Today, my new partners at Dandelion, which is a geothermal startup that recently graduated X, the research and development lab at Google’s parent company, announces a partnership with Hudson Solar, the leading residential solarinstaller in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. Yes I’m teamed up with a Google Startup ok breathe breathe!).
Plus, I know Hudson Solar. They were chosen as a leading provider of solar in the Solarize campaigns throughout most of the Hudson Valley.
Together, these companies will offer homeowners the opportunity to easily get their homes to go 100% GREEN ENERGY.
Dandelion as reported in the Poughkeepsie Journal today uses a new geothermal installation process developed at X, can convert homeowners away from oil or gas heat and offer them substantial savings.
Hudson Solar, with its on-site or community solar offerings, can then offer homeowners to lower the cost of solar power. A homeowner with geothermal, solar and energy efficiency can easily go 100 percent renewable. The Dandelion geothermal system will use solar electricity and the ground, as a source of heat and heatsink, to provide a home with heating, cooling and hot water! (BOOM!!)
Let’s put it this way, average geothermal installs cost around $40,000. Dandelion is about $20,000 and will offer financing and monthly payment plans.
Now while solar costs about the same, the finance costs will be really more affordable than the grid.
“We chose Hudson Solar as our first solar partner because the company is well known for their high-quality work and share our values and excitement about the impact that our combined product will have on combating climate change,” Dandelion CEO Kathy Hannun said. “Hudson Solar’s unique offering of both on-site and community solar systems means they can provide all of Dandelion’s customers a way to power their geothermal systems with clean electricity. ”
“Dandelion has lowered the cost of geothermal and set up financing so a homeowner switching to geothermal from oil or propane can save money from day one, just like with solar,” Hudson Solar CEO Jeff Irish said. ” … And with our community solar arrays, even people who can’t site solar on their property can go solar.”
‘Solar XL’ project breaks ground along Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska, highlighting clean energy solutions over the fossil fuel industry
Silver Creek, NE — On Saturday, July 29th, the “Solar XL” project placed its first solar panels along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, on the farm of Nebraska landowners Jim and Chris Carlson near Silver Creek. The Carlsons, who rejected a $307,000 offer from the pipeline company TransCanada to build Keystone XL through their backyard, partnered with Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO, and Oil Change International to put renewable energy directly in the pipeline’s path. Solar XL underscores the need to center solutions to climate change while rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and resisting the expansion of the fossil fuel industry.
“While we are dedicated to Keep It In The Ground efforts to stop new fossil fuel development, we are also deeply committed to the Just Transition. Solar and renewable energy can provide a sustainable transition away from fossil fuels and provide job growth in areas traditionally left behind, like rural America and our Indigenous communities. By placing solar projects in the route of Keystone XL, we are demonstrating how vital it is to not just stop dangerous and unnecessary projects like KXL but to also show that there are alternatives to the fossil fuel industry that do not put communities at risk and sacrifice Indigenous Peoples and land. We are excited to be a part of this resistance that also highlights the solutions that are needed,” commented Joye Braun, organizer from the Indigenous Environmental Network.
The Solar XL project is being supported through an ongoing crowdfunding campaign launched earlier this month. The solar panels, which will be installed in at least two other locations along the pipeline route, will serve not only as a form of clean energy, but as a symbol of the urgent need for a just transition away from fossil fuels toward a 100% renewable energy economy. The panels will help power the homes of Nebraskans resisting Keystone XL, and are being installed by the family-owned rural solar business, North Star Solar Bears, run by Jim Knopik.
The Keystone XL pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil a day from Canada through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska, and then on to the export market. The pipeline would pass through farms, ranches, and Indigenous land, posing a threat to the Ogallala Aquifer and other water sources that would be contaminated by spills and leaks. Landowners continue to fight eminent domain for private gain knowing this would be the first time the Public Service Commission (PSC) grants those powers to a foreign corporation. Lastly, all along the route, local economies are connected to agriculture, and climate change is a serious issue. Keystone XL would significantly add to climate risks for farmers, ranchers and Tribal Nations.
The first installation took place just over a week before the Nebraska Public Service Commission holds hearings in Lincoln on whether to grant a construction permit for Keystone XL through the state. One day before the hearings on August 6th, people from around Nebraska and surrounding states will converge for a march through the streets of Lincoln urging the Commissioners to reject the permit. If permits are granted for Keystone XL construction in Nebraska, TransCanada will have to tear down homegrown clean energy in order to build, galvanizing people across the country to fight back.
Jim Carlson, Nebraska landowner who placed solar in path of Keystone XL on his family’s farm:
“I am vehemently opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline mainly because of the properties of the contents of the tar sands oil it will carry — this is not your Mother’s crude oil, it is the Devil’s, and it can kill. We must be focused on clean, renewable energy and America can get along just fine without this foul concoction they call bitumen that TransCanada wants to pipe across our precious soil and water.”
Jim Knopik, North Star Solar Bears. LLC:
“Our family-run company is based in Nebraska — and by installing solar projects, like the ones to stop the Keystone XL pipeline — my kids are able to stay on the farm. It’s time for our country to start the transition to clean energy now.”
Looking after your windows is a vital part of keeping your home safe and comfortable. Quality windows are also more environmentally friendly now than ever before, so occasional upgrades and repairs are essential if you want to reduce your energy bills and insulate your home. At Modernize, we help homeowners make their homes greener in simple and straightforward ways, so here are a few options to help you choose beautiful and eco-friendly window upgrades for your home.
Windows are one of the most prominent and recognizable features of older and period homes. However, homeowners often struggle to keep their period windows maintained to a modern standard of insulation and efficiency. If the original windows in your older home need some TLC, then don’t despair: specialist window professionals can tastefully upgrade your original windows and make them fit for contemporary living. Adding double glazing, shutters, awnings, and blinds to period windows will make them perform better throughout the year and increase your home’s green status while maintaining the charm and design style of your home.
Sustainable building is on trend in the construction world today and involves the use of low-tech craftsmanship and thoughtfully sourced materials to create a low-carbon product that is both beautiful and eco-friendly. If you want to incorporate these practices the next time you upgrade your windows, choose window specialists who create bespoke frames made from FSC certified sustainable wood or locally sourced aluminum and other materials. Shopping local also decreases the carbon footprint of your windows, since the shipping distance is negligible and less energy is consumed, while constructing frames by hand consumes less energy during the building process.
If you want to further decrease your home’s energy bills and have already installed energy efficient windows throughout your home, it might be time to consider natural light as a supplement to your in-home lighting systems. Skylight windows are an often overlooked window alternative that will save you money on your electricity bills by maximizing the natural light in your home. Placing skylights strategically throughout your living spaces will make the most of exterior light and make your home more eco-friendly throughout the year—just be sure to choose skylights with double or even triple paned glass for added energy efficiency.
While traditional windows certainly have a place in your home, there are times when homeowners need or want to get creative with their windows for both aesthetic and environmental reasons. Floor to ceiling windows made from energy efficient glass (two or three panes with an insulating gas between layers and low-e coatings to increase insulation inside and reflect sunlight outside) create a stunning, bright effect in your home by bringing the outside in. Irregular shaped windows such as circles, semicircles, and long rectangles will add instant charm to your home, while restored or repurposed stained or textured glass gives your home a vintage look that is both eco-friendly and beautiful. Finally, functional windows such as glass blocks and egress windows give your home added security and privacy and can be made to your exacting standards of energy efficiency. To lear more about different window types check out Modernize Windows.
Whether it’s protesting the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement or vowing to transition to electric-only vehicles within the next decade, many businesses have been focusing on how they can do their part in saving our planet.
Although many Americans want to make the personal transition towards green living themselves, most don’t even know where to begin! That’s why the team at EmPower Solar decided to speak with a panel of eco-friendly experts on their personal practices. You can see their best advice here.