Sometime last month, BizStream went dark, and we couldn’t have been more excited because the darkness came as our newly installed solar panels were being hooked up!
Going solar has been a goal of BizStream’s for a while now. As a tech company, we love the idea of leaning into this new(ish) technology. But, beyond the techy, fun stuff, we had many other reasons for harnessing solar power.
Another deciding factor in our decision to go solar is based on our Founder’s personal experience, Mark Schmidt. Mark went solar at his home in 2019 after seeing the benefits his parents experienced once they made the switch. Noting the affordability and the collective energy output throughout all the seasons in Michigan, Mark was confident that solar was a great way to reach BizStream’s goal of becoming a more environmentally friendly company.
Actually, yeah! While The Mitten only comes in 35th on the 2021 sunniest states list, and we only get an average of 170 sunny days per year, there are plenty of reasons to soak up the sun’s energy here.
Our team started planning for this project back in 2019. With the guidance of Tiger Solar, BizStream landed on 224 solar modules. The system is expected to offset 95% of traditional electrical usage and produce 88,977kW annually.
Check out the final installation with Tiger Solar’s drone footage.
There are many factors to keep in mind when considering moving to solar energy. The incentives and grant opportunities seem to be forever changing, and of course, they will depend on your location. Tiger Solar did a lot of the leg work when it came to finding the best grants to apply for, navigating the latest laws and regulations, and working with the utility company to get everything squared away. If you’re located in Virginia, Idaho, Maryland, DC, or Michigan, we highly recommend consulting with them. If you’re located in a different state, we’d suggest finding a reputable company that will advocate for you and help you navigate your project.
Our ultimate goal is to get entirely off the grid, allowing us to avoid blackouts during storms, downtime during maintenance work, etc. However, it financially doesn’t make sense for BizStream to do so at this time due to the high costs of batteries. Advancements in traditional battery technology have been slow-moving up until the last few decades. In the past few years, though, scientists worldwide continue to look into many alternative battery technologies, even one’s that harness plant waste energy! That seems promising, right?! Either way, we’re keeping an eye on battery advancements and hope to utilize them when the time and technology are right for us.
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