Insights

October 25, 2022

ESG is now good business

Environmental, Social, Governance, or ESG, is a measurement and reporting standard commonly used by investors to evaluate how responsibly a company earns its profits. The criteria were first introduced in a 2005 study examining the relevance of environmental, social, and governance factors to asset management and financial performance.

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October 3, 2022

Complete guide to understanding ESG: criteria and objective

In recent years, the focus of organizations has undergone a metamorphosis. Although still driven by the continuous need to achieve greater profitability and expansion, there is now also an undeniable shift towards values and environmental consciousness.ESG (environmental, social and governance) investment strategies have been labeled as ‘investing with a conscience.’ Years ago, ESG strategies were believed to be damaging to a company’s ROI (return on investment), but such an outlook is a misnomer and in reality ESG solutions are proving market-beating.

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October 1, 2022

3 options for financing energy projects

By now, it's become common knowledge that big corporations like the cost savings of solar power. While Apple, Target, and Walmart are frequently cited examples of clean energy adoption, most non-residential solar energy is being generated by municipal utilities and small to mid-sized enterprises.

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September 27, 2022

Net zero and its impact on institutional investors

The adverse effects of over 200 years of human-generated carbon emissions are all around us. From global forest fires and changing weather patterns to melting glaciers and disappearing animal life, the outcome of excess greenhouse gas accumulation is no longer just theoretical predictions. They are upon us.

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August 19, 2022

Vicolo Wholesale goes solar with Lumen Energy

Vicolo Pizza got its start like many great businesses do, by providing a unique product that customers crave. In 1997, CEO Eric Mount and his team of pizza lovers began selling their signature Corn Meal Crust Pizza to gourmet supermarkets in the Bay Area. Today, their products are sold across the nation. As proponents of natural and organic ingredients, sustainability comes naturally for Vicolo Pizza. Eric was already familiar with solar energy after installing a system on his home. But as the leadership team began exploring their shared desire to generate clean, reliable energy, commercial solar was proving more challenging to navigate than a simple residential installation.

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August 6, 2022

The power of data: the value of connecting

Good decisions start with good data. Chances are, your utility has excellent data about your energy consumption. Most utilities take a meter reading every 15 minutes -- about 35,000 meter readings per year. With the right tools, that data paints a picture of the opportunities for facility-level energy savings. For solar, this data is pure gold because it tells us exactly when solar is making money for you, and how much. With this level of precision, we can fine tune the exact quantity of solar that will generate the best returns and see whether those returns would be enhanced by a battery.

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July 13, 2022

Clean energy mandates bring solar to the forefront

In a quest for clean energy, solar takes center stage. Today’s ambitious clean energy mandates are shaping the electrical grids of tomorrow. Throughout the United States, municipalities, corporations, and utilities are all pushing to break away from the yoke of fossil fuels by advancing efficiency and clean energy. Currently, studies show that one in three people live in a state or city that is dedicated to transitioning to a 100 percent emissions-free, renewable energy.

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June 22, 2022

How going solar raises commercial property value

Are you interested in installing solar, but unsure how it’ll affect the resale value of your commercial property? Every year, more and more businesses are installing solar. New findings have shown that buildings with solar power have increased property values by over 4 percent.

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May 3, 2022

Reduce your carbon emissions: renewable energy vs. energy efficiency upgrades

In a world united against man-made climate change, carbon emissions matter. In 2021, 18% of North American businesses report carbon emissions associated with their products and the B2B focus on the ‘greening’ of supply chains is accelerating. In fact, corporations are serious about their commitment to action, as evidenced by the 300 signatories behind an open letter calling on the US to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When deciding how to reduce the carbon emissions of your business, how can you make the greatest impact?

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