Achieve Geothermal Interview on WBZ 1030

Tune in to WBZ 1030 on Saturday March 12, from 8-9pm to hear our own Lawrence Lessard being interviewed by Rick Scherer and Ali Alavi from Real Estate Radio. The interview will discuss Geothermal for commercial and residential properties. Learn how Geothermal works, about government incentives and more.

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Geothermal Heating and Cooling Just Keeps Getting Better!

Geothermal Heating and Cooling equals efficiency! This is particularly true with the latest and most advanced 7 Series line introduced by WaterFurnace and provided by Achieve Renewable Energy. This state of the art system is considered the ‘best of the best’ and represents the industry’s FIRST fully launched variable capacity residential unit and the ONLY unit to surpass both the 41.0 EER and 5.3 COP efficiency barriers developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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WaterFurnace 7 Series

How does it work? Unlike traditional geothermal units, which typically use one or two fixed compressor speeds, the 7 Series scales the speed up and down based on actual need. This allows the system to run more frequently at lower capacity thus resulting in an increase in efficiency that translates into over 30% savings over a typical Geo system and up to 70% savings on a more traditional fossil fuel system. The 7 Series works like a race car with a 10 speed transmission while traditional units are limited to 1 or 2.

The current market place for these variable speed or inverter-based units is just starting to develop. The only inverter-based GSHP in production that is readily available is the WaterFurnace 7 Series. Competing units from other manufacturers are anticipated in the coming year or two but are not currently available. Achieve has installed or is currently installing more WaterFurnace 7 Series units than any other WaterFurnace dealer in our area and we believe we have the most inverter-driven GSHP experience of any geothermal installer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Want to learn more? Check out this recent article on ProudGreenHome that touts this next generation in geothermal technology, particularly the WaterFurnace 7 Series: http://www.proudgreenhome.com/article/220845/Geothermal-heat-pumps-taking-the-next-step-in-efficiency.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is also convinced. Their new $3,000,000 Financing Program for Renewable Thermal Investment specifically targets the development of renewable thermal technologies including ‘inverter driven air and ground source heat pumps.’ To learn more about this program or to further educate yourself about all of the amazing benefits of renewable energy, visit the DOER website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/.

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Geothermal, Ground Source Heat Pump or GeoExchange?

Geothermal Heat Pump Cycle

Geothermal Heat Pump, Ground Source Heat Pump or GeoExchange — which is it?

Mankind has used the relatively constant temperature of the shallow Earth for climate control for thousands of years with structures like root cellars and caves. Energy from the Earth has been used to heat and air condition buildings using mechanical heat pumps for decades, and during that time these systems have been called many different things. Some of the most common variations include geothermal heat pump, ground source heat pump and geoexchange. So how are these different? Well, they really are not. All of these names are meant to describe essentially the same thing. The process that these names describe is the movement of heat from the ground into a building for heating and the movement of heat from a building into the ground for cooling using a heat pump.

Why not just use one name?

One name would make things simpler but that is probably not going to happen right away. What should we call the highest efficiency, lowest operating cost and most climate friendly way to heat and cool commercial buildings and residences? I think we can call it anything we want. There are people who wrinkle their noses if someone says ‘geothermal’ instead of ‘ground source heat pump’ or ‘geoexchange’ but I don’t put much weight in nose wrinkling. As a professional I believe all three names are good but imperfect.

WaterFurnace 7 Series

WaterFurnace 7 Series

  • ‘Geothermal Heat Pump’ is the most common name but also the most maligned. On the most basic technical level it is correct because we are working with earth (geo) heat (thermal) using a heat pump. There is the potential to confuse geothermal heat pumps with high temperature geothermal energy. The biggest problem with this is when someone starts to think they need to live on the slope of a volcano to heat their building geothermally. In dealing with clients, I find that simply ‘Geothermal’ or just ‘Geo’ is the most common name for what we do in public use and this has become my most used name.
  • ‘Ground Source Heat Pump’ is a technically correct option that I find second most common after ‘geothermal’. I use ‘GSHP’ nearly as often as I do ‘Geothermal’ and think it is a fine choice that helps avoid visions of volcanos. One problem is that GSHP is the common term for the equipment and does not stress the underground component as well as Geothermal does.
  • ‘GeoExchange’ is my least favorite but I won’t wrinkle my nose when it is used. GeoExchange may be the most technically accurate of the three choices here. GeoExchange refers to the entire process of using the GSHP in conjunction with the underground (or underwater) heat exchanger.  I think this term was coined in an effort to market geothermal heat pump technology and differentiate it from high temperature geothermal energy projects. For me, GeoEchange does not roll of the tongue and I don’t hear many clients using the term.

In truth, none of the three is a perfect naming choice. The issue will resolve itself over time. In the end, I just wish for more people to use and think about any (or all) of the names. Heating and cooling using the treasure under our feet is important to energy policy and the more it is talked about the better. Whatever name you use, you are still talking about using the heat stored in the Earth to save 60-75% of HVAC operating cost and reduce HVAC carbon footprint by the same 60-75%.

 

 

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Just Keeps Getting Better

Geothermal Heating and Cooling equals efficiency!  This is particularly true with the latest and most advanced 7 Series line introduced by WaterFurnace and provided by Achieve Renewable Energy.  This state of the art system is considered the ‘best of the best’ and represents the industry’s FIRST fully launched variable capacity residential unit and the ONLY unit to surpass both the 41.0 EER and 5.3 COP efficiency barriers developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

700A11-190

WaterFurnace 7 Series

How does it work?  Unlike traditional geothermal units, which typically use one or two fixed compressor speeds, the 7 Series scales the speed up and down based on actual need.  This allows the system to run more frequently at lower capacity thus resulting in an increase in efficiency that translates into over 30% savings over a typical Geo system and up to 70% savings on a more traditional fossil fuel system. The 7 Series works like a race car with a 10 speed transmission while traditional units are limited to 1 or 2.

The current market place for these variable speed or inverter-based units is just starting to develop. The only inverter-based GSHP in production that is readily available is the WaterFurnace 7 Series. Competing units from other manufacturers are anticipated in the coming year or two but are not currently available. Achieve has installed or is currently installing more WaterFurnace 7 Series units than any other WaterFurnace dealer in our area and we believe we have the most inverter-driven GSHP experience of any geothermal installer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Want to learn more?  Check out this recent article on ProudGreenHome that touts this next generation in geothermal technology, particularly the WaterFurnace 7 Series:  http://www.proudgreenhome.com/article/220845/Geothermal-heat-pumps-taking-the-next-step-in-efficiency.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is also convinced.  Their new $3,000,000 Financing Program for Renewable Thermal Investment specifically targets the development of renewable thermal technologies including ‘inverter driven air and ground source heat pumps.’   To learn more about this program or to further educate yourself about all of the amazing benefits of renewable energy, visit the DOER website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/.

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Achieve is a registered WaterFurnce Geopro Master Dealer

 

New Incentive on the way for Geothermal and SHW

There is a new incentive coming and this is a big deal for a lot of our clients because it creates an income stream from their renewable energy systems! Explaining things is a little regulation wonky we’ll try to be brief. If you have read our website then you know that there are tax credits and sales tax exemptions for geothermal systems Geothermal Drilling Rigand solar hot water (SHW). The tax incentives are great but the renewable thermal options have lagged behind solar PV in some states like Massachusetts. Those installations also qualify for Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) which are traded on an open market and provide ten years of income for owners of PV systems. Now both Massachusetts and New Hampshire are poised to be issuing renewable energy credits for each MWh of renewable thermal energy generated.

In Massachusetts, Senate bill S. 1593 is working its way through the legislature. The bill would include renewable thermal sources in the Solar Hot Water ArrayAlternative Energy Portfolio Standard. Achieve was at a meeting this week with Massachusetts Senator Downing who is the Senate chair for the Joint House/Senate Telecommunications, Utility and Energy Committee. Based upon discussion at the meeting, S. 1593 seems to be in a good position to move forward this year. Once the bill is passed, MassDOER will modify regulations to integrate renewable thermal technologies into the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (APS). There is an active set of regulation and trading system for the credits so adding in the renewable thermal technologies should not be too big a task. Achieve has had some informal discussions with regulators and expects the revised regulations will include a cutoff date for entering the program, an eligibility term, metering requirements and may have differing rules for residential and commercial projects regarding how the AECs are minted. One option that may be considered is providing owners of smaller systems a number of years of AEC ‘up front’ to further offset installation costs.

So what does this mean for your wallet? continue reading →

September NEGPA Meeting at Achieve on 9/10/13

On September 10th, Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC.  is hosting the New England Geothermal Professionals Association (NEGPA) Board Meeting. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 PM. A light meal and beverages will be provided. If non-members are interested in attending, please contact us at 877-646-9922 and we will make arrangements.

You can find out more about NEGPA at www.negpa.org.