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Solar

Solar Federal Tax Credit: What Is and Isn’t Eligible

We’ve seen a lot of suspect practices in the solar industry recently. One that irks us the most is bundling. The Federal renewable energy tax credit is a great incentive for going solar, but it is unjust to abuse it. Whether it’s tacking efficiency measures or the cost of re-roofing onto a solar project, there are many items to be aware of that don’t qualify. Not only is this practice irresponsible and dishonest by the

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Green Building

ERI – The New REScheck?

North Carolina is ramping up for the roll out of our new residential code on January 1st, 2019. You can expect a detailed breakdown of the new code from us in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you one of the more noteworthy changes — the switch to the Energy Rating Index (ERI). Let’s start with a look back to the REScheck and how the new ERI option will create

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Solar

5 Heartbreaking Situations in the NC Solar Industry Right Now

The North Carolina solar industry is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Since the announcement of the new Duke solar rebate in January, we’ve seen many unfamiliar faces join us in the NC solar market. Whether these solar installers are from out of state or are newly formed, a new dynamic has been introduced to our area’s solar industry. As an established local solar installer, we’ve been witnessing many changes to the competitive market

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SEM News

Fun Moments from Wake Energy Camp 2018

We had a blast hosting the Wake Energy Camp earlier this month for an afternoon of fun activities and sweet treats. Our conference rooms quickly transformed into makeshift classrooms as 40 rising 6th graders hopped off the bus and filled our office space. The lesson plans for the day consisted of four stations centered around solar power, energy efficiency, and striving to be the change. All around, one of our favorite highlights was seeing the enthusiasm

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Green Building

How Walkability Affects Home Prices

As an independent third-party verifier, when it comes to certifying a green home, inspecting building performance and evaluating materials aren’t the only aspects we focus on. Where a home is located can impact its sustainability scoring as well. How close a residence is to shops, amenities, and places of work is an important consideration for promoting a more environmentally friendly community lifestyle. The more walkable a neighborhood is, the easier it is for residents to

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Solar

Summer Solstice Playlist 2018

Happy Summer Solstice! Not only is the summer solstice our favorite day of the year, more importantly it’s the longest day of the year! As the official start of summer, there are many reasons that make June 21st a great day. More hours of sunlight mean greater potential for solar production. With around 15 hours of sunlight expected today, there’s even more time to get out and enjoy beautiful NC! To celebrate, we put together the

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