The Edison Academy of Alexandria, VA hosted its 12th Annual Awards Program for business and community partners, as well as outstanding Academy students on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. IEC Chesapeake and chapter member, Continuum Energy Solutions of Alexandria, VA, received the Edison Academy Partners of the Year Award for their workforce development outreach initiatives to the students of Edison Academy. Specifically, IEC Chesapeake addressed electrical students of the Academy to discuss post secondary electrical apprenticeship training, different career opportunities within the industry, and coordinating field trips to the IEC Chesapeake Chantilly facility for classroom interactive and hands-on lab exercises. Several presentations/demonstrations on Solar/Wind energies were also provided through the Renewable Energy Awareness Project in conjunction with Continuum Energy Solutions with approximately 450 Academy students, faculty, and guests in attendance.
Spring is finally here, and summer is on the way – time for warm weather, sunshine and the great outdoors! Unfortunately it’s also time to turn up the AC and get ready for higher energy bills. Homeowners often wonder if there is an easy way to reduce energy costs during the hottest months of the year, without sacrificing on comfort or having to pay exorbitant amounts of money on renewable energy. Luckily, we have an answer for you – simple tasks like weather-stripping your windows and doors, as well as pulling the curtains closed while you aren’t at home can help keep the heat outside and your home cool.
Click here to find a complete summer home maintenance checklist.
The Solar Resource Development Fund needs your help:
Great news! On Tuesday, the Virginia House Special Subcommittee on Energy met to discuss Del. Ebbin’s (D – 49th District) Voluntary Solar Resource Fund Bill (HB 2191/SB 975) and unanimously voted to report the bill! This means the bill will proceed to the House Commerce and Labor Committee, which is its last step before heading to the floor of the House of Delegates for a full vote! This is great news, but we’re not done yet. Senate Commerce and Labor will be hearing Sen. Whipple’s companion bill (SB 975) on Monday, which is the first vote on this bill on the Senate side.
Will you take five minutes to email your legislator to thank them and encourage their support of this legislation?
Virginia has some of the best solar energy potential on the East Coast, but the state currently gets less than .001 percent of its electricity from the sun. This bill would create a low-interest loan fund to help Virginians install solar panels on the roofs of their homes. These loans would be funded by optional contributions from utility customers. If 1 percent of customers donate just $5 a month, the fund would generate more than $2 million annually! This fund, which wouldn’t cost the Commonwealth a cent, is an all around WIN for Virginians, renewable energy, and even utility companies.
Please email your legislator today to pledge your support for HB 2191/SB 975, the Voluntary Solar Resource Fund Bill. If you’ve already reached out to them about this bill, please let them know how much you would appreciate their continued support.
To find your legislator and email him/her about this issue easily go to www.chesapeakeclimate.org and click on the blog posting on this Solar Bill
CES President Kent Baake and other renewable advocates hold press conference covered by AP, VA Public Radio and Capiton News Services.
“It is time that our legislative leaders took stock of the renewable energy industry in Virginia,” said Kent Baake, CEO and founder of Continuum Energy Solutions. “That is why this very first Renewable Energy Business Lobby Day is so important.”
More than forty renewable energy businesses came to Richmond today to represent the wind, solar and bio mass industries. They paid visits to over fifty legislators informing them about the industry, and what problems and opportunities they see for expanding this industry in Virginia.
“I am a small businessman and my firm grew by 500% this past year,” said Baake. “Renewable energy can be a major driver for the Virginia economy if the General Assembly just removed some of the barriers to expanding the industry in Virginia.”
One positive step the General Assembly took last year was the establishment of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority. Virginia has the potential for 3,000 Megawatts of offshore wind power just 12 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, and the authority was created to support the development of that resource.
“Offshore wind has tremendous potential for Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth as a source of clean renewable energy and as an economic engine that can create thousands of new jobs,” said Robert Matthias, member of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority and Assistant to the City Manager of Virginia Beach.
The potential of offshore wind is attracting big investors like Google which recently announced its support for the Atlantic Wind Connection, a firm that proposes to build a backbone transmission line off the coast from Virginia to New Jersey to transport energy more efficiently from wind farms that will be built up and down the east coast.
“We are excited by the opportunities that offshore wind has to offer,” said Robert Mitchell Acting CEO of Atlantic Wind Connection. “This is a well established industry in Europe projected to employ 240,000 workers and we have a similar opportunity in our country. But we need the help of state assemblies and Congress to reform laws that represent obstacles our developing this industry in the U.S.
“Another important source of renewable energy that could benefit rural Virginia is bio-mass,” said Al Weed, on behalf of the Virginia Bio-mass Council. “Our farmers and our rural communities can become centers for homegrown energy that can bring jobs to those areas of our state with some of the highest unemployment.”
“We feel it is critically important that the renewable energy story be told to legislators who otherwise hear from the utilities every day,” said Glen Besa, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia which organized the lobby day.
“If Virginia is going to benefit from the same economic opportunities that are happening in neighboring states like Maryland and North Carolina, our state leaders need to appreciate that coal, gas and nuclear are no longer the only ways to generate electricity.”
CES was recently awarded a contract with WeatherizeDC, a program of the nonprofit DC project (an organization which strives to see that all communities are empowered with the ability and means to see a sustainable future). Our contract states CES as a partner with DC Project in the weatherization program, helping clients through the District understand and improve the efficiency losses off their buildings, as well as helping to spread the word of the project to other neighborhoods. We are proud to provide energy audits for clients through the DC project, but also to review audits that some have already done through other companies or the District and provide the weatherization work that they desire to perform on their homes as well.
For more information about DC project and the WeatherizeDC program, click here.
Kent Baake, President and CEO of Continuum Energy Solutions, wrote a letter to the editor of the Washington Post regarding the article”Obama shifting climate strategy after GOP gains”. His insightful letter was read and featured in the Nov. 7th issue of the newspaper. Check it out at:
On Saturday, November 6, join the Northern Virginia Climate Action Network for our fourth energy workshop! Moving to a clean energy future can create jobs and improve communities’ health. Our over-reliance on fossil fuels threatens our energy and national security and is warming the planet at unsustainable rates. EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases is our strongest defense against climate change, and it’s under attack in both the House and the Senate. This is clearly a step in the wrong direction.
Come learn about the future of federal climate and energy policy and hear firsthand from health and business leaders how climate change is affecting our region, how our energy decisions affect public health and how cleaner energy can create jobs. Also learn how you can take action to protect EPA authority and get the job done!
- Jennifer Kurz ( US Climate Action Network)
- Joan Rohlfs (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments)
- Jeramy Shays (American Council on Renewable Energy)
- Kent Baake (Continuum Energy Solutions)
- Aviv Goldsmith (Fishermen’s Energy)
For more information on the event, click here
3.525 kW DC = 2.96 kW AC
= 4976 KWH/yr production
= Approx 4 SREC’s/yr
Let’s do the numbers
3.525kW x $6.85/w = $24,146
+3000 eng & permit = $27,146
-x .30 federal credit = $8,143
– DC credit = $10,050
-4 SREC’s x 5 yrs @ $325 each = $ 6,500
YOUR FINAL COST= $2453
4976 KWH/yr= $646 savings / yr @ .13/KWH
4 years and it’s paid for itself, then starts paying you, along with an increased home value to boot!
Call today or early tomorrow asking Webb and Warner to vote no on the Murkowski amendment. This bill could restrict the EPA from acting in our best interest and would reduce efficiency standards for vehicles. Call Today! Webb 202-224-4024 or Warner 202-224-2023