Why The Best Time To Go Solar is NOW

Sunshine, Sustainability, and Savings Solar Energy is a great way to save on your electric bill year-round! GreenSpark encourages you to go green with this clean energy source any time of year, but a Spring install allows you to take advantage of the most sun hours possible in the year. In New York your solar array can overproduce during the months when we see more sun hours, meaning your solar array will produce more energy than your house needs at any given moment. This energy goes back out onto the grid and through accounting mechanisms you receive credits on your…

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3 Solar Energy Considerations for Commercial Tenants

Solar power projects are more flexible than ever, benefiting a wider variety of customers and industries.  Whether your business operates out of owned or leased commercial space, there are cost-effective solar energy opportunities available. 1) Does your business pay a utility bill? The account paying the utility bill has the ability to benefit from solar energy. If your business does not currently pay the electric bill, it is possible to work with your landlord and utility in order to switch the account. 2) Will your landlord allow solar panels on the property? Don’t worry, even if the answer is ‘no,’…

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Four Marketing Benefits of Corporate Sustainability

Don’t get left behind. Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Statements are now necessary for successful companies to attract and retain new business, especially when it comes to millennials. Here are just a few of the marketing benefits of implementing sustainable practices at your business. 1.) Consumers are loyal to those who are loyal to the Planet 88% of consumers will be more loyal to a company that supports social or environmental issues. Millennials are the most likely demographic to share their experiences with others and provide direct feedback to a company. That kind of loyalty has significant marketing benefits.  2.)…

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Removing Politics & Morality from the Climate Change Conversation

My dad has consistently reminded me to “talk nice” for my entire life. In his honor, I wrote this piece in an effort to help people to find a way to take the discussion on climate change as an opportunity to teach, learn, and talk nice. I have been frustrated watching the discussion being taken as an opportunity to question the politics or morality of someone who does not fully understand the opportunity that lies in front of us to combat climate change. -Kevin Schulte Removing Politics & Morality from the Climate Change Conversation I must admit that I have…

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GreenSpark Solar – Why We’re Not Striking.

Crazy Right? The largest solar energy developer in Western New York has decided not to walk out of our workplace during the Global Climate Strike. But, it isn’t because we don’t support the movement, it’s because every day we fight for the movement - we are dedicated to finding a solution to a global issue on a local level, and we don’t feel that walking out will lend to the end goal of the Climate Strike. We find ourselves at a crossroads - we know our house is on fire, we fight it every day, because every day is Earth…

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The Finances Powering Solar Energy

Ask any business or institution why they decided to go solar with GreenSpark, and the answer will involve strong financials. Businesses and institutions of all sizes, from Park Ave Pets to HARBEC Plastics to RIT to Rochester Regional Health have made the switch to solar. Here are a few reasons why: No Upfront Costs The solar industry has grown significantly in terms of the financing options available to Commercial customers. Thanks to industry-specific partners, GreenSpark can secure Commercial customers the most reliable financing options and interest rates possible. We offer options that include on-site and off-site projects with little to…

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Three Reasons Businesses Are Going Solar

Though they get talked about the most in the news these days, it’s not just big corporations--Google, Walmart, Apple, Intel, IKEA, and more--that are making the shift to solar. Western NY businesses, municipalities, and institutions like Rochester Regional Health, RIT, General Motors, Heritage Christian Services, the University of Rochester, and the Town of Williamson, among many others, have invested in local solar with GreenSpark. We’ve worked with companies and organizations of all sizes to help them find the right solar solution for their needs. In our 16+ years of experience, we’ve seen a number of reasons as to why local…

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Local Non-Profit Goes Solar

Rochester, NY - Heritage Christian Services (HCS), a non-profit offering supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Upstate NY, is going green with a 2.69 MW solar array in Parma, NY. This array will allow Heritage Christian to have a more responsible energy footprint and reinvest the savings back into its dedicated workforce. The solar project was developed and installed by Ontario, NY based GreenSpark Solar, a local B Corp serving the Greater Rochester Area, the Finger Lakes region, and Western NY for over 17 years. “Our workforce not only does a tremendous job supporting people,…

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How Does it Feel to Have A Local Business Powered by Solar Energy?

Ever wonder what it feels like to be the owner of a solar-powered business? Listen to Doug and Joan Allen of Long Acre Farms as they share what it’s like to have a local business powered by the sun! We installed a 72.8kW solar array at Long Acre Farms in the Spring of 2015. The ground mounted solar array is expected to cover over 100% of the farms’ electric load and pay for itself in just five years. The array will save the farm, which hosts a winery and ice cream shop, over $300,000 over the expected life of the system.…

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