SPRING 2020 SOLAR NEWS UPDATE

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FLOATING SOLAR PANEL PLANT TO POWER EUROPEAN CITY

The city of Utrecht announced plans to build a solar plant on a nearby lake. The Dutch city announced these plans prior to the construction of the “energy-neutral neighborhood of Haarrijn”. According to the report, the plant will generate approximately 4 million kWh annually, which is more than the neighborhood’s 650 homes, various charging stations, and street lighting will require.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

According to the report, construction will have a higher energy-efficiency than usual because of the natural cooling and reflection of the water in the lake. The plant is set to be built in an area of the lake that is surrounded by greenery, and once built, the plant should provide more hiding places and breeding grounds for the local wildlife.

WIND & SOLAR ENERGY COMES OUT STRONG DURING COVID-19

According to a forecast made early last week, renewable energy is set to grow even as fossil fuel companies are impacted by the low cost of oil and gas. If the current growth trajectory stays in place, renewable energy could account for 21% of the electricity the United States uses–this would be a 16% increase from last year and a 110% increase from 2010.

POSTPONED TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES TO CELEBRATE RENEWABLE ENERGY

Following the trend of other large sporting events such as the French Open and the 2020 Wimbledon Championships, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have officially been rescheduled for the summer of 2021. Though postponed a full year, the games are still set to showcase Japan’s remarkable commitment to renewable energy. The newly designed Olympic Stadium, Tokyo Aquatics Center, and Arika Arena are only a few of the buildings with solar installations. Not every building or area used uses the same installations, but–in some cases–the solar energy is complemented by geothermal energy and even solar water heating systems.

Japan’s goal is for 100% of the energy used by both permanent and temporary venues to be produced by renewable energy.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

HES Solar places safety as our highest priority, and that extends from our employees to our customers, to anyone else we may potentially be in contact with through the course of business. Along with the safety procedures we adhere to in the normal course of our work and projects, we have instituted several safety protocols for all of our employees during these times of vigilant public health precautions due to COVID-19. 

Our employees are given temperature checks each time they enter the office, and office visits are only allowed when necessary. 

We’ve instituted remote working for all of our employees who are able to perform their job duties at home. Meetings are done through virtual meeting rooms. 

Field employees maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and fellow employees, customers, vendors, and all others unless unavoidable. 

Masks are required whenever interacting with fellow employees, customers, or the public and whenever social distancing is not possible. 

To ensure these procedures can be met, employees have been provided with face masks or face coverings, eye protection, gloves (as necessary), and foot coverings (as necessary). 

To help ensure frequent sanitizing, employees have been provided sanitizers in the form of gel, liquid, and wipes, antibacterial soap, and paper products for cleaning such as tissues and paper towels. 

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