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Does Solar Make Sense For a Small Business?

Posted on June 10, 2021

More and more large corporations are announcing their move to solar, but does going solar make sense for a small business? If you’re a small business owner and curious about the benefits of solar energy, here are three keys to help you assess the viability for your business for a solar installation. 

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Are Jobs Available in the Solar Industry?

Posted on December 03, 2020

The fastest-growing job market in America

Solar jobs have been on a rapid rise over the last decade in the United States, with an increase of over 167 percent in that time period. Between 2018-2019, the solar workforce added more than 5,600 jobs nationwide, bringing the national total to just under 250,000 solar workers in America. In the past five years, solar employment has risen five times faster than overall job growth in the U.S. economy.

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The MoZaic East All Energy Solar installation project was a winner of the 2020 Solar Builder Editor’s Choice Award winners!

All Energy Solar install wins 2020 Solar Builder Editor’s Choice Award

Posted on November 22, 2020

After the Solar Builder readers cast their votes to choose our annual Project of the Year winners, Solar Builder’s editor picked his favorites among the Project of the Year field of nominees in a variety of categories from the Most Resilient to the Coolest Carport. One of the All Energy Solar install projects was a winner in the 2020 Solar Builder Editor’s Choice Awards!

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The Solar Industry at Work

Posted on November 20, 2020

We’ve known that the U.S. solar industry has been one of America’s premier job-creating machines. Last year alone, the sector added 5,600 jobs, bringing the total number of Americans working in solar to roughly 250,000. But what does the solar industry workforce look like?

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What Does It Take to Get a Job in Solar?

Posted on November 17, 2020

Location. Location. Location.

10 States (California, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada) make up more than half of the United States’ solar jobs. California leads all states with almost 75,000 of the nearly 250,000 solar industry jobs in the U.S. If you’re looking for a career in the solar industry and don’t live in one of those states, don’t worry because many other states are following closely behind. Georgia, Florida, Utah, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Indiana, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Illinois all saw double-digit job growth over the previous year—with Georgia leading the way with a whopping 29.8 percent job growth.

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The Hidden Benefits of Solar Jobs

Posted on November 10, 2020

Unlike other large-scale energy production sources, solar energy has minimal drawbacks and many significant benefits. However, there are several often-overlooked benefits that solar can provide.

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Solar power can feed grocery store high-energy use

Posted on November 07, 2020

Grocery stores are some of the biggest consumers of energy in the retail industry, making them prime candidates for investing in solar power. In addition to the typical heating, cooling and lighting of most buildings, grocery stores also have refrigerators, freezers and other types of cold cases that can take up between one-third and one-half of a supermarket’s footprint - and up to 80 percent of their energy costs. That’s not even taking into account larger supermarkets that might have bakeries, butchers, restaurants and other high energy specialty installations.

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Eagan-based Smart Data Solutions' 440 solar panels produce enough energy to power 59% of its 29,000-square-foot building.  The project went live this month.

Sustainable: Solar projects advance despite clean-job losses

Posted on July 08, 2020

Minnesota’s clean jobs economy has taken a considerable hit since investments by businesses and consumers began scaling back in March as COVID-19 started shutting down the state’s economy.

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Solar power continues growth

Posted on July 02, 2020

 

 

 

 

Thomas Rekstein no longer minds looking at the electric bill for his Great River Insurance business on North Riverfront Drive

"My

 electric bill used to be $4,500 annually, now it’s down to $1,200 a year."

Rekstein, who had 38 solar panels installed on the roof and awnings of his building, said the investment was well worth it.

"It’s been great. I’d recommend it to anyone."

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