The Henderson County Detention Center, a 543-occupant detention facility, will cut hot water costs by 45 percent through the installation of a solar energy system from Asheville-based renewable energy firm SolTherm.
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Two and half years ago, Steve Stewart erected a 100-foot windmill at his Barstow, California home. Stewart is no eco-crusader, but he does know a good deal when he hears it.
The solar industry is entering a dynamic period as costs decline, demand for electricity continues to grow, and competition heats up. The result has been a rise in M&A and vertical integration as solar energy providers seek to carve out a leading role in the market and ensure that they have access to customers.
A solar energy array now working at Jefferson County International Airport makes the small airfield the only airport in the state with operational reliance on solar power.
As the federal government promotes energy efficiency but faces declining budgets, contractors are expecting a greater focus on contracts that reward them based on the energy savings they provide.