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Solential in the Headlines with New Solar Array for the Jasper County Jail

Solential in the Headlines with New Solar Array for the Jasper County Jail

It’s not too often that correctional facilities join the renewable energy movement. But that’s exactly what happened on Monday, April 5, when the Jasper County Jail in Rensselaer, Indiana, celebrated their new 2,232-panel solar array capable of generating 50-100% of their energy needs. Solential designed and installed the solar array in concert with our partner,…

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Jasper County Jail to Celebrate New Solar Array with a Green Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony  Monday, April 5

Jasper County Jail to Celebrate New Solar Array with a Green Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Monday, April 5

RENSSELAER, Indiana (April 1, 2021) – Jasper County Jail Commander Justin Burkhart appreciates a comfortable jail. For years, this rural Indiana correctional facility struggled to keep deputies, staff, and inmates warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and pay energy bills that soared to more than $25,000 a month. “It got so cold we…

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The Best Energy and Indoor Air Quality Strategies Start with an Audit

The Best Energy and Indoor Air Quality Strategies Start with an Audit

With the extreme winter weather we’ve all experienced this winter, it’s hard not to think about energy. When temperatures go down, energy bills typically go up as we try to heat our workplaces, schools and homes. That can be financially stressful, especially at this time when we’re all trying to recover from the pandemic and…

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Indiana Moves to Establish Consistent Approach to Renewable Energy Development

Indiana Moves to Establish Consistent Approach to Renewable Energy Development

I caught a headline that said Indiana’s General Assembly is advancing a bill, H.B.131, that would establish standardized renewable energy development regulations across the state. The House has passed the bill in mid-February and it’s now moved to the Senate. If the bill , sponsored by State Representative Ed Soliday, a Republican from Valparaiso, is…

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What Is a Sustainable Energy Strategy and Who Benefits

What Is a Sustainable Energy Strategy and Who Benefits

In late January, the leaders of the largest multinational companies in the world  gathered in Davos, Switzerland and online for the 2021 World Economic Forum, a meeting aptly called “The Great Reset.” They weren’t there to ski. They were there to discuss the need for businesses to step up their sustainable energy  (plus other) initiatives…

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Three Misconceptions About Commercial Solar

Three Misconceptions About Commercial Solar

Scanning the headlines today I saw some great news: a solar developer in New Jersey just won approval for its first 50MW project in the state and has plans for five more solar installs for a total investment of $1 billion. Holy cow! That’s a lot of generating muscle not to mention a significant influx…

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Need One Reason to Go Solar Now? The Solar Investment Tax Credit

Need One Reason to Go Solar Now? The Solar Investment Tax Credit

In case you missed it, right at the end of 2020, the U.S. Congress gave a significant gift to every commercial entity considering solar: they passed a multi-year extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC). And in that one move, gave many businesses, farms, manufacturing plants, distribution centers, rural electric cooperatives, and others one…

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When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Solential’s Remote Solar Monitoring System Is Delightful

When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Solential’s Remote Solar Monitoring System Is Delightful

I wish I could say that Midwest winters are enjoyable. You know what I mean: balmy temps, perfect sunshine and just enough rain to keep things green. Sadly, this is not Florida, nor is it the Bahamas or Hawaii for that matter. Midwest winters are cold, wet, icy, gray, and downright miserable. Perfect for staying…

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Solential’s Top 5 Commercial Solar Predictions for 2021

Solential’s Top 5 Commercial Solar Predictions for 2021

Looking back over 2020, I’m kind of in awe. First, who could have predicted that a global pandemic would literally rock our world and bring so many changes to the way we live and work. If you had told me back in January that I’d be working out of my home with my pup Zoey…

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