January 6th, 2015 Newsletter
Movement: Kinetic Energy
Potential and Kinetic energy are everywhere. Kinetic energy consists of the energy of an object as it moves, while potential energy is energy stored in an object. Imagine being able to harvest the energy of movement and turn it into a power source to power cell phones, light a football stadium, or even an entire city. The ability to harness kinetic energy is still in the foundational stages of innovation, but well on its way to being an important source of alternative energy.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one place that has been investing in kinetic energy. In the slums of Rio de Janeiro, they have invested in a soccer (‘football’) field comprised solely of kinetic energy power floor panels. This allows the power generated to power up flood lights, in conjunction with solar panels, as people play on the field. With the use of a generator and microchips, movement equals electrical power, and with enough panels, is powerful enough to light up homes in the surrounding area. Now just imagine if this technology was everywhere. Although kinetic energy still has a ways to go it is definitely on the rise.
Solar Power For Schools
Sunshine is always something to smile about, especially for the schools in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District (KLSD). In 2009, KLSD took advantage of a grant allowing them to install small solar panels on two of their schools. Since then, the district has taken advantage of other options for alternative energy sources from private contractors to cooperatives.
With all the research and time invested in expanding energy resources, KLSD landed an agreement with SolarCity: the company that had worked with the district to install the solar panels back in 2009. Under the proposal set between KLSD and SolarCity, the district would have solar panels installed. SolarCity is covering all construction and maintenance of the solar panels being placed on the high school and middle school. With the solar powers, they would generate 1.1 megawatts, or approximately 20% of the district’s electric consumption. KLSD and SolarCity are forming a long-term energy contract, which allows the district to lock in a discounted energy rate for the next 20 years, without any capital investment. This allows the district to not only reduce their yearly energy cost, but pushes them toward being eco-friendly.
In a recent interview with Carl Thurnau, NYSED director of facilities, he expressed his encouragement for other schools to take advantage of existing environmental incentive programs. For questions about installing solar panels at either your residential or commercial property, contact Eco Electric.
Service Calls: Home and Small Business
Many companies offer various electrician services but in addition to standard electrical services, Eco Electric specializes in installing and maintaining energy saving devices (i.e. green electrical services). From solar power installation and powered attic ventilation, to programmable thermostats, we offer a range of specialized electrical services. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial services, we are here to help in the process.
We take pride in offering clean, friendly, and professional service to our customers at a fair price. We also strive to provide unparalleled value, service, and workmanship in every area, while being eco-friendly in all we do. A few things that separate us from other electricians in the Boise area are:
- We utilize 100% biodiesel fuel in our vehicles
- We strive to be paperless by invoicing receipts by email, or paper if you prefer
- We recycle materials that most electricians throw away
- We collect light bulbs, both florescent and compact florescent, to ensure that they are properly disposed of
- We offer a variety of energy saving products to make your home more comfortable
- We are experienced, educated and licensed electricians.