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Energy Efficiency Audits now Available

New Service Available

InSite Energy, LLC. is now pleased to offer energy efficiency audits to the North Florida area. This includes Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Atlantic Beach. All of our services include the cost of delivery and installation. Some upgrades such as LED lights can be installed including the cost of the light bulb for $5 each (with a minimum of 10 new LED’s). Our energy efficiency audits are comprehensive and free of charge. After walking through your home or office we will explain what energy efficiency upgrades, tax incentives and rebates may be available to you. We can then schedule installation of your new upgrades.

Why should you install Energy Efficiency upgrades?

Many people want to go solar, but they often forget that energy efficiency can play an important in making the transition. Every reduction by using energy efficiently can lead to as much as a 20% reduction in cost of a solar panels installation. Being energy efficient is inexpensive, it pays for itself and it can be a great first step towards going solar. All of our products are very affordable so get in touch with us today!

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MIT Climate Colab 2015 Energy Supply Winner

We won the 2015 MIT Climate Colab contest for the Energy Supply category!

We won the 2015 MIT Climate Colab contest for the Energy Supply category!

Our project won both the Judge’s vote, as well as the popular vote for The MIT Climate Colab 2015 contest for the greatest reductions in Energy Supply. We also placed as a finalist in the 2015 Greenhouse Gas emissions Buildings category. Although we are thankful, and happy to receive our award we’ve yet to raise the funds needed to fully fund our project after multiple meetings with investors and 3 years of participating in such crowdfunding events as OneSpark in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Please consider helping us out so we can bring our product to market sooner, rather than later. We’re currently working with industry leaders, and attempting to work with the Department of Energy to further develop our products, and bring them to the mass market, and we are thankful for your support during this process.

MIT Climate Colab 2015 Energy Supply Winner

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We need 250 Votes for a chance at Winning $100,000

We could really use your help! We are competing in Chase Bank’s “Mission Mainstreet Grants” for a chance at winning $100,000 of grant funding. To put that in perspective, that’s enough money for a year of operation of our company, and enough to get us off the ground, and get our products approved for the US market. Voting is free, and if you think about it your vote is worth about $400! So please take two minutes and vote for us!


Grid Tied Solar Panels InSite Energy

How do Grid Tied Solar Panels work?

When installing a system you should really decide between one of two methods: Grid-Tied, or Off-Grid. Off-Grid solar panel systems are an entirely bootstrapped system in that they are capable of carrying the full power load or consumption of a building without the help of any other supplemental system like the power grid. These may be advantageous for small things in remote areas like fountain pumps or weather sensors in remote locations, or even cabins by a lake in the woods. The only issue with Off-grid systems are the expenses necessary to set them up for something like a house can dwarf the costs for a similar grid-tied system on a suburban home with utility power service. This is because for an Off-grid system you need:

  1. Solar panels (10 or 20 250Watt Solar Panels)
  2. A large battery bank (20+ Deep Cycling Lead Acid Batteries)
  3. A large charge controller
  4. A large inverter (2 kW+)
  5. Rackmount
  6. Special wiring

However for a similar Grid-Tied solar panel system you may only need:

  1. Solar Panels (Similar Quantity to above)
  2. Microinverter (One 250Watt Microinverter per solar panel, or Two Solar panels per One 500 Watt Microinverter.)
  3. AC Disconnect Switch (Typically required for grid integration)

Grid Tied solar panels happen to offer lots of benefits over traditional solar panel systems. As you can see above they require about half the hardware, which can reduce cost, and they can also be built in segments or smaller systems, and then scaled up over time. A grid tied system really just works to supplement the power that you buy from the utility company and offset the energy you buy. Also you don’t have to have your system planned out like an Off-grid system. If you use more energy than you’re expecting with your Off-grid system you might actually deplete your batteries and have your system go offline. However with a grid-tied system, any energy you don’t generate can be bought from the utility at the normal electricity rate. Then with net metering if you generate more energy during the peak hours of the day you can actually sell that energy back to the utility which will offset, or pay for the energy you have to buy at night.

Because of the simplicity inherent with grid-tied solar panel systems they can also be installed by Do it Yourself novices. If you can find a compatible microinverter with your electric system you can easily wire a solar panel and microinverter together to a buildings wiring and start seeing results. Many of the solar products we have available here are intended for the easy application of solar products at residences and business as plug and play solar kits. We hope that you’ll check out our products!





Hawaii to be 100% powered by Renewables in 2040

In a recent mandate the beautiful island state in the pacific, Hawaii, has taken a bold step towards a brighter future. The state is proposing that by the year 2040 100% of all energy should be generated from renewable energy sources like solar, wind, tidal, and thermal, all of which exist in great abundance in Hawaii. This directive is coming now at a time when only about 10% of all energy in Hawaii comes from alternative energy sources, while the average cost of electricity per kWh in Hawaii is nearly 3 times that of the nation’s average. It’s no wonder why Hawaii is choosing to make the switch, electricity is scarce and expensive, but renewable energy is cheap and abundant to the island state. The integration of new clean energy systems into the electrical grid in Hawaii will be a fairly large experiment and shift from the typical norms of power generation. But overall it may make a great example for the rest of the United States, and help to encourage more states to go green. We’re really excited, and we support the state of Hawaii in its decision, and vision of the future.

Hawaii Electricity Sources

Hawaii Electricity Sources









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MIT’s Climate CoLab Contest for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Please support our project with a vote! We are competing in MIT’s Climate CoLab contest to showcase how our window insulating, plug & play solar panel retrofits will help consumers take the fight against climate change into their own hands. It’s free to vote for our project, all you have to do is register a username, and click on our project to vote. There’s not really a grand prize if we win, but it would allow us to get our ideas in front of policy makers, government officials, and the world. As well as getting some feedback from professors at MIT about the viability of our products en mass, and their effect on carbon emissions, and climate change.


OneSpark 2015

We’re attending OneSpark 2015!

US Gov. to cut 40% of all Carbon Emissions in 10 Years.

US Gov. to cut 40% of all Carbon Emissions in 10 Years.

President Obama signed an executive order Thursday dictating the federal government will cut its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent over the next decade from 2008 levels and increase the share of renewable energy in the federal government’s electricity supply to 30 percent during that same period.

Quote from the Washington Post

If you consider just how big the federal government is, with as many buildings as it has. Now imagine it has to use nearly half as much electricity as it has previously. That includes the NSA too, with its gigantic new Datacenter in Utah.

In order to reduce carbon emissions the federal government is going to have to rely heavily on energy efficient appliances and clean energy sources.

That’s why we combined the energy efficiency of Window Shades with the clean energy of a solar panel with our SunShield products.

We’re now 300 Strong!

We now have 300 Facebook friends! Thanks for liking us, and what we do!

We’re very happy with all the progress we have made on prototypes, and we’re very excited for the production of our products.

More over we’re very thankful for all of the support we’ve gotten on Facebook, and in Jacksonville.