Prioritizing Indoor Air Quality

 

Indoor air quality has been a can kicked down the road far too long. Even before the pandemic put air purification and air quality to the forefront of healthcare providers, families, and business owners, the United States had a serious problem with poor indoor air quality.

Our homes, our public spaces, our schools, and our business need to take action. Continue reading “Prioritizing Indoor Air Quality”

A Ford Mustang EV sits plugged in at a city charging station.

What is Bidirectional Charging?

There is a lot more to electric vehicles than you might expect. While EVs are certainly a vital part of reducing the world’s carbon emissions, they’re also an opportunity to make a more versatile, flexible power grid with bidirectional charging. Imagine a utility grid that moves with us, adding power when not in use and then helping to propel us wherever we need to go.

That’s the goal of cities around the world, but one is closest to making it a reality. Continue reading “What is Bidirectional Charging?”

The US Capitol Building from a distance.

Build Back Better Energy Rebates for Businesses

The US Capitol Building from a distance.

As the government works to pass both the Infrastructure social elements of the Build Back Better Plan in what have turned out to be two different pieces of legislation, businesses may have lost sight of some of the key features of the plan. Energy efficiency at home and in the workplace are vital elements in the race to reduce carbon emissions now, as well as meet the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Continue reading “Build Back Better Energy Rebates for Businesses”

An indoor cannabis facility which would benefit from federal cannabis legalization.

Cannabis Legalization: New Push to End Federal Prohibition

While talk of cannabis legalization increased during the 2020 election and into President Biden’s first year in office, perhaps the most important move toward legalization at the federal level came from unexpected quarters.

On November 15, a Republican member of the House Nancy Mace introduced a bill that would end the federal prohibition on cannabis. Continue reading “Cannabis Legalization: New Push to End Federal Prohibition”

Small business owners examine energy expenses.

Renewable Energy for Small Business

No matter the size of your business, there are some important benefits to adding renewable energy sources to your facilities. Energy bills are some of the most challenging expenses for a small business. One of the toughest parts of managing energy expenses is their unpredictability. Done right, renewable energy can stabilize monthly expenses to make them easier to budget for, not to mention lower them across the board. Continue reading “Renewable Energy for Small Business”

Photo of a remote thermal energy plant in Iceland.

What is Geothermal? A Brief Guide to Geothermal Heating for Business

Businesses are always looking for ways to reduce their energy expenses, stay competitive, and meet both industry and internal sustainability goals. We constantly tell clients that the key to meeting those green business goals is to incorporate many tools and find energy solutions in a number of ways, rather than just looking for a silver bullet. One of the technologies we’re implementing more and more often is geothermal. 

What is Geothermal Energy Good For?

Geothermal taps into the constant heat generated by the core of the planet. That internal heat is constant, generated by the molten iron core that makes up the center of the earth, geothermal energy is a renewable energy source with loads of potential. 

The Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy

There are some benefits to geothermal that often go overlooked. In addition to being renewable, geothermal is an option in more places than you think. More than 50% of the sun’s energy is absorbed by the earth’s surface. However, geothermal is much more efficient in areas in close proximity to geothermal activity. 

Even if geothermal is an option in most places, it is worth noting that not all geothermal is created equal. The most common application of geothermal technology is via a heat pump. Most commercial geothermal heating units cost somewhere around  $30,000 or more,  but with a large impact; most of these heating systems can reduce your energy bill by at much as 80%. That means a short-term ROI that also provides plenty of positive impact on the earth itself, too by reducing or eliminating the need for fossil fuels. Photo of a remote thermal energy plant in Iceland.

Geothermal Grants, Programs, and Tax Deductions

Many municipalities, states, and even federal programs offer a number of options to make financing geothermal heating more accessible for businesses. Some notable federal programs include those associated with EnergyStar, the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, and the US Small Business Association. Keen Technical Solutions also works with clients to identify and pursue more local, regional, and state funding opportunities to make investing in renewable energy sources like geothermal more affordable. 

Commercial Benefits of Sustainable Energy

Investing in geothermal and other renewable energy sources does more than just save money in the long term. There are some substantial benefits, including:

  • More than 58% of consumers are more likely to support businesses with environmental programs and renewable energy practices
  • Businesses with sustainability and green energy programs are more successful in recruiting and retaining a strong workforce
  • Business leaders who invest in renewable energy outperform those who do not by more than 25% in the stock market 

For goods-focused businesses, savings come out in the bottom line. A 10% reduction in overall energy costs, for example, can boost net profit margins by 1.55% and increase sales per square foot by $25. In the restaurant industry, that same 10% energy reduction can boost net profit margins by 4% and sales per square foot by $17. 

Geothermal Has a Part to Play in Your Renewable Energy System

Geothermal heating can contribute to your complete renewable energy system by contributing to lowered heating expenses. This can help open up new opportunities to increase energy efficiency throughout your facility by improving air circulation and ventilation, implementing energy storage capabilities, and using solar panels to let the sun replace your current reliance on the grid-scale utilities. 

Get More from Less with Geothermal Heating and Geothermal Energy

Learn about effective ways to utilize energy from the earth’s core with Keen Technical Solutions. We’ll include the applicability and effectiveness of geothermal heating for your location as well as identify ways to better reduce and produce energy onsite to lower expenses and give you more control over the future of your business. Let’s save money and the planet. 

Get started and contact Keen Technical Solutions today. 

wind turbines whirl away as the sun sets near a tidal shoreline.

Build Back Better: How Much Renewable Energy Investment Survived?

After months of negotiation, bickering, and posturing, the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better plan is a shade of its former self. Few political insiders believed the bill would make it through Congress intact, but many would have been shocked to see just how much of the infrastructure plan ended up on the cutting room floor. 

The Build Back Better Plan’s Reduced Budget

The plan as it was initially drafted totaled $3.5 billion. As October turns to November, the bill could be described as trimmed down or gutted, depending on your point of view. The proposal as it stands now comes in at $1.75 billion, though some important renewable energy elements have survived with budget allocations that could do some real good. 

How Much Renewable Energy Investment Remains in the Build Back Better Budget?

While there is still some way to go before the bill might be considered in its final form, some of the totals for renewable energy investment seem to have found fixed totals. The bill is expected to include:

  • $320 billion for clean energy tax credits
  • $105 billion for resilience investments
  • $110 billion for clean energy technology, manufacturing, and supply chains
  • $20 billion for clean energy procurement. 

In total, clean energy investment should stay around $555 billion. 

How Will the Build Back Better Money Be Spent?

Dispersing the funds will take time. As the money is allocated, it will reach private citizens, businesses, communities, and organizations dedicated to supporting renewable energy investment. Some of the most accessible funds will be made available via rebates and credits. These programs include focused support of reducing energy use as well as cutting the cost of solar panels by up to 30% for most households. 

What About Renewable Energy Production?

The original focus of the bill was always to boost employment numbers. That effort is alive with substantial investment to support the production of wind turbines and solar panels, even electric cars, from US-sourced materials in US-based factories. The program will create hundreds of thousands of long-term jobs to support the renewable energy industry as a whole.

Build Back Better Framework

The White House released an updated copy of its Build Back Better framework before the last weekend in October. The document highlights both the energy-focused elements of the bill as well as other key promises made to support more Americans, including $400 billion of childcare and $150 for housing.  

The Investment We’ve Been Waiting For

Private companies have long worked ahead of the US government when it comes to growing and implementing renewable energy. The new investment from the public sector should both accelerate this focus and embolden further investment, especially in areas such as energy storage and electrification. 

Keen Technical Solutions is uniquely positioned to help businesses access public investment by navigating the maze of grants and rebates, handling every element of a project from concept to completion and beyond; our energy maintenance services keep your energy environment up to date and ahead of advances in tech and efficiency. 

Let’s get started. Talk to a Keen Technical Solutions energy consultant today.