Soenso Celebrates Five Years of Providing Clean, Renewable Energy to Georgia

Solar PV Array on Roof of Campus Crossings Emory University

Solar PV Array on Roof of Campus Crossings Emory University

Source Press release, September 30, 2009

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, September 30, 2009 – Founder and president of Soenso Energy, Roger K. Cone, today announced that this Marietta, GA, startup is celebrating five years of service to Georgia. Established in September 2004, Soenso Energy is one of the leading renewable energy installers in the state. Soenso, which is an acronym for Southern Environmental Solutions, installs commercial and residential solar thermal water heating, solar photovoltaic (PV) electric and small wind turbine electric systems.

“Much of Georgia is marginal for wind energy,” said Mr. Cone, “but there are micro-climates in our area where our residential/small commercial-sized wind turbines perform quite well. However, Georgia is indisputably a solar state.” Most of Georgia is rated as “very good” for solar radiation according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Georgia is on par with much of Florida, the self-proclaimed “Sunshine State”, for solar energy potential.
Currently there are generous Federal and Georgia financial incentives in place for the installation of renewable energy. Generally speaking for commercial solar or wind energy installations the Federal incentive is a 30% income tax credit or grant, and the Georgia incentive is a 35% income tax credit or rebate. And generally speaking for residential solar or wind energy installations the Federal incentive is a 30% income tax credit, and the Georgia incentive is a 35% income tax credit. There are published maximum limits on Georgia renewable energy incentives.

In its “long” five-year history Soenso has provided renewable energy systems for clients in a variety of categories including churches, inns, museums, office buildings, private residences, restaurants, schools and warehouse facilities, among others. Soenso Energy encourages the practice of energy conservation first and then the implementation of renewable energy. We are helping Georgia move away from our dependence on dirty fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal that are major contributors to the climate crisis. Soenso Energy is working toward making renewable energy a more significant component of Georgia’s overall energy mix.
About Soenso Energy Located in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta, Soenso Energy is a supplier and installer of commercial and residential renewable energy products – solar thermal hot water systems, solar photovoltaic (PV) for generating electricity and small wind turbines for generating electricity. These renewable energy technologies qualify for Federal and Georgia clean energy income tax credits. On the Web: http://www.soenso.com , Email: info@soenso.com, Phone: (770) 973-6298.

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Soenso Energy, founded in 2004, is one of the pioneering renewable energy integrators in Georgia. They are a family owned and operated business; managed by brothers,  Roger and Charles Cone. Soenso Energy, founded in 2004, is one of the pioneering renewable energy integrators in Georgia. When Soenso started five years ago, there were no more than a half dozen solar installers in the entire state. Now there are more than three dozen solar installers in Georgia. With this plethora of newcomers they find it increasingly more difficult to maintain high search engine rankings with their current Web site. A professionally designed and optimized Web site from Solar Velocity would be a great enhancement toward helping them to continue to grow their business and to supply clean, renewable energy to Georgia; They sell and install high quality German- designed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar thermal water heating systems and high quality American-designed wind turbines. They are also confident that they have the best installation crew in the state of Georgia.
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Len Foote Hike Inn and Soenso Energy Partner to Heat Water with Solar Power

Source: Press release soenso Energy
Len Foote Hike Inn, a backcountry lodge deep in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, is offering its guests solar-heated showers with a new state-of-the-art solar thermal system from Soenso Energy

 

      (July 8, 2009) – Dawsonville, Dawson County, Georgia – Len Foote Hike Inn, a backcountry lodge deep in north Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, is offering its guests solar-heated showers with a new state-of-the-art solar Schuco-USA thermal system.

     “This solar system is highly efficient and significantly reduces propane to heat water for our bathhouse,” says Hike Inn Manager Stan Krajeski.

     A partnership between the Hike Inn and Marietta, Georgia-based Soenso Energy will make the system an education tool.  “Working with the Hike Inn was a great experience,” says Roger Cone, a principal in Soenso Energy.  “Thousands of annual visitors will take solar-heated showers and learn how solar energy is key to our energy future.”

     For more than a decade, the Len Foote Hike Inn – accessible to its guests only by a five-mile mountain footpath beginning at the top of Amicalola Falls – has been a showplace of environmental sustainability.  “We have solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal water heating, composting toilets and worm beds to help dispose of our garbage,” says Steve Skinner, board member of the nonprofit overseeing the Hike Inn.  “Our guests learn about nature and sustainability while enjoying the outdoors.”

     Owned by the Georgia State Parks and operated by not-for-profit Appalachian Education and Recreation Services, the Len Foote Hike Inn, Dawsonville, Georgia,  is Georgia’s only backcountry inn. www.hike-inn.com 

     Soenso Energy in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta, is a renewable energy dealer and installer featuring Schuco solar-thermal water heating, Schuco solar photovoltaic electric and Skystream 3.7 wind turbine energy systems. www.soenso.com; info@soenso.com, (770) 973-6298.

Why should I buy a LEED®certified home? What is LEED®?

What is LEED®

LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It was created and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit environmental organization with more than 14,000 member organizations dedicated to sustainability in building design and construction. The certification system has been in use for more than seven years in commercial construction, and includes Green Home Buildingmore than 3.2 Billion square feet of real estate currently seeking LEED® certification.

LEED® recognizes the highest quality in green homebuilding. LEED® promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor air quality.

Please explore case studies on a variety of LEED®-certified homes at http://www.thegreenhomeguide.org.

 

LEED®for Homes FAQs for Home Buyers

Is a green home right for me?

If you would like a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle for you and for your family, a green home is right for you. Green homes have lower utility bills, use less water, are associated with fewer asthma attacks, and are at lower risk for mold and mildew. Green homes are better for the environment, and they are affordable.

How are green homes good for the climate?

In the United States, our homes are responsible for 21% of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Living in a green home means that you’re helping to stop the causes of climate change.

How will a LEED®home benefit me?

The benefits of a LEED®home include economic benefits such as lower energy and water bills; environmental benefits like reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and health benefits such as reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.

LEED®-certified homes may also be eligible for financial benefits such as lower fees for financing and lower insurance rates.

How can I compare a green home to a conventional home?

Think of LEED®as a nutrition label for your home that gives you much greater confidence in specific features of your home that will contribute to your quality of life.

LEED®certified green homes include a homeowner’s manual and a LEED® “scorecard” that reflects third-party verified information about your home’s energy performance, water savings, materials used in construction, and other features.

Similar, third-party verified information is typically not available for conventionally constructed homes.

What types of homes are LEED®certified?

The LEED®for Homes certification system is tailored for the construction of market rate and affordable new single family or low-rise multi-family homes (like condos and garden apartments). Existing homes undergoing extensive renovations – down to the last studs on at least one side of each exterior wall – are also eligible to participate in the program.Green Home Building

What about remodeling projects?

USGBC and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) have partnered to create the REGREEN Program, which are the first nationwide green residential remodeling guidelines for existing homes.

 

How can I purchase/build a LEED®home?

Tell your realtor or builder that you want a LEED®-certified home. Some markets now include whether a home is LEED®certified in MLS listings of homes for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a LEED®certified home in Georgia, please contact me. I have a list of builders participating in the program.

You can also visit http://www.thegreenhomeguide.org to find a homebuilder participating in the LEED®for Homes program in your area.

Do LEED®certified homes cost more?

LEED® certification can fit into your family’s budget regardless of what it is. LEED®certified homes include everything from luxury residences to Habitat for Humanity projects. Buying green and asking for LEED®-certification is your choice.

Are there any incentives?

Many local and state governments, utility companies and other entities across the country offer rebates, tax breaks and other incentives for green homes and for remodeling with green technologies.

Where can I find more information on green home building?

Visit http://www.thegreenhomeguide.org for comprehensive information and links to other great online resources.

If you are interested purchasing a “green” home or remodeling “green” in Georgia, please contact me. As a certified EcoBroker®, I have received additional education to promote energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier design/features in homes and buildings. If you are a Buyer, I look at your individual situation and help you find a home that is comfortable, affordable, healthy and saves money on utility bills. If you are a Seller, I will help you identify how you can improve your home’s water and energy efficiency to appeal to today’s buyer.

Let’s go Solar

During my recent visit back home in beautiful Franconia (Bavaria), Germany I couldn’t help but notice the amount of Solar panels on roofs and Wind turbines in the distance. I wanted to share a few pictures I took during a Sunday afternoon while my daughter had the time of her life on my friend’s horse.

 

It is a great time in Georgia to implement free, solar energy in your home. The federal 30% tax credit for residential and commercial solar installations has been extended for 8 years. Also, the $2,000 monetary cap for residential solar electric installations has been eliminated (effective for property placed in service after December 31, 2008). More info here http://www.seia.org/cs/news_detail?pressrelease.id=217

The state of Georgia also has come through and passed some groundbreaking solar legislation! According to House Bill 670 passed a little while ago, businesses and residences are eligible for a clean energy property tax credit. The public service commission defines “clean energy property” as any that uses solar radiation to convert energy to useful forms. So, this includes photovoltaics, solar water heating, etc. You’ve got from now until December 31st, 2012 to put your system on line to qualify. Additionally, you need to file an application with the Commissioner of Revenue. Funds will  be distributed on a first come, first serve basis from a pool of $2.5 million. The credits are administered by the Department of Revenue who can be reached at 404-417-4477. More information here. 

Here’s the incentive rate schedule:

Residential installations

1. The lesser of 35 percent or $2,500 for solar energy equipment for water heating.

2. The lesser of 35 percent of $10,500 for solar energy equipment for heating applications.

3. The lesser of 35 percent or $2,000 for certified geothermal heat pump systems.

Business installations

1. The lesser of 35 percent or $500,000 for solar energy equipment for solar electric (photovoltaic),other solar thermal electric applications, and active space heating, wind equipment, and biomassequipment

2. The lesser of 35 percent or $100,000 for solar energy equipment for domestic water heating

3. The lesser of 35 percent or $100,000 for Energy Star certified geothermal heat pump systems