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Northern California rubble recycler now turning sunlight into power

In the hills between California’s famed Wine Country and streets of San Francisco lies the town of Cotati, home to one of the region’s largest rubble materials recycling plants. As careful stewards of the region’s natural resources, the The Soiland Company has been providing high quality aggregate materials, soil and compost products since 1973.

The company prides itself on incorporating sustainable business practices wherever possible and often as early adopters, including first installing solar nearly a decade ago and numerous other self-driven environmental measures and equipment upgrades throughout its 52 year history.

Environmental economics

The GPS-enabled trackers move with the sun, showing the Sunny Boy inverters mounted on each during mid-day.

The GPS-enabled trackers move with the sun, showing the Sunny Boy inverters mounted on each during mid-day.

In early 2014, the region’s electric utility went through a rate restructure and Soiland saw their bills double nearly overnight. With the unexpected rise in expenses, the company’s sustainability commitments met at an intersection of environmental stewardship and maintaining sound financials for their business; the time was right to install additional solar power.

North Coast Solar was brought in to install a 202kW system using 33 of AllEarth Renewables’ dual axis AllSun Trackers. The trackers, which produce up to 45 percent more energy than fixed systems, are each equipped with a Sunny Boy 6000-US inverter to allow for optimal site design and long-term system reliability.

In total, the site brought together the power of 792 ReneSola 255 modules over roughly two and a half acres to reduce the company’s electrical demands by more than half. System payback is expected within seven years, due in part to the increased production from the tracking system and the Sunny Boy’s 97 percent peak efficiency. This increase in Soiland’s return on their investment will further help the company’s long-term cash flow and reduce their exposure to future rate changes.

As the cost for traditional electricity continues to rise, solar is becoming an ideal solution for companies looking to mitigate portions of their operating expenses. Soiland’s investment in a top-quality system means it will produce clean energy for the next 20 years and beyond.

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Snowy Ski Resort Gets 100 Percent of Power from Sun and Wind

Berkshire East Winter_SS

Nestled in the snowy hills of Mt. Institute a new 500 kW solar farm is helping a ski resort make snow! The Massachusetts family-run business, Berkshire East, can now claim the rights to owning the first ski resort that runs on 100 percent on-site renewable energy.

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Racing Oar Manufacturer Propels Forward With Solar

Concept 2 SS

Concept2 is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of rowing equipment and racing oars. Its products are used every day by Olympians, cardiac rehab patients and all physical abilities in between. Concept2 recently invested in a PV system for its corporate headquarters located in Morrisville, Vermont. 

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NOLA Lower 9th Ward Village “Greenest Skate Park” in the World

NOLA Ninth Ward Community Center

Lil Wayne skates and celebrates the opening of a skate park in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. (AP)

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, flooding the city and destroying everything in its path. Seven years later a community is still moving forward and trying to rebuild. Thanks to Grammy award-winning rapper Lil Wayne, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation and a sponsorship from Mountain Dew, the community now sees a brighter future. 

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Solar Tracker Farm in North America Operates with Unique, Decentralized Design

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At the time of commissioning, the South Burlington Solar Farm located in South Burlington, Vermont, was the largest decentralized solar tracker farm located in North America. AllEarth Renewables, the tracker manufacturer and EPC contractor, wanted to design a solar farm that maximized reliability and production. This unique 2.13 MW solar farm operates using a decentralized design, and utilizes state-of-the-art wireless communications technology to provide power to Vermont’s feed-in-tariff program. 

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