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March 11th, 2015

2014 was a Record Breaking Year for Solar Installations

seia - 20 GM solar capacity - march 2015

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. solar market saw a 30% increase in new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations last year, from 4,776 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to 6,201 MWs in 2014.

“Without question, the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has helped to fuel our industry’s remarkable growth. Today the U.S. solar industry has more employees than tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter combined,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO.  “Since the ITC was passed in 2006, more than 150,000 solar jobs have been created in America, and $66 billion has been invested in solar installations nationwide.  We now have 20 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity – enough to power 4 million U.S. homes – and we’re helping to reduce harmful carbon emissions by 20 million metric tons a year.  By any measurement, the ITC has been a huge success for both our economy and environment.”

For more details from SEIA’s U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year In Review report, visit SEIA’s website at seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight.

 

April 22nd, 2014

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day banner 2014

Happy Earth Day, fellow citizens of the world!  We here at Gabriel are very committed to sustainability and are proud to have won the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award in 2011.

Did you know…

  • Gabriel has one of the largest commercial solar panel arrays in Illinois?  In 2013 we expanded to 162 photovoltaic panels, plus an additional 3 solar thermal panels.  Our total capacity is now 42,000 watts from our PV panels and 160,000 BTUs from our solar thermal system.
  • Gabriel now has three electric vehicles in our fleet – one of the first ell-electric Nissan Leafs in Illinois, a Chevy Volt, and a Ford C-Max Energi.  Our charging stations are powered by our solar panels, making these vehicles as zero-emission as possible.
  • Gabriel placed #4 in our size/organization category in last year’s Bike Commuter Challenge.  With 30% of our Chicago staff biking to work from June 8th – June 14th, 2013, we logged more than 425 miles throughout the course of the week.

For more information about Gabriel’s commitment to sustainability, visit our Environmental Commitment webpage at gabrielenviro.wpengine.com/About/Environmental-Commitment.