With the solar panels installed we are just waiting for a final electrical inspection from our local utility and we can begin producing energy.
The third phase of our installation was to dig a trench from the solar site to our main facility. Conduit was then installed in the trench to run power cables from the solar panels to the building. The trench was then back-filled and on the next warm day was paved over with asphalt.
Our solar install continues weather permitting (a Southern Oregon winter is a rainy mess) Between rain showers we were able to complete the second phase of construction.
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We thought we would share some pictures of our new solar installation here at AirScape HQ. We chose a site on an unused corner of the property that is perfectly situated for our solar install . The site was cleared of a massive blackberry bush so that work could begin. Blackberries are an invasive species here in Oregon so we didn’t feel too bad about removing them even though they were so delicious. We’ll put up more pictures as the work continues.
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Okay, this isn’t an infomercial on how to get free money from the government, but there are many government entities and public utilities that still offer significant rebates for consumers and businesses that invest in energy efficiency projects, appliances, and equipment.
After all, who doesn’t like to get money back right?
There are a couple websites where you can go to research available rebates that may help you recover some of your project costs..
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency or DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, federal, local, and utility incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency. It was established in 1995 through funded from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy has a search tool that allows users to filter down through a database of rebates by state, economic sector, type of product/project and the provider of the rebate.
Hopefully these tools will help you save money on your energy related projects while lower your energy consumption and contributing toward a sustainable energy future.
We’ve found a new rebate available for the good people in Boulder County, CO. The EnergySmart program is now offering up to $500 for a Whole House Fan installation. $500! So what’s the catch? The rebate is for homes with an existing AC system and the installation must be completed by a contractor in the EnergySmart program. Check out the program details here.
If you’re not in Boulder County, CO many other municipalities and utilities offer WHF rebates. Take a look at our blog covering the full list of rebates we have found so far: