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The REC maintains PA's original Renewable Energy Online Business Directory with listings from more than 100 companies. Use the resources on this page to help you find an installer. Before beginning, consider these tips to save you time and money:
Calculate your energy usage in the three energy areas: heating, electricity, and transportation. Chart it on paper. Involve staff members or members of your family. How much does your business or your home spend monthly and annually on space heating, electricity and fuel for your vehicles? How much do you spend per kilowatt-hour, gallon, and mcf (natural gas)? Which energy do you spend the most on? The least?
Don’t forget the simple steps you can do now. We know they are not as exciting as solar panels or making your own fuel. We know insulation isn't nearly as easy to brag about as a geothermal heat pump. . .but it is the place to start without a doubt. The Department of Energy claims you can knock 20% off your usage with simple no cost/low cost solutions. See the "energy efficiency" tab for installers.
After you know your own energy usage and expenses and have reduced your demand, you must first know what you are wanting to accomplish. What is your end goal? Are you looking to heat your building, produce electricity, or fuel your vehicle? See our user tabs to help you decide.
If you are planning to generate your own electricity with solar panels or a wind or small hydro turbine, will you be using a battery-less grid-tied system, grid-tied with battery-back-up, or an off-grid system? Most common is the battery-less grid-tied system. When selecting to connect to the grid, you will have to notify your utility, because any electricity you generate impacts the grid. We recommend contacting your utility very early in the process and building a good relationship with them. Go to Homepower Magazine to learn more.
Depending on the type, size, and location of your project, you will probably need to seek approval before beginning. Be sure to check with your local municipality to see if there are any regulations regarding your technology. You may also need to contact other organizations, such as state and federal government agencies to ensure all proper approvals are met.
Now that you know what energy you will be using, you need to think about what you’ll be asked and be prepared to have an answer. We recommend you learn the basics of each technology before calling. Renewable energy systems are significant investments, somewhere between buying a car and buying a house. Take your time to shop around, compare suppliers and find the one you feel comfortable with. For information regarding the financing of your project, see our financing page.
What is your energy usage and how much are you paying?What are your goals? (cost savings, environmental, helping to get the country off of foreign energy sources, etc.)Do you want a grid-tied system, grid-tied with battery-back up or an off-grid system?Where and how are you considering using the system or energy source?Do you plan on installing it yourself, helping to install it or paying an installer to do all the work?Do you plan on maintaining it or paying someone else to maintain it?
Typically renewable energy systems installers conduct a site visit which can cost $50 - $300 or more so first you should askWhat is included in a site assessment and what do you charge?Do you perform an energy use assessment?How does the system work and how will it supply my building, home, vehicle with energy? Make sure you understand this very clearly and ask them to repeat anything you don’t understand.How much energy might the system generate/produce?Is there a performance guarantee?What is a typical system cost?What financial incentives exist to help pay for it?Have you worked with any lenders that have experience with renewable energy systems?What can I expect in terms of payback (when you’ll make your money back)?What do I need to know in terms of building and electrical permitting? Zoning? Who is responsible for obtaining the proper permits and approvals?How long will the system last? How do you know that for sure?Do you provide a maintenance or service warranty for the first year? Can I purchase an extended warranty? What can I expect if maintenance is needed? Is regular maintenance needed? How often and what type?How long have you been in business? What certifications do you have? How many installations have you done? Do you have references I can contact? Pictures of previous installations? Installations I can visit?When could the installation take place? From start to finish, including permitting and utility approvals, how long might the installation take? What can I expect from the installation itself in terms of disruptions to the building/site? Describe the installation process.Do you work with my electrical utility to complete the grid interconnection?Are there interconnection costs I should be aware of?Have you worked with my utility before? What utilities have you worked with?
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Biodiesel is a clean-burning fuel produced from vegetable oils and animal fats through a chemical reaction and meeting ASTM D 6751 standards, which ensure that all biodiesel behaves in the same way.Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with oil or diesel. Biodiesel is different than ethanol and is also different from running an engine or boiler on vegetable oil.Common biodiesel myths: 1. "Biodiesel is cheaper than conventional diesel and/or gasoline"--unless you make your own, in most cases it isn't any cheaper but it does help us diversify our fuel system and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels2. "100% biodiesel can be used year-round"--in most cases this is not true and if the temperature drops below 32 degrees biodiesel can gel and create problems. Blends of no more than 20% are recommended during days when the temperature is below 32 degrees.USES OF BIODIESELIt can be used in home heating oil systems safely with no modifications to the fuel tanks, pumps or burners in concentrations up to 5% biodiesel. For fuel blends between 6% and 20%, minor changes (including a pump with proper seals) may be required. Up to 100% biodiesel can be used in any diesel-burning vehicle with no modifications. In fact, the high lubricity of biodiesel lubricates your diesel engine and prolongs its life.You can buy the biodiesel from one of the providers listed in this directory, or you can make your own out of fresh or used vegetable oil.Warning: making your own biodiesel involves the use of dangerous chemicals and we highly recommend that you research the dangers and protect yourself--as well as dispose of the chemicals in a responsible way by contacting your solid waste authority.
Jay Clark, VP of Sales420 Oak St.Lemoyne, PA 17043-0170(717) 763-0286(717) 439-6495(717) 763-1066 (fax)
Aubrey Bauman, Sales & Marketing Administrator1862 Charter Lane, Suite 101Lancaster, PA 17601717-665-1402FAX: 717-665-1403
George Whiting, President153 Washington St.East Walpole, MA 02032(877)-email@example.com
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Tech Check: Wind Power
A wind generator’s rotating blades convert the wind’s kinetic energy into the rotational movement of a shaft. The rotating shaft turns an alternator, much like the one in your car, which makes electricity. This electricity is transmitted through wiring down the tower to its end use.The most common wind turbines are horizontal axis tubines and feature three blades. Vertical axis turbines (often shaped like a double-helix) hold a lot of promise and are coming to the market but generally their performance has yet to be proven and they are typically more expensive.Generally speaking, you need at least a 1/2 acre of open land where you can mount the turbine on a tower (though this depends on local zoning and regulations), and your annual average wind speed should be at least 10 - 12 miles per hour. We have several resources for you to more fully understand your wind resource: the County Wind Maps for Pennsylvania and our Community Wind Project which provides wind assessment services for mid-sized projects. You can also ask the small wind professional you contact for more information on the wind resource at your site.In Pennsylvania, wind resource is strongly related to elevation, so the higher you are in elevation the better the wind resource. Generally properties with 1,500 - 2,000+ of elevation are best suited for wind energy. You can put a wind turbine just about anywhere and it will generate electricity. . .the question is how much and if the result satisfies your financial goals and other desired results.When considering wind power, keep in mind that the tower needs to extend the turbine at least 30 feet above nearby obstructions such as trees, buildings or hills. These create turbulence in the air causing the wind turbine to work very inefficiently. The general rule is "the higher the better" and we recommend using at least a 60+ foot tower and 100 - 110 feet is even better.Typical installed costs can range from $15,000 - $20,000 for a 1.8 kilowatt turbine (approximately enough electricity for 1/2 - 1 average U.S. home) to $50,000 - $60,000 for a 10 kilowatt turbine (enough for 3 - 4 average U.S. homes).See what different kinds of turbines are out there with this list of small wind turbine manufacturers.
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Disclaimer: The Center does not make any specific recommendations nor does it endorse any particular business. The Center is also not responsible in any way for any work completed by these businesses. We have created the Directory and continue to update and maintain it as a place for customers and suppliers to meet. Let us know what you think and help us make it grow.
The Renewable Energy Center's Pennsylvania Renewable Energy Directory is meant as a tool to facilitate business between those wanting to install renewable energy systems and those offering the services to complete this type of work. A listing in the Directory does not imply an endorsement by the the Center or Saint Francis University. Thank you for your interest and support of this project. Business Name: Business Website: Contact Person/Title: Email Address 1: Email Address 2: Address Line 1: Address Line 2: City, State, Zip: Phone 1: Phone 2: Fax: Company Overview:
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