New American Vision® Solar PPA Gives You a 469 Percent ROI on Solar Power For Your Home Zero Down!

Think installing solar panels onto your home is an upfront cost out of your reach?

American Vision® Solar is helping homeowners across the country see solar energy in a new light, and learn that taking advantage of solar power is affordable, and provides an incredible return on investment. Thanks to the company’s new Power Purchase Agreement, anyone who qualifies can start saving on monthly utility bills immediately, with little to no money down.

American Vision is calling ‘Solar as service’, and it’s through the company’s new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) where qualifying customers get the benefits of solar with virtually no investment and avoid the expense of purchasing a system outright. Customers can finance solar panel installation by simply paying a monthly payment – a monthly cost that is guaranteed to be LESS than a Southern California Edison bill without solar. Over a year period, this monthly savings can equate to more than $1,100 back in your pocket (on average).

In fact, over a period of 20 years, the solar panels boast a 469% rate of return on investment!

“Numbers don’t lie, and we’re thrilled to be able to make the up-front costs of solar panel installation more affordable to our customers,” says company President Al Alferi. “In this economy, every dollar counts, and with the immediate monthly savings our Power Purchase Agreement offers, homeowners can reap all of the cost benefits of solar power with no initial investment.”

American Vision prides itself on being on the leading edge in customer service, which is why the company didn’t rush into just any financing option for its customers in the past. “The new Power Purchase Agreement had to be in the very best interest of our customers,” added Alferi. “Other financing contracts out there include stipulations that we didn’t agree with. For example, under some contracts, major restrictions come into play should the homeowner wish to sell the home and transfer the system. We couldn’t in right mind suggest our customers get locked into an agreement like that. Now, we can stand proudly behind the new American Vision Power Purchase Agreement, and every bit of the fine print in back of it.”

Benefits to having ‘Solar as service’ run deeper than just cost savings. The American Vision PPA gives customers 20 years of maintenance free solar for their home.

Husband and wife team Bill and Kathleen Herren began providing homeowners with energy-efficient solutions with their window sales and installation company, American Vision Windows. Now, more than ten years and 30,000 satisfied customers later, the company has expanded its unmatched service to its other brands that will help revolutionize the home improvement industry: American Vision Solar and American Vision Garages.

American Vision Solar

Touch and Foam Gives Tips on How to Air Seal Your Home and Improve Energy Efficiency

Source: Touch and Foam

Note: They did not pay me to have this story written!  I used is before even getting their press release..

Whether it’s keeping out the winter drafts or guarding against summer heat, most homeowners know the challenge of maintaining a comfortable living environment while watching their budget. Air leaks from drafty windows, gaps and cracks around the house can cause even a well-insulated home’s energy bills to soar.   However,  air sealing a home with Touch ‘n Foam (http://www.touch-n-foam.com) DIY insulating foam sealants is an easy and inexpensive way for homeowners to improve energy efficiency and home comfort year-round.

The bulk of energy loss in a home comes from dozens of small holes, cracks and gaps inside and outside that allow air leakage.  “Sealing air leaks with insulating spray foam sealants is one of the most practical and economical ways to block heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer,” says Kevin Corcoran, marketing manager at Touch ‘n Foam.

LOCATING HOUSE LEAKS

The first step in air sealing a home begins with locating the leaks.  “Some leaks, like those around windows and doors, are easy to identify because a homeowner can usually feel the air escaping or penetrating their home,” says Corcoran. “But be sure to also inspect for less obvious cracks and gaps in and around the home.”

He recommends checking indoor places such as heating and dryer vent penetrations, gaping baseboards, and wall cracks along sill plates and floor/wall junctions. Corcoran also suggests inspecting outdoors for leaks at the bottom of siding edges where they meet the foundation, along garage ceiling and wall joints, and electric, gas and A/C penetrations.

FILLING THE VOIDS

After locating where the air is leaking in and out of your home, the next step is selecting the right insulating foam to fill the voids, which can vary significantly in size. Touch ‘n Foam’s MaxFill Maximum Expanding Foam Sealant is ideal for filling in larger cracks and gaps. This super-expanding foam creates an airtight, weather-resistant bond that seals out drafts around gaping baseboards, sill plates, siding edges, plumbing stacks and other big sealant jobs around the house.

MaxFill is formulated with renewable energy resources, which replace the petroleum-based raw materials found in other foam. “This is a great product for any homeowner – particularly for environmentally conscious do-it-yourselfers,” says Corcoran.

Touch ‘n Foam’s HomeSeal Minimum Expanding Sealant is better suited for smaller cracks and gaps around the home, both indoors and outdoors.  Because it is formulated as a minimum expanding foam, HomeSeal can seep into the smallest cracks and fissures to seal off airspaces. Use it around exhaust vents, walls, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlet boxes and baseboards – wherever you need to control air leakage to prevent energy loss.

SEALING DRAFTY DOORS

Drafty windows and doors are a common culprit when it comes to soaring energy bills and compromising home comfortTouch ‘n Foam’s No-Warp Window & Door Foam Sealant provides a quick and easy solution to this age-old problem.   No-Warp is a low-pressure foam, specially formulated for use around window and door frames. “No Warp seals and insulates without exerting pressure that can be detrimental to window or door frame stability,” explains Corcoran.  “Most foams are inappropriate for use around window and door frames because their excessive pressure can warp frames and jambs, rendering the window or door unusable.”

Touch ‘n Foam products are available nationwide at many home and hardware stores, and retails for about $5 per can.

For additional information on how to air seal your home and to find a retailer near you.

Department of Energy Announces up to $70 Million to Advance Technology and Reduce Cost of Geothermal Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In support of President Obama’s goal of generating 80% of the country’s electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the availability of up to $70 million in new funding over three years for technology advancements in geothermal energy to accelerate development of this promising clean energy resource. Innovations in exploration technologies to locate geothermal energy resources and improvements in resource characterization, drilling, and reservoir engineering techniques will enable clean energy from geothermal sources to be a key contributor to the nation’s renewable energy supply. By targeting funding to research and develop these innovative technologies, the Department aims to reduce the upfront cost of geothermal energy systems, expand their use, and enable the United States to tap the huge potential of this renewable energy resource.

“By investing in geothermal technologies, we are also investing in our nation’s energy future and creating opportunities for energy innovation in the United States,” said Secretary Chu. “The United States remains a global leader in geothermal energy development, and we can leverage our experience to develop more energy here at home while increasing our competitiveness in the global clean energy economy.”

 According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), new geothermal resources could add up to 30 gigawatts of renewable energy to the U.S. energy supply, and enhanced geothermal systems – through the development of engineered reservoirs and other methods – have the potential for an even greater impact. This competitive funding opportunity will support the Department’s goals of lowering the cost and financial risk associated with confirming and characterizing geothermal resources and overcoming key technical challenges to reservoir creation and sustainability in enhanced geothermal systems. The ultimate goal is to reduce the cost of new geothermal resources and enhanced geothermal systems so they are competitive with conventional sources of electricity.

The funding will support the Department’s continued partnerships with industry, national laboratories, and academia to advance several key research areas:

  • Advanced Exploratory Drilling Technologies – The projects will focus on reducing the cost of exploratory drilling.
  • Advanced Well Completion Technologies – These projects will focus on lowering the cost of completing geothermal wells.
  • Tools to Isolate Fracture Zones within a Well – These projects will work to control injection and production of water in geothermal systems.
  • Observation Tools and Data Collection System for Reservoir Stimulation – These projects will help to monitor and optimize reservoir creation.
  • Geophysical Exploration Technologies – These projects will include remote sensing, improved data processing and advanced seismic surveying technologies to better locate hidden resources.
  • Geochemistry and Rock-Fluid Interactions – These projects will focus on better characterizing geothermal resources and predicting reservoir temperatures.

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U.S. Bancorp and SolarCity Announce New $158 Million Fund to Finance Solar Projects

SAN MATEO, Calif., June 1, 2011—SolarCity®, a national leader in solar power system design, financing, installation, monitoring and energy efficiency services, announced the creation of a new fund to finance an additional $158 million in commercial and residential solar projects in 2011 in partnership with a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB). The $158 million fund increases SolarCity’s total solar project financing funds to more than $1 billion, and the company now has more than 14,000 solar customers.

“U.S. Bancorp continues to be a proven leader in solar project financing,” said Benjamin Cook, SolarCity’s vice president of project finance. “SolarCity has already created more than $1 billion in solar financing capacity through fourteen funds with six partners, and we are just getting started.”

SolarCity will use the new fund to finance its SolarLease® and power purchase agreement (SolarPPA™) offerings. SolarCity’s affordable financing options make it possible for customers to save money by installing solar, because homeowners and businesses can pay less for solar than they currently pay for electricity from their power company.

The new fund will allow SolarCity to continue extending its offering to additional parts of the U.S. The company currently operates out of 24 operations centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington D.C. Businesses and homeowners interested in SolarCity’s affordable financing options can contact the company directly at 1-888-SOL-CITY (1-888-765-2489) or visit http://www.solarcity.com.

Final countdown for Empire State Solar Bill by Shaun Chapman

Shaun Chapman, Vote Solar

Friends –

With just 16 more days before the end of New York’s legislative session, we’re in a race against time to get the New York Solar Job Act across the finish line before state lawmakers go home for the year.  WIll you take action now to make sure we get there?

The good news is this campaign to make the Empire State a real solar powerhouse has been moving at a furious pace. As we count down those final days, here is a quick list of our Top 5 Solar Jobs Act highlights:

5. Reality TV’s sunniest bachelor shows that solar is New York’s perfect match. REC Solar’s Ryan Park takes a break from wooing this season’s bachelorette to support the New York Solar Jobs Act.

4. Some of the biggest names in business say “yes” to NY solar: Wal-Mart, GE, Dow, and Staples join well over 100 other businesses, environmental groups, and public health organizations in submitting official memos of support for the bill.

3. Solar goes to Broadway. We gave the New York Solar Jobs Act its rightful place in the spotlight with a digital billboard in Times Square. To show lawmakers just how serious New Yorkers are about solar, we encouraged members to submit their own solar-friendly photos for a chance to see it up in Broadway’s bright lights. Contest ends Monday, so enter soon!

2. There’s real momentum in Albany. The New York Solar Jobs Act successfully passed the energy committees in *both* the Senate and Assembly. All told, more than 65 lawmakers from upstate, downstate and both sides of the aisle have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors.

And the number one development in this campaign … [drum roll]

1. New Yorkers like you all over that state take action to let their representative know … “It’s time to go solar.”

Your calls, letters and emails may seem like simple things, but tallied together they make all the difference. Especially in these precious final days of the legislative calendar. So speak up and make sure you let your elected officials know that you want them to pass the New York Solar Jobs Act today!

Shaun & The Vote Solar Team

The Vote Solar Initiative

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