mean not even getting into the bigger picture issues like: why change, why renewable energy, why stop polluting, why stop causing climate change and a hundred other ‘whys’?”  I ask myself.

 

Well, let’s look at some readily checkable facts when we ask, “Why wind”?

It’s generally agreed » Read more..