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Can a 100-year Flood Happen Every Year?

3 weeks ago · 3 minute read

“When you have two 500-year floods within two years of each other, it’s pretty clear it’s not a 500-year flood.”   – Roy Cooper, North Carolina Governor The idea of back-to-back 100-year floods sounds strange to most people. A 100-year flood should only happen every 100 years, right? Not quite. The confusion comes from the […]

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9 Questions Your Prospective Solar Provider Should Ask You

2 months ago · 3 minute read

There are lots of blogs on the Web that list questions you should ask solar vendors, but not many about the questions they might ask you. When evaluating potential solar companies, you can gain a lot of insight into their experience and expertise by paying close attention to the questions they ask you. This blog […]

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SRBC Water Withdrawal Applications – UPDATE

3 months ago · 3 minute read

Recent enhancements to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s Consumptive Use Mitigation Policy may impact water usage for commercial users in central Pennsylvania. In its Resolution No. 2020-02, the Commission provides flexibility for facilities paying its water usage fee by enhancing the water-use mitigation practices in Consumptive Use Mitigation Policy 2020-01, which specifies consumptive use from […]

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5 Things You Should Consider Before Signing a Solar Contract

3 months ago · 3 minute read

Before signing any contract, it’s a good idea to be aware of things like jargon, acronyms, common practices, and assumptions. If you’re considering signing a solar contract, which may require a 15- to 20-year commitment, it’s important to be prepared. In this blog, we review some common features of a solar contract. By understanding these, […]

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How Much Will You Save?

4 months ago · 2 minute read

Calculating the Avoided Cost of a Solar Project An important factor in determining the viability of a solar project is the potential saving in electricity, the “avoided cost.” By generating your own electricity with solar, your utility avoids the cost of having to generate that electricity, which reduces your electricity bill. Using an electric bill […]

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Groundwater and the COVID-19 Virus

4 months ago · 2 minute read

As society continues to grapple with the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts continue to strongly recommend that we practice social distancing, wash our hands carefully, and wear masks in public.  In addition, their guidance regarding tap water and groundwater is unchanged as far as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is concerned. According […]

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Solar FAQs For Commercial and Industrial Organizations

4 months ago · 3 minute read

Solar panels are increasingly popular. Businesses and non-profits of all sizes are discussing the merits of on-site solar projects. In this post, we cover a few of the most common questions and concerns regarding solar panel that organizations consider. How will solar benefit my company? Often, the first question organizations ask, when considering a solar-energy […]

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NPDES Permitting and Earth Disturbance Activities: What You Need to Know About PAG-02

5 months ago · 3 minute read

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reissued the PAG-02 General Permit effective December 8, 2019. As some of you may know already, construction activities with earth disturbances greater than or equal to one acre require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage. PAG-02 NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities […]

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Selecting the Right Location for Your Solar Installation

5 months ago · 3 minute read

Because solar panels convert sunlight into electricity, their location is important to ensure they’re working as efficiently as possible. There are a few factors to consider when locating a solar panel installation, so that you generate as much electricity as possible. Direction and Tilt of Solar Panels The best direction, or azimuth, to face solar […]

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How To Complete A Solar Feasibility Study For Your Organization

5 months ago · 4 minute read

As popular as solar energy is today, the process for determining whether a solar project is a sensible investment can be a black box that many facilities’ managers and chief financial officers would prefer to avoid. In this blog post, we will equip you with basic tools to complete your own internal solar feasibility analysis […]

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