Community Solar Boosts Renewable Energy in Michigan

Posted on December 23, 2014
Community Solar is a concept that is developing across the country and in Michigan. It is a viable alternative for citizens, communities and businesses seeking to utilize and reap the benefits of solar power. Michigan citizens who are interested in utilizing solar energy may face a number of obstacles, including: Not having access to a proper site for a renewable energy system Not having ownership of the space (renters, condominium owners) The complexity of installing the solar panel... Read more

Wind Energy Picks Up Speed in Michigan

Posted on November 23, 2014
Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in the state, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. One reason is that wind power is about half as expensive to produce as utility companies initially expected, as little as $50 a megawatt hour in 2013 compared to more than $100 per megawatt hour in 2009. Currently, more than 20 wind farms are in operation or development in Michigan. Michigan’s growing wind business has meant falling prices for residential... Read more

Consumers Energy Offers Solar Buyback Program for Residential and Business Customers

Posted on August 9, 2014
Currently, there are 260 Consumers Energy customers taking part in the utility’s program that enables customers to harness the power of the sun from solar panels installed at their home or business—and then sell the power back to the utility. Consumers Energy announced in the beginning of July that it was expanding the program, which now generates enough power to serve 635 homes, by opening it to new residential applicants. While applications for the current phase of the program must be... Read more

U.S. Solar Energy Usage Update

Posted on July 16, 2014
A first quarter 2014 report from the Solar Energy Industries Association indicates that solar power is growing fast in the U.S. Some of the SEIA’s findings include the following: 74 percent of all new electricity generation installed in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2014 was solar. That represents 1,330 MW of solar photovoltaic panels installed, a 79 percent increase over a year ago. While most of the solar installations were utility-scale projects, about a quarter were rooftop... Read more

Solar Power Is Gaining Mainstream Acceptance

Posted on May 16, 2014
The Solar Energy Industries Association reports that solar photovoltaic (PV) installations reached 4,751 megawatts (MW) in 2013—a 41 percent increase over 2012, setting a new record for annual solar growth in the U.S. The additional installations brought the total PV capacity to over 12,000 MW, made up of over 440,000 solar electric systems. What this means is that solar power is now hitting the mainstream. It was the second-largest source of electricity generating capacity installed in the... Read more

Some Solar Power Facts

Posted on April 14, 2014
Since creating our Green Division in 2008, Oak Electric Service has become one of Southeast Michigan’s leading solar panel system installers. Visit our website to check out some of the solar installations we are so proud of having installed for customers all over the state of Michigan—Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Bloomfield, Brighton, Clarkston, Dexter, Dryden, Manchester, Rochester and other cities. If you have been thinking about solar panels for your home or business, here are some facts... Read more

Some Facts About the U.S. Electrical Grid

Posted on April 9, 2014
The U.S. electric grid delivers electricity to more than 144 million end-use customers in the United States. Construction of the grid was started in the late 1880s and continues today. About 70 percent of the grid’s transmission lines and power transformers are now over 25 years old; the average age of power plants is over 30 years. As most of us know, the U.S. electric grid is highly vulnerable to severe weather, which is the leading cause of power outages in the United States. Between 2003... Read more

Incandescent Bulbs Phase-out Continues in 2014

Posted on March 24, 2014
In keeping with a law passed by Congress in 2007, tungsten-filament 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured in the U.S. as of January 1, 2014. This follows the already completed phase-out of manufacturing of 100-watt bulbs in 2012 followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013. This final phase-out will be the most significant because 40- and 60-watt bulbs represent more than 50 percent of the consumer lighting market. The production of incandescent bulbs is being discontinued... Read more

Oak Electric for Your Electrical Needs—And More

Posted on March 16, 2014
When Oak Electric Service says we are a full-service electrical contractor, we mean it. We have over 30 years of collective experience as residential, commercial and industrial electrical contractors. Oak Electric serves more than 8,000 customers in southeast Michigan with a wide range of electrical and renewable energy solutions, including: 24-hour emergency service Automatic standby and backup generators—sales, installation, service and parts for major generator manufacturers General... Read more

Tips When Shopping for a Solar Panel Provider

Posted on February 16, 2014
If you’ve been thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business, the solar power specialists at Oak Electric Service are happy to answer your questions, including inquiries about financing for solar installations. Oak Electric is one of southeast Michigan’s leading solar panel system installers. Solar electric systems, also called photovoltaic or PV systems, are reliable and pollution-free. They make use of a renewable source of energy—the sun. While PV systems for... Read more

Michigan’s Utilities are Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

Posted on January 9, 2014
In 2008, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law comprehensive energy reforms. In addition to removing barriers to investing in environmentally friendly, new baseload generation needed by the state, the new law established Michigan’s first Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The RPS requires 10 percent of the state’s electricity supply to come from renewable sources by 2015. Michigan’s utilities are expected to meet the 10 percent goal by 2015, at costs that have been cut in half since... Read more

Updates on Solar Power Use in the U.S.

Posted on September 5, 2013
Here are some interesting recent facts and developments concerning solar power use: According to the U.S. Energy Department, the amount of solar energy falling on the United States in one hour of noontime summer sun is about equal to the annual U.S. electricity demand. A Gallup poll earlier this year found that 76% of Americans thought the country should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from solar power. It seems that increasing numbers of U.S. homeowners are relying on the sun... Read more

Using Solar Panels with Battery Backup

Posted on August 25, 2013
Getting energy from the sun is great under most circumstances. But because most solar systems are “grid tied” these days, people who have solar panels without battery backup are subject to power outages just like everyone else. If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages but want to keep your connection to the utility grid, a grid-tied with battery backup system—like the one Oak Electric recently installed for homeowners in Lake Orion—might be just the thing for... Read more
Posted on July 25, 2013
When it comes to solar energy implementation in Michigan, it has been estimated that less than half of the homes and businesses in Michigan are good sites for solar energy due to shading or roof orientation.  Renters and condo owners do not own property that can be used for solar installations. Also, solar energy systems often require a large upfront cost that makes it difficult for many homeowners, institutions, or businesses to get involved. A new concept—Community Solar—may be a... Read more

Financing Options from Oak Electric

Posted on June 28, 2013
At Oak Electric Services, we are always looking for ways to make our services affordable for our residential and commercial customers. We invite you to check out the numerous financing options we offer—for everything from solar to generator to lighting upgrade projects. For example, Generac generator and SunPower solar system customers can choose financing options including: No money down No payments or interest with deferred payment options of 3, 6, 12 or 18 months (if paid in full... Read more

Oak Electric is a Member of Michigan GREEN

Posted on June 8, 2013
As one of southeast Michigan’s leading renewable energy contractors, Oak Electric is proud to be a member of Michigan GREEN—The Michigan Group for a Renewable Energy Efficient Nation. Michigan GREEN is a non-profit group that consists of energy companies and consultants, government agencies, schools, colleges, universities and like-minded individuals that have joined forces to champion the cause of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Michigan and throughout the nation. Incorporated... Read more

Worldwide Solar Power Reaches 100 GW Milestone in 2012

Posted on April 15, 2013
As of the end of 2012, the total grid-connected solar PV capacity worldwide reached 100 gigawatts, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Last year, eight countries added one gigawatt (or more) of PV capacity, and now 13 countries have exceeded one gigawatt of cumulative installations. Almost 17 GW was installed in Europe alone – though that’s down from a record 23 GW in 2011 – with the top markets being Germany, Italy and France. Outside of Europe, China was... Read more

Solar Panel System Basics

Posted on March 15, 2013
Are you thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business? You’ve come to the right place. Oak Electric Service is one of southeast Michigan’s leading solar panel system installers. Solar electric systems, also called photovoltaic or PV systems, are reliable and pollution-free. They make use of a renewable source of energy—the sun. Photovoltaic (PV) systems convert sunlight directly to electricity. They work any time the sun is shining, but more electricity is... Read more

Oak Electric is a NABCEP Certified PV Installer

Posted on February 22, 2013
Solar photovoltaic technology is becoming increasingly attractive as a clean, affordable, safe and inexhaustible source of electricity. It also can significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and our dependence on the grid. Solar panels have dropped in price by 80 percent in the past five years. In 20 states, these systems are providing electricity at a cost that is at or below the current retail cost of grid power. Today, there are numerous companies who are installing... Read more

Solar Use On the Rise in the U.S.

Posted on January 15, 2013
In 2012, the United States installed more solar panels than in any previous year and residential use of solar power was up 70 percent over 2011—according to a recent report conducted by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research Solar. By the end of this year, homeowners, businesses and utility companies will have installed enough photovoltaic cells to produce 3.2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in the United States, up from 1.9 GW last year. In total, the U.S. now has 5,700... Read more

Oak Electric—One-Stop Electrical Services and More!

Posted on January 8, 2013
When it comes to comprehensive electrical services—industrial, commercial and residential—we want you to “Think Oak Electric.” We provide all of the typical electrical services, such as: general troubleshooting and repair work; circuit breaker panel upgrades; installation of electric appliances and ceiling fans; remodel wiring and new construction; electrical work for swimming pools and hot tubs; and insurance restoration work. But we also hope Oak Electric is the first company that... Read more

Use of Solar Panel Systems Is On the Rise

Posted on November 15, 2012
The implementation of small renewable energy systems continues to rise, with distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems leading the way. The distributed solar PV market is dominated by residential and commercial grid-connected PV systems as the installed price of solar energy continues to fall and end-user demand rises. Innovative financing and leasing options and third-party and utility ownership models are other factors contributing to the growth of solar PV system use, both commercial and... Read more

Green Energy on the Rise in U.S.

Posted on October 8, 2012
Contrary to reports in the media, data from the Energy Information Agency supports the fact that the percentage of our electricity in the U.S. coming from green sources has doubled in just four years to nearly six percent. The green sources include non-hydroelectric renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. The renewable energy industry is growing fast. While solar cell manufacturers may have taken a hit due to stiff competition from China, they account for only three percent of... Read more

Call Oak Electric for All of Your Electrical Projects

Posted on September 22, 2012
Whether you are experiencing an electrical issue or just want to check out your electrical system and whether you are a residential or commercial customer, Oak Electric Service can help. A preferred vendor for DTE Energy, we have been providing comprehensive electrical services for the industrial, commercial and residential markets in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan since 1999. Here’s just a sampling of the services we offer: General electrical work, including troubleshooting and... Read more

Michigan Is A Favorable Place for Adopting Renewable Energy Solutions

Posted on August 15, 2012
Solar Panels—Michigan gets 4.2 hours on average of sunlight a day, which is more than adequate for consumers and businesses interested in adopting renewable energy solutions through solar power panel systems. Contrary to what you might think, solar panels produce more energy in cold weather than hot weather. During peak sunlight hours, the sun supplies 1,000 watts of power per square meter, and solar panels can typically convert about 20% of that into electric power. In addition, Michigan... Read more

Oak Electric Financing Options for Generator and Solar Projects

Posted on July 17, 2012
If you are interested in installing solar power or a generator system at your home or business, Oak Electric now offers a number of financing options to move your project from wish list to reality. With financing options designed to meet virtually any need, we will help you choose a financing plan for your generator or solar purchase that’s right for you. Here’s a sample of what Oak Electric offers: Convenient, same-as-cash financing No money down No payments or interest with deferred... Read more

Going Solar Is More Affordable Than Most of Us Think

Posted on May 20, 2012
Most of us still think that solar power is not within reach of the average person in terms of cost; that it is still something more likely to be adopted by devoted environmentalists or government-funded groups. Well that’s not the case anymore according to recent studies. The results of a poll conducted by Harris Interactive® this past February show that 97 percent of Americans overestimate the cost of residential solar panels, and 78 percent who do not already have PV panels say they would... Read more