Monday, March 26, 2012

Innovative energy strategies turning into reality

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Restaurants have new solutions

Restaurant solution combines mobile apps with print and video
Restaurants have powerful tools to get patrons in the door

The release of their new software makes it possible to avoid spammy applications, shotgun approach print or media advertising.  By combining the power of one to one data collection from social media outlets and sms messaging systems that collect users emails and phone numbers, patrons of bars and restaurants can connect together like never before.  If you want to follow a local band, author or order a cup of joe or just tell friends about a cool place to have a beer or cup of coffee.  The mobile pro apps that restaurants, bars and cafes can easily implement make it possible with the intelligent use of data.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mercury Solar In the News

Solar energy news: A look back to last week [Clean Energy Authority]
(Tue Feb 28 00:00:00 EST 2012)
President's Day was last week, making it a short work week for most, but that really didn't seem to slow down the world of solar. Many companies announced new deals, some for projects and some with mergers starting to occur. It shows that even without some of the governmental support solar had in recent years, its still not ready to slow down. Mid-American Energy Holdings issued what may be the first bonds to support a utility-scale project when it issued $850 million in bonds to support its Topaz Solar Farm. Bonds for the 550 megawatt project were well-received. Requests for the BBB+-rated bonds were exceeded the amount of bonds offered. It could be a sign that more projects could issue such bonds in the future. In Vermont the potential merger of two power companies, Central Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain Power could mean more solar. If the merger is successful, Central Vermont customers could see a $21 million investment in solar, renewable energy and energy efficiency inv...
  • Mercury Solar Systems Completes 3.6MW Solar Project in Manalapan, New Jersey One of the State's Largest Ground-Mounted, Grid-Interconnected Solar Systems [Electric Energy Online]
    (Tue Feb 14 00:00:00 EST 2012)
    Mays Landing, NJ, February 13, 2012 - Mercury Solar Systems , one of the leading solar integrators on the East Coast, announced the completion of a 3.6MW system in Manalapan, one of the largest ground-mounted, grid-interconnected solar systems in New Jersey. The Company worked with NJR Clean Energy Ventures, the owner of the system, and Spano Partners Holdings, the land and project developer, on the $17.2 million solar project. "This ...
  • Dini Appointed Interim VP of Institutional Advancement [Website News]
    (Fri Jan 20 00:00:00 EST 2012)
  • Dini Appointed Interim VP of Institutional Advancement [Website News]
    (Thu Jan 19 00:00:00 EST 2012)
  • SunRun to bring solar service offering to New York state []
    (Mon Nov 07 00:00:00 EST 2011)
    On November 2nd, 2011 SunRun Inc. (San Francisco, California, U.S.) announced that it has partnered with Mercury Solar Systems (Port Chester, New York, U.S.) and OnForce Solar Inc. (Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.) to bring its residential solar power service offering to the U.S. state of New York. Through the partnership, SunRun will own and maintain the PV systems on the roofs of residential customers, and Mercury Solar Systems and OnForce will provide installation services.
  • SunRun Partners With Mercury Solar Systems [Solar Industry ]
    (Thu Nov 03 00:00:00 EDT 2011)
    Solar integrator Mercury Solar Systems says it has been selected by solar leasing provider SunRun to provide installations in New York. As a solar energy [...]
  • Mercury Solar Systems Expands Commercial and Residential Solar Business to Massachusetts [Website Front Page]
    (Fri Oct 21 00:00:00 EDT 2011)
  • Mercury Solar Systems Expands Commercial and Residential Solar Business to Massachusetts [Website Front Page]
    (Thu Oct 20 00:00:00 EDT 2011)
  • Mercury Solar Systems to Invest $9 Million in Massachusetts, Creating 40 New Jobs [Benzinga]
    (Tue Oct 18 00:00:00 EDT 2011)
    The New York-based solar energy installer is coming to a town just 11 miles west of Boston. Mercury Solar Systems, which describes itself as one of the leading solar integrators on the East Coast, is planning to open new operations in Waltham, MA. "Massachusetts has embraced solar energy over the past few years and we felt the strength of the Commonwealth Solar Program and thriving SREC market made this an optimal time to bring our industry expertise to the local marketplace," Frank Alfano, Chief Executive Officer of Mercury Solar Systems, said in a press release. "We have established and launched our full service offering in numerous states and believe our success is driven by our ability to offer our customers a high-quality solution at the most affordable price." Over the past several years, ...
  • Mercury Solar Systems Expands Commercial and Residential Solar Business to Massachusetts [EIN News]
    (Fri Oct 14 00:00:00 EDT 2011)
    ... its commercial and utility scale solar panels business over the past several years. The Company ... Systems and SunRun also work together in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "To provide more American families with a ...
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    solar city's video

    Sun Run leases the panels and funds all the installation work and maintenance and works with Standard Solar, Inc. and Greenspring Energy, Inc. in Maryland as the installers.  I think the average system installation for a home runs around $28k and works out to about $227/mo over 30 yrs and you probably eliminate your power bill, but I'm not sure about in the summer when the Central AC is running full time, and my normal PEPCO bill is around $300/mo during the summer months.
    I'm also not sure which companies provide the best value.  I see that Sun Run (link provided here) solar installation in Maryland has gotten a lot of attention.
    But I am also hearing about Solar City with their radio spots everywhere which claim to really make it even more affordable and they seem to be the industry leader in the US.  I've also heard about Mercury Solar which is a NY based company doing good work up in MA where my old boss my old employer now works.

    I do know about the utility companies and their subsidiary companies or affiliates like Washington Gas Energy Services which has installed a solar system for Purdue Farms using Standard Solar, Inc. to do the installation, but there seems that there are a lot of choices out there in addion to the utility company offerings.
    Here's the video from Purdue:

    Washington Gas Energy Services offeres Renewable Energy Credits that can be purchased through the utility provider bill as a flat kwh additional rate of about another penny and a half over the standard offered service rate.  When you break down a typical utility bill for electricity it seems to come down to suppliers with transmission and taxes bundled in to cost around $0.11 to $0.13 per Kilowatt Hour ussed and seems to be the same with all of them (give or take a few cents depending on the utility provider).  There are a myriad of wholesale energy suppliers that generate at the wholesale level from TX for example and transmit up to wherever and even offer to provide some kind of Renewable Energy Credit to get you under contract for a fixed term, but there is really not anyone offering any stand alone energy choices that seem to be cost effective alternatives.  I am on a quest to research and publish the choices I come across before I shell out of pocket on installation of a solar project, or enter into any long term contracts with wholesale suppliers.