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Question:         What if you live in a community that doesn’t allow solar, but you still want the financial benefits of your own solar array?

Question:         What if you already have as much solar on your home as your power company says you can, but love the return on your investment and you still want more?

Question:         What if you knew how you could own your own mini power plants, with little to no moving parts that would last in excess of 25 years?

Answer:           Solair LLC can show you how you can own your small power plant.

Answer:           Solair LLC can show you how you can take advantage of big tax credits to put solar on someone else’s home or business.

Answer:           We pair you the investor with credit worthy individuals and companies that have the desire to also benefit from solar, but may not have the upfront cash to get it done.

Answer:           Solair’s solar equipment has 25 year manufacturer’s warranties.  When combined with Solair’s workmanship guarantee, being your own Power Purchase Investor is easier than you think.

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Roxana Volunteer Fire Company Goes Green with Solair LLC

With the help of Solair LLC, Roxana Volunteer Fire Company is now Green.  Really Green!

Solair LLC installed this 73 kilowatt solar array using Motech “Made in Delaware” solar modules.  Solair then paired these 312 solar modules with 312 Enphase micro inverters for a system that outperforms traditional solar arrays.

Roxana Volunteer Fire Company now gets about 85% of the power they use every year directly from the sun instead of fossil fuels.  Now that is GREEN!

Now Roxana can use their energy savings dollars to better serve, protect and educate their community.

Read more about this innovative fire company at http://www.roxana90.com/

The membership, officials and board of directors are to be commended on this great endeavor.

To find out how your fire company can go green and save HUGE money with solar by Solair call us right now.  302-841-1108 or email us at info@getsolair.com.

Largest solar farm in TN officially opens Thursday

Solar farm in Stanton, TN, will add a visitor center next year

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Largest solar farm in TN officially opens Thursday

Largest solar farm in TN officially opens Thursday

 

The state’s large solar farm in Stanton, Tenn., will officially open with a 3 p.m. ceremony on Thursday.

The state of Tennessee and University of Tennessee are hosting the event at the 25-acre, 5-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm. It features about 21,000 ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panels and is estimated to provide enough energy for 500 homes and offset use of 250 tons of coal per month.

The generated electricity is distributed through purchase agreements with local utility Chickasaw Electric Cooperative and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Next year, an information and welcome center is planned there to to house Spectrum,an educational solar exhibit. Since Interstate 40 passes nearby, officials are counting on lots of visitors stopping by and learning firsthand about solar energy.

The solar energy industry has been a rapidly growing sector of the state’s economy, with 180 for-profit companies in its solar value chain and 6,400 people employed in solar-related industries, a release about the project said.

Among those expected for the ribbon cutting are Dr. David Milhorn, executive vice president, University of Tennessee; Paul Fassbender, assistant commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; John Schroer, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Transportation; Franklin Smith, mayor, Haywood County; Ben Fischer, president, Signal Energy; and John Collins, president, Chickasaw Electric.

In 2009, the state allocated $62.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus funds to the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, including the West Tennessee Solar Farm and the Tennessee Solar Institute.

Working through the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, the University of Tennessee is responsible for installation and operation of the power-generation facility. Signal Energy LLC of Chattanooga designed and built the solar farm.

— Staff Reports

T.S. Smith & Sons team up with Solair

T.S. Smith and Sons melds history with true-friendly adaptation

Article in Going Green on Delmarva

By Monica Scott

“We’re the apple in the Apple Scrapple festival,” explained Charles Walton “Charlie” Smith III of T.S. Smith and Sons in Bridgeville, Del. While he noted the festival is put on by the Bridgeville Historical Society, he said T.S. Smith & Sons’ part in it helps both the farm and the town with visibility.

He said, with a chuckle, “30,000 people in Bridgeville on a fall weekend, it’s not bad.”

Smith, along with his brothers Tom and Matt, owns and grows for the century farm established in 1907 by their great-grandfather, Thomas Sterling (T.S.) Smith. They farm between 800 and 1,000 acres – some owned and some leased – and offer up some of the most popular varieties of apples, peaches and nectarines, as well as asparagus, watermelon, sweet corn, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and green peppers. And, of course, their ever-popular apple-cider doughnuts.

“They have some great apple doughnuts,” offered repeat customer Tim Banks of Bridgeville.

Just recently, after an energy audit, T.S. Smith & Sons merged that long history of being a century farm and community staple and added the modern marvel of solar panels to produce energy for their cold-storage facility – the biggest source of their energy usage. The 150 ground-mounted solar panels will produce about 43 kw of power, enough to produce ample energy for the storage unit and then some, all while helping them save on their $25,000 yearly electric bill. www.getsolair.com

“The incentives made it attractive,” admitted Smith, mentioning the federal tax credit of 30 percent and a 25 percent state grant, which make it possible to finance a little less than half of the actual cost of the system. And, while it is still quite an investment, Smith said he believes it is worth it – especially considering the business he’s in.

“It’s got to be less risky than farming,” he said. “And we are reducing our carbon footprint. That’s important to me.”

Also important is making sure the people who care as much as they do get the message about all they are doing.

“Our take on it is we thought out consumers are obviously coming to buy the fresh produce… and farmers are always in the news about the runoff, etc. But on a whole, farmers aren’t bad people,” added Matt Smith. “We are on the cutting edge of this green technology. If people can see that they are making a living and see we are trying to make a living too, and it looks good environmentally, hopefully, those same people will support us.”

With his degree in agriculture and a minor in ecology, the environment had always held a special place in Charlie Smith’s heart. And his environment – the farm – is something he especially wants to take care of for generations to come.

“Obviously the economic incentives are there, but the environmental considerations are just icing on the cake,” he said. “To be using less fossil fuels, having less runoff because of less fertilizer and pesticides are used… growing up here, this is what draws a kid back here, “ he said, pointing to the acres of fruit trees. “My dad is still active on the farm, and he’s 84.”

Smith pointed out that his father’s house is considered a “historical structure,” and he takes pride in both that history and the cutting edge technology of the solar panels, as well as their other conservation efforts.

“The farm market was built in 1928. There’s a lot of history going from something like this to back here,” he added, pointing from the farm market to the newly installed solar panels that are top-of-the-line modern and hooked up online, with immediate feedback and information, as well as micro-inverters on each panel that can be checked via computer.

The farm is also located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and the stream that runs through it is a tributary of the headwaters of the Nanticoke River. With such wondrous natural resources all around, it’s hard for someone like Smith and his brothers to not want to conserve it the best they can.

In addition to the panels, the farm has had a conversion to trickle irrigation to save water, prevent runoff and to save on fossil fuel and emissions, which can be the difference between using 500 to 600 gallons of water per minute and 40 gallons per minute. They also participate in stewardship programs to establish buffers, create habitat and limit production near streams, and use no-till and minimum-tillage farming practices and crop rotation.

They also use integrated pest management to keep the “good “ bugs while limiting the need for pesticides for the “bad” ones, and reuse apple trees for wood, as well as baskets, crates and other items, and have an aim to move to biodegradable bags and to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags in their farm market.

The farm market is open daily from late April through December, and they offer fresh produce, as well as flowers, fresh pressed apple cider (beginning in September), apple cider doughnuts baked daily, jams, jellies and honey. This year, they will offer you-pick peaches, apples and pumpkins, as well as school and group tours.

In addition to selling wholesale, five of the local WalMarts carry their fruits and vegetables in season and much of their excess fruit goes to Ziegler’s in nearby Pennsylvania to make apple cider.

T.S. Smith and Sons will celebrate their solar panel installation with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening May 6 and 7, and everyone is welcome.

While maybe not the embodiment of your “typical” environmentalist, Smith sees the “big picture,” for sure.

“I wouldn’t define myself as a tree hugger,” he concluded. “But good planets are hard to find.”

In a town whose tagline is “Bridgeville: If you lived here, you’d be home now,” it doesn’t get much simpler than that.

For more information visit www.tssmithandsonsfarm.com.

Commercial Solar: T.S. Smith and Sons

Commerical Solar Panels - 3 RowsSolair LLC installed this Solar Panel Ground Array at TS Smith and Sons.

Commercial Solar: Brasure’s Pest Control

Brasure’s Pest Control is now Energy Neutral!