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  • What is green building? Explaining eco-friendly construction

    What is green building? Explaining eco-friendly construction

    This article answers “What is green building?”—listing sustainable building practices and explaining how they can benefit your organization.

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  • Answering: “How many solar panels do I need for my business?”

    Answering: “How many solar panels do I need for my business?”

    When an organization asks “How many solar panels do I need?” it goes beyond a simple calculation. Consider these other factors to help find the answer.

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  • How to go solar: Getting to solar panel installation in 8 steps

    How to go solar: Getting to solar panel installation in 8 steps

    Switching to solar power for business is a big decision. This article explains how smart planning for solar power leads to solar panel installation.

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  • A closer look at commercial electricity demand charges, and how to lower them

    A closer look at commercial electricity demand charges, and how to lower them

    You can’t stop commercial electricity demand charges, but you can contain them. Find out how demand charges work and how to lower electricity costs.

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  • To qualify for the full 30% solar ITC, begin construction in 2019

    To qualify for the full 30% solar ITC, begin construction in 2019

    Learn how you could still get the full 30% U.S. Federal solar Investment Tax Credit rate despite the fact it begins stepping down in 2020.

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  • With solar cell shingling, going to pieces is a good thing

    With solar cell shingling, going to pieces is a good thing

    Solar shingling is a breakthrough in solar technology with a big upside for commercial customers—more efficient and reliable solar panels.

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  • How long will Congress protect tax credits for renewables and EVs?

    How long will Congress protect tax credits for renewables and EVs?

    The White House and key U.S. senators move to reduce or eliminate clean energy tax credit, electric car tax credit and solar tax credit.

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  • Leveraging SMART to maximize solar value

    Leveraging SMART to maximize solar value

    Learn how to get the most from the SMART program—the newest Massachusetts commercial solar incentive.

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  • Installing solar: What to expect from your utility—and how your solar company will help you out

    Installing solar: What to expect from your utility—and how your solar company will help you out

    Your utility has a big say in the commercial solar installation process. This article spells out what to expect from them and your solar provider.

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  • Solar panel warranties vs. system performance guarantees: Apples and oranges

    Solar panel warranties vs. system performance guarantees: Apples and oranges

    This article helps clear up the confusion between solar panel warranties, and production and performance guarantees.

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  • Energy users aren’t the only winners with community solar

    Energy users aren’t the only winners with community solar

    Real estate developers, property owners, and community solar participants can benefit from this offsite solar program in different but positive ways.

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  • It’s electric: Schools board the electric school bus trend

    It’s electric: Schools board the electric school bus trend

    Schools nationwide are learning how to reduce their carbon footprint, while supporting sustainability and improving air quality for students.

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  • Get to know NREL: A leading source for renewable energy research

    Get to know NREL: A leading source for renewable energy research

    Background on the National Renewable Energy Lab, and how its work impacts renewable energy research and solar technology in the United States.

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  • Making the business case for the benefits of commercial solar power

    Making the business case for the benefits of commercial solar power

    These 5 steps will help you make the business case for solar to your executive leadership team.

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  • Should your business recycle its approach to recycling?

    Should your business recycle its approach to recycling?

    What you should know about the evolving demographics of employees and consumers, and what leads to successful “recycling in business” efforts.

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  • Is my roof good for solar? The questions behind the question

    Is my roof good for solar? The questions behind the question

    Working with commercial solar and roofing experts, the question “Is my roof good for solar?” is easier to answer when you first ask the right questions.

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  • Sustainability Star: Toyota is going places few companies have been before

    Sustainability Star: Toyota is going places few companies have been before

    Toyota is leading the way in corporate sustainability, and their new North American headquarters is a testament to the company’s undeniable commitment.

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  • Renewable energy procurement trends: The curse and the boom

    Renewable energy procurement trends: The curse and the boom

    Renewable energy procurement trends may be on the rise, but buyers need to be aware of something known as the “winner’s curse.”

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  • The mystery of financing solar power: Which option is best for you?

    The mystery of financing solar power: Which option is best for you?

    Asking some basic questions and having a clear understanding of your organization’s goals can help you find the best option for financing solar power.

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  • Solar battery storage could increase savings for over 25% of commercial utility customers

    Solar battery storage could increase savings for over 25% of commercial utility customers

    Solar battery storage systems could potentially benefit 25% of commercial utility customers, reducing demand charges incurred during peak energy use times.

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