Check out A.J. Heiligman of ACES-Energy at a Sodus, NY home under construction and during the installation of the geothermal loopfield.
ACES has a lot of experience designing and installing several types of geothermal heating and cooling systems including pond loops, horizontal loops, vertical loops, and well loops. Sometimes two systems can even be mixed to work together in a hybrid system. Below are some recent projects done by ACES. One is a hybrid system including two horizontal earth loops and one pond loop. The other is a vertical loop installation. Each project site has unique characteristics including land area, elevation, slope, soil type, and more that have to be factored into a design. No two projects are exactly alike. Contact ACES today for your free consultation at your home or office to find out which system or combination of systems will work best for you.
Are you thinking about making the switch to geothermal and want to know what goes on during an installation? It just so happens that one of our costumers taped the whole procedure from start to finish. At ACES we took the footage and compacted it into a 6 minute video that summarizes the typical process of a horizontal loop installation. Check out the video below.
This summer A.C.E.S. Energy hired an undergraduate from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and helped a student from Wayne Central School District complete his 40 hour internship requirement to allow them to explore their interests in renewable energy. Jake Gauger, a junior from Wayne Central, has an interest in sustainable energy, especially geothermal technology. His dad had worked with A.C.E.S. doing some construction work and asked if they would take his son on a few digs so he could explore his career interests. A.C.E.S. was more than happy to give Jake some experience in the field. He has had the opportunity to work on several projects including a geothermal installation in Canandaigua, NY and one at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton's Church in Hamlin, NY. Over the period of one work week, Jake was able to experience both the mental and physical labors of installing a geothermal system. Every project is different, and he has done almost everything from moving rocks in the trenches to strategically laying out the piping. Jake says "the geothermal unit itself is pretty technical, so you do need some knowledge on how to lay out the supply and return lines," which he has picked up on the job. In the future, he hopes to attend Morrisville college and major in renewable energy. He says that geothermal is what he expected and he is interested in pursuing a career specifically in the field.
A.C.E.S. also hired Ashley Miller, a freshman undergraduate at SUNY-ESF majoring in Environmental Resources Engineering. Ashley has had some experience at college working with small scale sustainability techniques, but she was interested in exploring some larger technologies such as geothermal and solar over the summer. A.C.E.S. offered Ashley a job working in advertising and promotion for the company. With this opportunity she is able to travel to several job sites, perform costumer interviews, and overall get a better understanding for how the entire company works from installation to advertising. She says "even after just a few weeks working with A.C.E.S. I already feel like a spokesperson for geothermal energy, something my classmates haven't even begun studying yet. I am very grateful for the opportunity." Ashley plans on graduating from SUNY-ESF in four years with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Resources Engineering.
ACES-Energy takes yet another step in reducing our customers utilities bills by being able to offer the Power Miser product Line. The Power Miser product uses capacitor based technology to reduce the "peaks and spikes" of inductive motors starting. By reducing these "peaks and spikes" of motors, customers have reported an energy savings of 5% to 25%, depending on the amount and type of inductive motors in their home, and the amount of time each appliance is operated.
ACES-Energy is able to offer the Power Miser product to both residential and commericial applications. Every single home and business has at least one if not many inductive motors. Several examples of inductive motors include geothermal heat pumps, air conditioners, air compressors, pool and well pumps.
Contact ACES-Energy today to discuss a potential Power Miser installation at your location.
More information can be found here and FAQ here.
_ One unique service we have not advertised but have offered in the past is our loop design and installation service. We are now starting to promote our geothermal loop design and installation portion of our business!
Many builders, HVAC contractors and even homeowners have the ability or aptitude with minimal assistance and guidance to install a traditional furnace, plumb a hot water tank and install electrical appliances. Partnering with ACES-Energy, you can now add Ground Source Heat Pumps to your arsenal and skill-set.
We at ACES-Energy can work with you to design your entire geothermal heating and cooling system. Next, we can install the loop field and associated equipment. You can complete what tasks you feel comfortable with and we can assist in the final start-up and commissioning.
If you think this is a fit for you, please contact an ACES-Energy representative to discuss in further detail. Our loop contracting and unit start-up / commissioning business function is currently servicing the following counties: Niagara, Eric, Chautauqua, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Steuben, Seneca, Yates, Schuyler, Cayuga, Tompkins, Oswego, Onondaga, Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence.
_ Over the years, we are consistently involved with different aspects of geothermal heating and cooling installations. As a proponent of the Geothermal industry in the Buffalo, Rochester and Finger Lakes regions of Upstate NY we are always doing leg work to promote the technology. We commonly assist architects, engineers, builders, homeowners and students to understand Ground Source Heat Pumps.
Geothermal HVAC is not new to the area, we service systems that were installed 25+ years ago, that utilize the same refrigeration process and possess the same components that are still used today! In 2011, we replaced or upgraded several units that were installed in the early 1980’s as a preventative maintenance measure for customers who wanted increased performance from dual stage compressors and variable speed fans.
Having several engineers on staff who share a passion for renewable energy, we are always eager to push the design envelope. We are always looking for the next difficult and complex project that we can associate our name with. No job is too small and we can assist in any task from design, consultation and feasibility studies to installation, commissioning and monitoring for ideal system performance.
Please do not hesitate to contact an ACES-Energy representative to discuss your next project today!
Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc, commonly referred to as ACES-Energy is proud to announce we are expanding to the Western Pennsylvania Market! We will have a walk-in office located at 2059 Henderson Ave. in Washington, PA 15301. The office will be staffed by two highly trained individuals with a combined 55 years of experience in the renewable energy field. We will offer the same services as we offer in Upstate, NY in our newest location, including Geothermal, Solar thermal, PV and wind!
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Information taken from www.wecaresolar.org
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WE CARE Solar promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity. The Problem
Maternal mortality worldwide accounts for more than half a million deaths a year; 99 percent of these occur in underdeveloped countries. For every maternal death, at least 20 women suffer severe complications from childbirth. Major causes of maternal death include obstetric hemorrhage (massive bleeding from childbirth), obstructive labor (labor where the mother is unable to deliver the baby), eclampsia (life threatening seizures related to high blood pressure), and sepsis (widespread infection). These emergencies cannot always be predicted, nor are they always preventable. However, with prompt, appropriate and reliable medical care, they are unlikely to result in loss of life.
Sporadic electricity impairs the operation of surgical wards, delivery wards, essential hospital equipment, and hospital communications. This compromises the ability of Nigerian health workers to provide safe, appropriate and timely medical care. Labor and delivery nurses cannot quickly notify on-call physicians of emergencies. Midwives and physicians are forced to make treatment decisions without the benefit of necessary diagnostic tests. Obstetric procedures and emergency surgeries are conducted under grossly suboptimal conditions, and can have tragic consequences. The photo of the kerosene lantern on our home page was taken in the maternity ward of one hospital – this was the only light available in the ward!
A Powerful Solution
In 2009, we designed a photovoltaic system to power lighting, medical equipment, a blood bank refrigerator, and communication equipment in a major municipal hospital in Northern Nigeria. This system targets maternal health care by powering the following:
We also designed a portable solar electric system that fits in a suitcase. The “WE CARE Solar Suitcase” powers overhead LED lighting, charges cell phones or two-way radios, and includes LED headlamps that come with their own rechargeable batteries. The first deployment of these systems occurred in June 2009. Now these systems have been introduced in fourteen countries, including Haiti, to aid medical relief teams after the 2010 earthquake, and Liberia, where we worked with the World Health Organization on a study of the effects of electricity on maternal health outcomes.
Our Solar Suitcases are user-friendly, robust, durable, and nearly maintenance-free. They work in mobile settings or can be easily installed in existing hospitals and clinics lacking reliable source of power. Improved surgical lighting, enhanced usage of existing medical equipment, and the support of mobile telecommunication systems reduces delays in providing care, and increases the capacity of health workers to care for patients with obstetric complications. In addition, workers report more confidence in performing skilled care, and no longer fear night duty.
We receive phone calls daily with folks who are building a new home inquiring about geothermal heating and cooling in Upstate NY including the areas around Rochester, Buffalo and the Finger Lakes region. Our response is why would you not install geothermal in a new home????
In a new home, you already need to purchase a heating, cooling and domestic hot water system. You already need a distribution system, either ducting for forced air or radiant heating.
Just like an existing home, there is a 30% Federal Tax Credit with no limit on it for new construction! The incremental cost to switch to geothermal after the tax credit is usually minimal, with paybacks as little as 1-2 years!
The advantage of working with Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc. is that we work with homeowners, general contractors, builders and excavation firms. We welcome the opportunity to utilize other partners on a job, specifically if there is already an excavator on site for digging the basement, utility lines, septic/sewer, we could cost share and save money to the homeowner by using a machine already on site!
For more information, please contact us today to set up your free appointment!
Building a new home is typically a stressful situation and homeowners often overlook details that can have a long term effect on the monthly budget. Building an energy efficient home does not have to be difficult or increase costs. Alternative Carbon Energy Sytems, Inc. (ACES-Energy) has partnered with MGB Building Inc. to provide customers an affordable solution to those that want to build a new home with green building practices. Enlisting the help of MJB Building and ACES-Energy in new home construction starts way before the foundation is poured or pounding any nails! We work with our customers and their architect from day one to determine the optimal building solution at an affordable cost. We show our customers how building green can be the same cost as a home without any energy conservation practices installed. We not only employ green building techniques such as Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Hot-Water and unique insulation methods but also in the way the home is orientated and landscaping around the home.
Matt Brooks, owner of MJB Building Inc. shares a passion in energy efficient building methods and is in the process of developing a sub-division of 2+acre lots, adjacent to the Erie Canal in Spencerport, NY. Matt’s extensive experience in the new construction industry and proven track record has made him a perfect match for the ACES-Energy renewable energy team. Andrew Heiligman, President of ACES-Energy noted “Matt’s ability to work with architects and transform a homeowners vision to a custom built home is priceless. We are excited to work with Matt to provide energy efficient solutions to our customers building a new home”.
Thinking of building a new home? ACES-Energy has partnered with several “Green” architects and now with enlisting MJB Builders, proves to be one of the first companies to offer the “Total Package” in the Upstate NY region. Please contact us to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Green Building Team.
During the 2010-11 school year, ACES-Energy worked with the local BOCES instructors and students to install a geothermal heating and cooling system, in addition to a Solar PV array in Batavia, NY. Click on the case study below to read more!
ACES-Energy would like to thank the Town of Gains and Code Enforcement officer Robert McGaffick for allowing the first Solar Photovoltaic system to be installed in the town to date. The staff of ACES-Energy worked together with Rob on the permitting process and educated him on the installation method for a solar electric generated system.
Andrew Heiligman, President of ACES-Energy had the following to say about Bob: "Over two phone conversations and one meeting, we presented our engineering and site documentation to Bob and in turn he issued us a permit. The staff and homeowners would like to thank Bob for his quick response time! We are proud to be part of the first solar PV system installed in town and look forward to many more! "
Although all towns do not require a permit to construct a solar array, it is required by NYSERDA regardless to obtain funding. The staff at ACES-Energy prepares all the documents required for the permitting process and takes all the burden off our homeowners!
Be sure to check our Solar and Geothermal application page for updated photos of some of the projects we are working on!
This post was taken from a Colleagues blog and we give full credit for them writing the below:
"Like most build industries, it is easy to low-ball a quote. Separate the end user from the product (ie- through a developer or builder) and that is the tendency - to bid low.
Here’s how it is done:
We at ACES-Energy have come in contact with this over the past several years in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region! Many times, the lowest bidder is awarded the job but the results are far from the customer's expectations! In the end, it actually will cost the customer more as repairs can be expensive! Many of our customers receive multiple quotes and we warn them to compare the quotes "Apples to Apples" to be sure the same equipment is being installed. The proposal and installation is more than just the geothermal heat pump. It starts with the details of the design, the loop field installation, indoor piping installation (PVC? We hope not!), flow center, controls, ductwork, removal of existing equipment, owner/operator training, warranty, insulation, buffer tank, companies insurance and finally, is the person who sold you the job a salesman on commission or the one that will: write the proposal, do the design, order the material, install the system, service the system and answer their phone regardlress of the day or time? We at ACES-Energy pride our selves as who visits you at your home are also in the field doing the installation! Why would we take a shortcut when we would just be the ones being called back to fix it??
Obtaining a permit and/or variance to install a wind turbine has become a challenge and ACES-Energy welcomes the task. The Town of Livonia, on the North East end of Conesus Lake currently allows a 35' tower at a residential home. We installed a 80' tower in anticipation of applying for a variance for a 70' tower for a wind turbine. We will be installing wind velocity monitoring stations at both 35' and 70'. This data will be used in addition to the photos as a demonstration for the town and neighboring property owners. Keep checking back for updates!
Many of our customers who reduce their dependency on fossil fuels are experiencing a decrease on their homeowners insurance. By switching from a fossil-fuel based heating system to a ground source heat pump system, many insurance companies are offering a discount. This discount is offered because their is no combustion taking place which increases the safety in ones home. This article outlines how one insurance company is offering a 5% discount for either a geothermal heating & cooling system or installing solar photovoltaic panels.
ACES-Energy is based in upstate, New York and specializes in renewable energy including Geothermal, Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Solutions for Residential and light commercial buildings. Our service area ranges from Rochester, Buffalo and the Finger Lake region.
ACES-Energy, specializing in renewable energy has been selected to be the Nothnagle Home Service partner in the field of Solar PV, Geothermal and Wind solutions.
Nothnagle Realtors has over 30 office locations including the following in Amherst, Batavia, Brighton, Brockport, Buffalo, Canandaigua, Chili-Ogden, Dansville, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Hilton, lakeville, Mendon, Honeoye-Falls, Ontario, Penfield, Spencerport & Webster.
A studied completed by the Department of Energy confirming that solar photovoltaic systems do in fact increase the sale price of homes! You can find the study here.
Alternative Carbon Energy Systems, Inc. (A.C.E.S) specializes in Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Hot-Water and Wind systems to harness the Earth’s renewable energy sources. As renewable energy specialists with a passion to reduce dependency on costly fossil-fuels, A.C.E.S designs and installs projects tailored to specific customer needs. We have the expertise to complete any job, regardless if it is a new or existing system. We work with homeowners, builders, building owners and architects. Our goal is to provide cost effective, energy efficient solutions to our clients. We service and install in the Buffalo, Rochester and Finger Lake areas of New York.
As part of spreading the passion for renewable energy, including Solar Photovoltaic, Wind, Geothermal and Solar Thermal in Upstate, NY including Rochester and the Finger Lake Region on Earth Day, we are offering a couple discount packages if you utilize our "Total Package" approach.
Do you want a FREE energy audit? Looking for your septic tank to be pumped? Building new and need an architect? Looking at building and need assistance with your site plan? Did you have some cold spots this past winter and in need of insulation? Is your drinking water in need of testing or treating?
Be sure to contact us if we can help you in any way in the days following Earth Day and ask us about teaming up your next project with ACES-Energy and one of our affiliated partners to save costs on the "Total Package".
One of the most common questions we receive while visiting a potential customer is: "What sets you apart from the others?". We have no problem with our response to this question. ACES-Energy does not have a dedicated sales staff. Our selling process starts with our engineering and installation crew. The personnel that work hands on from the initial design to the commissioning of your new geothermal, solar or wind system is the person that initially visits you at your home. You can ask us questions ranging from technical and installation methods to financing and return on investment. Also, we share the passion of renewable energy with you! We live renewable energy in our personal lives and can share those experiences with you!
Alternative Carbon Energy System, Inc. has a growing market segment South of Rochester in the towns from Mendon, Honeoye Falls, Ionia, Bloomfield and Pittsford due to the speculation of increased propane and fuel oil prices this coming winter! Don' delay, recieve your free in-home consultation today!
ACES-Energy and EESNY was asked to visit the Ontario Elementary School's Ecology Club on April 14, 2011. Andrew Heiligman and Ted Kidd put together a one-hour presentation focusing on renewable energy, energy conservation and the simple economics of energy projects. The session was extremely interactive and proved to be a successful event that is planned to turn into a quarterly event. Ted, a BPI energy auditor showcased a blower door and put the school's gym to a test. Also, the duo presented each child with a CFL light bulb to take home and information on energy audits,which are now subsidized through the GJGNY program.
While driving down the expressways and thruway, everyone notices the solar panels now generating power for sign lighting. The 2nd half of 2011 for the ACES-Energy staff will be devoted to strategic marketing and financing for municipality welcome signs. We believe this is the future to help towns reduce energy and maintenance, while promoting and embracing renewable energy. Our initial plan is to reach out to county and town governments from Erie to Oswego County, one-hour North and South of the thruway. We would like every town to have a welcome sign that has a solar powered light.
This product highlighted on www.cnn.com today demonstrates the creativeness of humans to utilize the sun is many different ways. The Solarball (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2011/03/31/nr.solarball.clean.water.cnn?hpt=T2) has recently won several awards and recognized by many media agencies as a future product to clean water in third-world countries.
The inventor of the Solarball hopes to have the product commercially available in early 2012.
Welcome to our new and improved website! Part of our business plan and one of our core philosophies is modeled after the Japanese word “Kaizen”. “Kaizen” is Japanese for continuous improvement and a change for better. At Alternative Carbon Energy Systems (ACES-Energy), we are constantly trying to improve ourselves and enhance our services to better meet the needs of our customers and surrounding environment. We feel our updated website models our vision for the future and we would like you to be part of it. The renewable energy field is rapidly changing and requires a skill set that is adaptable to product and technology shifts. At ACES-Energy, our highly trained staff is always researching and obtaining product training on the newest technology and holding certifications required in our work field. We plan to update our renewable energy blog, focusing on Geothermal, Solar and Wind weekly to keep current and future customers informed on what we are doing. Please besure to sign up for our newsletter by entering your e-mail on our home page!