Monday, January 17, 2011

Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show

UMA Solar will be stationed at booth #:2457 throughout the duration of the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Be sure to visit and meet with our staff for information on our innovative pool heating products.

The Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show Jan. 25-27 will feature more than 550 exhibitors and more than 10,000 pool and spa professionals are expected to be in attendance.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

UMA Solar's Solene Solar Hot Water System Featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Emmy®-award winning, hit reality show on ABC Television, will feature UMA Solar’s Solene brand solar hot water system in their newest monumental effort—a new, fully custom, net-zero energy home in Melbourne, Fla.

UMA Solar donated a Solene Solar Hot Water System featuring two Aurora panels with a 120 gallon water tank. The system will save the family an estimated $750 per year. Solar Energy Systems of Brevard, an exclusive partner with UMA Solar, will install the system. A live view of the ongoing construction can be viewed at

“When we were approached about this project, we jumped at the chance to help,” said UMA Solar’s Director of Marketing Tod Ellington.  “Assisting this special family and sharing the value of solar technology with the Extreme Makeover audience is a win-win opportunity for everyone”. 

The Hurston family of Cocoa, Fla. will live in the home. Their previous home and belongings were destroyed by a burst water pipe while the family was away on a charitable relief effort.

The 3,400-square-foot home, currently under construction by LifeStyle Homes of Melbourne, will include a wide array of green innovations including solar hot water, solar electric, energy saving insulation and building materials, LED lights and a high-efficiency heat and air conditioning unit. As a net-zero home, the house will produce all the energy it requires, saving the homeowners hundreds of dollars each month.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Massachusetts Green Grants

As reported in Solar Thermal Magazine.

Eighteen cities and towns in Massachusetts have been designated Green Communities, making them eligible for over $3.6 million in grants for local renewable power and energy-efficiency projects that will advance both municipal and state clean energy goals.

Boston, Dedham, Easton, Gardner, Gloucester, Harvard, Hatfield, Marlborough, Medway, Milton, Newburyport, New Salem, Scituate, Swampscott, Watertown, Wayland, Williamstown and Winchester join 35 other cities and towns named in the inaugural round of Green Communities designations last May – bringing the total number of official Green Communities to 53.

The Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Green Communities Grant Program uses funding from auctions of carbon-emissions permits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reward communities that win Green Communities designation by meeting the following five clean energy benchmarks:

- Adopting local zoning by law or ordinance that allows “as-of-right” siting for renewable and/or alternative energy research and development facilities, manufacturing facilities or generation units;

- Adopting an expedited permitting process related to the as-of-right facilities;

- Establishing a municipal energy use baseline and a program to reduce use by 20% within five years;

- Purchasing only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use, whenever such vehicles are commercially available and practicable; and

- Requiring all new residential construction over 3,000 square feet and all new commercial and industrial real estate construction to reduce lifecycle energy costs.

Newly designated communities have until Jan. 21 to submit applications for grants that will be awarded later this winter. DOER will take additional applications for Green Community designations and grants later in 2011.