Sustainability 101

Solar Power for Everyone?

Solar Decathlon 2011
Three-year-old Henry Shales, visiting from New York, takes a close look at a solar panel on display at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Oct. 01, 2011. (Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Have you thought of switching to solar power? Great Forest recently obtained a quote for our headquarters (a five-storey brownstone) in New York City that shows a payback in less than five years with solar providing 81% of our building’s electricity needs.  We are moving ahead with plans to adopt solar and we recommend that you consider it too.

Now that the cost of solar panels have decreased dramatically by as much as 80% since 2008, solar energy is now affordable and within reach. Through its SunShot initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy hopes to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour.

There are several sites you can visit to get quotes and solar estimates for our home or business. The DOE has also released this useful guide to solar electricity for homes.

To find state-by-state incentives, visit the DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency) website. 

Great Forest is positioned to work with small to large commercial and multifamily projects with an interest in these incentives and in preliminary studies. Net metering and related technical solutions toward integrating PV (photovoltaic) with the grid are also covered in the current incentives profile in New York and elsewhere.

Call Great Forest to learn more.

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