Solar Energy International (SEI) Launches Envision360 Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Project to Highlight Solar Careers

Do you envision a world powered by solar energy? Solar Energy International (SEI) is proud to announce an innovative new project leveraging the Google Cardboard Viewer platform that will give anyone interested in working in the solar industry a new way to experience this exciting career field.

As part of the Solar Ready Colorado initiative, SEI will be launching the Google Cardboard Envision360 project at the Solar Power Colorado Conference and Solar Career Expo on March 12-15.

In addition to having the opportunity to meet with leading solar industry employers from across the State of Colorado, complimentary Google Cardboard Viewers will be given to all registered Career Expo attendees. With these special VR Viewers, attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a 360 degree virtual reality environment that showcases real world solar energy jobsites and interviews with solar professionals. Registration info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-solar-career-expo-registration-30101157372

camera“For the last 6 months, our team has traveled all over the state capturing video with traditional and special VR cameras to capture the sites and sounds of the industry. We had the privilege of interviewing SEI alumni and other solar professionals who are working in the Colorado solar industry who now make up over 6000 Coloradans working towards a common goal of a world powered by solar energy.

We wanted to find a creative way to tell this story and we think this is a great way to get our message out: The solar industry is growing and SEI is here to give you the training you need to be successful!

The SEI Envision360 Google Cardboard project gives us the opportunity to give potential students a glimpse into what it feels like being on a roof, or in a utility scale solar farm, or in a warehouse preparing shipments of solar modules and components for a job site, and many other solar jobs that keep this industry moving forward. We’ve embedded the interviews of solar professionals from all across the Colorado solar industry as a unique way to hear their stories of how they got their start in this industry and give advice to people looking to enter this career”, said SEI’s Director of Marketing, Chris Turek.

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Solar Energy International (SEI) Launches Envision360 Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Project to Highlight Solar Careers

Do you envision a world powered by solar energy? Solar Energy International (SEI) is proud to announce an innovative new project leveraging the Google Cardboard Viewer platform that will give anyone interested in working in the solar industry a new way to experience this exciting career field.

As part of the Solar Ready Colorado initiative, SEI will be launching the Google Cardboard Envision360 project at the Solar Power Colorado Conference and Solar Career Expo on March 12-15.

In addition to having the opportunity to meet with leading solar industry employers from across the State of Colorado, complimentary Google Cardboard Viewers will be given to all registered Career Expo attendees. With these special VR Viewers, attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a 360 degree virtual reality environment that showcases real world solar energy jobsites and interviews with solar professionals. Registration info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-solar-career-expo-registration-30101157372

camera“For the last 6 months, our team has traveled all over the state capturing video with traditional and special VR cameras to capture the sites and sounds of the industry. We had the privilege of interviewing SEI alumni and other solar professionals who are working in the Colorado solar industry who now make up over 6000 Coloradans working towards a common goal of a world powered by solar energy.

We wanted to find a creative way to tell this story and we think this is a great way to get our message out: The solar industry is growing and SEI is here to give you the training you need to be successful!

The SEI Envision360 Google Cardboard project gives us the opportunity to give potential students a glimpse into what it feels like being on a roof, or in a utility scale solar farm, or in a warehouse preparing shipments of solar modules and components for a job site, and many other solar jobs that keep this industry moving forward. We’ve embedded the interviews of solar professionals from all across the Colorado solar industry as a unique way to hear their stories of how they got their start in this industry and give advice to people looking to enter this career”, said SEI’s Director of Marketing, Chris Turek.

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Calling All Contractors and Project Developers: C-PACE Workshop in Delta County

Delta County Contractors and Project Developers will have the opportunity to widen their client base under a new financing mechanism adopted in Delta County, C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy).  Participating contractors must complete a C-PACE contractor application and attend an in-person contractor training.  Solar Energy International and Delta County Economic Development have partnered with the Colorado Energy Office to offer a free half-day workshop to meet the in-person training requirement.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 9 at Solar Energy International’s classroom (138 Grand Ave., Paonia).  At the workshop, C-PACE experts will help contractors and project developers identify eligible projects, and prepare a proposal for an optimized project that includes C-PACE financing benefits.  “Join us on March 9 to put C-PACE financing in your tool bag, and start developing projects as a registered C-PACE contractor,” said Tracy Phillips, director of the C-PACE program.

In December 2016 Delta County became the twelfth county to opt-in to an agreement with the state’s New Energy Improvement District (NEID) to participate in Colorado’s C-PACE program.  PACE, which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, is an innovative financing model that enables building owners to fund 100% of the cost of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements.  Owners repay the cost of eligible improvements through an assessment on their property tax bills.   Colorado C-PACE funding can help commercial properties pay not only for clean energy but also new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, water pumps, insulation, and other building improvements.

Utilizing C-PACE, owners repay the cost of eligible improvements over a period of up to 20 years through an additional charge (“assessment”) on their property tax bill.  The resulting energy savings typically outweigh the annual assessment payment, thereby enabling cash flow positive projects.  Because the assessment is tied to the property, the repayment obligation automatically transfers to the next owner if the property is sold.

PACE financing provides property owners a number of other benefits including: 100% financing, no out-of-pocket expense, long term loan (up to 20 years), lower energy costs, cash flow positive projects, no personal guarantees, competitive rates and terms, and the owner retains all tax incentives.  “Opting-in to C-PACE in Delta County opens the opportunity to increase businesses’ property value, save substantial money on their energy bills, while generating large local investments, both in our tax base and our infrastructure” stated DCED board member and local business owner, Tom Huerkamp.  The trickledown effect of C-PACE may include increased hiring of roofers, plumbers, and general contractors to locally complete projects.

Register for the training event on Thursday, March 9 HERE Contact Marla Korpar at 970-527-7657 x213 for more information.

Image:  Empowered Energy Systems installed 25 kW of solar PV on local business ProSpace Interiors of Delta during summer 2016 to 100% offset the building’s energy consumption.

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IER Welcomes White House Reset of WOTUS Regulation

WASHINGTON–President Trump signed an executive order today instructing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. IER President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“President Trump is doing a tremendous service for landowners across the country by instructing his administration to repeal of the Obama-era WOTUS regulation. The rule was never about protecting water. It was designed to expand the federal government’s reach into management decisions on state and private lands. Far from attacking clean water, today’s decision begins the process of returning power to states, local communities, and property owners.

“The previous administration’s redefinition of WOTUS, which was already more expansive than it should be, would give the federal government control over everything from small ponds to ditches—things far outside the scope of the Clean Water Act. Under this rule, many landowners would have been unjustly placed at the mercy of the federal government any time they wanted to utilize their own property, whether it be for farming, ranching, energy production, or just about anything else for that matter.

“By working to repeal this regulation, the Trump administration is taking a welcome first step in protecting property owners from unnecessary bureaucratic red tape, fines, and federal government intrusion.”

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IER Welcomes White House Reset of WOTUS Regulation

WASHINGTON–President Trump signed an executive order today instructing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. IER President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“President Trump is doing a tremendous service for landowners across the country by instructing his administration to repeal of the Obama-era WOTUS regulation. The rule was never about protecting water. It was designed to expand the federal government’s reach into management decisions on state and private lands. Far from attacking clean water, today’s decision begins the process of returning power to states, local communities, and property owners.

“The previous administration’s redefinition of WOTUS, which was already more expansive than it should be, would give the federal government control over everything from small ponds to ditches—things far outside the scope of the Clean Water Act. Under this rule, many landowners would have been unjustly placed at the mercy of the federal government any time they wanted to utilize their own property, whether it be for farming, ranching, energy production, or just about anything else for that matter.

“By working to repeal this regulation, the Trump administration is taking a welcome first step in protecting property owners from unnecessary bureaucratic red tape, fines, and federal government intrusion.”

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IER Welcomes White House Reset of WOTUS Regulation

WASHINGTON–President Trump signed an executive order today instructing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. IER President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“President Trump is doing a tremendous service for landowners across the country by instructing his administration to repeal of the Obama-era WOTUS regulation. The rule was never about protecting water. It was designed to expand the federal government’s reach into management decisions on state and private lands. Far from attacking clean water, today’s decision begins the process of returning power to states, local communities, and property owners.

“The previous administration’s redefinition of WOTUS, which was already more expansive than it should be, would give the federal government control over everything from small ponds to ditches—things far outside the scope of the Clean Water Act. Under this rule, many landowners would have been unjustly placed at the mercy of the federal government any time they wanted to utilize their own property, whether it be for farming, ranching, energy production, or just about anything else for that matter.

“By working to repeal this regulation, the Trump administration is taking a welcome first step in protecting property owners from unnecessary bureaucratic red tape, fines, and federal government intrusion.”

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Calling All Contractors and Project Developers: C-PACE Workshop in Delta County

Delta County Contractors and Project Developers will have the opportunity to widen their client base under a new financing mechanism adopted in Delta County, C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy).  Participating contractors must complete a C-PACE contractor application and attend an in-person contractor training.  Solar Energy International and Delta County Economic Development have partnered with the Colorado Energy Office to offer a free half-day workshop to meet the in-person training requirement.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 9 at Solar Energy International’s classroom (138 Grand Ave., Paonia).  At the workshop, C-PACE experts will help contractors and project developers identify eligible projects, and prepare a proposal for an optimized project that includes C-PACE financing benefits.  “Join us on March 9 to put C-PACE financing in your tool bag, and start developing projects as a registered C-PACE contractor,” said Tracy Phillips, director of the C-PACE program.

In December 2016 Delta County became the twelfth county to opt-in to an agreement with the state’s New Energy Improvement District (NEID) to participate in Colorado’s C-PACE program.  PACE, which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, is an innovative financing model that enables building owners to fund 100% of the cost of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements.  Owners repay the cost of eligible improvements through an assessment on their property tax bills.   Colorado C-PACE funding can help commercial properties pay not only for clean energy but also new heating and cooling systems, lighting improvements, water pumps, insulation, and other building improvements.

Utilizing C-PACE, owners repay the cost of eligible improvements over a period of up to 20 years through an additional charge (“assessment”) on their property tax bill.  The resulting energy savings typically outweigh the annual assessment payment, thereby enabling cash flow positive projects.  Because the assessment is tied to the property, the repayment obligation automatically transfers to the next owner if the property is sold.

PACE financing provides property owners a number of other benefits including: 100% financing, no out-of-pocket expense, long term loan (up to 20 years), lower energy costs, cash flow positive projects, no personal guarantees, competitive rates and terms, and the owner retains all tax incentives.  “Opting-in to C-PACE in Delta County opens the opportunity to increase businesses’ property value, save substantial money on their energy bills, while generating large local investments, both in our tax base and our infrastructure” stated DCED board member and local business owner, Tom Huerkamp.  The trickledown effect of C-PACE may include increased hiring of roofers, plumbers, and general contractors to locally complete projects.

Register for the training event on Thursday, March 9 HERE Contact Marla Korpar at 970-527-7657 x213 for more information.

Image:  Empowered Energy Systems installed 25 kW of solar PV on local business ProSpace Interiors of Delta during summer 2016 to 100% offset the building’s energy consumption.

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