SPRING 2020 SOLAR NEWS UPDATE

HES Solar wants you to stay up to date with the latest news and trends in solar and renewable energy. Check back every season for more updates!

FLOATING SOLAR PANEL PLANT TO POWER EUROPEAN CITY

The city of Utrecht announced plans to build a solar plant on a nearby lake. The Dutch city announced these plans prior to the construction of the “energy-neutral neighborhood of Haarrijn”. According to the report, the plant will generate approximately 4 million kWh annually, which is more than the neighborhood’s 650 homes, various charging stations, and street lighting will require.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

According to the report, construction will have a higher energy-efficiency than usual because of the natural cooling and reflection of the water in the lake. The plant is set to be built in an area of the lake that is surrounded by greenery, and once built, the plant should provide more hiding places and breeding grounds for the local wildlife.

WIND & SOLAR ENERGY COMES OUT STRONG DURING COVID-19

According to a forecast made early last week, renewable energy is set to grow even as fossil fuel companies are impacted by the low cost of oil and gas. If the current growth trajectory stays in place, renewable energy could account for 21% of the electricity the United States uses–this would be a 16% increase from last year and a 110% increase from 2010.

POSTPONED TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES TO CELEBRATE RENEWABLE ENERGY

Following the trend of other large sporting events such as the French Open and the 2020 Wimbledon Championships, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have officially been rescheduled for the summer of 2021. Though postponed a full year, the games are still set to showcase Japan’s remarkable commitment to renewable energy. The newly designed Olympic Stadium, Tokyo Aquatics Center, and Arika Arena are only a few of the buildings with solar installations. Not every building or area used uses the same installations, but–in some cases–the solar energy is complemented by geothermal energy and even solar water heating systems.

Japan’s goal is for 100% of the energy used by both permanent and temporary venues to be produced by renewable energy.

HES Solar has installed over 5 million watts of residential solar, and our team has encountered every type of roofing system imaginable. We have been serving the San Diego community with home solar installation for over 17 years and pride ourselves on our dedication to customer service throughout the lifetime of their systems.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.

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