A Thank-You to Our Summer Intern Quinn Porzio


Quinn Porzio joined the Solar by CIR team back in late May to help with the summer rush. Construction season always leaves us very busy this time of year and his help went a long way. Quinn took on whatever task he was given. You could always guarantee that his work would be done well and in good time. Some of his responsibilities were looking…

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CIR RANKS 9th IN NEW YORK STATE’S SOLAR CONTRACTORS LIST


Solar Power World, the industry’s leading business-to-business publication, announced the release of its 2016 Top 500 Solar Contractors list at the end of July. The Top Solar Contractors list is the most recognized annual listing of North America’s top solar contractors working in the utility, commercial and residential markets. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service (construction firms, developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs, rooftop contractors), markets…

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Solarize Orleans Launch


Join us on Wednesday, July 20th from 12pm-2pm or 6pm-8pm for the SOLARIZE ORLEANS LAUNCH! It will take place at the Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion, NY. A certified representative from CIR Electric will be there to answer questions. Visit www.solarizeorleans.com or Orleans County Chamber Of Commerce for more information. “Solarize Orleans is a a coalition of public and private organizations that are working to…

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Arboria luminarium comes to Buffalo


Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out Arboria at the Outer Harbor. The Arboria luminarium is an inflatable sculpture, much like a bounce house, that is lit by the light shining through the colored plastic. We at CIR are proud to be supplying the generators for this amazing exhibit. The event runs all Memorial weekend. Check it out! For more on Architects…

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Solar By CIR Partners with the Coalition to Solarize Chautauqua County


BUFFALO, NY – Solar by CIR is happy to announce its participation as an installer for the ‘Solar Chautauqua’ campaign. This campaign is comprised from the Coalition to Solarize Chautauqua County with support from New York State’s Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of solar electric (PV) installations in a focused neighborhood or community. Using…

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Community solar anchor tenant and sponsor – simply explained


First a quick review What is Community Distributed Generation? Community DG involves one large solar array where local residences, businesses, and industrial users otherwise known as members can buy into a portion of energy from the large array without having to install any equipment on their land or property. The energy credits are sent remotely via the utility and the energy savings can be seen directly…

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Building Integrated Photovoltaics, not your fathers solar panel.


BUFFALO, NY – In an age where technology is advancing at lightning pace, function and form must go hand in hand. The solar industry is no exception to this rule. More and more, customers interested in solar are not only looking for the energy producing benefits of solar modules, but they want them to look good while doing it. Residential customers in particular are becoming…

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UB’s GRoW Home Takes 2nd Place!


The UB GRoW (Garden, Relax or Work) Home has received second place in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. This award-winning competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. This is the first Solar Decathlon for University at Buffalo and The State University of New York. Urban and community gardening has become widespread movement in Buffalo, all while revitalizing neighborhoods and vacant green…

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Sunny days ahead for the solar industry


Yesterday Congress announced a huge budget extension for the federal solar tax credits, the solar industry here in Buffalo will see a five year extension. The legislation extends the 30 percent tax credit for three years, through 2019. It then will drop to 26 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021. Ashley said she “breathes easy” now that the extension, approved in a vote by Congress…

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NYSERDA announces new Affordable Solar program


BUFFALO, NY – NY-Sun was an initiative that was launched by NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) that offered incentives for those looking to install solar panels on their home. The incentive is structured in Megawatt blocks. In each block, a dollar per watt incentive is offered and, as those Megawatt blocks are filled up by new customer installations, we move to…

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