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Smarter Solar Siting: Creativity, Empathy Are Part of a Winning Approach

Smarter Solar Siting: Creativity, Empathy Are Part of a Winning Approach

A University of Rhode Island researcher came out with a study in late September that caught my eye. It found that utility scale solar power installations caused housing values near the arrays to decline. The closer the proximity, the larger the decline. Site selection is a critical part of the solar solutions Solential provides to…

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Wabash Valley Power Alliance Makes It Easy for Co-ops to Be Green with Community Solar

Wabash Valley Power Alliance Makes It Easy for Co-ops to Be Green with Community Solar

Kermit the Frog used to lament that it “wasn’t easy being green” and up until recently, rural electric cooperatives (RECs) and their members were likely in agreement with the legendary muppet. With small residential solar arrays running upwards of $20,000, going green with renewable energy was financially out of reach for most rural residents, farms,…

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This Pollinator Habitat Expert Is Creating Buzz for Solential’s Solar Customers

This Pollinator Habitat Expert Is Creating Buzz for Solential’s Solar Customers

A little more than six years ago, Barney Johnson was a quarry manager, a role that included stripping land of its topsoil, sand, and gravel to get at the limestone underneath. Over the course of his 30-year career, he worked at nine different quarries. During his time with the Lincoln Quarry in Illinois, he took…

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Five Reasons to Consider Installing a Pollinator Habitat Under Your Solar Array

Five Reasons to Consider Installing a Pollinator Habitat Under Your Solar Array

Ground-mounted solar systems require ongoing maintenance and not just to the panels, racks and inverters. You also need to consider how the land around and under the arrays will be maintained. This is important for aesthetic, cost and ultimately the performance of the solar system itself. One of the hottest trends in commercial solar I’m…

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