HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOLAR ENERGY

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HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOLAR ENERGY

UTILIZING SOLAR ENERGY

You want the world to be a better place for your children and your children’s children. So how do you go about making changes in order to ensure that it will be? There are only so many things you can do, but you know it would be a good start to change the way you use energy. There’s so much waste and, in reality, only so much energy to go around. You’ve heard that solar energy is the energy source of the future and you can get behind that. After all, the sun is bright and hot and always around. It’s not going to run out of energy anytime soon and it makes sense to use its energy to power things. But how do you take advantage of that? Here are a few ideas.

START SMALL WITH SOLAR ENERGY

You might want to test out how solar energy works by using it in small ways. First, get some solar powered landscape lights and other small items that can help you get used to how solar power works. You’ll see that those lights glow on a nightly basis from the sun’s power that they stored during the day and you’ll realize that solar power can work well in other areas.

GO BIG WITH SOLAR PANELS

You can also do your research and go all out with solar panels on your roof. They’re costly to install, but they cost a lot less now than they did in the past. Plus, they’ll pay you back over the years in energy savings. If you really want to make an impact and you have the money to do so, solar panels are a great way to take advantage of the solar energy beating down on your house.

GET IN TOUCH WITH A CLEAN ENERGY PROVIDER

If you go with solar panels yourself, more power to you (literally, in some ways!) but not every homeowner has the funds or inclination to go that route. If you want something easier, but you still want solar power, it’s best to contact a clean energy provider for help. Your clean energy provider will harness solar power for you (along with wind energy and other renewable sources) and add it to the grid. You can then use energy as needed and know that it comes from the sun and other clean sources.

SOLAR ENERGY IS THE FUTURE

With natural resources dwindling, it makes sense for more people to jump over to solar power. It definitely has enough power to go around and it doesn’t cause harmful gases and pollution to be released into the atmosphere. You may as well jump on board early with Star Energy Partners. You’ll not only have peace of mind about where your energy comes from, but you’ll also pay a fixed rate, which is lower than what your bills are now. We can even call your current company for you and get you switched over with ease.

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Stem Announces Unified Athena® Platform

Stem | September 21, 2022

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Ampt | September 17, 2022

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SOLARCYCLE | September 20, 2022

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The partnership will help fuel the growing U.S. solar manufacturing industry with a domestic supply of recycled materials essential to the production of new solar panels, including glass, silicon, and valuable metals such as silver, copper, and aluminum. Recent research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that by 2040, for certain materials, recycling can meet 25-30% of domestic solar manufacturing needs in the United States. “As the long-term owner of every project in our portfolio, we at Silicon Ranch are deeply committed to our relationships and responsibilities in the communities we serve. These responsibilities include end-of-life equipment management, Embracing this opportunity to pioneer recycling and re-use processes at scale with SOLARCYCLE is a significant step in meeting these responsibilities. This partnership supports our commitments to advance domestic solar manufacturing, a circular solar economy, and economic development opportunities in communities across the country. We encourage others in the industry to join us in this meaningful endeavor.” -Reagan Farr, Silicon Ranch President and CEO. Silicon Ranch continues to widen its scope in the solar industry through its holistic Regenerative Energy® approach to project design, construction, and land management, as well as its recent acquisition of carbon solutions provider Clearloop. The partnership with SOLARCYCLE will further boost Silicon Ranch’s mission to bring economic development opportunities and low-cost carbon solutions to communities across the country. SOLARCYCLE’s team is taking what we learned in the solar, sustainability, and recycling industries and applying it to our tech-driven recycling solutions. We know that scale matters in order to be able to drive costs down and bring quality up,” said Suvi Sharma, CEO and Co-Founder of SOLARCYCLE. “We are thrilled that our partnership with Silicon Ranch–an innovative leader in bringing solar to scale sustainably and responsibly–will help us make solar across America fully sustainable.” SOLARCYCLE is currently the only dedicated technology-based recycling company for the solar industry. The company focuses on recycling solar panels to obtain the maximum amount of materials to go back into the supply chain, and help to build a circular economy for solar. Launched earlier this year, the company is establishing a state-of-the-art solar panel recycling center, which will open in Q4. Silicon Ranch pioneered utility-scale solar in the Southeast with the first large-scale solar projects in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Notably, SOLARCYCLE is the latest partnership supporting domestic infrastructure secured by Silicon Ranch. In just the last six months, the company has announced new agreements with both FirstSolar and Nextracker to improve the carbon footprint of its module and tracker supply, respectively, while supporting additional investment in US manufacturing capabilities, and reducing volatility and logistics risk throughout the solar lifecycle. In turn, these partnerships collectively increase Silicon Ranch’s ability to deliver on designing, building, and managing a growing base of solar ranches across the country. The company has successfully commissioned every project it has contracted since its inception and has further distinguished itself through its commitment to own and operate each project in its portfolio for the long term. Earlier this year, Silicon Ranch completed a $775 million equity raise led by Manulife Investment Management. 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Stem | September 21, 2022

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As a result, businesses can lower site utility costs, reduce carbon impacts, provide energy resilience, and maximize savings and revenues for their customers.“From the beginning, we built Athena as an open, extensible platform and as the market evolves, Athena continues to be the trusted enterprise platform that maximizes outcomes across clean energy asset portfolios,” said Larsh Johnson, Chief Technology Officer at Stem. “Now with our seamlessly integrated storage, solar, and EV solutions and services, Athena is able to bring new and unique value streams to our customers that they’ve not been able to tap before.” Athena offers a comprehensive view across a broad array of clean energy assets delivering an extensive suite of applications and AI-powered capabilities to uncover further value across assets including: Unified experience across solar and storage assets: The Athena platform now includes AlsoEnergy’s market-leading PowerTrack as an integrated application, offering solar and storage asset owners and operators a unified experience to monitor, manage and dispatch their portfolios from a single pane of glass. 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Fractal Energy Storage Software Now Includes Ampt String Optimizers for Technoeconomic Modeling of Solar Power Plants

Ampt | September 17, 2022

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Silicon Ranch Corporation and SOLARCYCLE Partner to Advance Solar Recycling, Bolstering U.S. Supply Chain

SOLARCYCLE | September 20, 2022

Silicon Ranch Corporation, one of the nation’s largest independent power producers, and SOLARCYCLE, a tech-driven solar recycling platform, announced a partnership to process end-of-life solar modules from Silicon Ranch projects through SOLARCYCLE’s advanced, high-recovery recycling platform. SOLARCYCLE’s cutting-edge approach to module recycling recovers approximately 95% of solar panel value, which can be returned to the supply chain and used to manufacture new panels.With an operating portfolio of more than 145 solar power facilities across 15 states, Silicon Ranch is SOLARCYCLE’s first utility-scale partner. The partnership between the two companies will allow SOLARCYCLE to establish a model for recycling solar materials at the utility scale, the largest segment of the solar market. The alliance comes at a critical time, as the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act is expected to accelerate demand for both solar energy and a domestic solar supply chain. The partnership will help fuel the growing U.S. solar manufacturing industry with a domestic supply of recycled materials essential to the production of new solar panels, including glass, silicon, and valuable metals such as silver, copper, and aluminum. Recent research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that by 2040, for certain materials, recycling can meet 25-30% of domestic solar manufacturing needs in the United States. “As the long-term owner of every project in our portfolio, we at Silicon Ranch are deeply committed to our relationships and responsibilities in the communities we serve. These responsibilities include end-of-life equipment management, Embracing this opportunity to pioneer recycling and re-use processes at scale with SOLARCYCLE is a significant step in meeting these responsibilities. This partnership supports our commitments to advance domestic solar manufacturing, a circular solar economy, and economic development opportunities in communities across the country. We encourage others in the industry to join us in this meaningful endeavor.” -Reagan Farr, Silicon Ranch President and CEO. Silicon Ranch continues to widen its scope in the solar industry through its holistic Regenerative Energy® approach to project design, construction, and land management, as well as its recent acquisition of carbon solutions provider Clearloop. The partnership with SOLARCYCLE will further boost Silicon Ranch’s mission to bring economic development opportunities and low-cost carbon solutions to communities across the country. SOLARCYCLE’s team is taking what we learned in the solar, sustainability, and recycling industries and applying it to our tech-driven recycling solutions. We know that scale matters in order to be able to drive costs down and bring quality up,” said Suvi Sharma, CEO and Co-Founder of SOLARCYCLE. “We are thrilled that our partnership with Silicon Ranch–an innovative leader in bringing solar to scale sustainably and responsibly–will help us make solar across America fully sustainable.” SOLARCYCLE is currently the only dedicated technology-based recycling company for the solar industry. The company focuses on recycling solar panels to obtain the maximum amount of materials to go back into the supply chain, and help to build a circular economy for solar. Launched earlier this year, the company is establishing a state-of-the-art solar panel recycling center, which will open in Q4. Silicon Ranch pioneered utility-scale solar in the Southeast with the first large-scale solar projects in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Notably, SOLARCYCLE is the latest partnership supporting domestic infrastructure secured by Silicon Ranch. In just the last six months, the company has announced new agreements with both FirstSolar and Nextracker to improve the carbon footprint of its module and tracker supply, respectively, while supporting additional investment in US manufacturing capabilities, and reducing volatility and logistics risk throughout the solar lifecycle. In turn, these partnerships collectively increase Silicon Ranch’s ability to deliver on designing, building, and managing a growing base of solar ranches across the country. The company has successfully commissioned every project it has contracted since its inception and has further distinguished itself through its commitment to own and operate each project in its portfolio for the long term. Earlier this year, Silicon Ranch completed a $775 million equity raise led by Manulife Investment Management. About Silicon Ranch Corporation Founded in 2011, Silicon Ranch is a fully integrated provider of customized renewable energy, carbon, and battery storage solutions for a diverse set of partners across North America. The company is one of the largest independent power producers in the country, with a portfolio that includes more than five gigawatts of solar and battery storage systems that are contracted, under construction, or operating across the U.S. and Canada. Silicon Ranch owns and operates every project in its portfolio and has maintained an unblemished track record of project execution, having successfully commissioned every project it has contracted in its history. In recognition of its holistic approach to land management, which the company has trademarked Regenerative Energy®, Silicon Ranch was named 2020’s “Most Forward-Thinking” company by Solar Power World. In 2021, Silicon Ranch acquired Clearloop, which helps businesses of all sizes reclaim their carbon footprint with a direct investment in building new solar projects while expanding access to clean energy. To learn more, visit siliconranch.com, regenerativeenergy.org, and clearloop.us. Follow Silicon Ranch on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. About SOLARCYCLE, Inc. SOLARCYCLE, Inc (www.SOLARCYCLE.us) is a technology-driven platform designed to maximize solar sustainability by offering solar asset owners a low-cost, eco-friendly, comprehensive process for recycling retiring solar panels and technologies and repurposing them for new uses. The company’s proprietary technology allows it to extract over 95% of the valuable metals such as silver, copper, silicon, low-iron glass and aluminum. SOLARCYCLE was founded in 2022 by experts in solar technology, recycling and sustainability to accelerate build-out of the circular economy for solar and renewables.

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