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What’s So Special About Special Districts?

Whether they’re heralded as shining examples of democracy or disparaged as autonomous “ghost governments,” special districts are generally misunderstood by the public.  If you’re unclear about what they are, what they do, and why they’re “special,” you’re in good company. Why They’re Special Special districts are, essentially, local-level government agencies, separate from cities or counties. …

Apr 12, 2019

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Government

Montgomery County Energy Savings Project Set to Begin Fall 2016

The Montgomery County Legislature voted to move forward with a bundled energy systems project, proposed by SmartWatt Energy Account Executive, Greg Royer. Now, with financing officially secured, the county has taken the next step to make this project a reality.

Ben Stewart

March 9, 2016

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Solar PV

Solar Energy Facts: Some Things You Didn’t Know

Solar energy is here to stay, and most of us are becoming more familiar with its practical implications. Even if you’ve beefed up your solar vocabulary to include arrays, concentrators and inverters, there are still many solar energy facts that may suprise you. SmartWatt’s Top Solar Energy Facts 1. Its Origin Story In 1954, Bell Laboratories …

Ben Stewart

February 8, 2016

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Utility

SmartWatt Honored as “Distinguished Energy Solutions Partner” by National Grid

National Grid has recognized SmartWatt as a top performing Energy Solutions Partner (ESP) at their annual Energy Solutions Partners Recognition Dinner, and named them a “Distinguished Partner” for providing outstanding energy savings and service to customers statewide in 2014. Read the full article.

Ben Stewart

January 30, 2016

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Solar PV

Three Disadvantages of Solar PV

Full disclosure: We at SmartWatt are big fans of solar energy. But there are some disadvantages of solar PV. To date, the biggest one is economic: Even though the prices of manufacturing and installation have rapidly been falling, the costs associated with solar energy production still exceed the costs of more conventional generation by a …

Ben Stewart

January 8, 2016

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Solar PV

Seven Advantages of Solar PV

Solar energy is widely accepted as an excellent source of energy, but it more than that. Solar PV offers a range of benefits—multidimensional, undeniable, and paradigm-shifting. Here are some of the biggest advantages of solar power, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Financial Savings While many perceive the initial cost of solar equipment …

Ben Stewart

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Government

Financing Tools for a Smart City

As expansion and urban growth press upon the need to find ways to finance infrastructure upgrades, cities have become bolder and more experimental about funding options. One of the biggest challenges is that the attitude to funding is still cautious after one of the most significant global economic crises in generations. How can cities and …

Ben Stewart

December 17, 2015

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Government

Control Systems Make LED Street Lights More Efficient

Because LEDs are basically electronic devices, they can be synced with control systems in new, unprecedented ways. SmartWatt designs LED street lights with advanced controls that are supported by a wired or wireless network and remote management software. These controls link LED street lights with sensors, switches and dimmers that municipalities can use to alter the …

Ben Stewart

December 8, 2015

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Government

Internet of Things (IoT) Boosts Sustainability, Connectivity and Mobility

The basic principle behind making a smart city successful is discovering what parts of the city are already working well and identifying what parts could use improvement. How do you find out what’s working and what isn’t? By monitoring devices that play a role in efficiency. Monitoring expands upon the Internet of Things principle, enabling …

Ben Stewart

December 3, 2015

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