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Solar Power Pyramid Demonstrates Solar Business Possibilities

Solar power is perhaps the most innovative of all of the renewable energy solutions, and it is being used in increasingly advanced ways in order to harness the infinite energy source that is the sun. One of the most striking uses of solar thermal collectors can be seen across the Atlantic in the small town of Loanhead in Scotland.
Located just a few miles south of the capital city of Edinburgh stands an arresting solar power system fitted onto a pyramid-shaped office building. The building, which has been shortlisted for a Solar Power Portal Award for “Most Innovative System Design”, is a 48 kilowatt structure and uses 193 solar modules, four inverters and 1,158 clamp bases to generate more than 41,000 kWh annually, enough to cover Survey Solutions’ (the company that uses the building) yearly electric demand. This will mean the company can operate completely off the grid.

Tom King, managing director of the firm behind the innovate project said: “The solar pyramid is the most challenging project that I have planned to date and many companies declared it to be impossible – due to the building’s unusually steep inclination.”

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The building uses dummy solar panels to give the impression that the entire surface of the pyramid is covered with solar thermal collectors and King said that designing the scaffold to fit the panels proved to be an immense challenge. “The modules at the top of the pyramid were installed first, making it essential for them to be fixed securely in place.”

Solar power for the future of business

A pyramid is certainly one of the most innovative commercial structures we have seen embracing solar panels, and we wouldn’t expect Solar America’s customers to erect similar structures to install SunQuest 250 solar thermal collectors. However, the project in Scotland and the way solar energy has been used to generate all of the company’s yearly electric demands is a fine example of how solar panels can benefit the long-term existence of businesses.

Energy bills amount to a significant chunk of business overhead. Solar panels have been shown to reduce gas bills by as much as 90% for home and business owners in the U.S. and several projects using Solar America Solutions’ SunQuest 250 system have proven that reliance of fossil and nuclear fuel-producing utility companies can be reduced by up to 100%. If your business was spending $2000 per month on energy, that’s a saving of $24,000 per year!

The installation of solar panels will also enhance a business’s image of being an environmentally friendly. Making a conscious effort to reduce carbon footprint and help protect the planet will place a business high up on the list for customers when looking for a brands that can be trusted.

Survey Solutions’ effort to make their business self-sufficient is a fine example of how businesses can function in the future, in not only the U.K., but also right here in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world. Solar energy is now able to compete with fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, and we are proud that Solar America’s SunQuest 250 solar thermal collectors are at the forefront of its efficiency.

Obama Leads the Way in Solar Power Adoption

At Solar America Solutions, we’re always keen to talk about the benefits of solar power and how systems such as our very own SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panel can be beneficial to America’s place as a leader in renewable energy.

Solar energy is not only beneficial to the environment by helping users reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear sources as well as reducing harmful carbon dioxide emissions, it can help owners save thousands of dollars in energy bills over a lifetime. Of course, as much as the Solar America Solutions name is growing across the U.S., our message, and the message of solar energy being essential for the future of the planet, doesn’t reach as far or wide as we’d like. Therefore, it would be more beneficial for the solar industry as a whole to have a more well known spokesperson championing the cause, and who better to do this than the 44th President of the United States himself, Barack Obama?


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Obama’s Pledge

Back in October of 2010, the Obama administration pledged to put solar thermal collector tubes on the White House as a sign of the president’s commitment to renewable energy and solar power in particular. Being someone who would rather show than tell, almost three years later, the installation of these panels has taken place.

The White House confirmed the news last month, with between 20 and 50 panels said to have been installed on the roof of the world’s most famous residence. A White House spokesperson said that the initiative “will help demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades, while it is estimated to pay for itself in energy savings over the next eight years.”

When the administration first confirmed the embracing of solar energy, then-energy secretary Steven Chu said: “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”

The installation of solar panels further solidifies, Obama’s stance on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and adds to the administrations deployment of hybrid cars and trucks and $2 billion commitment to upgrade federal buildings at no up-front cost to the taxpayer.

The Washington Post, who reported the story, noted that this is not the first time the White House has had solar thermal collectors installed, as President Jimmy Carter has previously had 32 panels installed in the late 70s to provide hot water.


Proof that Solar Power is here to stay

There can be no greater endorsement of solar power than from the most powerful and well known man on the planet and it shows that products like the SunQuest 250 are here to stay. Not only this, it shows that solar energy is fast becoming the number one alternative to fossil fuels and are helping to save the planet with each new solar thermal collector panel that is installed.

Walmart to Ramp up Renewable Energy Use

Like so many other companies, Walmart used the occasion of Earth Day 2013 to announce plans to ramp up their use of renewable energy. America’s mega-retailer plans to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 7 billion kWh across all of its operations. The plan for the company is to be completely free of all non-renewables by the end of 2020.

Walmart already uses renewables for about 21% of their total power needs. That’s impressive when you consider the number was closer to 2% just a few years ago. The company is taking advantage of a variety of technologies including wind and solar.


Solar America Solution’s SunQuest 250 evacuated tube solar collector would be the perfect fit for new installations at Walmart outlets, or even retro-fitting existing stores. Currently our systems are proving successful in agricultural, manufacturing, hospitality, and government applications. In fact, we have outfitted everything from a state prison campus to a working poultry farm.

Our evacuated tube technology is the most advanced and most efficient system in the industry. By using evacuated tubes, we are able to capture the energy generated by the sun’s Ultra-Violet (UV) rays, putting it to use rather than letting it escape into the atmosphere. What’s more, our system works even on cool and cloudy days because no direct sunlight or heat is necessary. The SunQuest 250 takes advantage of UV rays, which easily penetrate cloud cover and are present even on the coldest days.

One of our systems perched atop a Walmart could provide the space heating and hot water needs of the store without much modification.

Solar Power Is Good for Business

It is important to know that Walmart’s primary motivation for increasing renewable energies is one of good business. With the price of traditional energy off the grid continuing to rise, Walmart saves money by taking advantage of less expensive renewable sources. Although that may not sound as noble as a company motivated purely by environmental desires, it is the real world nonetheless.

Most of the systems Solar America Solutions has installed have been based on our customers wanting to save money. Renewable energy sources offer tremendous long-term savings over fossil fuels and, at the same time can significantly reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gases. For example, when a business installs our SunQuest systems, only equipment and installation labor is being paid for. The unit generates its own energy that, in turn, reduces or eliminates what the client pays for energy. The savings more than pays for the entire system in less than five years.

Walmart’s desire to use only renewable energy sources by the end of the decade is one that makes good sense. There’s no telling how much of that energy they will be producing on their own, and how much they will be procuring from other sources. However, one thing is for sure: it is saving the company money and is environmentally responsible.

If you are interested in what Solar America Solutions can do for your company, we would be happy to sit down and discuss your needs with you. We have the right combination of technology and equipment to provide something optimal for your needs and budget.