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Category Archive: Solar Energy & Renewables

community solar challenge

by Amber Vignieri

We’re working to ensure that everyone has access to the benefits of a clean energy economy, and one way we’re doing that is through community solar. However, it’s a relatively new concept that can be difficult to implement, especially in low- and moderate-income communities, due to: Technical Issues: some rooftops are unsuitable for solar panels (shaded/physical [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Elevate Energy disagrees strongly with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, which commits the United States and 180 other countries to voluntarily reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. Despite the disappointing decision from the White House, all is not lost. There are hundreds of committed groups like [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

As we stated around this time last year, a lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate. Recently, much of this activity has focused on residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. More than 1.1 million U.S. homes feature solar and, within some ZIP codes, more than 20 percent of homes have [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

At Elevate, our work to deliver smarter energy use for all takes many different routes. Our latest effort incorporates clean energy generation, community development, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping to create a resource that will support the development of renewable energy projects in Chicago neighborhoods. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Cook County [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held the first and only hearing on the proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) in Chicago, which encourages investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy in low-income communities. Elevate took the opportunity to let the EPA know how impactful the CEIP could be by providing testimony and helping organize a [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This post is an update on our progress since our receipt of a $445,000 cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. It is also a part of SunShot’s real estate week which features blogs that explain how solar energy affects the real estate process and bring greater clarity to homeowners so they can make more informed decisions [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

With residential solar photovoltaics (PV) booming in popularity, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to know that their clean energy investment will be fairly valued when they decide to sell or refinance their home. But for most real estate agents and appraisers, assessing the value of solar is a new frontier. In an effort to [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Marjie Isaacson’s vintage brick house in West Town doesn’t look all that unusual from the street. But walk around back and you can spot an array of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that made a bit of Illinois history. Marjie, Elevate Energy’s Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Control, was among the first Chicagoans to [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

Low-income households often spend more of their income on energy costs than other more affluent households. In some cases, these low-income families are spending anywhere from 10 to 35 percent of annual income on utility bills. Here in Chicago, families with low incomes tend to live in old, energy-intensive housing, which adds to the energy [...]

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by Amber Vignieri

This is the third in a five-part series on the local contractors we work with. We often tout the environmental and community benefits of energy efficiency. We’re also making things easier for local contractors and creating jobs along the way. In fact, since we started our energy efficiency service for multifamily buildings, we’ve helped to create more [...]

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