Kiwi Energy Partners With Ampion to Offer Community Solar

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Kiwi Energy Partners With Ampion to Offer Community Solar

July 31, 2020

Leading supplier of innovative energy and natural gas products, Kiwi Energy has joined forces with Ampion in order to offer community solar to New York customers that reside within the Ampion serviceable areas. With no upfront costs and absolutely nothing to install, the new partnership provides qualifying Kiwi Energy customers the option to subscribe to a solar farm and receive a discounted credit on their electricity bills.

When most people think of solar energy, the first image that likely comes to mind is of rooftop solar panels. However, for many households (and businesses alike), rooftop or residential solar is not a viable option, simply because they rent, live in multi-tenant buildings or have roofs that are unable to host a solar system. In fact, according to a 2008 study completed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), only 22% to 27% of residential rooftop area is suitable for hosting an on-site photovoltaic (PV) system after adjusting for structural, shading or ownership issues.

Thanks to a new program created by the State of New York, rooftop PV is no longer the only option homeowners, renters, and businesses have for going solar. Community solar expands everyone’s access to solar energy. A solar farm is a simple way that people can benefit from solar energy without having to install panels on their roofs. A solar farm is a power plant whose electricity is generated by capturing energy from the sun. The electricity is then distributed via the utility grid. People can subscribe to a solar farm and receive a discounted credit on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced.

The entire process for customers to sign up is quite easy. Based on each household’s annual electricity usage, Ampion will assign a share of a solar farm’s total production. The solar farm will produce electricity on a customer’s behalf and deliver it to the grid. Each subscriber will then receive dollar credits for the amount of electricity produced by “their share” of the solar farm. They will continue to receive a monthly bill from their utility company with their credits applied. Ampion will send an invoice for 90% of the value of the credits that were applied to the utility bill.

“We are looking forward to partnering with Ampion to be able to provide our New York customers access to solar energy who may have not previously had the option of going solar. Solar generation offsets more than 73 million metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. Community solar provides a convenient, efficient, and cost-effective way for people to reduce their environmental impact,” said Richard Booth, President of Retail Operations of Kiwi Energy.

About Kiwi Energy

Kiwi Energy is an energy retailer dedicated to providing innovative energy solutions for electricity and natural gas supply. We focus on environmentally conscious products backed by friendly and efficient customer service. As a company, we pride ourselves on transparency and our team is always happy to help with any questions about the energy industry or our services. Please visit https://kiwienergy.us/ to learn more.

About Ampion

Ampion is a Public Benefits Corporation whose mission is to make it easy for everyone to access clean, renewable energy. Ampion is working to see real progress in the fight against climate change. We’re committed to operating in a way that produces sustainable value to all of our stakeholders: our neighbors in the communities we serve, our employees, our investors, and our business partners. Our success is defined by how well we serve the greater good, not just the profits we earn. For more information, visit www.ampion.net or call 800-277-3641.

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How Does Switching to Solar Power Impact Carbon Emissions?

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How Does Switching to Solar Power Impact Carbon Emissions?

July 24, 2020

The shift to renewable energy is so important. As more people participate in the growing trend towards clean energy, the long-term health and environmental benefits become bigger and stronger. This is true for several reasons, and the most compelling of them all is the immediate need to curb humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions. Let's take a brief look at the impact of increased solar power production on carbon emissions.

Solar Energy’s Biggest Boon Is the Power to Keep Greenhouse Gases Out of Our Atmosphere.

Climate disruption and the overall heating of Earth are bringing seriously harmful effects into our communities. These include extreme heat and unusual weather events, droughts, rising sea levels and flooding, changes in planting zones, lost habitats, and extinctions. We can do something about it. “The magnitude of each impact depends on our collective choices,” says the Union of Concerned Scientists.

What choices should we examine? For one, our electricity sources matter. Greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere when we burn fossil fuels and when the gases rise, they accumulate, blanket the Earth, and trap heat. Electricity is a major emitter of carbon dioxide and methane, as explained by the Energy Information Agency (EIA), in a breakdown that shows the especially harmful emissions profile of burning coal for electric power.

Solar Energy Doesn’t Just Reduce Greenhouse Emissions. It Slashes Them.

Obtaining electricity from solar power can sharply cut the volume of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases we’re moving into the atmosphere. Consider the volume of carbon dioxide equivalent generated by (a.) coal, versus the emissions volume of (b.) solar-powered energy in one kilowatt hour.

  • Burning coal creates between 1.4 and 3.6 lbs of CO2 per kilowatt hour.
  • Solar electricity, in contrast, emits a much lower .07 to 0.2 lbs. of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt hour through its entire life cycle.

Yes, even when including the life cycle of sun-powered energy technology — from manufacturing to deployment to decommissioning — solar systems produce decidedly lower levels of greenhouse gases than fossil fuel burning does. In short, adopting solar energy means reducing demand for coal and gas, shrinking our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and leaving much smaller individual and community carbon footprints on our environment.

Keeping Solar Power on the Growth Track Protects Our World and Future.

At Ampion, we’re keen proponents of bolstering the U.S. supply of clean, renewable energy and making the changes that will end our reliance on fossil fuels. We’re enabling communities to join a trendthat’s cutting U.S. greenhouse emissions.

We connect people with regional solar energy suppliers. We’re committed to caring about our environment and nurturing local economies. We’re making community solar available to people whether they own or rent their homes, without having to pay upfront costs or install anything on their properties.

And we’d love for you to join us in showing the way to a carbon-free future. Contact us to learn more about partnering with Ampion and making your home part of the solution.

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