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.

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

THE ‘Green’ Wedding and Event facility in Marietta, GA

 

 

 

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, GA is THE Eco-Friendly Wedding and Event Facility in GA.  

They recently installed a Solar PV System to Generate Clean Electricity and Caroma Dual Flush Toilets to Save Water 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, August 2, 2008 –

The Grand Ballroom of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain
The Grand Ballroom of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

Back in the twentieth century Billy Idol sang about a “White Wedding” in his 1982 hit. But in the twenty-first century, mother and son team Ellie and Marc Sommers are leading the charge in Atlanta for “green” weddings, as well as “green” special events and “green” corporate events. They are the owners of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, Georgia. This event facility is on four idyllic, forested acres near the entrance to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

 

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, formerly known as the Kennesaw Mountain Winery, was acquired by the Sommers in 2006. They began implementing numerous environmentally friendly initiatives. Most recently they had a 1.3kW DC solar PV electric system,

1.3kW DC Solar PV Array at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

manufactured by Schuco Solar of Germany, mounted onto the roof of the facility’s Grand Ballroom. The solar array was supplied and installed by Marietta-based SOENSO GA (soenso.com). The 1.3kW solar PV system will produce an average of 145kWh/month of free electricity. A system this size will generate just a portion of the total power needed for the facility, but it will shave peak-usage kWh’s and reduce each month’s electric bill. 

In addition, generating 145kWh/month of clean electricity from solar PV instead of using that same amount of electricity generated by coal-fired utility power plants will have the following positive annual impact on the environment: 

  • 2,826 pounds of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere
  • 3 barrels of foreign oil not imported
  • 145 gallons of gasoline not consumed

Other sustainable initiatives underway at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain include locally inspired and organic food, biodegradable and compostable food containers and flatware, waste recycling by Conex Recycling of Alpharetta and dual-flush toilets from ecoTransitions of Marietta. The Sommers also plan to install a solar thermal water heating system from SOENSO GA.

Update: They were recently featured as the “Going Green Champion of the Week” by WSB TV, see here http://www.wsbtv.com/video/17642364/

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, 1127 White Circle NW, Marietta, Georgia 30060
On the Web: www.gardensatkennesaw.com,
Phone: (770) 396-5361, Email: catering@parsleys.com.
Thanks to SOENSO GA for providing this information 
SOENSO GA solar energy dealer/installer – On the Web: www.soenso.com.
Email: info@soenso.com