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High Peaks Solar heads Solar Farm Communities

Our community solar farms will allow customers to enjoy the benefits of solar panels without having them on their property.  High Peaks Solar has multiple sites across New York State with spaces available for solar farm membership.  High Peaks Solar’s community solar farm memberships allow all types of customers to participate.  If you have National Grid as your electricity provider and you live in Zone C, E, or F, then you can join one of our community solar farms.
Each of our community solar farms has their own web site.  For our Albany area community solar farm, please visit www.hopesolarfarm.com.  We will have a website for our Utica area solar farm soon so check back!
To participate in one of our community solar farms, please attend one of our information sessions listed on the web site.  You must talk with a sales representative in order to enroll in one of our community solar farms.  Please call today to learn more about how you can join and how it will benefit you!”
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Solarize Your Community

Shared solar panels

solarize

Solarize campaigns are locally organized community outreach efforts aimed at getting a group of homes and businesses in one area to go solar. When groups of neighbors—including residents and businesses—learn about solar and the installation together, they can often get better pricing and share the tasks. Group members can contribute their strengths and learn new skills. NYSERDA provides technical assistance, marketing materials, and other support for these efforts. Solarize is part of the NY-Sun Incentive Program.

Read the following information to learn more, apply, and participate in a Solarize campaign. Email communitysolar@nyserda.ny.gov with questions.

Read full article: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/NY-Sun/Communities/Solarize

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

France-Declares-All-New-Rooftops-Must-Be-Topped-With-Plants-Or-Solar-PanelsA new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer.

They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.

French environmental activists originally wanted to pass a law that would make the green roofs cover the entire surface of all new roofs. However, partially covered roofs make for a great start, and are still a huge step in the right direction.

Some say the law that was passed is actually better, as it gives the business owners a chance to install solar panels to help provide the buildings with renewable energy, thereby leaving even less of a footprint.

Green roofs are already very popular in Germany and Australia, as well as Canada’s city of Toronto! This by-law was adopted in 2009, by the city of Toronto which mandated green roofs on all new industrial and residential buildings.
Benefits of Green Roofs

There are so many benefits to green roofs. Here are just a few:

  • Adding natural beauty and major aesthetic improvement to buildings, which in turn increases the investment opportunity.
  • Helping contribute to landfill diversion by prolonging the life of waterproofing membranes, using recycled materials, and prolonging the service of heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems through decreased use.
  • Green roofs assist with storm water management because water is stored by the substrate, then taken up by plants, and thus returned to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation. They also retain rainwater and moderate the temperature of the water and act as natural filters for the water that does run off. They delay the time at which runoff occurs, which results in decreased stress on sewer systems during peak periods.
  • The plants on green roofs do a great job of capturing airborne pollutants and other atmospheric deposition. They can also filter noxious gasses.
  • They open up new areas for community gardens, commercial and recreational space in busy cities where this space is generally quite limited.

France is definitely on the right track, but it should be a mandate that all new buildings being built in North America, and even worldwide, adopt this amazing idea to reap all of the potential benefits.

Author: Liam S. Whittaker
CS Globe

Florida building world’s first solar-powered town

Beginning new era of smart growth?

MiamiEverything is about to change for a small area in Southwest Florida as Kitson & Partners unveiled today their development of the world’s first solar powered town.

Babcock Ranch, when finished, is not only the nation’s largest development currently underway, but will also be the first town primarily powered by the sun.

“Babcock Ranch will exemplify what it means to be a town of the future, offering residents a highly unique balance of the most technologically advanced infrastructure and amenities, with ready access to a rich natural environment and a true sense of community,” said Syd Kitson, Kitson & Partners Chairman and CEO.

“Less than a year from today, the first residents will be settling into a whole new way of life, one that is conscientious, engaging and connected,” Kitson said. “We are fortunate to have incredible partners who have worked with us from the ground up to build a town that will meet the diverse needs of families, employers, neighbors, businesses, surrounding communities and the natural environment for generations to come.”

Phase one of the development will be completed in 2017, and will house 1,100 residents. After the development is completed, it will house about 50,000 residents, and will comprise of 19,500 residences, a downtown area, six million square feet of commercial and community space and utilize the other half of the town’s area for nature spaces.

A 443-acre solar power plant will be located in the town, with the goal of making Babcock Ranch the world’s first new town where solar energy production exceeds the total energy consumption from day one. The FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center will supply the community and surrounding areas with 74.5 megawatts of clean, renewable solar energy.

“We’ve been working hard to cost-effectively bring more emissions-free universal-scale solar to Florida for more than 10 years,” FPL president and CEO Eric Silagy said.

As far as market demand, a recent study on solar power in the residential market revealed that there is demand from homebuyers for solar energy homes, finding that buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for homes with photovoltaic energy systems.

In fact, a study from The Appraisal Journal, the academic publication of one of the nation’s largest association of appraisers, shows that homes that use solar panels are sold at a premium.

In other parts of the country, homebuyers who want to go greener with solar energy are facing some challenges, however banks are starting to get on board, making it easier for homeowners to own their solar panels.

Author:  Kelsey Ramirez

Credit: Housingwire

Sample Gallery

WordPress has a easy to use gallery feature built in. No need for complicated plugins that only slow your site down, it’s right there in the core for you to use.

Forward takes that one step further with a built-in lightbox image viewer. It includes 10 different styles so you can find one that best fits your needs. If you’d rather not use it, it’s easy to turn off in the theme options too.

Here’s an example gallery for you to see:

Post With A Video

Did you know that working with video is a piece of cake in WordPress? All you have to do is place the video’s URL if it’s on a service like YouTube or Vimeo on it’s own line, and WordPress will automatically fetch and display the vide for you. Just like this:

Forward takes that one step further. It will pull the video and place it into the blog archive view too, in the spot where a featured image will go. We also make your video responsive automatically so that it looks great across devices.

Post With a Featured Image

This is a simple post to show how things look with a featured image. The image will appear above the post title when viewed from the main blog page. It’s a good way to pull your visitors into the post with something that really catches their attention.

A fantastic plugin that makes featured images even better is Drag and Drop Featured Image. It replaces the standard “Set Featured Image” box with one that allows you to simply drop a featured image on top of it to upload and set the image in one easy motion.

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Right Hand Sidebar

This post has the sidebar on the right hand side. You can choose a global setting in the customizer that will set the layout everywhere. That setting can be overridden on individual pages/posts as well using the layout drop-down menu.

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Left Hand Sidebar

This post has its sidebar on the left hand side. You can set this globally in the customizer or override it on individual pages/posts. That way you have maximum flexibility in how your site looks and works.

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Full Width Post

This post does not use a sidebar. It’s content area is what we call “full-width.” It gives you extra room for content and fewer distractions.

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