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What’s in it for Me? Solar Rebates, Incentives, and Programs, Oh My!

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There’s a literal wealth beyond all the benefits that solar energy brings to the table, and believe us, you’ll want to know the many other ways that making the switch to solar can benefit you. We’ve got the lowdown on solar rebates, programs to give you money back on your taxes, and incentives that turn the financial impact of using solar panels into a much greener opportunity. Listed below are the details!

The Solar Investment Tax Credit Ends Soon

A few years ago, the solar industry received a wonderful extension of the Solar Investment Tax Credit, or ITC. A great solar incentive for both businesses and homeowners, it allows anyone to reduce 30 percent of the cost of solar panel installation from their taxes for the next year. That’s an opportunity to save several thousands of dollars for solar adopters. The unfortunate part is that it diminishes every year. Currently, it’s at 30 percent. In the near future, it will reduce itself. It’s unknown if the price of solar will drop enough to make up for the reduction in tax credit, so it’s likely the best time to take advantage of the solar rebate is actually now. This kind of solar incentive can fatten your wallet. Maybe come tax time you can treat yourself to a few hundred steak dinners in a row. That’s a reward a lot of us will gladly take.

What in the Heck is a SREC?

A Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) is a unit of solar energy totaling 1,000 kilowatts per hour. Consider them a commodity–they’re often sellable to energy companies for a pretty penny. However, they’re based on a market price so the more abundant SRECs are, the less return you’ll get on them. So if you’re the only individual on the block with a SREC, chances are you can sell it back to an energy company–money for basically doing nothing. You can let the solar panels power your house and pay your bills at the same time. Just be aware that you’re required to register your solar installation in order to get the benefits, and each state has different laws in regards to registration.

Super Solar Savings by State

Be sure to research what your state might provide in terms of solar incentives! Each state has their own solar rebates and small avenues where you can claim tax benefits or money simply by going solar. Some states have cash rebates you can apply for. There are also solar programs called Performance-Based Incentives where solar adopters are actually paid to produce a certain energy threshold. There are, as with anything, several rules and regulations that must be adhered to in order to see the benefits produced.

We think that these nifty solar programs are, by far, strong enough reasons to go solar. The future seems less expensive, and it lies with using our own sun to power our lights. We hope you’ve enjoyed these small bits of information if you’re looking to go to solar. Contact us to learn more about what we do at Greenshine New Energy.

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Brilliant Ideas for Beautiful and Functional Solar Lighting

Commercial solar lighting has quickly become one of the most popular tools for innovation in America. Municipalities and businesses are switching over to solar lighting as a cost-effective and efficient solution to reduce their energy bills and take part in the green movement. Here are a few unique application ideas where you can install outdoor solar lights.

Pathway Lighting

Pathway solar lighting is very popular among environmentalists due to its renewable energy source and ability to preserve the natural environment by not adding any light pollution. Installing and maintaining the light posts is easier to ever thanks to solar lighting systems off-grid system, which saves upfront on trenching and long term energy and maintenance bills.

Greenshine produces solar pathway lighting with durable LED lights that can not only outshine traditional lamp posts, but will cost nothing in the electricity bill of the district. These solar pathway lighting posts contain a solar panel, and are completely autonomous. To have a beautiful and durable light in your favorite park or street, ask your local officials to obtain these marvels of technology.

Bike Lane Lighting

Much like pathway lighting, bike lane lighting provides guidance to outdoor enthusiasts. However, it is maybe even more important to have strong and durable light on bike lanes. Cyclists move fast, so being able to see potential obstacles in time is paramount. Solar lighting collects sunlight during the day and uses the stored energy for lighting the pathway during the night.

Perimeter Lighting

 Perimeter lighting uses powerful LED floodlights to illuminate the perimeter of a storage yard, boat dock, military bases, etc. A large advantage of solar-powered perimeter lighting is that even during a power outage, these units are independent of one another or any central grid, so they will resume functioning. This type of lighting is best when you need to illuminate a large, spacious area and ensure the safety of your community by guaranteeing continuous light even in the most dire conditions. 

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting is dually decorative and function, serving as a function of beauty and safety. Bollard lights are a type of autonomous, decorative light mainly used for lighting pathways and gardens.  Solar projector lights and solar washer lights are used for illuminating monuments or landscapes in parks. Projectors are small and rounded, but they have powerful beams that provide ample light to light the surrounding area. Similarly, washer lights are in the shape of a rod, similar to a standard neon light.

Parking Lot Lighting

Parking lots are the most common and sought after type of solar street light. If you drive at night,  you want your parking lot to be properly lit to ensure the safety of you and your personal belongings. Greenshine offers an amazing parking lot lighting system  completely powered by solar energy that include strong, durable LED lights that will perfectly illuminate your parking lot for the night.

Sign Lighting

If you are a business owner, you know the importance of marketing and how a sign can benefit your business in multiple of ways. Illuminate your sign with a flood of pure LED light. 

Roadways & Highways

Roadway and highway lighting is a major application of solar lighting. Most commercial grade solar lights can be easily installed on the side of roadways and highways since there is no underground wiring or trenching involved, making the installation process quick and easy.

airports

Airports are a great place to install solar outdoor lighting systems, since they provide safety for planes and workers at night. Our engineers can design these lights to line the runway and optimize the distribution pattern to ensure maximum lighting for the layout of the airport. Greenshine designed an airport lighting project where we installed dark sky compliant solar lights on the main road to provide the safety and security the project demanded.

Parks & Playgrounds

Solar park lighting has recently become very popular among municipalities across the country, because it is a green technology that produces little light pollution and preserves the natural environment. Since solar lights are off the grid, installing these lights near a playground is perfect as they can be easily installed without major construction to the playground area. Lighting up parks and playgrounds will increase attendance to these facilities and allow park departments to host more events at these locations in the early morning or at night.
 

hospitals

One popular area for solar lighting is hospitals since they can continue operating during the installation phase of these lights. The dusk-to-dawn technology of these lights are perfect for hospitals since they can set the exact time for the lights to turn on and off for efficient energy use. The most popular types of lights for hospitals are solar parking lot lighting and perimeter lighting so patients and their guests can feel safe and secure even at night. Last year, Greenshine installed 50 solar parking lot lights for the Palomar Hospital in Escondido, CA, saving them an initial $500,000 in upfront costs.
 

schools & universities

Many schools and universities have recently been choosing to use solar lighting systems because they save schools roughly $3000 over a 10 year period compared to traditional lights, which the schools can use to reinvest in their students. These institutions typically choose to install solar parking lot, security, and pathway lights for their projects. Since solar outdoor lights use LED technology, they are higher quality and more energy efficient, allowing these schools to install less and save more in upfront costs.
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Solar Powered States

Solar power is on the rise in America and the International Energy Agency predicts that solar power will make 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050.

That’s quite a lot of energy and it got us thinking, what would it actually take to make 100% of the world’s electricity via solar power? Could America actually power the world with solar panels? And what could each state power if we filled them with solar panels? We crunched the numbers and came up with some interesting results.

No surprises but the largest states of Alaska, Texas, and California can house the most solar panels and also produce the most power with Alaska being able to generate a whopping 1 trillion kilowatts of energy, Texas 450 billion kilowatts, and California 274 billion kilowatts from just 4 hours of sunlight in a day.

Feeling neighborly? From Europe to the United Arab Emirates, each individual state can meet a wide range of countries energy needs for an entire year from just four hours of sunlight! Alaska can power Russia for an entire year, Texas could power France, New York Rwanda, and California Saudi Arabia to name but a few.

When it comes to powering the world, if America was one giant solar panel it would take just 16 hours of sunlight to power the entire world for 1 year. In 1 year it could power 105 years of energy use in the world.

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So there you have it. America could power the world for a whopping 105 years, Texas can happily watch the Dallas Cowboys till the end of time, and if California can reach 88 mph, they can time travel over 200,000 times all thanks to solar energy.

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California’s Bright Future: The Solar Mandate

On May 9th, the Sunshine State became the first to require a solar installation on new housing. This historic development is that latest sign that solar energy is gaining traction around the U.S., hopefully setting precedent for many states to come.

The California Energy Commission unanimously passed the California solar mandate that requires all new housing developments up to 3 stories to include some solar energy installation in the home. This is apart of California’s goal to have 50% of their electricity to come from non carbon sources by 2030 and cutting down greenhouse emissions by 40%. Under this mandate, builders must either include individual solar panels on homes or attach groups of home to a shared power system. Homeowners will either pay for this new power source inclusively in the initial housing price or in a monthly fee.

According the the Commission, this plan is estimated to use 53% less energy than under the 2016 standards, majorly progressing towards their 2030 goal. In addition, greenhouse gases are expected to decrease by 700,000 metric tons due to this solar mandate.

How does this plan affect the average homeowner? Let’s address the two main concerns of this plan: the quality of energy and the costs.

  1. Solar panels are roughly suppose to provide about 60-70% of quality energy for the average home. For those concerned about the colder months, solar panels will still produce energy on cloud-filled days and actually increase output in colder temperatures. To provide even more insurance, the mandate dictates that houses would still be attached to a power grid to ensure a constant supply of energy among all weather conditions.
  2. The costs associated with this plan are negligible as the savings outweighs the costs overtime. While the initial cost of construction is estimated to increase about $10,000, environmental economists predict solar efficiency will save homeowners around $19,000 on electric bills over 30 years, averaging at $80 per month.

The California solar mandate made a giant step towards sustainable consumption and paves the future for solar energy. From solar panels to solar street lights to even solar schools, the market for solar is growing and demands attention. And it’s finally receiving the attention it deserves.  

All over the world, countries are making great strides to embrace renewable energy as a main source of energy. Morocco has built an impressive new solar installation that currently stands as the largest solar installation in the world. Countries all over Europe are replacing giant sums of energy, anywhere from a third to half, with solar. Now cheaper than fossil fuels, solar is taking over the industry. 

The United States should take precedent from these countries to more heavily invest in solar. In fact, our nation alone has the capacity to power major players on the world stage. Alaska can power Russia for an entire year, Texas could power France, New York Rwanda, and California Saudi Arabia to name but a few. California and its’ energy-friendly policies are raising the bar to encourage other states to take the steps towards sustainable living and is proving that investing in solar is worth it. 

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Greenshine New Energy $1000 College Scholarship

Want $1000 for college? Apply To The Greenshine New Energy Scholarship

If you are currently enrolled in college (or headed there in 2018!) and want to win a $1000 scholarship to help cover expenses, enter the the Greenshine New Energy Scholarship .

Greenshine New Energy will award a $1000 scholarship to one highly motivated student who can thoughtfully respond to the prompt below.

Who Are We:

Greenshine New Energy specializes in providing solar street lighting solutions around the country. Using new technology and the highest grade material, our solar lighting systems are perfectly suited for a wide array of outdoor solar lighting applications to serve any community or business.

How It Works:

Please tell us in 800 words or less how you think green energy technology will change in the next 30 years and what the impact on our lives will be.

Here’s How to Win:

  • Answer the prompt above in 800 words or less.
  • Fill out the form below, including a link to a Google Doc answering the prompt above. Ensure your Google Docs file is saved in the format (your-name)-(dob)-2018 Greenshine New Energy $1000 College Scholarship Submission.
  • We will pick a winner on October 31, 2018 and notify you*
  • A member of the Greenshine New Energy team will  team will email you to confirm your mailing address and send you a check or Visa gift card in the mail for $1000
  • We will announce the winners on the Greenshine New Energy blog.

To Be Eligible:

  • All submissions must be received by midnight on October 28th 2018.
  • You must be a graduating senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college or trade school and at least 16 years of age in the US Territories.
  • We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
  • Each entrant affirms that they have met all eligibility requirements and releases their entry to be used for any purpose by Greenshine New Energy.
  • Any and all submissions may be used in future Greenshine New Energy marketing.

*Disclaimer: Greenshine New Energy respects your privacy and will not share any personal information without prior approval from you. We will pick our favorite winners based on the submissions we receive by the deadline listed above. 

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How Do Solar Panels Work?

Over the last 10 years, the rapid growth of the solar industry has demanded attention. Large agencies such as Tesla and the European Union are embracing solar as the wave of the future. From solar panels on rooftops to solar street lights, the solar is now a major player on the world stage.

With all this talk about solar, have you ever wondered how a solar panel actually worked? Here’s a little introduction on what solar panels are and how they work.

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Commercial Solar Street Light Solutions

commercial solar street lightsStreet lights are like superheroes. Without a doubt, they keep us safe and comfortable from the terrors that loom in the darkest hours of the nights, saving us from the woes that may come. While unsung heroes light up the night, they could seriously up your electricity bill. However, a new hero has emerged: commercial solar street lights. This lighting solution not only saves you from the creatures of the dark, but also helps you save on electricity bills, energy consumption, and upfront trenching costs.

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