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How Floatovoltaics Can Optimize Your Wastewater Lagoons + Cut Energy Costs

How Floatovoltaics Can Optimize Your Wastewater Lagoons + Cut Energy Costs

If you’re a wastewater operator or county commissioner, you know you’re facing some headwinds. Your energy prices are about to go through the roof if they aren’t already. You’d like to tap into renewable energy but don’t have the footprint for a big ground-mounted solar array. And you’re worrying rates for customers will have to…

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Can Microgrids Make Water and Wastewater  Treatment Plants More Resilient?

Can Microgrids Make Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants More Resilient?

Natural weather events like Hurricane Ida, last winter’s arctic freeze in Texas, and Midwestern tornadoes can cripple America’s water and wastewater treatment facilities’ ability to deliver essential services to customers in an affordable manner. Municipalities and operators are looking for solutions that will strengthen their resiliency and keep their operations running smoothly and affordably for…

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Floatovoltaics: the Hottest Solar Solution for Midwest Water Treatment Facilities

Floatovoltaics: the Hottest Solar Solution for Midwest Water Treatment Facilities

One of the most exciting things in the solar industry is the rise of innovative solutions that continue to make solar power the preferred renewable energy of choice for commercial and governmental applications. Our favorite “hot” technology is “floatovoltaics” and if Solential gets our way, we’ll be among the first if not the first commercial…

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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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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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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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A Solential Thanksgiving:  Gratitude from Our Team

A Solential Thanksgiving: Gratitude from Our Team

I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: 2020 has been a stressful, challenging, crazy kind of year. From the moment we went into a lock down last March, life has been one big roller coaster. But you know something? We’re surviving. We’ve learned to cope and continue our lives knowing there’s light…

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U.S. Energy Information Administration’s October Report Tells Us Renewables, Solar Will Continue to Rise

U.S. Energy Information Administration’s October Report Tells Us Renewables, Solar Will Continue to Rise

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its monthly report on October 6 and not surprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll. Electricity consumption in 2020 is predicted to the 2.2% less than last year. One area where electricity consumption is expected to rise is in Americans’ homes. I guess that’s to be expected…

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