Massachusetts Solar Benefits Coming to End Before Long Term Changes

In March, Massachusetts officials said they would extend the state’s Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC 2) program until it develops and finalizes a long-term replacement.  The SREC 2 program is now closed for new projects, however DOER is still accepting new projects under a “good cause” extension.

Long story short: SRECs in Massachusetts are estimated to run out in three months. Take advantage of this highly favorable rebate now with Greenlight Solar for your home.

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Massachusetts Customer Success Story SREC gogreenlightenergy.comOur latest installation is a 8.37 KW system in Westborough Massachusetts.

Because of the value of SRECs the total net cost for the customer was NEGATIVE $6,334, meaning the State of Massachusetts paid our customer to go solar. The total monthly saving is $154 from energy bill.

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Here’s How Much Clark Griswold’s Christmas Light Display Would Cost In Every State

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is an absolute holiday classic. In the film, Clark Griswold strings 25,000 incandescent bulbs on his house in one of the most memorable scenes in movie history. But how much would that have actually cost him? Estately worked it out, and the answer is a lot. Here’s a breakdown of the electricity cost to run those lights for one month in each state…

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And here’s how much running the same amount of lights would cost if he’d used LED instead…

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Estately used the following formula to calculate the cost for each state…

25,000 bulbs * 0.08 watts/bulb = 2,000 watts.
2,000 watts * (1 kilowatt / 1,000 watt) = 2 kilowatts
2 kilowatts * 5 hours per day = 10 kwh per day
10kwh * 31 days = 310 kwh
310kwh * each state’s average price per kwh

And if you’re still thinking of following in Clark Griswold’s footsteps, here are the costs for each state…

ALABAMA: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $3,328

ALASKA: LED- $65 / Incandescent- $5,656

ARIZONA: LED- $40 / Incandescent- $3,464

ARKANSAS: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $2,829

CALIFORNIA: LED- $56 / Incandescent- $4,942

COLORADO: LED- $40 / Incandescent- $3,467

CONNECTICUT: LED- $59 / Incandescent- $5,146

DELAWARE: LED- $41 / Incandescent- $3,551

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: LED- $38 / Incandescent- $3,326

FLORIDA: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,090

GEORGIA: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,236

HAWAII: LED- $86 / Incandescent- $7,552

IDAHO: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $2,791

ILLINOIS: LED- $38 / Incandescent- $3,309

INDIANA: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,198

IOWA: LED- $39 / Incandescent- $3,450

KANSAS: LED- $40 / Incandescent- $3,505

KENTUCKY: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $2,840

LOUISIANA: LED- $30 / Incandescent- $2,582

MAINE: LED- $50 / Incandescent- $4,416

MARYLAND: LED- $44 / Incandescent- $3,808

MASSACHUSETTS:LED- $60 / Incandescent- $5,281

MICHIGAN: LED- $49 / Incandescent- $4,278

MINNESOTA: LED- $43 / Incandescent- $3,765

MISSISSIPPI: LED- $32 / Incandescent- $2,764

MISSOURI: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,054

MONTANA: LED- $36 / Incandescent- $3,152

NEBRASKA: LED- $38 / Incandescent- $3,347

NEVADA: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,033

NEW HAMPSHIRE: LED- $57 / Incandescent- $4,977

NEW JERSEY: LED- $50 / Incandescent- $4,383

NEW MEXICO: LED- $40 / Incandescent- $3,499

NEW YORK: LED- $57 / Incandescent- $4,986

NORTH CAROLINA: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,103

NORTH DAKOTA: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,222

OHIO: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,228

OKLAHOMA: LED- $34 / Incandescent- $3,014

OREGON: LED- $34 / Incandescent- $2,959

PENNSYLVANIA: LED- $44 / Incandescent- $3,844

RHODE ISLAND: LED- $64 / Incandescent- $5,558

SOUTH CAROLINA: LED- $39 / Incandescent- $3,456

SOUTH DAKOTA: LED- $39 / Incandescent- $3,388

TENNESSEE: LED- $33 / Incandescent- $2,864

TEXAS: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,019

UTAH: LED- $35 / Incandescent- $3,060

VERMONT: LED- $54 / Incandescent- $4,755

VIRGINIA: LED- $36 / Incandescent- $3,179

WASHINGTON: LED- $30 / Incandescent- $2,615

WEST VIRGINIA: LED- $36 / Incandescent- $3,144

WISCONSIN: LED- $46 / Incandescent- $4,006

WYOMING: LED- $37 / Incandescent- $3,201

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SolarCircle Referral Program

Greenlight Solar is excited to announce the launch of our SolarCircle Referral Program.  Due to inexpensive, high-efficiency panels, in addition to robust government incentives (smoke em while you got em), it’s clear that now is the best time in history to go solar.  We can install panels on your roof at no cost, and your monthly solar payments are guaranteed to be lower than your current electricity costs.  Solar is officially cleaner and cheaper, and there’s no reason left not to make the switch.

We also realize that not everyone owns a home or has a roof that qualifies for solar, whether due to roof direction, condition, or shading.  However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be an essential part of the solar revolution, while reaping both its financial and environmental benefits.

With SolarCircle, now you can simply refer a friend, family member, coworker, or anyone else you know who owns their home and might be interested in going solar.  We will send them a free custom solar proposal detailing what panels look like on their roof and all the money they can save.  If they decide to move forward, you will receive a $500 check from Greenlight Solar as soon as their system installs.  It’s as simple as that.  You have nothing to lose, and $500—not to mention a clean, healthy, sustainable planet—to gain.

Welcome to the Green-conomy.  It’s not about extracting precious and limited resources from the ground and pumping them into the air and water, reducing our time and quality of life on this planet while the profits are siphoned into the hands of a privileged few.  This is about promoting health and savings while benefitting everyone involved.

Solar saves homeowners money.  Solar earns referrers money.  Solar heals our common home.

Become a part of the SolarCircle revolution.  It affects us all, and it will take us all to put this planet on a path towards a brighter future.

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Cost of Solar Going Down

Cost of Solar Going Down

We’ve heard a lot lately about the cost of solar going down. We’ve also seen it first-hand. Last week I read a article discussing how in the last five months alone the price has come down nearly 25% for solar hardware and installation.

At Greenlight, we find that the number one reason our customers look at and install solar systems is the economics. The article I tweeted out to the world discussed global costs going down. This will only translate into more savings for our customers in the long run. Pair that with the tax credits and government incentives, and it really does make sense now more than ever to go solar.

“It seems that we have truly entered a new era in energy production—in renewable energy production, that is. Over the past few months, the cost of solar power has plummeted, and it seems that things are going to stay this way…there’s no reason why the cost of solar will ever increase again,” former Masdar Clean Energy director Frank Wouters noted in a recent interview with Electrek. If governments and innovators continue to invest in these energy sources the way that they have been, Wouters statements are easy to believe.

In just 5 months, prices have dropped some 25%. This development is shown in the recent, and staggeringly low, construction bids on solar projects in China ($0.46/W for 500MW of solar power) and Dubai ($0.023/kWh for 1.2GW of solar power).

Several factors have driven these relatively inexpensive bids. In China, solar power is incentivized. To that end, decreasing hardware prices have largely fueled the drastic drop—solar panel costs, for instance, have declined remarkably since the first quarter of this year. And in Abu Dhabi, solar panels produce more power than usual because the city enjoys some of the best sunlight exposure in the world.

We can take a look at the long term approach to our supply customers as well. With the cost of solar on the whole going down, this savings will likely also funnel to our renewable electricity consumers. In Nevada, a 100MW solar project is expected to deliver electricity at $0.04/kWh. Chile and India are also experiencing similar efficiency.

The key is now to make sure the grid itself can distribute and store this cheap and limitless power. We look forward to continuing to see great changes and benefits for all of our Greenlight Energy customers.

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Open Doors Cost More

I was walking last night in Jackson Heights, a vibrant and diverse community in Queens, NYC. It was a warm night, and as I walked past every storefront, I was greeted by a frosty cold blast.  While it felt nice, I thought to myself, “Why do stores leave their front doors wide open? Do they know how much energy they’re wasting? Do they know open doors cost more?”

Starting this summer, nearly all shops and restaurants in New York City are required to keep front doors and windows shut while their air-conditioners and cooling systems are operating.  This practice seems like common sense, but the law seems rarely enforced.

It’s in the business owner’s interest to practice this rule put in place by the de Blasio administration.  First, if and when the law is actually enforced, shop owners who violate the rules would face fines, ranging from $250 for a first offense to as much as $1,000 for an egregious violation.  Second, the real reason any business owner should not do this is because it costs more in energy—much more.  A report by the Long Island Power Authority found that stores that leave their doors open while cooling systems are on can use up to 25 percent more electricity during the summer months.

Last year, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs started the Shut the Front Door! Campaign, launched in an effort to educate business owners of the benefits of keeping their doors closed while cooling.  This is part of an effort to help them reach the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

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When a business leaves its doors open with a cooling system running, large amounts of cool air escape, forcing the system to expend more energy and produce more emissions to maintain the temperature.  According to Con Edison, if just one business closes its doors during the summer, it can prevent the unnecessary release of more than 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide, save five barrels of oil, and save more than $1,000 on electricity bills.

While it does seem enticing for businesses to greet their customers with the cool taste of a respite from the high temperatures outside, it’s still better for a business’s bottom line to keep the doors closed while operating in the summer.

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Long Island, King of New York Solar

Long Island residents can stand proud as leaders in New York Solar!  After tremendous growth since 2012, Long Island residents have shown the rest of the state that Solar works and Solar saves. Savvy Long Islanders have quickly learned to take advantage of state and federal rebates leading to millions of dollars saved.

Long Island’s Solar Market Has Grown 320% Since 2012

“The tremendous growth of Solar on Long Island under Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative has greatly expanded the use of clean, sustainable energy in the region,” says John B. Rhodes, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “Long Island’s Solar industry is strong and actively serving the growing clean energy market, and we know this momentum will continue.”

In total, New York Solar initiatives have led to a 575% increase in development from 2012 thru 2015. This is not just good news for the environment and homeowners, but also to the 8,250 energy industry employees making it happen.
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Better Options for Homeowners

The outlook for 2016 is looking even brighter for Long Island homeowners. For the average home, a 7.9KW systems saves roughly $2,000 on electricity costs per year. More efficient Solar equipment and more accessible and favorable financing options continue to facilitate the switch to Solar and guarantee savings for consumers.

See also: Which financing option is best for you?

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See All of Your Options

Before making the switch to solar, know your options and make a decision based on objective 3rd party information. At Greenlight Solar, we partner with only local installers who know your neighborhood, because they’re a part of it. Our Solar specialists can conveniently walk you through the entire process and show you all of the available financing, hardware, and savings opportunities in order for you to make the best choice for your family and home. If it’s not good for your wallet, we won’t install it. Our core belief is that transparency brings trust, and it’s through this trust that we’ve grown our family business across a broad range of communities.

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Cost-effective Electricity Is Not the Norm in New York

Thanks to a flood of natural gas supply into the market, the price of power has fallen by two-thirds since 2008, according to Bloomberg News.  So why do utility bills keep increasing?

When your utility bill arrives each month, you can’t help but think how much cheaper it was 5 or 10 years ago. Unlike other commodities, energy has many costly factors.  For New Yorkers and residents of most other large cities, old infrastructure is a big reason for the price hike. The cost of replacing old lines is time-consuming and expensive.  Most were built before 1980, and an astonishing 42% will need to be replaced within the next 30 years.  By then, the rest will need replacing as well.  After the decade long waiting period for approvals and signatures, the costs to prevent outages will keep coming.

New Yorkers additionally pay about 60% more for electricity than most other Americans, with at least a quarter of those costs going directly to taxes and fees.  In short, when it comes to our energy future, the writing is on the wall.  We will continue to see utility prices rise for the next 30 years plus.

What Can Homeowners Do

Thankfully, many states—including Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York—have de-regulated energy programs.  Homeowners are now given the freedom to choose where their electricity comes from and at what price.  New advancements in technology have also brought benefits like fixed-rate pricing and renewable sources, both distinct advantages versus your local utility company. Hidden fees such as peak usage charges are eliminated when you switch, and you can rest easy knowing exactly what your rate will be each month.

Beat the Market

Finally, for homeowners with an eye towards the future, there’s no better way to cut down on energy expenses than making the switch to solar.  With the potential to offset college tuition, new cars, home improvements, and even vacations, solar is the smart way to plan ahead.  Not only does solar require zero upfront investment; it actually earns you money in savings each month for 20+ years.  Switching to solar is simple and requires virtually no effort to reap the benefits.  The panels installed on your roof will guarantee you a lower monthly bill than your utility rate, at a fixed rate, for the entire life of the system.

With options like purchase, loan, or lease, you decide how much money you want to save.  Like all technological progress, advancements in solar have dropped the cost of panels and installation while increasing efficiency and reliability. Incentives like state and federal tax credits make going solar even easier and more cost-effective, so you can put those earnings towards family, leisure, or any other investments.

Get a free custom solar proposal today, see what panels look like on your roof, and learn how much you can save!

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3 Ways to Shrink Your Energy Bills

As New Yorkers, we all know what summer feels like: hot, humid, and muggy. The only sanctuary is the nearest air-conditioned room. In fact, all seasons more or less begin and end with complaints. It’s too hot in the summer; it’s too cold in the winter, etc. As time wears on, and the complaints become redundant, we move on to electricity costs. This is the state of our planet, and according to New Scientist, it is not changing anytime soon. So what can we do about it?

Simple Solutions

Sure, we might adjust thermostats to 80 and invest thousands in energy-efficient appliances, but that’s not ideal for a number of reasons. It is costly, which is the opposite of our objective, and it’s just plain uncomfortable. Simple steps like using heat-generating appliances at night or washing laundry in cold water are more realistic. Thanks to modern technology, your new fancy washer can get the job done with cold water AND save you up to $152 per year!

Light Home Improvement

Let’s take slightly bigger steps in our search for savings. Consider your light bulbs. We all know we can save money by turning off the lights when we leave a room. A more prudent move would be to change your inefficient fluorescent lightbulbs to LED bulbs and save about $300 per year! The same way we wouldn’t fry bacon in sweltering heat to save on our AC costs, we shouldn’t live in the dark to save a few dollars. Since 2008, the cost of LED bulbs has fallen 85%, making it simple and accessible for anyone to switch. Most applications don’t require retrofitting or special fixtures of any kind.

Change a Few Habits

The biggest energy hogs for most people are obviously air-conditioning and heating. Could it be that we’re just unwilling to adapt to the seasons? Countless buildings are so frigid in the summer that a sweater or jacket is required to stay comfortable. Adjusting your thermostat to comfortable, but not freezing, temperatures is the simple solution. Smart thermostat’s like NEST allow you to program your home to monitor usage and automatically save energy when you’re out. Its useful interface also monitors carbon monoxide and smoke levels from your smartphone.

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These simple ideas and others will save you hundreds per year and are the easiest way to achieve short term savings. In the long term, however, Solar Power is by far the best option. Utility rates will continue to increase each year, just as they have for the past 20 years, and we’ll only have more electronic devices in our homes in the future. That’s why homeowners who want to save $10,000-$39,000 over the next 20 years have made the switch to solar. With $0 installation costs, sizable tax credits, and guaranteed fixed rates, you can beat the market by saying one word: Yes. Greenlight Solar gives you a guaranteed rate that is lower than your current bill and is fixed for the next 20 years. We take care of all the work; you enjoy all the savings.

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