Archive for October, 2011

Tour Homes and Businesses Across Arizona Utilizing Solar Energy

October 4, 2011

Come one, come all…this is the opportunity to view innovative green homes and building here in the state of Arizona.  The Arizona Style 2011 Tours of Solar and Sustainable Buildings is happening this month.   This event has been conducted nationwide for the past 16 years and throughout the state of Arizona residents have the ability to tour these designated homes and building for free to see first hand the advantages of solar energy and its uses.

This event is originally coordinated by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).  It is the largest grassroots effort to educate the public on solar energy, how to utilize it efficiently and additional sustainable technologies.  The hope is that this education will encourage people to research solar energy further and hopefully have it installed on their homes/businesses.

Where can consumers find an event near them in Arizona?

The Tucson Business Tour will be featuring how to power a business using solar on Thursday, October 13th. At this tour business owners can learn about costs, installers, and ROI.

If consumers are located in the Valley Verde area on Saturday, October 22nd consumers can visit homes and businesses in Sedona and Cottonwood.  This event also is a free self-guided tour that will expose consumers to the latest technologies.  There will be certified solar energy installers on hand to discuss the technologies, incentives and financing options with consumers who are interested.

For those located in the Phoenix metropolitan area there will be two days of self guided tours – Saturday and Sunday, October 22nd & 23rd. There will be a number of homes and businesses that consumers may tour for ideas.  This event was originally scheduled for the weekend prior, but was postponed so please ensure you have the correct dates.

These tours are in place to help educate consumers and hopefully make more people aware of what sort of impact solar energy installations can have in a consumer’s home and the carbon footprint they leave behind.

Interested in entering the solar energy industry?  Whether you need certified solar training to become a BPI Analyst, Weatherization Tech, Solar Panel Installer or receive training in solar thermal and solar domestic hot water we have a program.  To begin your new career, start training with eRenewable Resource Institute.  Contact us at 480 446-0400 or info@erenewableresource.com.

 

 

 

 

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Solar Challenge Going on in Arizona between Communities

October 3, 2011

Most Arizona residents do not realize there is a challenge going on between communities to see who is best utilizing solar within their community.  Arizona SmartPower is the organization leading this challenge.  They want the communities to commit to installing solar on 5% of owner-occupied homes by the year 2015.  In addition, they have partnered with local credit unions to create solar loan products, making installation easier for homeowners.   Currently, there are a dozen Arizona communities taking on this challenge, but they welcome greater participation and competition.

Arizona SmartPower is a non-profit organization.  Once a county, or even an HOA, has passed a resolution supporting the goal of 5% solar on owner-occupied homes they go to work in the community.  They reach out offering educational seminars, solar coaching sessions and recruit solar ambassadors.

Once your community is involved homeowners can contact the organization and ask for a Solar Coach.  The Solar Coach assigned to a homeowner will help them to:

– Figure out how much the system will cost;

– Calculate the monthly cost savings;

– Decide what equipment is best for the home; and

– Find a certified solar trained installer.

Since Arizona SmartPower is a neutral third party they do not sell or install any equipment.  Nor do they receive a commission from parties that do.  They simply offer homeowners the resources so they can do the research and make a decision for their installation.

Once a homeowner has solar installed on their home they will more than likely be asked to become a Solar Ambassador for the program.  The best people to discuss and sing the praises of solar energy are the people benefiting from the program.  This is a very important key to the Arizona Solar Challenge and their success.

If you have questions or would like to bring the Arizona Solar Challenge to your community please contact Toni Bouchard at tbouchard@smartpower.org or call her at 480-219-4395.

Interested in entering the solar energy industry?  Whether you need certified solar training to become a BPI Analyst, Weatherization Tech, Solar Panel Installer or receive training in solar thermal and solar domestic hot water we have a program.  To begin your new career, start training with eRenewable Resource Institute.  Contact us at 480 446-0400 or info@erenewableresource.com.

 


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