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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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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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