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Droughts in the Northeastern United States?

10 months ago · 3 minute read

Given the recent impacts to our area from Hurricane Ida, it may seem like an odd time to talk about droughts. But as an old television public service announcement once stated, “no one ever thinks there is a drought – until there is one.” In the western United States, the wildfires dominating much of the […]

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Case Study: Community College of Allegheny County

11 months ago · < 1 minute read

The Community College of Allegheny County’s North Campus in McCandless, Penn. looked into ways of lowering its electricity costs and reducing its carbon footprint. Learn how the BAI Group will help them achieve this through a new solar installation project. Click here to view the full case study.

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The Landowner’s Inside Guide to Solar Projects, Part 1

11 months ago · 3 minute read

If you’re a landowner or farmer, you may have recently received a mailer from a solar energy company offering to build a solar farm on your property. You might be wondering if the offer is real, and if so, how much money you might be able to make. In this installment of our two-part blog […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Community Solar

12 months ago · 3 minute read

1. What is Community Solar? As defined by the U.S. Department of Energy, community solar, also known as shared solar or solar gardens,[1] is any solar project or purchasing program, within a geographic area, that shares the benefits of the project among a range of consumers, including individuals, businesses, non-profits, and other groups.[2] Community solar […]

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Legislating to Promote Pennsylvania Solar Power

1 year ago · 3 minute read

While some states generate five percent or more of their electricity from solar, Pennsylvania gets less than one percent. Yet almost 33 percent of the state’s greenhouse gases are created from generating electricity.* To reduce Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions, the state’s General Assembly is reviewing legislation it hopes will promote renewable energy innovations. There are […]

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Phase I ESA’s: Are Revisions Coming to the ASTM Standard?

1 year ago · 3 minute read

Investing in Commercial and Industrial Property A Phase I ESA can help you determine who is potentially liable for environmental contamination found on a property. This protects you from liability by satisfying the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) innocent landowner defense under All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI). Without a pre-purchase […]

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How to Write and Run an Effective Solar Request for Proposal: Part 4

1 year ago · 3 minute read

In this blog series, we review the steps needed to write and run an effective request for proposal (RFP) for a solar power installation. In the first three parts, we defined an RFP, the RFP process, roles and responsibilities, ways to create an effective RFP document, and methods to evaluate proposals. In this final installment, […]

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How to Write and Run an Effective Solar Request for Proposal: Part 3

1 year ago · 2 minute read

In this blog series, we review the steps needed to write and run an effective request for proposal (RFP) for a solar power installation. In the first two parts, we defined an RFP, the RFP process, roles and responsibilities, how to gather RFP requirements, and the components needed to create an effective RFP document. In […]

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How to Write And Run an Effective Solar Request For Proposal: Part 2

1 year ago · 3 minute read

In this three-part blog series, we review the steps needed to write and run an effective request for proposal (RFP) for a solar power installation. In the first part, we defined an RFP, the RFP process, and the roles and responsibilities needed to manage the RFP. In part two, we will review how to gather […]

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Microplastics in Pennsylvania’s Waterways

1 year ago · 3 minute read

Since synthetic plastic was first invented in the early 1900s, annual global plastic production has increased from 1.5 million metric tons in 1950 to 359 billion metric tons in 2018.[1] Correspondingly, there has been an increase in plastic waste that sometimes ends up in waterways, oceans and in drinking water supplies. What Are Microplastics? Instead […]

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