Green Home Tour Oct. 1, 2011

October 2nd, 2011

The 2011 Heliotropic Technologies HQ Green Home Tour Write-up. 

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Green Home Open House – Sat. Oct.1st from 10-4

September 28th, 2011

36′ x 15′ site-built Solar Heating system to replace LPG-fueled heating for paint ventilation air

September 28th, 2011

Our proposed 36′ x 15′ site-built solar hot air collector, at a Maine manufacturing firm should reduce propane consumption expenses by over $5,000/year. The cashflow from this commercial project only requires financing with an $11K loan over a 5 year term, for the $36K project cost, and as soon as it’s built, the project becomes cashflow positive, generating >$200K in fuel savings over its projected life.

Stimulus – 100% Depreciation Tax credit

July 21st, 2011

20 kW Pv with 100% Depreciation example 

Heliotropic Technologies would like to inform business property owners that (right now!) there are exceptional federal  incentives and tax credits available for commercial properties that install solar or wind systems.  These financial incentives combined with Maine’s Net metering policy (the electric energy produced  by the renewable systems during 12 months is credited at ‘retail value’ and  goes toward reducing the location’s 12-month electric bill) creates synergy and an opportunity to own sizable solar electric systems with a small investment, that could create positive cashflows (from reduced energy expenses) before the end of year 2, and thereafter.

 In December 2010, the IRS’s provision for bonus depreciation for solar and wind energy systems was amended by The Tax
Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010  (H.R. 4853)
. Under these amendments, eligible property (solar and other renewable energy systems) placed in service after September 8, 2010 and before January 1, 2012 qualifies for 100% first-year bonus depreciation. For 2012, bonus depreciation will still available, but the allowable 1st-year deduction reverts from 100% to 50% of the eligible basis and the remainder is expensed with a 5-year accelerated depreciation treatment.

 The long & short of this act is that with the 1-year special depreciation tax treatment (stimulus) established for this year (until December 31, 2011), along with lower solar system’s installed costs, makes installing solar systems on your farm rooftops much more financially attractive than it ever has been.  During the last few years PV equipment costs have dropped considerably, and this along with the special tax treatment, and a 1% small business loan (up to $35,000), makes the financials look much better. This means that businesses that install solar systems this year not only receive the 30% federal tax credit or grant, and up to a $2000 state incentive, but they can fully depreciate their solar system’s cost, thus lowering the net installed cost to about ~ 1/3 of the full cost, which will create a very excellent returns on investments and reduced environmental footprints for your businesses. Please contact Michael at (207) 633-1061 to find out more about this time-limited opportunity ASAP.

 The following Financial Analysis illustration assumes that a 20 kW PV system is installed at a Maine business this fall for a cost of $5/W, and that the farm utilizes a 1% Efficiency Maine Trust/ FAME small business loan instrument.  This illustration is a made-up example and is not binding in any way.  Please check with your tax accountant, as Heliotropic Technologies does not provide tax advice information.

The example shows a large 20 kW PV system with an installed cost of $100,000, all of the tax grants, credits, incentives and a
$35,000 1% low interest loan from Efficiency Maine Trust/Fame financed with 10 year term.  Based on these assumptions the investment’s cash flow becomes positive in year 2, and was only about three thousand ($3,000) dollars negative after year 1.  After 20 years of operation, the solar electric system should produce approximately $77,000 of operational savings.

 

PV Wireless Recharging – a cool option

July 5th, 2011

The Secret Behind PV Wire-less Recharging For Your Products

So there’s this emerging direction working along side our attraction with the most desirable wire less gadgets [1], and it’s the best way to maintain their battery packs full. With a lot of the brand-new pads and pc tablets, mobiles, and lap tops the only general headache is the most simple alternative to get them charged. I started off wondering exactly what I could do with many of these various gizmos and now I ask myself what I would do with out them. I additionally worry nighttime if I’ve got most of them on their own proper cables and wires and charging up for the day ahead. When the techie items firstly hit the marketplace there were wires interconnected with the Flash slots on the portable computer. This appeared to be like a pretty creative thought in my opinion initially. I was a devotee of the ease that one could simply plug the unit in at night while checking email. Sad to say, like many things, this quickly became a trouble. How can I get my gadget with me at home if it must remain connected at the portable computer? Later followed the Flash wall adapter. I went hunting for one of these soon immediately after my first smartphone purchase. I desired to plug it in to the wall in my bedroom so I should have it with me during the nighttime, however I didn’t have anything but the Universal series bus charging cord to power it. Next thing I realized, the wall adapter was coming with many of the products I acquired. Over the past two years, I have started to discover and experience ideas associated with wire-less recharging mats. From things I seen in the early stages, they were requiring particular cases for the devices to work with them. Just lately, this was eliminated. The world of wireless recharging is going to bust wide open. We will need to set a pin in that subject. We’ll be back very quickly. In the meantime, we need to explain the power of eco friendly technology [2]. Various negative people to eco-friendly tech will assume it’s tree-hugging talk to get folks to buy high-priced accessories and that it’s all a ridiculous effort due to the fact none of the negative consequences are essentially taking effect. Even if that is true, the exclusively hassle with that question is just how many persons are in the world. As a consequence of the number of people existing on the earth and how many of them using coal and natural gas based energy, we’ve started to have a drawback. Now reflect on the group of them that will have babies and precisely how that will grow the sum of people making use of electric power and fossil fuels. The only possible responsible thing to do is for hi-tech to offer up ecologically friendly alternatives right now that can become environmentally friendly expectations in the future [3]. With that said, ladies and gentleman, I present to you the very first eco-friendly alternative to charge up wifi your mobile items, Panasonic’s recent solar-powered wireless recharging table. Due to be launched at the end of this year or early 2012, the brand-new table will use solar energy obtained by the cells on the face of the table to re-charge the units placed on the table! This could be the near future of a renewable photovoltaic technology that is Qi enabled. Precisely what is Qi you may well ask? Qi has been designed by the wireless power cartel as a default specification to be applied by the makers of charging gizmos, like our recently released table, and the accessories which they will charge up, like your brand new smart phone that is touchscreen display equipped, sees information and has a foldout full-sized key-board. This brand new Qi technology has only been around since the beginning of this current year, but everyone is looking forward to easy integration and a score of gadget launches. The usage of Qi with older wire less items is confirmed, and we will undoubtedly be seeing and hearing more info on Panasonic’s newer solar-powered wifi charging table and several other Qi empowered chargers in the future. If you need to learn more about solar panels and ways to add it in your life I want to indicate you these other information: – [1] Here you can learn more in detail the content about the solar power table. Japantrends.com is a spin-off of CScout, it is just a web service to assist customers to comprehend the Japanese current market and its potential clients presenting the latest high-tech headlines. They were the 1st to report the updates about the pv table entirely wifi – [2] Here you could have a clear view on the way to use solar technology to re-charge most item’s electric batteries (i.e. cellphone, auto batteries, etc…). If you’re not in a position to afford the investment to install a home solar system, it might be a good 1st step to introduce you to solar energy panels. 12voltsolarpanels.net is a 100 % free site monitored by Hettie that reveals her opinions to help individuals complete the transition from a full-time electricity dependence to a successful electricity efficiency. She offers some high quality thoughts on rv solar battery charger to help caravan lovers charge their battery packs and learn how a solar panel works to facilitate the utilization of solar panel products in their properties and other systems. – [3] If you can spend the money for the cost to place solar energy panels for use on your house (or are eligible for solar tax credits or discounts), here some pieces to help you know how residential solar panels operate and how to integrate them in your life. Residentialsolarpanels.org is a non-profits site maintained by Shannon. She’s an independent blogger and guru on photo-voltaic for residential use. If you wish to explore more about solar panel systems I recommend you to read this informative guide concerning ways to sell power back to the power company. About the writer: Dr . Zara Wendy Dobson (@dr_zara_dobson on Twitter) is a former postdoctoral analyst at the College of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She took a certification in electronics scientific disciplines and high-tech, and continued her research project into a Ph.D. working in the Biomedical and Multimedia systems Information Tech in the University of Sydney, Australia. She was a rater for several leading magazines in the renewable power market i.e. “Renewable Energy World”. Actually she’s a guest writer for sustainable energy web pages, blog sites and community forums.

Environmental Hall of Fame

November 7th, 2010

Journal Article: Appetite for Destruction

September 13th, 2010

Heliotropic Technologies’ News

May 20th, 2010

Doing more with less

Dymaxion

In May, we added a new PV system to provide ~72% (.72 SF) of our annual electric energy at Heliotropic Technologies.  Because we’re a wicked efficient operation, it only required a 1.35 kW system, which provides ~100% of our summer electricity needs, and ~70% of the Spring/Fall requirements.  With the state and federal tax credits and incentives combined with low interest rates, we’ve locked in our electric expense for the next 12 years at a lower cost than the “Green Power Option” grid-supplied electricity that’s being displaced.  After 12 years, this system (at retail cost) should provide us with virtually free energy that will then likely provide us with a S.F. of 1.0 (net-zero electric if we become ~30% more efficient by then).

Let us help you do the same.  It’s similar to the difference of owning your house versus renting, except owning the solar system will be less expensive than purchasing grid-supplied power.


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Compare and Save

March 12th, 2009

Read our latest article, which includes a comparison table from an American Solar Energy Society (ASES) study which shows the approximate cost for financing a home and its energy expenses in comparison to the increased appraisal value.  This example compares a home with utility bills averaging $190 per month, or a total of $2,280 in annual utility costs.

Welcome to our new website!

March 12th, 2009

We hope you’ll come back often to see how our services can benefit you!

 
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