Solar is indeed Rising - a conversation with local solar power purveyors Solar Rising

Renewable energy is and must continue to an integral part of our energy future - as a country and a community. We asked local solar company, Solar Rising what that really looks like from large scale solar to small scale household gadgets, and what the future holds for the industry as a whole.

Tell us a little bit about Solar Rising and the company's mission.

Some of the Solar Rising team.

Some of the Solar Rising team.

Solar Rising is a full service, local, worker owned solar installation company with a combined 25+ years of experience in the industry. We share a culture in which people work together around the principal values of integrity, teamwork, safety, exceptional quality and making a positive impact in the community. Sustainability is a top priority for not only our business, but also our personal lives. We want to be an integral part of our local community as the renewable energy installation and educational outlet, empowering our neighbors to go solar.

When people think of a solar company, they usually think of solar panels on their roof, but you all offer other services related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Can you tell us more about that?

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We offer anything from larger scale commercial and residential solar installations to small scale solar gadgets for camping, hiking, beach, and short power outages. We also carry home automation options like Nest thermostats, security cameras and energy monitors. We have numerous preferred contractors we work with to offer additional services including energy audits and energy efficient HVAC systems.

What can people expect when they walk into your Design Center in Mashpee Commons?

Our Mashpee Commons Design Center has something for everyone. The public is welcome to come in to browse for solar powered gifts like solar speakers, bags, and lights. You can be a part of designing a solar system for your home or business at one of our design stations. Check out live monitored production data from our existing installations along with samples of equipment. Our team our experts is available to chat and you can use them as a resource when researching solar.

One of the greatest barriers to people adopting solar energy is that they think they can't afford it. How do you respond to that?

Massachusetts, specifically Cape Cod, has great solar incentives. Since the Cape has the highest electric prices in the state, offsetting your electric bill increases your savings. There are still state and federal tax credits available as well as production incentives at the state level. We can connect you with a low interest loan program where you maintain ownership to take advantage of the tax credits and incentives, pay nothing up front out of pocket, and avoid the messy residential lease contracts.

Can you share with us some of your favorite solar success stories?

We assisted The United Unitarian Church of Barnstable with a big victory in getting a solar array facing the street approved in the historic district. We worked with the historic board to provide an aesthetically pleasing array that blended into the roof. The congregation really came together to rally behind the project. They are now powering their facility with solar which supports their Green Sanctuary program and further improves the church’s overall sustainability.

YOMMI Healthy Frozen Treats of Martha’s Vineyard renovated an old camper into a mobile popsicle stand to sell their delicious frozen treats at farmer’s markets and festivals. They needed a way to power their coolers for long trips. We hooked them up with a GoalZero battery/solar panel combo that will allow them to keep their products cold even in remote locations with no grid power available.

What are some exciting trends you are seeing develop in your field?

An increased number of customers are inquiring about back up storage options. Battery technology gives us the ability to continue to run on solar energy when the grid power is out, which is otherwise not possible. We offer options for small off grid applications as well as clean alternatives to gas powered generators that will cover critical loads during extended power outages. We are keeping an eye on more options that will be coming out soon. This is a fast changing technology that we’re excited to bring to both our past and future customers.

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For more information you can visit Solar Rising’s walk-in Design Center located at 45 Market Street in Mashpee Commons or online at www.solarrising.com.

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