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84 Million Homes on Zillow Now Show Solar Potential of the Home

Sun Number and Wave Solar announced today that 84 million homes on Zillow now include a Sun Number score, which shows the potential solar generation of the home. This information helps millions of homeowners understand their options for going solar.

“Home sellers and buyers that have not had Sun Number scores previously have been contacting us asking how they can get a Sun Number score for their home,” said David Herrmann CEO of Sun Number. “The expansion of Sun Number scores to 84 million residential buildings on Zillow means many of those homeowners, sellers, and buyers have a simple way to access this useful information.”

Sun Number uses multiple datasets to analyze an individual home’s solar potential, taking into account the angle of the roof, the direction the home is facing, the solar radiation potential of the roof, and local electricity rates. Sun Number’s algorithm ultimately assigns a score to the home between 0 and 100, estimating how much the homeowner would stand to benefit if they went solar.

“This data is important for the millions of people participating in the U.S. market shift towards solar energy,” said Colin James Walsh, CEO of Wave Solar. “With the Sun Number scores on America’s most popular real estate site, homeowners will have more data to make an informed decision, and solar installers will see even more interest in their product.”

The Sun Number score is included on 84 million homes on Zillow under the “Utilities, Green Energy” section of the page. Sun Number scores were first added to millions of homes on Zillow in August of 2016 and the 84 million homes on Zillow are live now, including a majority of homes for the first time.

“We are very proud of our proprietary scoring system, which was developed as part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative,” added Herrmann, “By bringing these different solar-relevant datasets together into one easy-to-understand score, we allow homeowners to see if they should be exploring solar as an option for their home.”

How to Find SunNumber on a Zillow listing

1. Go to a home listing on Zillow.com
2. Click “See More Facts and Features”
3. If listing is one of 84 million, SunNumber will be listed under “Utilities – Green Energy”

About Sun Number
At Sun Number, LLC, we’re focused on increasing the public’s awareness of the solar potential of buildings through our Sun Number™ Scores. Founded in 2012, we are the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Incubator grant that enabled the development and initial deployment of Sun Number Scores. Our goal is to increase solar installations by providing an easy-to-understand assessment of a building’s solar potential and streamlining the solar installer’s customer acquisition process. For more information about Sun Number, visit www.sunnumber.com.

About Wave Solar
Wave Solar is a team of digital marketers and engineers committed to building products and software that help reduce the cost of acquiring solar customers. Originally a successful DOE SunShot Initiative project, as part of Mosaic incubator, Wave Solar developed a proprietary lead generation and solar sales software business to bring the power of low-cost digital customer acquisition to solar installers. For more information about Wave Solar, visit https://wavesolar.com.

Interview with Steven Saxton, Founder and Lead Developer, EverGreenCoin

1. EverGreenCoin (as described on your  facebook page) is an X15 algorithm PoW / PoS hybrid crypto currency. Are there many other coins that use this configuration? Why did you choose this particular hybrid?

EverGreenCoin (EGC) was literally designed from the ground up to be environmentally friendly. There are other coins that are X15 PoW / PoS hybrids, but few have the same structure of a foundation being funded by a small portion (2%) of the miners work and none have the same intent and exact same distribution and hence, coin supply.

X15 was used because at the time of creation it was not invaded by ASICs.ASICs are machines designed specifically for PoW mining that consume as much electricity as possible in an attempt to gain a disproportionately large amount of the distribution of coins. X15 ASICs are now readily available but fortunately were not before EverGreenCoin’s PoW phase had ended. Had the EverGreenCoin’s PoW phase lasted just a few weeks longer, people would have been able to mine EverGreenCoin with ASICs and that enormous consumption of electricity was avoided in EverGreenCoin’s name.

Solar Trends to Watch for 2017

2016 marked a record year for solar energy. As of December 2016, solar power is cheaper than wind and cheaper than fossil fuels. What does that mean for the future of the solar industry, and more specific to our interest, what does that mean for solar generators? The bottom line: now is the time to invest in solar energy including solar generators. As solar generators are beginning to rack up the celebrity endorsements, there is no better time to take advantage of the solar tax credit and invest today. Meanwhile, here are the top four trends to watch in solar power for 2017.

Solar Will Be The Cheapest Power Anywhere

The one thing that sets solar power apart is that fiery ball of gas that shines in the sky … everywhere. Because the sun reaches every part of the planet, solar power can be harnessed anywhere. Moreover, since 2009, solar prices have declined 62 percent, as costs are being cut everywhere in the supply chain. That’s why experts and market analysts are predicting that within the next decade, solar power will become the cheapest form of power globally — even cheaper than coal. That’s exciting for the renewable energy industry, and it only enhances the value of a solar generator as your primary source of off-grid power. Unlike gas generators that require fuel, solar generators harness the power of the sun … which, as mentioned, shines everywhere.

Solar Incentive Programs for Homeowners in Ontario

Today you can be part of Ontario’s growing green energy movement by participating in one of the 3 programs:

MicroFIT/FIT, under which you can benefit from Ontario Government Incentives by installing solar panels, generating electricity, and selling it back to the grid for a guaranteed price;

Net Metering, which allows you to reduce your hydro bill by exporting generated electricity back to the utility grid for a credit against energy consumed;

Go Offgrid, and generate electricity for your own independent consumption. You would charge heavy duty batteries with your solar panels during the day, and run your critical loads in the house whenever it is required.

MicroFIT

If you are a homeowner, farmer or small business owner, you have the opportunity to develop a very small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on your property. Click on this video to see how it works: http://ontario-solar-installers.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/How-microFIT-solar-program-works1.mp4

Under the microFIT Program you will be paid a guaranteed price for all the electricity your solar array produces for at least 20 years. At the current 2016 Feed-In-Tariff rate of 29.4 cents per kWh, you can expect to make anywhere between $3500 to $4000 a year. With a $30’000 initial investment you are looking at 11%-12% rate of return, and 8-9 years payback period.

NetMetering

Net Metering is another type of renewable energy program in Ontario which allows customers reduce their hydro bill by exporting generated electricity back to the utility grid for a credit against energy consumed.

You are eligible to participate in the program as long as you are generating electricity primarily for your own use; using a renewable energy source (solar, wind, hydro, bio); limiting your solar system size to 500 kW; and conveying generated electricity to your consumption point without reliance on the utility’s distribution system.

Net Metering For Small Generators

How will it be calculated on your hydro bill?
The value of the amount of eligible electricity generated and returned into the Local Utility Company’s grid will be deducted from the value of the amount of electricity you consumed from the system. If the result is positive, you will receive an adjustment on your monthly (or bi-monthly) hydro bill. If the result is negative (meaning you’ve exported more energy than you’ve consumed), you will receive a credit which will be carried over into your next billing period. Important!!! Excess energy credits from previous billing cycles can be carried-over up to a maximum of 10 (ten) months.

OffGrid Solar System

If you are tired of paying your hydro company big bucks, you may wish to install an off grid system (or stand-alone) system. It is a type of solar photovoltaic system that operates autonomously, generates power, and supplies it to electrical loads independently of the local utility company. If you own a cottage or live in a remote area with no electric poles around, installing an offgrid system might also be the only way to bring power to your place.

OffGrid Solar System

Here are the main components of a typical OffGrid Solar panels system:

  • Solar panels array (strings of solar modules connected in series and/or in parallel)
  • PV charge controller (a device that regulates battery bank charge by controlling the charging voltage and/or current)
  • Battery bank (a set of batteries connected to each other to provide required voltage and capacity)
  • Inverter (a device that converts DC power coming from the solar array to AC power used in-house)
  • Loads (a piece(s) of equipment that consumes electricity)

If you are still unsure what type of system would work for you best, get in touch with your local solar panels installers by visiting www.ontario-solar-installers.ca website. You’d be able to find out how much solar panels cost, what’s required to submit an application, get permits and approvals, and receive free quotes for you solar panels installation.

Envision Solar Awarded 2016 Best Product of the Year in the Energy Industry Innovations Category from Golden Bridge Awards

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Envision Solar International, Inc., (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy, media and branding and EV charging product company, announced today that its EV ARC™ product was named Best Product of the Year in the 8th Annual Golden Bridge Awards in the Energy Industry Innovations category. The Awards Ceremony is taking place in San Francisco on September 12, 2016.

Sunflare Announces New Thin-Film Solar Capability

Sunflare Solar Panel Twist

Unique manufacturing process perfects CIGS, revolutionizes solar energy industry

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory declared in a recent report that due to tax credit extensions, the United States is projected to add 53 additional gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by the year 2020. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects solar to achieve the greatest increases, adding 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar in 2016. This sets the stage for Sunflare, a new and highly innovative entrant in the solar industry. Sunflare is the first company to successfully mass produce flexible, light, affordable CIGS solar panels. Sunflare has totally reengineered the manufacturing of CIGS panels with its Capture4 technology.

Introducing Sprint – Our 60 Cell Lightweight PV System

Sprint is a superior, high efficiency, lightweight PV solar panel with an integrated racking system, designed specifically for use on commercial rooftops. Sprint can be installed on many commercial roofs that can’t support the weight of conventional solar systems. The installation process for Sprint is up to five times faster than conventional solar panels. In addition, if any repairs need to be made to the roof, or the solar system needs to be moved for any other reason, the panels are easy to remove and reinstall.

For more info visit beamreachsolar.com