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Energy Audits, Weatherization and RemediationSolar Electricity & Solar Hot Water

 

 

 

Learn about our three step approach to energy efficiency and solar energy:

First, our clean energy consultants will determine the efficiency of your home or commercial building by providing a professional energy audit and recommending energy efficiency improvements. Our Energy Audits average about $400.

Second, we perform the efficiency upgrades we recommend and always offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. You’ll soon enjoy a home that’s comfortable and efficient. These upgrades typically average between $1500 and $2500.

Third, we provide a free Solar Site Assessment for anyone receiving an energy audit. Our clean energy consultants assess your location for solar shading and provide a thorough report of the expected solar production. We customize solar electricity systems, solar hot water systems, or both to fit your needs and our team does the install, takes care of the permits, and guides you through every incentive available to you.

Solar energy is clean, quiet, and safe and we guarantee our systems for 20 years. Act now to take advantage of Federal and State incentives that can pay for up to 50% of the cost. Continuum is unique because we help you become energy efficient first, and solar energy independent next.

Continuum Energy Solutions, your energy efficiency and solar energy experts.

Vienna Green Expo

Saturday April 19,2012 The Vienna Green Expo is a FREE showcase of local/regional earth friendly exhibitors educating the public on how to have a green lifestyle.Come Visit our booth and learn how to eliminate your electric bill and get a free solar flash light.

1603 program for solar investment tax credit grant

Please contact your senators today if at all possible to ask them to VOTE YES for Sen. Stabenow’s amendment that would extend the 1603 federal investment tax credit bill. 

Home Efficiency Rebate Program Closure

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Home Efficiency Rebate Program Closure on February 17, 2012
to New Applicants

The Home Efficiency Rebate Program will be closed to new applicants on Friday, February 17, 2012.  They will not accept any new application reservations for rebates after 5:00 p.m. on that date.  The following restrictions will apply to those applications:

  1. You will have 30 days to complete your selected project items from the date you are approved
  2. No deadline extensions past that initial 30-day period will be allowed
  3. You must redeem the rebate in the system by your 30-day deadline to avoid rebate cancellation
  4. You must mail your claim information to DMME’s Division of Energy as soon as possible after you redeem the rebate in the system, but no later than March 30, 2012.
  5. Any rebate claims received that are postmarked after March 30, 2012 will be returned to the sender and no rebate will be issued for that claim.

An applicant who is currently in the “approved” status is encouraged to redeem your rebate in the system by your 30-day deadline, as only very limited time extensions will be allowed on a case-by-case basis.  Once you are in the “payment pending” status, you should mail in your claim to us by mid-March 2012, and no later than March 30, 2012.

 

Virginia needs a better energy policy

Written by Mr. Anthony E. Smith, president and chief executive of Secure Futures. Secure Futures designs, develops and co-finances distributed solar solutions with and for tax-exempt entities to reduce their electricity costs and to protect against future grid price increases through 15 to 25 year solar power purchase agreements (SPPAs).

Go Green in 2012

12 Steps To Going Green:

1.Recycle-Put a separate container next to your trash can or printer, making it easier to recycle your bottles, cans, and paper.

 

2.Turn off the lights-Earth Hour happens only once a year, but you can make an impact every day by turning off lights during bright daylight, or whenever you will be away for an extended period of time.

 

3.Make the switch- Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use only 20-30 percent of the energy required by incandescents to create the same amount of light, and LEDs use only 10 percent, helping reduce both electric bills and carbon emissions.

 

4.Turn on the tap-Fill up your glasses and reusable water bottles with water from the sink.

 

5.Turn down the heat-Turn down your thermostat when you leave for work, or use a programmable thermostat to control your heating settings.

 

6.Support food recovery programs-Go through your cabinets and shelves and donate any non-perishable canned and dried foods that you won’t be using to your nearest food bank or shelter.

 

7.Buy local-Instead of relying exclusively on large supermarkets, consider farmers markets and local farms for your produce, eggs, dairy, and meat. Food from these sources is usually fresher and more flavorful, and your money will be going directly to these food producers.

 

8.Get out and ride-If available, use your city’s bike share program to run short errands or commute to work.

 

9.Share a car-Join a car share program! As of July 2011, there were 26 such programs in the U.S., with more than 560,000 people sharing over 10,000 vehicles.

 

10.Plant a garden-Plant some lettuce in a window box. Lettuce seeds are cheap and easy to find, and when planted in full sun, one window box can provide enough to make several salads worth throughout a season.

 

11.Compost-If you are unsure about the right ways to compost, websites such as HowToCompost.org and organizations such as the U.S. Composting Council, provide easy steps to reuse your organic waste.

 

12.Reduce your meat consumption-You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan, but by simply cutting down on the amount of meat you consume can go a long way.

 

http://landover.wusa9.com/news/environment/87003-12-steps-going-green-2012

Renewable Energy Business Lobby Day Comes to Richmond

SAVE THE DATE!  Thursday, January 19, 2012

 Have your business’ voice heard in Virginia’s General Assembly!

http://vasierraclub.org/LobbyDay2012.htm

Dominion Power’s wind and solar facade

 

 

Washington Post Opinions Read More About Dominion Power’s wind and Solar Facade.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dominion-powers-wind-and-solar-facade/2011/12/29/gIQAB1d8QP_story.html

Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund

The Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund, created by the General Assembly in 2011, establishes a revolving loan fund to be administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME).   The Fund will be fueled primarily by donations from customers of investor-owned electric utilities.  DMME is also authorized to accept donations from other citizens and groups.

The Fund will create a source of money from which loans are made for eligible solar energy projects. As loan repayments are made, funds become available for new loans.

DMME is prohibited from issuing any loans until July 1, 2012.  The first year of the program will be used to collect donations and grow the fund from which loans can be made, and to develop the loan program terms and conditions.  DMME may delay the issuance of loans if there is an insufficient balance in the fund.  Once the program commences, DMME is required to loan funds to applicants in the order that their completed applications are received.

Eligible projects include the acquisition, installation, and operation of eligible solar equipment at residences, structures operated by nonprofit organizations, or commercial establishments.

To make a contribution, please click here.

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Green Energy Victory-Virginia Governor Signs Green Energy Legislation

Kent Baake, President of Continuum Energy Solutions has been influential in the recent progress of solar legislation in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell recently signed into law a number of green energy bills passed by the General Assembly. Baake was at the Capital earlier this year backing a solar resource development fund. It creates a voluntary fund for homeowners to contribute to and finance solar power installations.

The loan program will promote economic development and the production of clean, renewable energy at no cost to the state. Baake said the bills’ passage encourages more residents to try solar finding savings and energy cost reductions. Continuum Energy Solutions has seen business in efficiency and solar grow in the past year.

Among the measures receiving the Governor’s signature was his legislation to provide a $500 tax credit for each green job created in the Commonwealth; a measure establishing the Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic Stimulus Foundation; the creation of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority; and legislation rewarding investor-owned electric utilities for using wind energy.

Joining the Governor at the bill signing were a number of Democratic and Republican legislators. Attending from the Senate were Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach),Don McEachin (D-Richmond), Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach). From the House of Delegates, the Governor was joined by Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach) and Matthew James (D-Portsmouth). Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech also spoke at the bill signing. In addition to the public officials in attendance, a number of environmental and energy industry organizations were in attendance including Continuum Energy Solutions President, Kent Baake.

Donate to the Virginia Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund

Reserve Your Piece of $5 Million in New Energy Rebates Today

Important news! The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has opened the Virginia Home Efficiency Rebate Program. Approximately $5 million will be available.

Rebates are available now for up to 20 percent of the cost for the following eligible project items, up to $595 per residential property address:

  • Insulation and air sealing
  • Replacement windows and exterior doors
  • Storm doors

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funding has been reserved.  Once all funds are reserved, additional applicants will go onto a waiting list in case all reservation funds are not claimed. The on-line application is available on the DMME website: http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/divisionenergy.shtml.

Applicants have 60 days to complete a project once a reservation is approved. Qualifying energy efficient equipment and items purchased and installed on or after March 26, 2010 will be considered for a rebate if all other eligibility requirements are met.

If you received a rebate for specific equipment and items under the previous Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, you cannot apply for a rebate for the same equipment or item under the new Home Efficiency Rebate Program.  However, if for example, you previously received a rebate for 10 windows, and want to install 4 more windows purchased after March 26, 2010, you can apply for a rebate for the additional windows that were not included in the previous rebate.

Virginia residents can learn how to apply for either rebate program on DMME’s Division of Energy web page: http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/divisionenergy.shtml.

To schedule your energy audit or for more information, please call 703-354-0262 or email services@thesolar411.com.