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The Reason Water and Wastewater Industries Are Turning to Microgrids? Resilience

The Reason Water and Wastewater Industries Are Turning to Microgrids? Resilience

Texas has always been a proud, resilient state but last February’s historic winter storm brought the Lone Star State to its knees in more ways than one. While the electrical power outages were in the headlines, another piece of the state’s critical infrastructure was in disaster mode: its water and wastewater treatment facilities. Due to…

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Six Reasons Why Solar Power Belongs in Your Community

Six Reasons Why Solar Power Belongs in Your Community

This week, Solential’s hometown of Carmel, Indiana, is hosting the International Making Cities Livable Conference . Hundreds of guests from around the will be touring Carmel to experience all of the innovative things city leaders have done to make Carmel among the most attractive places in which to live and do business. Solential is especially…

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How to Add Solar to Your Wastewater Plant in 10 Easy Steps

How to Add Solar to Your Wastewater Plant in 10 Easy Steps

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) designating funds for upgrading twater treatment and wastewater plant infrastructure, there’s been growing interest in adding solar to these critical facilities. There’s a simple reason for that: moving to solar power has the potential to reduce a plant’s annual energy costs by 50% or more. Learn more about…

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Solential’s Hometown of Carmel, IN to Host International Making Cities Livable Conference In June – We’ll Be There!

Solential’s Hometown of Carmel, IN to Host International Making Cities Livable Conference In June – We’ll Be There!

The last 18 months have made it extremely clear have important it is to have safe, livable cities. I’m fortunate Solential Energy is headquartered in the City of Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. Carmel city officials and leaders have very thoughtfully planned and created a model community that welcomes businesses and residents. Why do…

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How Should Indiana Spend Its $1.28B in American Rescue Plan Dollars? Here’s a Suggestion: Power Wastewater Plants with Solar.

How Should Indiana Spend Its $1.28B in American Rescue Plan Dollars? Here’s a Suggestion: Power Wastewater Plants with Solar.

When I wrote about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 two weeks ago, I felt like we’d all just hit the lottery. Think about it: there is now $350 billion available to help states, counties, and cities recover from the pandemic. The one big question is: How are we going to spend these…

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Solar Pollinator Habitats Part 1: Protecting the Biodiversity of Native Species

Solar Pollinator Habitats Part 1: Protecting the Biodiversity of Native Species

It’s spring planting season here in the Midwest and if you get out of the cities and off the interstates, don’t be surprised if you run into some extremely large tractors. When I first moved to Indiana from Virginia, I was pretty much in awe of those machines. And right now, they’re everywhere as farmers…

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: What It Means to Indiana Cities and Counties

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: What It Means to Indiana Cities and Counties

Here’s some good news for Indiana and other states hard hit by the global pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act, also known as the COVID-19 Stimulus Package, has made $350 billion available to help states, counties, cities, and tribal governments recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s part of an overall $1.9 trillion in mandatory funding,…

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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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