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Can solar be economical?

A 75 percent MDA grant and 30 percent federal tax credit helps solar can pay for itself quickly Solar is expensive. But a few homeowners and businesses in Mississippi have found a way to use solar and make money or break even over time with the energy savings their panels provide. As Ludlow poultry farmer Andy Stone found, when crunching ...

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Costs of going green coming down as acceptance increases

Costs associated with green practices are decreasing as the concepts are more widely embraced. While recognizing there’s still a long way to go, several of the state’s leading architects are pleased to see an improving picture for going green. “As more products and processes become available, paired with awareness and economic forces, the costs are becoming more acceptable and affordable,” ...

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Buying organic in Mississippi

Cagle believes state is primed for economic boom with organic agriculture, business As far as he knows, Chris Cagle’s New Yokel Market in Hattiesburg is Mississippi’s only proprietor-owned organic grocery. Operating since 2006, about 95 percent of its products, including meat and vegetables, are organic. Cagle has to buy his organic meat from outside the state, since there are no ...

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Grass-fed beef: Hard to find but nice if you can get it

Local farmers are few and far between because there is no certified processor for organic beef in the state Grass-fed beef is hard to find in Mississippi because there aren’t many local farmers who produce it and because there is no longer a meat processor in the state who is U.S.D.A. certified to handle organic meat. Without the certification, no ...

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Triple threat entrepreneur

Seattle transplant’s business…offers low prices, makes a profit and is helping to save the world Mississippi Coffee Company roast master Mark McKee is waiting at his Canton warehouse for thousands of pounds of organically grown coffee beans to get through customs. He is a direct importer of beans from farms in Ethiopia, Brazil, New Guinea, Indonesia, Nepal and other countries. Not ...

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Cruisin' with propane

Alliance AutoGas touting its alternative fuel option Blossman Gas is something of a pioneer when it comes to promoting liquefied propane as an alternative fuel for vehicles, particularly fleet vehicles. In fact, the company was so far ahead of the game a few decades ago that it ran into difficulties. Mark Denton, vice president of business development at Blossman, which ...

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Making sure energy needs are met by 2025

The 25×25 initiative, a nonpartisan alliance funded by the Energy Future Coalition, is a private project aimed at ensuring that 25 percent of the nation’s total energy needs are derived from renewable resources by the year 2025. The initiative is led by a group of agriculture and forestry volunteers, and its vision embraces all forms of renewable opportunities — wind, ...

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MDA focus: Residential energy efficiency

Two seminars remain in a three-part series the Mississippi Development Authority is hosting on residential energy efficiency. The first session was March 22 and the remaining seminars are March 29 and April 5. The seminars are open to homeowners, those looking to buy or remodel a home, homebuilders, inspectors and appraisers. The sessions are designed to inform attendees about proper ...

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Cheap home smart meters can save money

Hate the electricity bill surprise at the end of the month? For little cost, a home energy monitor can allow you to see your electricity usage in real-time and real dollars. A device called The Energy Detector (TED) boasts a two-second reaction time and can tell you what your bill is going to be long before it arrives. TED and ...

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Charging for energy efficiency?

Opponents of cap-and-trade looking to pass the costs down to the ratepayers Opponents of cap-and-trade and similar legislation object to emissions taxes and restrictions because they believe electricity companies will seek to pass the costs on to rate payers. The Mississippi Public Service Commission faces the same concern as it discusses the development of energy conservation methods that will impact ...

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