Entries by Michelle

Third Sun Solar in Amicus Solar Purchasing Cooperative

Amicus Solar Cooperative was founded in the fall of 2011. A small group of friendly solar installation companies decided it was time to form a national organization where independent businesses could support each other by sharing best practices and pooling their buying power. Amicus is a purchasing cooperative that is jointly owned and democratically managed by our […]

Commercial Solar Leasing

SOLAR TAX LEASE FOR COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES. A LOW-COST SOLAR ACQUISITION STRATEGY LFC Capital, Inc., with more than $1.5 billion of equipment leasing experience, provides a low-cost way for commercial and industrial companies to own solar systems in 6 or 7 years. A traditional operating lease with attractive purchase options and efficient use of […]

Local Farm Uses Sun for Power

Mount Vernon News, Saturday August 2, 2014–by Henri Gendreau HOWARD OH–The sun is shining on GrassyDell Farms. On top of two large milking barns on Schenck Creek Road  near Howard sit 130 solar panels. “I think they look pretty good on the building myself,” said Dale Grassbaugh, of GrassyDell. “I just think it’s something we […]

Ohio Farm Solar

Solar for Farmers If you are involved in agriculture, be sure to take a look at our website devoted to solar for farmers. You can jump to it here, or point your browser to http://ohiofarmsolar.com.  

Third Sun Solar Added to $7 Billion Renewable Energy Multiple Award Task Order Contract

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Army today awarded the final round of solar technology contracts that will support a $7 billion renewable and alternative energy power production for Department of Defense installations Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC). The U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) and the U.S. Army Corps of […]

Solar in Ohio: Trust and Ratings Trump Price

Part of what we do for our customers — and prospective customers — is keep an eye on solar market trends and market intelligence. We want to know where the value is in solar, and how to maximize that value for our customers. Often, that research reflects back upon us, and other companies that install […]

U.S. Energy Grid in Trouble

The U.S. grid is the worst in the industrialized world (outages are up 285%!)               Power outages in the United States are up an astonishing 285% since 1984. The U.S. ranks last among the top nine Western industrialized nations in the average length of outages. That dismal performance costs […]

Lennon + McCartney + Solar + B Corporations

Here is an Op-Ed by David Brooks, a conservative columnist for The New York Times. In it, he comments upon The Beatles, creativity, and B Corporations (like Third Sun Solar) — how the confluence of creativity, capitalism and the desire to “do well by doing good” leads to a potent, positive force in American business culture. […]

Who Buys Solar?

Who is buying solar in Central Ohio these days? Homeowners and farmers are going solar in growing numbers, for good reasons. For homeowners, solar puts their rooftop to work supplying clean energy for the home. Carefully-installed solar panels produce surprising amounts of electricity in Central Ohio and throughout the state. A quality solar installer will mount the […]

Will Solar Raise My Property Taxes?

In most places, no. But it depends on where you live and how they appraise for property tax purposes. In Ohio (where we are) there are protections in place — Ohio has two solar property tax exemptions: one for solar electric systems up to 250 kilowatts,  and a payment in lieu of property tax for […]