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Q&A with Mark Falahee: Understanding Energy Use Is the First Step to Smart Energy Solutions

Q&A with Mark Falahee: Understanding Energy Use Is the First Step to Smart Energy Solutions

A curious mind on the Solential marketing team recently sat down with the new guy, Mark Falahee, director of business development, to pick his brain on these turbulent times in energy. One thing we learned is the dude is an optimist. He’s wired to turn problems into opportunities. To that end, there’s nothing he likes…

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Jim Shaw Has a Solution for Water Utilities Drowning in High Energy Costs: Microgrids

Jim Shaw Has a Solution for Water Utilities Drowning in High Energy Costs: Microgrids

Like the rest of America, the water and wastewater processing utilities are feeling the pain of rising energy costs. Unlike families, the industry can’t just dial back the thermostat to reduce monthly energy bills. Producing drinking water and processing wastewater requires energy and lots of it. There is no dialing back. And unlike most businesses,…

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Why On-Premise Solar Energy Generation Is the Solution to Painful Energy Costs + Demand Charges

Why On-Premise Solar Energy Generation Is the Solution to Painful Energy Costs + Demand Charges

As if water and wastewater treatment plant operators didn’t already have enough on their collective plates, the recent surge in energy prices and expected ongoing inflation is adding to the industry’s collective headaches. Add these new woes to an existing problem—energy demand charges—and the struggle to cover a plant’s energy costs and maintain rates to…

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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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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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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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City of Huntingburg Water Treatment Facility Tackles High Energy Costs with New Solar Array

City of Huntingburg Water Treatment Facility Tackles High Energy Costs with New Solar Array

Regardless of the size of a community, people depend on clean water. The truth is, clean water is taken for granted. Turn a faucet on, any faucet, and we expect—and get—clean water. Here’s the rub. Clean water isn’t cheap. Processing is costly as is regulatory compliance. And we, the water customers, are extremely cost sensitive….

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Solar Energy: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Solar Energy: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Have you ever searched for the perfect gift? The one thing your significant other will love and be forever grateful to you for? It’s tough, right? That’s because it’s hard to find a gift that will remain significant over time, that adds happiness on a daily basis, supports a healthier life, is affordable and maybe,…

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