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Thoroughbred trainer goes solar

April 7th, 2011

Solar Powered Barn
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Roy Lerman built his Gridley Avenue barn 15 years ago, but it got a serious update only a few weeks ago. The barn, which houses about 28 horses, is now almost completely solar powered.

Lerman said he’s long been involved in environmental work and built a solar-powered building completely off the electrical grid a few years ago at his Florida farm. Putting solar panels up at his Saratoga Springs facility made financial sense this year, he said, but it’s the intangible benefits that really convinced him it was the right move to make.

“It’s the right and good thing to do for me, the country, the city, the world,” he said. “There’s no more important thing than eliminating barrels of oil.”

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Adirondack Solar Acquired

November 2nd, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HUDSON VALLEY CLEAN ENERGY ACQUIRES ADIRONDACK SOLAR,
EXPANDING MARKET INTO CAPITAL DISTRICT AND NORTH COUNTRY
Company also achieves Elite Dealer status from Sunpower

RHINEBECK, NY – Hudson Valley Clean Energy (HVCE), New York State’s largest and most experienced solar electric system designer and installer, has vastly expanded its market area with the company’s recent acquisition of the Albany-based company Adirondack Solar.

“Joining forces with Adirondack Solar enables us to expand our territory from the capital district north into the Adirondacks,” said John Wright, vice president of HVCE, a local family-owned business founded in 2002. “We’ve merged two well-experienced solar companies that have proven track records.”

By teaming with Adirondack Solar, HVCE has effectively doubled its service area to include entire Hudson Valley and Adirondack regions of New York. In addition to its zero-energy headquarters in Rhinebeck, HVCE now also operates the Adirondack Solar portion of the business out of its new office at 125 Wolf Road in Albany.

“The merger of Adirondack Solar and Hudson Valley Clean Energy brings together a synergy in offering customers an unsurpassed solar experience,” said Michael Cellini, director of marketing for Adirondack Solar. “This new relationship creates a benefit to customers from Westchester County up to Lake Placid and from the Massachusetts and Vermont borders out to Utica.”

Combined, HVCE and Adirondack Solar’s collective knowledge gives the newly joined companies an unparalleled understanding of the energy needs of New York State customers.

“Unlike other out-of-state solar companies who have merged because of financial reasons, Adirondack Solar and Hudson Valley Clean Energy have merged to reach a broader base of customers in bringing clean renewable energy to the masses,” said Cellini. “No other solar company can offer this strength and experience in knowing the upstate residential and commercial needs.”

HVCE, named Sunpower Dealer of the Year in 2008, also recently achieved the highly honorable status of Sunpower Elite Dealer by the California-based solar panel manufacturer. Out of the 500 authorized Sunpower dealers in the country, only 15 have been designated Elite Dealers.

“The criteria to achieve Elite Dealer status includes operating for at least three years, high customer satisfaction, high sales volume, and high quality control with no violations,” said Wright.

Sunpower designs and manufactures the most high-performing solar photovoltaic systems in the world, and holds 51 percent of the solar market share in New York State.

“We’re very excited, because Sunpower is the only solar panel manufacturer that has such a rigorous dealer checklist and inspection process,” said Wright. “It also positions us to offer the highest-efficiency solar panels in the country.”

HVCE has designed and installed more than 600 solar systems, making them the most experienced installer in New York – yet they are a local, family-owned business. Most recently, HVCE completed the installation of a roof-mounted solar electric system at the Village Green Apartments in Rhinebeck, which will provide 100 percent of the electricity for all of the complex’s common meters, including common lighting and laundry rooms. HVCE also just completed a 50-kilowatt solar installation at the First Baptist Church in Rhinebeck, and earlier this year the business flipped the switch on its biggest project to date: An 80-kilowatt solar system at Garelick Farms dairy company in Rensselaer.

The company’s Rhinebeck headquarters is the first and only zero-net energy building in New York State and the entire Northeast. The carbon-free building generates more energy than it consumes with solar electricity, geothermal heating and cooling and solar hot water.

For more information on how HVCE can help reduce or eliminate your utility costs, call 845-876-3767 or e-mail info@hvce.com. For customers in the capital district and North Country, contact Adirondack Solar at 866-452-7652. They’ll guide you through every step of the process: from handling all state and utility paperwork, designing and installing the system to your specificities, and servicing your system after installation.

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SunPower the Most Efficient Solar

October 19th, 2010

Excerpt taken from Renewable Energy World:

“Meanwhile, SunPower makes the most efficient silicon panels on the market with 19.3 percent efficiency, according to Photon’s annual module overview, which came out in February. (Some efficiency is always lost when companies combine cells into panels.) In May, the company announced a new line of panels rated for up to 19.5 percent efficiency, and in June, SunPower announced it had set a new world record for large-area silicon solar cells with a conversion efficiency of 24.2 percent measured by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.”

Adirondack Solar is proud to be an elite dealer of SunPower products.

Adirondack Solar in the Press

October 19th, 2010

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Roy Lerman built his Gridley Avenue barn 15 years ago, but it got a serious update only a few weeks ago. The barn, which houses about 28 horses, is now almost completely solar powered.


Lerman said he’s long been involved in environmental work and built a solar-powered building completely off the electrical grid a few years ago at his Florida farm. Putting solar panels up at his Saratoga Springs facility made financial sense this year, he said, but it’s the intangible benefits that really convinced him it was the right move to make.



“It’s the right and good thing to do for me, the country, the city, the world,” he said. “There’s no more important thing than eliminating barrels of oil.”

Lerman’s 12.9 kilowatt system covers one side of the barn’s roof. Before taking into account incentives from New York and federal tax credits, the system cost $68,862. Lerman received a $22,575 rebate from New York, a check written directly to the installer, Adirondack Solar, on his behalf. He also received a federal income tax credit for 30 percent of the original $68,862. An accelerated 5-year depreciation program provides additional savings.

Lerman uses the barn for less than six months each year and said his electric bill last year was $2,619. Even though he is only using electricity for part of the year, his high usage during those months forced him into a high demand rate.



The solar power system, however, is designed to provide nearly 100 percent of his power needs. A new meter runs in both directions to measure the electricity flowing into and from his barn.


“They’re here seasonally … but we’re able to generate power all year,” Scott Rakowski, of Adirondack Solar, said. That means Lerman is banking credits with the electric company in case his power demands for any given day exceed the solar power he produces.


Now that he is producing his own power, Lerman said he and his staff are paying much more attention to their electricity use.



“Everybody’s more cognizant of what they’re doing,” he said.



Rakowski explained that although Saratoga Springs’ winters can be brutal, the solar system is designed to handle snow and ice and will continue to produce power. Cold weather, in fact, makes the system produce power most efficiently.



“It seems almost impossible that it’s a win-win-win situation,” Lerman said. “It’s only not a win for the utility company.”

http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2010/09/02/news/doc4c7f141a51bdd854419123.txt

ADK Solar Reaches Elite Status

August 13th, 2010

Adirondack Solar was recently awarded Elite Dealer status from Sunpower. There are only 15 Elite Sunpower dealers across the country and Adirondack Solar is proud to be one of them. This Elite status exemplifies ADK Solar’s commitment to service and quality. Most other solar installers can’t even qualify to be a traditional dealer for Sunpower, let alone reach the Elite Status. Sunpower is the most efficient PV product on the market and has a 25-year reputation to uphold. Only a company like Adirondack Solar can be relied upon to support Sunpower. This Elite status gives us the ability to offer our customers not only the greatest PV products on the market but at the most competitive price.

Andrew Cuomo wants to “Power NY” with solar.

August 12th, 2010

Andrew Cuomo, a Democratic candidate in New York’s Gubernatorial race, has brought solar energy expansion and growth to the forefront of his campaign with a document called “Power NY,” in which he outlines ways to stimulate New York’s solar energy industry. Cuomo is the first candidate in the race to release a clear energy plan during the campaign.

In 2009, the Public Service Comission (PSC) expanded New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to increase the renewable electricity consumption of New Yorker’s from 25 percent to 30 percent by 2015, as recommended by Governor Paterson. Cuomo is proposing a system similar to the California Solar Initiative (CSI) — an aggressive and, thus far, successful plan to boost the number of solar energy installations, both big and small, across California. In Power NY, Cuomo calls for New York to specify targets requiring the state’s utility to install solar.

Evidently, Cuomo draws inspiration from California and Arizona, two states recognized for their strong leadership in the solar energy industry:

When Arizona and California each made similar commitments to promote an expansion of solar power, they inspired two global solar manufacturers to locate within their borders [China’s Suntech Corp. in Arizona, and SunPower Corp. in California]. The burgeoning solar technology component manufacturing cluster has emerged in the Hudson Valley and Western New York that will benefit tremendously from this new commitment to solar power.

Cuomo’s plan focuses specifically on ways for New York to incorporate renewable energy, like solar:

  • Increase incentive to install solar by creating a new “NY-Sun Solar Renewable Energy Credits” program
  • Jumpstart the use of solar thermal technology for water heating
  • Replace older power plants with modern plants to increase capacity and reduce emissions

Recommending any particular political candidate isn’t something Adirondack Solar is accustom to but we can’t help to say that anyone who works toward cleaner energy in NY has our vote. Of course, once Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino retort we may just have to swing our vote. Whoever offers the greatest incentives for our customers and creates the most amount of jobs and helps bring NY closer to energy independence then they have our vote.

Net Metering Fix Signed Into Law!

April 5th, 2010

Great news for business owners thinking about solar power: Governor David Paterson has signed into law legislation which gives non-residential customers the opportunity to net meter up to 2 megawatts of renewable energy.

The law goes into effect immediately, according to the Alliance for Clean Energy NY.

Adirondack Solar is thrilled that non-residential customers can now take full advantage of net metering. We’d love to help your business get started. Call us today!