Community solar forum videos available

Bob the Green Guy recorded two recent “community solar” forums. His videos are now available for your viewing pleasure:

The second forum at the Montshire Museum was particularly interesting. The first speaker was Kevin Jones, director of the Energy Law Clinic at Vermont Law School, which has recently published a report on community solar. He pointed out important legal details which are often glossed over.

The first key points he emphasized is that many so-called “community solar” projects do not actually provide solar to their participants, because they sell off the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) associated with the developments. As a result, any explicit or implicit suggestion that participants of these projects receive solar energy is, in the words of the Federal Trade Commission, “deceptive marketing.” (16 CFR §260.15(d).) Instead of providing their customers with solar energy, developers of such projects actually provide their customers with what is called the “residual mix,” consisting of 60% fossil fuel generation, 37% nuclear generation, with a mere 0.16% solar.

Your energy from Solaflect v1     Your energy if RECs are sold v1

The other point he makes—easy to miss as it happened quickly—is that these sales of RECs do not help to accelerate the development of solar energy. Instead, selling RECs from “community solar” projects actually slows down the overall build out of solar.

Solaflect Energy does not sell any RECs associated with our Community Solar Parks. Our participants are truly going solar, and saving money at the same time.

Solaflect is hiring

Solaflect Energy is looking for an enthusiastic sales person to increase the presence of Solaflect Suspension PV Trackers throughout Vermont and NH. The ideal candidate is personable, and has excellent telephone, interpersonal, presentation, writing and computer skills. Several years of success in consultative sales is ideal, but we are willing to train the right person. A strong interest, background and knowledge in solar or environmental issues is also desirable. A high level of trust and integrity is a requirement for the position.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to Thera Callahan, tcallahan@solaflect.com.

Public forum on group net metering and community solar, Wed. 4/8

Solar Energy

A public forum on group net metering and community solar (not the same thing, but related) is being given on Wednesday, April 8, at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont. The event will run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. It is sponsored by the Hartford Energy Commission, Norwich Energy Committee, Upper Valley Sierra Club, Sustainable Woodstock, Montshire Museum, and Sustainable Energy Resource Group. Read more

Upcoming Information Presentations

Solar Presentation by Solaflect

​Learn about going solar from Solaflect Energy. Solaflect is a local designer, manufacturer, and installer of dual-axis solar trackers, with more than 100 installations to date. These trackers, which produce 40% more energy than equivalent fixed-mount solar arrays, are engineered and built in White River Junction. Solaflect trackers are available for installation on site at your home or business, or hosted off site at a Community Solar Park.

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Successful Season of Suspension PV Tracker Installations

Winter Solar

Winter is coming in Vermont and we are rushing to get our last Suspension PV Trackers into the ground before it is frozen. We have had a great reception in Vermont and New Hampshire, and have had a great season of installing Trackers. Thank you to our new customers!

SunShot Incubator Award

SunShot Incubator Award

Solaflect Energy has won its second $1 million SunShot Incubator award from the U.S. Department of Energy. This nationally competitive peer-reviewed award was granted for Solaflect to continue to refine the material and labor efficient Suspension design of heliostats.
The Suspension HeliostatTM is now even more efficient! Additional steel continues to be eliminated, creating the world’s most material efficient heliostat.

Another Successful Thayer Team

Thayer School of Engineering

Solaflect Energy is fortunate to have a close relationship with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. For the third time, a Thayer team of engineering students has spent six months working with Solaflect Energy. The current team just finalized their project to rave reviews of the outside review team composed of professional engineers. Congratulations to the team.