Faces of GreenSpark NY: Meet Our Customer, Messner Carpet

  • October 2, 2017

We had the privilege to sit down with Ted Messner of Messner Carpet, one of our cutting-edge commercial solar clients, to talk renewable energy. Messner Carpet had a unique challenge when considering their install - they are located in a historical building in a preservation district. We were happy to help them navigate the challenge. Read along to see how their solar experience has been thus far. Q: Why should companies care about clean/solar energy? A: Energy is something almost all businesses cannot function without.  As we progress into the future with a majority of people’s energy being generated from a…

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Superhero at GreenSpark

  • July 31, 2017

GreenSpark Superhero: Linden Speranza Here at GreenSpark, we believe in superheroes. That's because we see many every day at work! Every once in a while we like to recognize the members of our family that go above and beyond to be team players. Our most recent Superhero is Linden Speranza! She has only been a GreenSpark employee for nine months, but she is constantly impressing us with her work ethic, her positive attitude, and her ability to lead difficult projects through regulation nightmares. Driving a project forward, on time and on budget, is tricky business. Balancing the needs of all…

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Faces of GreenSpark: Meet Mary

  • July 26, 2017

We're so proud of our "family" here at GreenSpark and we want to give you a chance to get to know who we are and the source of our pride. So, every couple of weeks we feature one of our colleagues in our Faces of GreenSpark blog series. This week, we chatted with Mary Nicholas, Manager of Community Organizing. She's a gem. See what she had to say. Q: Why should people care about clean/solar energy? A: "Going solar is one of the most empowering actions you can take as an individual to make a positive impact on the local…

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Faces of GreenSpark: Meet Luke

  • July 11, 2017

We're so proud of our team here and wanted to give you a chance to get to know who we are - the faces of GreenSpark. We had a chance to sit down with Luke Spencer, one of our Project Engineers, and it was an absolute pleasure. See what he had to say. Q: Why should people care about clean/solar energy? A: "I think people do care about clean, renewable energy and for a variety of reasons. Many people site the need for a cleaner, low-carbon power source as their main reason. Others appreciate how solar energy improves our local…

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Benefit Corporation in Action!

  • June 27, 2017

Did you know that GreenSpark is a certified Benefit Corporation, also known as a B Corp? This means we are committed to our triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit and dedicated to using our business as a force for good. One of the ways GreenSpark exercises business as a force for good is through one of our definitions of success - by giving back to our community. We donate shares of our Community Solar Program to non-profits, helping them reduce their operational costs. Our first two local beneficiaries are the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, a nonprofit…

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Rochester Residents See Huge Savings from Installed Solar Arrays

  • June 13, 2017

GreenSpark installed a 7.42kW roof mounted solar array for Elliot and Anna Vos at their home in the Highland Park Neighborhood of Rochester in 2015. The array covers just about 100% of their annual electric usage saving them nearly $1500 per year. Over the life of the system the Vos' will see over $34,000 in savings. The payback period was originally just about eight years, but through GreenSpark's referral Program, the Vos' have referred so many new customers that they will see the return on their investment much faster.  Vos Details Breakdown: 7.42kW roof mount Reduction in Electricity Usage -…

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Why the Webster Solar Challenge

  • June 8, 2017

Rochester was recently listed as #2 on Redfin’s list of top 10 U.S. cities in the Northeast region with the most untapped solar potential. So what does this mean for our City and for GreenSpark?  This means we have a huge opportunity in terms of job creation, sustainability, strengthening our local economy, and saving people money by powering our grid with clean, green, and local solar. GreenSpark went a step further to analyze the towns with the most untapped solar potential, and found that Webster homes frequently have ideal setups for rooftop solar, yet the financial benefits of solar were…

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A Letter From Our CEO

  • June 2, 2017

It took almost 15 minutes of my very first undergraduate class to know and understand that Climate Change is real.  At that moment, I engaged in a career to help build a clean energy future – a task that has kept me busy for the last 20 years and beyond.  The political decision to end US involvement in the Paris Climate Agreement is an assault that strikes upon an industry that has already survived a few.  This latest setback may have been lethal had it struck in 1997, when I joined a nascent clean energy industry of few dozen idealistic…

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Solar Safety for First Responders

  • May 11, 2017

You may have noticed a neighbor, friend, or family member with a shiny and energy efficient addition to their roof. As more and more solar photovoltaic systems are installed across our community, country, and the world, it’s important to be cognizant of the impact solar will have. One area in which we see a huge impact is on the first responders that help to protect our communities, which is why we’ve worked with a number of local organizations to put together a seminar to help first responders to understand how solar systems operate and function. As members of the Greater…

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A Brighter Future For Our Community

  • April 20, 2017

Our country was founded on the notion that our choices matter. As Americans, we have the right to choose where we live and how we live. Our ability to choose which businesses to support has become an empowering part of our democracy. In honor of the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, one of the best ways to take action is to learn how to choose green energy sources to power our lives. Solar options today, including Community Solar, exist for nearly anyone who has an electric bill. The ability to choose solar is vital to reducing carbon emissions, strengthening our…

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