“Yeah, but does solar work in Buffalo???”


“Yeah, but does solar work in Buffalo???” That’s a question that we in the WNY Solar industry hear at least once a day. It is a very relevant question, at that. In a city known for its inclement weather, overcast skies, and snow storms that still manage to catch us off guard, how could we possibly believe that a solar panel could produce during those…

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Is Community Solar Right For You?


According to data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the primary US research and development center for renewable energy, only a quarter of commercial and residential rooftops are suitable for solar panels.  If that’s the case, it provides an opportunity for community solar projects to drive the initiative of shared solar energy. But what is community solar? Community solar also known as Community Distributed Generation…

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Claiming Your NY State and Federal Tax Incentives


Tax season may be months away, but this year is different because it’s the year you installed solar panels on your home! It’s time to get that enormous 30% Federal and 25% State tax credits from your investment. If you’re reading this and haven’t installed Solar on your home yet—what are you waiting for? Sign up here to get a personalized solar quote from WNY’s best installers. This…

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Solar power is gaining respect here in Buffalo


We were lucky enough to be featured in Solar Power World’s article regarding the stigma of solar in Buffalo. Even some of our own employees were once skeptical. Solar power is on the rise! “CIR Electric (No. 218 on the upcoming 2015 Top Solar Contractors list) has worked with electricity for nearly 40 years. Recently it won a GM contract to power robots in a…

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Wind vs Solar: Which is the better technology?


When thinking about renewable, alternative forms of energy available for residential use two sources come to mind: wind and solar. Both forms offer immense promise for reducing the current rate at which we consume fossil fuel and could be the fastest growing power source over the next few decades; however, is one better than the other? In order to recognize which system is more cost…

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How solar works


How Solar Works By: Ashley Regan NYS has made it increasingly attractive for home and business owners to go solar.  Between the Federal and State Tax incentives as well as NYSERDA, incurred costs drop more than 65%.  Every time an active solar system produces more energy than a house or business consumes, the owner receives credit from their utility company.  So, on a day when…

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Introducing CIR’s Summer Interns


CIR is thrilled to welcome Kevin, Joe, and Julianny to the company as interns for the summer! Kevin Weigel is a rising senior at the University at Buffalo, majoring in electrical engineering. He is interning with CIR for the summer. So far during his time at CIR, Kevin has worked in the warehouse and been exposed to CIR’s field work. Kevin is currently working as…

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SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar


CIR Electric is proud to announce participation for the SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar CIR understands that the transition to solar can be a long and laborious one. Starting from consumer curiosity all the way to system turn on, there are plenty of obstacles that both customers and contractors must overcome before inquiry turns into reality. CIR plans to consolidate these complex administrative obstacles…

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Ever considered installing a solar ground mount system?


Are Ground Mounts For You? Have you ever considered installing a solar ground mount system? Unlike roof installations, ground mounts provide unbeatable versatility at an affordable and competitive cost. You don’t have to worry about your roof structure limiting your capacity, as ground mounts can provide optimal pitch and orientation for higher packed production within the same size footprint! Take a look at some of…

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Solar by CIR Installs Large Urban Solar Energy Array At Bausch And Lomb


BUFFALO, NY – Jeff Pedro, Chief Financial Officer of CIR Electrical Construction Corporation, announced today that Bausch and Lomb, the company that invented the contact lens, is expanding their facility in Rochester New York in order to produce a new line of contact lens. Included in this expansion is a large solar energy installation, commissioned by Advanced Solar Products and installed by CIR Electric. The…

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