One of our most commonly asked questions: What is the difference between Solar and Geothermal? Here are your answers!
☀Solar: A way to produce your own electricity using panels on your roof, or yard. The panels convert sunlight to DC electricity, and your panel inverters convert this power to AC so you may use it in your home.
♻Geothermal (Ground Source Heat Pump): A way to heat and cool your home with no fuel or combustion. A geothermal heating and cooling system is 1 unit (so no outdoor AC unit), and runs off of a small amount of electricity to start the compressor. Once the compressor is started, the rest of the heating and cooling power comes from your loopfield heat exchanger that we place underground in your yard. These systems can be up to 450% efficient, while fuel-based furnaces can never be more than 99% efficient.
Solar and Geothermal are two independent systems that compliment each other when paired. Your solar system produces the electricity your home consumes, and your geothermal heat pump conditions your home by using electricity. People who have both solar and geothermal systems can reach energy independence. Individually, they are great ways a homeowner can save money, and decrease their carbon footprint!
Renewable Energy Promotes Stability
Choosing to install a renewable energy system in your home is a decision that is meant to promote financial savings, environmental responsibility, and reducing your carbon footprint. There, however, is an additional benefit we must explore that exists now that we are living in a pandemic: Stability.
Here is How it Works:
When you produce your own power, and use that power to sustain your home's necessary utilities (heating, cooling, hot water, lights... etc) you are ensuring your stability in these unsure times.
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As of March 2, there are over 46,000 Electric Vehicles registered in New York State. Every major car manufacturer has at least one type of EV in production.
Cities, towns, businesses and homeowners throughout the state are installing EV charging stations to help accommodate those drivers. By doing so, they are demonstrating their commitment to the environment and also helping to bring more traffic to their area. Maybe you've seen them in front of businesses and thought, "I should do something like that"; maybe you've had employees or customers ask you why you don't have one yet. If that is the case, now is the perfect time to install an EV charger thanks to state sponsored grants. These grants pay for a portion of the installation, and can drive (pun intended) customers to your place of business.
There are grants available to pay for a chunk of the installation costs!
There are multiple programs in place to help alleviate the cost of installing charging stations for both businesses and municipalities.
NYSERDA offers $4000 for every port installed, and the DEC offers a Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Grant. These two grants (cannot be combined) may help pay up to 80% of the project cost. Interested in what grants you may qualify for? Contact us to go over your options.
Promote environmentally responsible transportation, technology, and prosperity in your community!
Studies show that the average EV driver’s annual income is twice the national average. Providing these stations will help to encourage them to shop, dine and spend more time in that community. Other benefits include improved property values, reduced emissions and a possible long-term revenue stream.
If you've never used a modern EV charging station, they're just as technologically advanced as the cars they help power. As the station owner, you're able to set the parameters for how much a person pays to power up. You can make it free for your employees, or perhaps charge just enough to recoup the cost of the power.
Your Next Steps:
Prior to installing a charging station, there are a number of things to consider. When determining the placement of these stations, accessibility, visibility and availability of an electrical supply are all important factors. Once a location is determined, the next step is to decide on a type of station, whether they’ll be mounted on a wall or pedestal, and if any sort of cable management is required. Additionally, if the stations are networked, they can be discovered by the various apps that EV drivers use to help them navigate their travels.
The future of transportation is changing. Are you prepared to change with it?
In response to COVID-19, ACES has started taking measures to protect both our customers and employees. Our efforts to #FlattenTheCurve have taken us digital! Starting this week, we are open to virtual quotes.
What is a virtual quote?
How this works is you will fill out the form on either the Virtual Geothermal Quote page, or the Virtual Solar Quote page. There you will give us all the information you would usually show us with a traditional in-home visit:
For Geothermal We Will Need
For Solar We Will Need
After you fill out the information, you will upload a few pictures of your current system (for geothermal), or your electrical panel (for solar).
It is that easy!
Once we receive your inquiry, we will review the information and give you a call if we have any questions.
If you wish, we can set up a virtual meeting with Zoom. Zoom is an online virtual meeting program that allows face to face interaction. With zoom, you can join the meeting with a webcam on your computer, or your cell phone. If you wish to have an online meeting, we will email you to see what appointment time slot works for you, and we will send you an invite to join the meeting. From there, you will click a link and join us to talk geothermal or solar!
What is included in this $5 Billion in Funding? (Items below taken from NY.gov)
The fund will operate four major portfolios:
Within the $5 Billion allocated to reaching NY's Green Goals is $454 Million that was given to the public utilities for new incentives to install heat pumps!
How Can You Benefit From These Funds:
NYSERDA Grant Transitions to Utility Grant: The March deadline to get NYSERDA funding ($1,500 per ton towards the cost of a geothermal system) is still in place, however, once that opportunity expires, the utility companies grants/incentives will be available. They have yet to release their incentive programs to the public; check back regularly for updates.
Financing Options: Combining the available incentives, and a low interest rate loan to switch to geothermal from fossil fuels can mean instant savings. Customers enjoy monthly payments as low as $125/month through Enerbank or NYSERDA's loan option.
NYSERDA LOAN QUALIFICATION GUIDE:
Wondering what your options are for your home? Contact us below! Quotes are always free.
This week, our geothermal team member and operations coordinator, Zack Parker, has taken over the blog to explain what he thinks are the main reasons more people have not yet installed geothermal heat pumps...
When we sit down and talk to our customers, or give a presentation on what geothermal heating and cooling is, this is one of the most common questions we encounter: Why don't more people go geothermal?
The average person usually does not even know what Geothermal energy is let alone understands the value proposition of a $30,000 Geothermal heating and cooling system involving multiple tax rebates/credits. These are the 2 major hurdles in the way of an average homeowner purchasing a socially/environmentally progressive Geothermal heatpump instead of replacing with yet another fossil fuel burning traditional furnace they are more familiar with.
Hurdle 1: Geothermal is not widely known or understood
As a geothermal sales representative I spend a lot of my time educating potential customer on the basic principals behind ground source heat pumps and how geothermal systems work. I am constantly amazed at how little the majority of people are aware of geothermal and the multitude of associated misconceptions. Even homeowners who have taken the time to reach out to a Geothermal installer and ask for a quote sometimes do not even know what they are buying. Some just know “My neighbors got one and they say it works great!”. In this case it is not just my job to convince these folks purchasing a geothermal system is a good investment but also make sure they know what they are buying, how it works, how it saves you money on utilities and the positive environmental impacts compared to traditional heating and cooling systems. The reality is that homeowners with geothermal systems are the best advocates for convincing others to make the same transition. It is essential that the general public start to understand how Geothermal energy works so we can start to transform the overall public perception of this technology and make it more universally accepted as the normal. Lack of knowledge creates skepticism, doubt and incorrect information to be spread regarding the geothermal industry in general. This lack of knowledge can be combated with responsible sales efforts from geothermal installers to make sure the public perception and understanding of geothermal heating and cooling is positive and digestible by your average homeowner. This is achieved by focusing on educating our customers to become Geothermal advocates instead of rushing through the sales process with only one goal in mind…..the signature.
Hurdle 2: Understanding the Value
In order to understand the real-world value of your Geothermal system you first need to understand how much your system actually costs. Sounds easy right? Residential geothermal heatpump installations are eligible for a 26% federal tax credit and a $1500/ton NYSERDA rebate. The NYSERDA rebate is paid to the installer upfront and typically is around $7,000-$8,000 (depending on system size, etc.). The federal tax credit is a real credit and not a deduction. This money is received as part of your income tax return check that you normally receive. The total cost after receiving these incentives is a homeowners “out of pocket” cost and the value that should be used to calculate a “payback period” on your investment.
With necessary utilities, like heating, you really need to know what you are “comparing to” in order to calculate a relevant “payback period”. For example, if you live somewhere with access to natural gas, you will have a longer payback period than somebody who lives in a rural location where natural gas is not available and therefore would need to heat with propane or fuel oil. Propane and fuel oil are more expensive than natural gas, thus producing a shorter payback on a geothermal investment as the utility savings add up quicker. A geothermal customer who normally spends $4,000 on propane annually will see faster savings than someone who normally spends $2,000 annually on natural gas. The most accurate and real world way in my opinion to calculate a geothermal system payback period is to take what your annual heating fuel cost from your previous system and subtract the amount of electricity that your geothermal system will use to come up with annual savings. At that point you can divide the “out of pocket” cost of your Geo system by the annual savings to come up with a payback value in number of years. This can be a bit misleading and not a “apples to apples” comparison for some people because Geothermal heatpumps also do your central air cooling and not just heating. So you need to either include prior A/C energy usage into your heating fuel expense total or decrease the estimated amount of electricity your heatpump will use to represent just heating and no cooling season. On Average, for a 2000 sq ft home with a forced air geothermal system, it costs between $600 and $1,000 for heating and cooling annually. Another aspect to complicate things is that your geothermal system will produce domestic hot water which is not factored into this basic calculation (More savings). Usually homeowners converting form propane see a payback period of 5-7 years where natural gas converts payback is 8-10 years.
After understanding the basic payback period and financial breakdown, it is time to consider all of the other less-obvious benefits and added value to homeowners...
Geothermal heatpumps run on electricity and is a huge step in getting your house free from dependence on volatile fossil fuels. Electricity is a much more sustainable and predictable form of energy than and eliminates the risk of inevitably rising fuel prices in the future.
Heating with electricity also means no combustion and therefore no venting required of the equipment. This reduces your risk of carbon monoxide in your home and can lower your homeowners insurance compared to traditional fuel source heating.
Another obvious benefit is the environmental and social responsibility of choosing an alternative energy source for your home. This can get lost in the shuffle when you start diving into all the numbers but the bottom line is that doing the “right thing” will have countless positive ramifications on the future of our planet and the attitudes of the next generation.
The First Step to Growing the Alternative Energy Industry is Exposure!
As the alternative energy industry grows, there will be an abundance of jobs that need to be filled in the near future. These jobs consist of skilled trade workers, engineers... etc. One problem we are facing is that many people are unaware of the industry as it is still young and growing. This past year, we have made it a priority to get young people aware, interested, and engaged in alternative energy technologies!
Recently, Belle - our Director of Marketing, has been working in local schools to spread awareness and spark interest in alternative energy technologies and careers. She has teamed up with local Earth Science, and Engineering teachers to get students involved and ready for potential jobs in the industry.
Topics explained in Belle's presentations include: NY's energy resources, how NY uses its energy, Geothermal Energy Vs. Geothermal HVAC, the science and engineering behind geothermal heating and cooling systems, how we can ditch fossil fuels, converting buildings to alternative energy systems... and much more.
Together with the presentation portion, a demo geothermal unit is brought into the school to show students firsthand how a heat-exchanger, and heat pump system work together to reach 450% efficiencies in heating and cooling. At first, many students do not understand how their furnace works in their basements, or why it is even important to efficiently heat and cool workplaces, homes, and schools. By the end of Belle's 1 hour session, students come to realize that 1) EVERYONE should be using geothermal technology in their lives, and 2) They want to promote this technology in their careers, lives, and schools. The biggest conclusion that has been seen between all classes, ages, and grade levels is that they are confused why more people do not use alternative energy technologies. Our response to them is simple: Many people do not know! That is why we are here; to raise awareness so you can go be environmental advocates in your careers!
Overall, the experience has been great for both ACES Energy and the local schools. The goal is for students to be aware of and advocate for the use and development of alternative energy systems.
Interested in having one of our team members come into your school and talk to your staff and students about alternative energy? Contact us below!
These students will have the knowledge, drive, and ability to make changes in their chosen careers when promoting alternative energy. Let's get them interested now so when they are engineers, HVAC professionals, or teachers, they are aware of what positive contributions they can make by applying environmentally-beneficial solutions to everyday problems.
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I can never get enough of these messages from my customers! I met with Mary back in mid-July 2019 as she was a referral from a neighbor down the street that we had just installed a solar system for. I went through all the financial and eco-benefits of installing a solar PV system. She was on board immediately and asked what the next steps were. We prepared all the documents for Mary, including obtaining the necessary permits and utility interconnection documents ensuring a worry-free process for her. Leading up the installation we field verified our design, kept in contact with local authorities and the utility agency to ensure a smooth transition to converting Mary over to being powered by the sun. During the installation, we kept Mary aware of our project plan, and upon completion coordinated both a 3rd party electrical inspection and the installation of her bi-directional net meter. Mary has had her system for almost 4 months now, and couldn't be happier with her savings! As seen below, even as we get into the winter months, Mary is producing electricity with her panels.
I greatly enjoyed my journey with Mary and look forward to working with you on your path to energy independence. If you are interested in going solar like Mary, click the link below and we can start your transition towards producing your own electricity too!
-Stephen R, Solar Team Leader
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Affordable Geothermal Heating now available for WNY Homes with
BUFFALO, NY - March 27, 2018 - GroundUp: The Geothermal Alliance of Western New
York is now offering radiant geothermal energy heating and cooling systems for a fixed
price of $24,000, or with an additional dedicated geothermal heat pump for domestic hot
water for $26,000, after NYSERDA rebates. This offer is for homeowners who have
existing radiant systems or plan to build a new house with radiant, whether it is in-floor
heating, wall radiators or baseboard radiators. A 30% federal tax credit is also available
to homeowners when they install geothermal systems.
Radiant heat in a home can take many forms and is often referred to as steam heating,
hot water heating, radiator heating or radiant floor heating. A GroundUp member can
help you determine which is in your home.
With this new offer GroundUp is providing geothermal systems, which were previously
perceived to be complex and expensive, to homeowners in WNY at a low cost. The
offer includes a special heat pump, if needed, that can deliver 150 degree F water
temperature, making it suitable even for baseboard heat. Also included is an outdoor
reset controller, which measures outside temperatures and lowers the operating system
temperatures of the heat pump on warmer days, to increase efficiency and lower
operating costs. The system further consists of a buffer tank, outside loop field, pumping
station, the necessary pumps for the radiant system, and a new domestic hot water tank
if the hot water option is selected, as well as direct to load piping, which improves
radiant efficiency by an additional 10%. It does not include the radiant system in the
Jesse Cook of Geotherm, a GroundUp Alliance Member, explains: “GroundUp Radiant
Geothermal System and Installation cost typically covers qualified well insulated single
family homes, up to 4000 sq. ft. in our Western New York climate and includes approval
of the NYSERDA rebate.” said Cook. “We are excited to add radiant geothermal
applications to our portfolio of geothermal solutions for every home.”
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has up
to $15 million available in rebates for the installation of ground source heat pump
systems for residences, businesses and institutions. Rebates are only available to
In addition, the current Geothermal Federal Tax credit of 30% can be used to further
reduce the system cost up to $7,800 for the homeowner. “This would reduce the final
cost to $18,200 with dedicated hot water, and $16,800 without it.” says Andrew
Heiligman of Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc. (A.C.E.S. - Energy), another
“This is a fantastic opportunity specifically for people who are paying thousands of
dollars a year for oil or propane to heat their homes”, said Bill Nowak, Executive
Director of New York Geothermal Energy Organization .
GroundUp: Geothermal Alliance of Western New York is an initiative of the New York
Geothermal Foundation and the first of its kind in the area to bring the revolutionary
design of Geothermal to every homeowner at a discounted, affordable price. Interested
homeowners can find more information and contact approved installers to set up
installation at www.groundupgeo.org
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BUFFALO, NY - January 9, 2018 - ACES Energy, Buffalo Geothermal, Dailey Electric, GeoTherm, Van Hee Mechanical, Phoenix Energy Supply, Waterfurnace and Earth Sensitive Solutions have teamed up to make Geothermal energy heating and cooling available to every homeowner in Western New York. Together these businesses have created a revolutionary concept; GroundUp: Geothermal Alliance of Western New York, to help homeowners easily transition to 100% clean energy.
“Our mission is to bring the highest quality and most affordable Geothermal heating & cooling systems to the people of Western New York, from the GroundUp,” boasted Todd Schmiegel of Buffalo Geothermal. “Our goal is to inform the public about Geothermal benefits and savings, ensure highest quality Geothermal system installation and design, and provide affordable Geosystems to the consumer.”
GroundUp allows qualified homeowners, who are eligible to receive a rebate from New York State, to install Geothermal energy heating and cooling HVAC systems in their home for a total cost of only $24,000, which is thousands of dollars cheaper than currently offered. Geothermal systems with dedicated geothermal heat pumps for domestic hot water are being offered for a total cost of $26,000 to qualified homeowners. The offer is available immediately and typically covers single family homes up to 4000 sqf with good insulation.
Installing Geothermal systems in WNY homes will also aid in reaching the state mandate to have a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority said, “Using clean energy technologies such as geothermal is critical to meeting Governor Cuomo’s nation leading clean energy goals. GroundUp’s ability to provide geothermal systems at a reduced price, together with the state’s rebate, will enable even more consumers to adopt this clean energy and help New York reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has up to $15 million available in rebates for the installation of ground source heat pump systems for residences, businesses and institutions. Rebates are available to qualified installers for two years or until all funds have been exhausted. The total amount of the rebate will be deducted from the total cost of the system, thereby passing the savings along directly to consumers.
Assemblyman Sean Ryan said “I am very excited about the GroundUp program. This is great news for homeowners across Western New York. New York has been a leader in advancing the use of clean renewable energy, and cutting carbon emissions. Geothermal energy systems are a great way for homes and businesses to lower their energy costs, and lower their reliance on fossil fuels. I was pleased to recently announce a change in New York State law that will allow homeowners, small businesses, and not-for-profits to install geothermal systems as part of the On-Bill financing program. It is great to see that the state and private sector are working together to expand the use of this clean, energy efficient technology.”
Geothermal energy heating and cooling systems also allow homeowners to have more control over their energy bills. .
“New York’s over-dependence on natural gas for both heating buildings and generating electricity means that consumers are hostage to budget busting price spikes when cold spells hit,” said Bill Nowak, Executive Director of New York Geothermal Energy Organization. “It's great to see geothermal companies pooling their buying power on behalf of consumers and helping to break the monopoly grip that fossil fuels have on our energy bills.”
GroundUp: Geothermal Alliance of Western New York is an initiative of the New York Geothermal Foundation and the first of its kind in the area to bring the revolutionary design of Geothermal to every homeowner at a discounted, affordable price. Interested homeowners can find more information and contact approved installers to set up installation at www.groundupgeo.org
Earlier this month, a bill was signed into law restoring the 30% federal tax credit for geothermal heat pumps that provides parity with solar and fossil fuels. This legislation is a victory for the country, for the economy, and for the thousands of hard-working people that drive this industry. Its passing was a direct result of the hard work from the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and all the geothermal advocates who took the time to contact their local legislators. The tax credit is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017, so whether you purchased a system last year or are still in the buying process, this is good news for you. Contact us for your no cost, no obligation consultation today!
We now offer attractive financing solutions for both your next Solar and/or Geothermal project. A simple non-binding per-approval process takes less than 15 minutes. Upon approval, if you decide to not more forward with your renewable energy project, there are no costs that are billed to you. During our site visit, we can walk you thru the process. If you are more comfortable applying on your own, we can provide you our contractor information and you can call in your self. Either way, this painless process now makes transitioning to renewable energy one step easier!
Many other contractors "bury" the contractor or fees associated with the financing within the contract price to offer you a lower interest rate. Our process and fees are transparent and you pay exactly what they are. While we can "buy-down" the interest rate, we tailor each financed project directly with the customer so you know exactly what you are paying for.
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Not only did ACES-Energy help a local business GO GREEN, we helped the AquaSource Group in Honeoye, NY reduce their dependency on foil oil, reduced their carbon footprint, reduced their energy bills and educated their customers and staff on Solar Electric systems.
The AquaSource Group Inc. is a team of professionals dedicated to serving the Water Quality and Waste Water needs of residential, commercial, industrial, and small community clients in and around the Finger Lakes Region of Western New York.
Steven Richards, the President of The AquaSource Group and renewable energy advocate said "I have always been intrigued with and promoted solar panels over the past 10 years. I knew the payback was coming down and incentives were at an all time best and the team at ACES made it all come together. The team at ACES handled the process start to finish and I could not be happier with them. Our shop, showroom and office is now 100% solar powered."
Steve and The AquaSource Group will also be installing a geothermal heating and cooling system this coming fall to heat and cool their building and will boast an amazing 300% to 400% efficiency. Steve said "I can not wait to be net-zero, producing energy from the sun and heating and cooling our building from the earth! I even welcome folks to call the shop and set up a time that I can personally give them an overview of our system". ACES-Energy will also have literature on hand that you can pick up to learn more about us and the renewable energy solutions we offer!
ACES-Energy featured as the only renewable energy company at Rochester GO GREEN EVENT on June 20th, 2013
The beginning minutes of a Geothermal dig
ACES-Energy was hand selected to be the only local contracting company that offers residential and light commercial Geothermal Heating & Cooling and Solar PV solutions. This honor exemplifies how ACES-Energy is portrayed in the local community of Rochester, NY.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The act of “going green” has become a buzz phrase in the 21st century, but many leading Rochester organizations are now dedicated large amounts of talent and resources to offer sustainable options to their customers. And they are coming together for the third annual “Go Green with Michael Viggiani” Expo on Thursday evening, June 20 — which will be the largest gathering of Rochester businesses offering green and sustainable products and services.
The public is invited to attend the free event from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rochester Museum & Science Center, to experience the latest in sustainable offerings, from carpeting and roofing to restoration and energy. The museum will run on green energy that day in conjunction with the Go Green event, which will be the first zero-landfill-waste event in Rochester.
The Expo will feature more than 20 companies and is being organized by Michael Viggiani, a pioneer in the field of sustainable energy who introduced the first sustainable lighting technology in Rochester in 2008. In the five years since he brought LED technology to Rochester, he has seen technology and product lines for green initiatives grow rapidly as the world is being more aware and aggressive regarding sustainability.
“Rochester’s business legacy is based on engineering and new philosophies and today’s Rochester companies are following suit, by focusing on sustainability and bringing new products to the market that are environmentally and energy friendly,” said Viggiani, president of Rochester-based Go Green LED International, which will exhibit offerings at the June 20 event. “I strongly believe in sustainability, doing what’s right, and also sharing the information that there is an incredible cost-savings for using sustainable products and energy.”
He holds a patent related to film preservation with a second patent currently in process. In May 2013 he earned the Sustainability Award for the restoration he designed and completed on an historic structure at George Eastman House, where he has served as facilities manager for 25 years. The award was granted by the Business Owners & Managers Association (BOMA).
The event’s Gold Sponsors are EMCOR Services Betlem, LeChase Construction, The Pike Company, and Schuler-Haas Electric Corp. Companies being showcased at the Go Green EXPO are as follows: Go Green LED International, Temp-Press, Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, , EMCOR Group Inc., Herman HVAC Products, Kistler Inc., BCS, Green & Dry Carpet Cleaning, Henderson-Johnson, Alexander Enterprises, Day Automation, Modular Comfort Systems, Mohawk Group/Greenfield Flooring, Fusion Digital, National Fuel Resource, R.P. Fedder Corp., Rainbow International Restoration, Sherwin-Williams, and Constellation Energy, which is providing the green energy that day to power the museum and the event.
The Go Green event will include live music, food and drinks, and a silent auction to benefit the EquiCenter, a non-profit horse-riding therapy program in Mendon that serves returning veterans and children with disabilities. EquiCenter is the main benefactor of the Go green event, as it is raising funds to build a fully sustainable barn so it can serve its clients year round. Pre-registration is required for those wishing to attend the Go Green Expo. Please RSVP by email email@example.com.
Rochester, N.Y. --
The third annual "Go Green with Michael Viggiani" expo will be held Thursday, June 20. It's the largest gathering of Rochester businesses offering green and sustainable products and services.
The public is invited to attend the free event from 5 to 8 p.m. at Rochester Museum & Science Center. The latest in sustainable offerings, from carpeting and roofing to restoration and energy, will be on display. The expo will feature more than 20 companies, one of which is Michael Viggiani's Rochester-based Go Green LED International.
Viggiani, of Gates, introduced the first sustainable lighting technology in Rochester in 2008.
“I strongly believe in sustainability, doing what’s right, and also sharing the information that there is an incredible cost-savings to using sustainable products and energy," he said.
He holds a patent related to film preservation with a second patent currently in process. In May 2013, the Rush-Henrietta grad earned the Sustainability Award for the restoration he designed and completed on an historic structure at George Eastman House, where he has served as facilities manager for 25 years. The award was granted by the Business Owners & Managers Association.
Companies being showcased at the Go Green expo include Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, EMCOR, Sherwin-Williams, and Constellation Energy, which is providing the green energy that day to power the museum and the event. And, according to Viggiani, it will be the first zero-landfill-waste event in Rochester.
The Go Green event will include live music, food and drinks, and a silent auction to benefit the EquiCenter, a nonprofit horse-riding therapy program in Mendon that serves returning veterans and children with disabilities. Pre-registration is required as the event is limited to 400 people. RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more: http://www.greecepost.com/features/x1968255782/Living-and-working-the-green-way#ixzz2WNv9ISFa
Do you have a camp or backwoods retreat in need of a mobile power source? Maybe you have multiple hunting retreats that you would like power, but not all at the same time? This trailer allows you to tow the power where needed. This trailer does not pollute or make any noise! The potential for a custom built renewable energy power source built for you by ACES-Energy is endless.
ACES-Energy was recently tasked with designing and building a mobile renewable energy trailer for a remote research facility outside of Naples, NY. The facility will house a small faculty and will welcome visiting scientists and environmentalists thoughout the year on the premises. This trailer will be towed by one of the three 100% electric utility vehicles currently on site around the 200+ acre wilderness ranch. It will allow folks to bring their laptops and experimental equipment anywhere on the property and have power. In addition, it will be used to charge both electric road vehicles and off-road utility vehicles that will be used on site.
The trailer features (4) solar panels mounted on a custom trailer which houses the central control mechanism, batteries, charge controllers and safety devices. During sunlight hours, the battery bank will continuously recharge providing endless 120volt electricity as any wall receptacle would. During nighttime, the battery bank will provide 8-16 hours of power supply, depending on usage and air temperature. The panels are adjustable and will sit flush to the trailer for transport.
If you are interested in working with ACES-Energy and obtaining a quotation for a custom trailer of this nature, please contact us today.
Recovery the heat from your drain water in Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes
Drain Water Heat Recovery is the science of recovering wasted thermal energy going down the drain and using it to pre-heat incoming fresh cold water. One of the most substantial utility costs in all areas of life is water heating.DWHR systems can passively recover a significant portion of that wasted energy and provide operational cost savings, prolong the life of heating appliances, and extend the run-time of hot water usage.
How does Drain Water Heat Recovery Work?
ACES-Energy has several ways to install your Drain Water Heat Recovery unit
The heat exchanger becomes part of your drainage stack, usually in your basement, by replacing a vertical section of the drain line. The coils become part of your fresh water supply line by diverting it through them. It can be installed with any combination of drainage pipe and fresh water piping (ie. ABS, PVC, cast iron, copper, PEX, etc). Only 4 plumbing connections are needed -- 2 for the coil and 2 for the drain (using no-hub connectors).
Units can be installed on the second floor, first floor, crawl space and basement – virtually anywhere there is access to a sufficiently tall section of VERTICAL waste pipe having waste hot water flowing through it, along with access to a cold water supply line. The heat exchanger may be installed in more than one location, as on-site conditions may allow. For best results, install as close to the exit of the main drain line as possible.
For maximum savings, use the Equal Flow configuration - plumb the pre-heated water from the unit to both the water heater and the cold line, feeding all plumbing fixtures. Preheating the cold water to fixtures like a shower significantly reduces the amount of hot water needed. This also creates an equal flow where the total preheated water being used is equal to the total water going down the drain.
ACES-Energy has purchased the Western, NY dealership for the Swing Green product line. Please contact us for more information and a quote to install one on your next project! In addition, ACES-Energy offers a complete line of Geothermal Heating & Cooling and Solar PV products and installation services for the Rochester, New York and Finger Lakes area including, but not limited to Webster, Victor, Bloomfield, Pittsford, Lima, Bristol, South Bristol, Dansville, Geneseo, Batavia, Bath, Ithaca, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Honeoye Falls, and Mendon area...
The team at ACES-Energy has started their installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system at their 7288 Rush Lima Road, Honeoye Falls, NY location. The showroom and shop is sitting on a layer of rock and only had about ten inches of top soil around the building. That left us no other answer than to drill a vertical closed loop system. We successfully drilled two bores at 300' deep. Also, in each hole, we installed pipe to monitor ground temperature and performance at different depths in addition to installing a heat dump for our future solar hot water system. We will post photos and videos to our blog as we continue the progress.
Welcome to newest ACE-Energy employee in training, Jack James (J.J.) Heiligman. Jack was born February 26th, 2013 at 11:14am. He weighed an impressive 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Everyone is healthy, home and Jack is preparing him self for the IGSHPA geothermal test and the NABCEP solar test in the coming years!
Jack assisting at his first trade show at only 25 days old....
J.J. also assisted on his first truck repair at less than two weeks old on the work trucks!
We would like to thank VP Supply for featuring Jack in their February 29th, 2013 newsletter.
Walk around the block at 7 weeks
Jack's first lacrosse game watching Dad's college (Clarkson University) team play in the Liberty League finals against RIT.
Jack's first visit to Lowe's at 4 weeks old!
Published today in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle below.... As energy costs continue to rise, now is time to think about solar one more time. Over the past several weeks, many of our customers said they looked into solar PV in the past, and it was a 12-15 year return on investment in the Rochester and Finger Lake area of Upstate, NY. With rising energy costs, lower installation costs and longer warranties on products, we have seen roof mounted paybacks as low as four to six years. Contact us today for your free solar site evaluation.
"Customers of an Rochester-area utility company are paying more for electricity as a surcharge kicks in to keep a power plant running.NYSEG says delivery charges are being increased to cover the cost of operating the Cayuga Generating Facility in the town of Lansing, Tompkins County, until other sources of power are found.
The company operating the plant had planned to shut it down in January, but an agreement with NYSEG and regulators will keep it running for another year.
A residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours will pay $1.11 more each month. A small nonresidential customer with 50 kilowatts of demand that used 12,600 kilowatt-hours will pay $29 more. Large nonresidential customers with 2,000 kilowatts of demand and using 720,000 kilowatt-hours will pay $1,680 more."
After 6 months of engineering, planning and site work, ACES-Energy and The AquaSource Group successfully installed an off-grid solar electric powered well pumping system.
Our customer, who also had a geothermal heating and cooling system installed three years ago, dug a large pond on his wildlife preserve for both his love of animals and for fire protection. Initially, he contacted us to installed a temporary generator to run a well-pump to fill his pond. Not only were the costs high, it involved maintenance and someone to constantly re-fuel the generator. Steve Richards of The AquaSource Group and AJ Heiligman of ACES-Energy put their minds together and designed a system to fill this pond utilizing the earth's natural resources. Steve & AJ worked hand and hand with Franklin Electric to test a prototype off-grid submersible pump, one of the first in the North East. We went through several design iterations, matching the pump motor and controls to the well depth and flow rate to an optimized solar array.
ACES-Energy has purchased a building in the great village of Honeoye Falls (Mendon), NY. We plan to be a leader in the industry and offer a location where our potential customers can come and meet with our staff. This building will be an educational center with live demonstrations of our products, including but not limited to geothermal heating and cooling, solar electric and solar hot water.
"We want to offer a unique educational experience with working equipment exactly how it would be installed in our customers homes. By investing in infrastructure and a showroom like this, we want to show our customers that renewable energy and ACES is here to stay! In addition, we have expanded to offer many additional residential and light commercial services in the the Honeoye Falls, Mendon, Victor, Lima and 45 minute surrounding area" said ACES-Energy President AJ Heiligman.
In other exciting news, we have partnered with SunnKing and will offer electronic recycling on site. You can simply bring your old electronics and we will recycle them for you!
The address is 7288 Rush Lima Road, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
In addition, we are now offering several other services such as:
On-Demand hot water systems
Traditional hot water tanks
Electric car charging
Off-grid charging stations and mobile trailers
Emergency sump pump back-up systems
Light excavation including irrigation, electrical, water lines, etc.
Spray foam insulation
Swing-Green heat recovery systems
As always, our senior service technician is looking for the most complex systems to troubleshoot and maintain.
The building season is soon upon us, be sure to get your plans to us to plan geothermal hvac in your new home!
We will be on site working on the facility in the coming weeks and expect to announce a formal opening soon. In the meantime, we will still be happy to meet customers at their home or in the new showroom by appointment only.
Andrew (A.J.) Heiligman, President of ACES-Energy, who is responsible for day to day sales and operations of the business has been asked to speak at an Upstate, NY Geothermal conference. A.J. will be presenting geothermal best practices and techniques that has turned ACES into a leading geothermal contractor. Also, he has been asked to highlight his success with several unique design approaches and online remote monitoring of selected projects. The conference will be held February 20 and 21. We will post photos and presentation data is the coming months.
Updated 3-13-13 with a photo of folks who attended the seminar!
Jim Salmon is the most recognized home inspector in the Rochester, New York area. Jim has personally seen the work of multiple geothermal contractors in the area and after his due diligence, now endorses ACES-Energy as the "Geothermal Expert" in the region.
Jim is also the host of The Home Repair Clinic Radio Programs on WHAM 1180 AM and are among the most popular shows in the country. The home improvement talk show airs each Saturday morning from 6:0d0 to 10:00am with Co-Hosts John Carr and on Sunday’s from 9:00 to 11:00am with a variety of co-hosts.
A great article in the NY Times post-storm regarding geothermal heating and cooling.