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Jan 12th 2015

Snowy Solar: Do Solar Panels Work in Snowy Climates?

Surprise, the weather forecast may be calling for snow sometime very soon. And with snow, comes storms bringing the possibility of power outages. Last winter’s polar vortex caused widespread power outages which highlighted the advantages of solar energy but also raised the question: Do solar panels work in snowy climates? Winter isn’t automatically a bad thing. In order to make solar power work, you need panels that absorb the heat and light from the sun. On clear winter days, the […] Read More »

Nov 30th 2014

Solar Panel Installation Factors that Affect Levels of Solar Energy Generation

Many variables affect the amount of solar energy output generated by your system. Though some are out of your control, knowing what these factors are before scheduling your facility’s solar panel installation can help you combat those that you can change. Location The more sunshine, the better! Latitude matters; your proximity to the equator affects the power generated by your system. Solar panels generate more electricity the closer you are to the equator. Top 20 Solar Cities by Total Installed […] Read More »

Nov 26th 2014

Benefits to Solar Panel Installation on Shopping Mall Rooftops

Solar energy’s rapid growth in America is evident at an astounding 418% from 2010-2014 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Savvy companies are moving towards solar panel installation because it’s cost effective and helps our environment. Simply put, solar continues to shine across the United States with clean, reliable and affordable electricity. A few key stats: • Corporate solar users in America have more than doubled their solar capacity over the last two years. And according to the United […] Read More »

Nov 25th 2014

Importance of Supermarket Refrigeration Engineering

Retailers faced with tight operating budgets often seek means of reducing energy expenditures through increasing the energy efficiency of their refrigerated display cases and associated systems. Generally, the largest consumption of refrigeration system energy in supermarket settings is attributed to open display cases, such as traditional meat and dairy cases, which are subject to much higher heat loads than cases with transparent display doors. The amount of costs associated with all the refrigeration equipment that exists inside (cold chambers, preparing […] Read More »

Oct 30th 2014

Save Energy with a Commercial HVAC Upgrade

If your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) system is more than 10 years old and you find yourself making frequent repairs, don’t wait until the system dies. Replacing an old, inefficient system can save on your utility bill and make your building far more comfortable. HVAC refers to the equipment, distribution system, and controls that provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for buildings. HVAC systems are the main energy consumers in commercial buildings. They account for approximately half of […] Read More »

Oct 28th 2014

Solar Power Forecasting: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Production Estimates

Solar energy represents a vast, renewable resource that can be tapped to meet society’s growing demand for electrical energy. Everyone knows that solar can help the planet; many know it can also save money in the long run, but in either case, the question that often comes up is: “how much?” The amount of PV energy a solar array produces can help to answer this question. Solar power forecasting involves knowledge of the sun´s path, the atmosphere’s condition, the scattering […] Read More »

Oct 23rd 2014

Sustainable Engineering: Energy Modeling

Sustainable engineering utilizes energy modeling, or the virtual simulation of a building that focuses on energy consumption, utility bills and life cycle costs of various energy related items such as air conditioning, lights and hot water. It is also used to evaluate the payback of green energy solutions like solar panels and photovoltaics, wind turbines and high efficiency appliances. Determining a building’s energy use is not always an intuitive process for even the most seasoned sustainable engineering and industry professionals. […] Read More »

Oct 15th 2014

Identifying the 3 Different Types of DAS Systems

DAS System Basics Identifying the 3 different types of DAS Projects A distributed antenna system (DAS) provides telecom companies a deployment method to deal with isolated spots of poor or no coverage both externally and inside buildings. Just as it sounds a DAS system is a network of relatively small antennas which supplement a carriers macro site coverage objectives and are therefore designed with a specific coverage goals. External DAS systems are known as O’DAS or outside DAS. Today, businesses […] Read More »

Oct 2nd 2014

Am I Eligible for Solar Investment Tax Credit?

Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) If you’re buying a solar energy system today, one of the most generous solar incentives that you’re entitled to is the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). But not everyone who goes solar is eligible to receive it so it’s important to do your research. The solar investment tax credit is an important federal policy mechanism to support the deployment of solar energy in the United States. Tax policies related to renewable energy play a […] Read More »

Sep 25th 2014

Facility Engineering Impacts Productivity

Facility Engineering Impacts Productivity Through Corporate Interiors Hire a facility engineering firm to create the best office design, developing a more productive work environment. Is the idea that employees will be more productive if they are comfortable and inspired in their workplace believable? Sure it is! Everyone craves some kind of a stimulating workplace. The productivity formula is relatively simple: recruit quality employees, sustain a high level of employee satisfaction… and productivity will improve. A great deal of research supports […] Read More »