You might have seen Icon Solar’s co-owner Zach Wieber in CityBeat’s City Living, talking about solar power. Stephen Novotni writes in “Solar power offers an efficient alternative to the grid” about the benefits and misconceptions of solar power, interviewing experts on solar. One was Zach, and the other was architect and interior designer Krista Atkins Nutter.
“What we’re doing is just reallocating money that you are already spending. It’s not a cost,” Zach assures in the article. “What you’re doing is taking money that you’re already spending with [your utility company] and spending it somewhere else. How much is what you’re doing now going to cost you? You’re paying your electric bill because you’ve never had a choice.”
Solar power is giving power to the people!
Tesla, Inc. began development of their Powerwall in 2012, and started production of their first generation version in 2015. Since then, they have developed the Powerwall 2, with increased capacity, and an option for a built-in inverter. The batteries are made of lithium ion, and are designed to “provide energy storage for solar self-consumption, load shifting and backup power” – Tesla. The first generation was rated at 6.4 kWh, with a 3.3 kW peak and continuous power output, while the Powerwall 2 is rated at 13.5 kWh with a peak power of 7kW, and a continuous power output of 5kW. The cost of the Powerwall 2 is listed at $6,200 on Tesla’s web site (includes battery and supporting hardware). The web site also estimates installation costs ranging from $800 to $2,000 (plus tax and permit fees). Tesla also produces the Powerpack, a battery for commercial applications; the Powerpack 2 has a capacity of 200 kWh.
CINCINNATI (November 24, 2015) – Icon Solar recently partnered with Cryogenic Equipment & Services’ (CES) North American headquarters on a significant solar panel installation project. The project began in September 2015 and took about six weeks to secure the electrical and building permits. The complete panel installation took about 10 days. The total system features 474 solar panels that will produce over 155,000 Kwh of energy annually, and covers the entire south side of the facility’s roof.
Sun Station: Solar Energy Powers New Research Facility at UC Field Station
The Court Archaeological Research Facility is the first UC building to rely on solar energy for its power.
Date: 7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Allison Stigler
Phone: (513) 556-8577
Tucked into Shaker farmland and surrounded by forests, the University of Cincinnati’s recently-opened Court Archaeological Research Facility (CARF) at the Cincinnati Center for Field Studies provides students hands-on field experience steps away from prehistoric artifacts. In doing so, the building also uses the latest technology to minimize its impact on the environment.
Maupin gets surprise payback for longtime care of troops
UNION TWP.— If Keith Maupin didn’t know how much the community appreciates what he’s done for U.S. troops, he found out Wednesday morning.
Dozens of people descended on his Clermont County home and surprised him with plans to begin – immediately – a major makeover of his house and garage using donated material and labor.
Orcutt Financial partners with Icon Solar Power to go green
By Kellie Geist-May
MIAMI TWP. Although it’s not something you can see driving by, Orcutt & Company has made some serious upgrades. The Miami Township accounting company partnered with Icon Solar Power, also of Miami Township, to install 91 solar panels on the roof.
We were working with Icon about a year and a half ago as they were trying to understand the tax ramifications of buying solar equipment. As I started looking into it, I started to realize the benefits,” said Greg Orcutt, owner of Orcutt Financial. “We now have 91 panels on the roof and the projection is that it will provide about 60 percent of our electric on average.