FOURTH COAST INC, 745 Graves Street, Clayton, New York 13624
Residential, Commercial, Government, Education, and Non-profit SectorsDesign and Installation of Customized Renewable Energy Products, specializing in:
Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency and Rebates for ENERGY STAR Appliances are available.
Drafty rooms? High utility bills? Inefficient, old appliances? Inconsistent temperatures throughout your home? Poor ventilation and humidity control? Inadequate insulation? Sound familiar?
The key to achieving energy savings in your home is a whole-house energy efficiency plan. To take a whole-house approach, view your home as an energy system with interdependent parts. For example, your heating system is not just a furnace—it’s a heat-delivery system that starts at the furnace and delivers heat throughout your home using a network of ducts. Even a top-of-the line, energy-efficient furnace will waste a lot of fuel if the ducts, walls, attic, windows, and doors are not properly sealed and insulated. Taking a wholehouse approach to saving energy ensures that dollars you invest to save energy are spent wisely.
Energy-efficient improvements not only make your home more comfortable, they can yield long-term financial rewards. Reduced utility bills more than make up for the higher price of energy-efficient appliances and improvements over their lifetimes. In addition, your home could bring in a higher price when you sell.
A solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) system is a reliable and pollution-free producer of electricity for your home or office. And they're becoming more affordable all the time. PV systems also provide a cost-effective power supply in locations where it is expensive or impossible to send electricity through conventional power lines.
Did you know that Cape Vincent receives the most amount of sun in Northern New York State? The cool waters of Lake Ontario reduce the amount of cloud formation, thereby allowing for more sunny days then in the rest of the St Lawrence River Valley.
Net Metering Defined New York’s law requires all utilities in the state (investor-owned, publicly owned, municipally owned, and cooperatives) to offer net metering to eligible customers and that they do not impose any extra charges or fees not imposed to other non-net metering customers. The law specifies that billing for net metering customers should be annualized. At the end of each month, net excess generation is credited toward the following month’s bill. At the end of the annual billing cycle, if there is any net excess generation by the customer, consumers are paid the utility’s avoided cost for that generation. If a customer uses more electricity than the customer generates during one billing period, the customer will pay regular rate for the energy used. (NYS Department of Public Service)
Solar cells, also called photovoltaic (PV) cells by scientists, convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV gets its name from the process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage), which is called the PV effect.
The PV effect was discovered in 1954, when scientists at Bell Telephone discovered that silicon (an element found in sand) created an electric charge when exposed to sunlight
Solar water heaters—also called solar domestic hot water systems—can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use—sunshine—is free.
Before you purchase and have a solar water heating system installed, you may want to consider following:
Solar water heating systems almost always require a backup system for cloudy days and times of increased demand. Conventional storage water heaters usually provide backup and may already be part of the solar system package. A backup system may also be part of the solar collector, such as rooftop tanks with thermosyphon systems. Since an integral-collector storage system already stores hot water in addition to collecting solar heat, it may be packaged with a demand (tankless or instantaneous) water heater for backup.
Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) are electrically powered systems that tap the stored energy of the greatest solar collector in existence: the earth. These systems use the earth's relatively constant temperature to provide heating, cooling, and hot water for homes and commercial buildings.
Fourth Coast Inc is a NYSERDA certified solar photovoltaic and solar thermal installer. Fourth Coast Inc is an IGSPHA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association) certified designer and installer.
Federal and state tax credits are available for solar photovoltaic and thermal, geothermal, and small wind systems. NYSERDA offers rebates for the solar photovoltaic and solar thermal. NYSERDA requires appropriately certified installers to be eligible for their rebates.
We offer a variety of financing options of renewable energy systems purchases to residential, commercial and goverment clients.
Commercial, government, education and not-for-profits have potential to qualify for other particular tax benefits, grants and incentives. Each project is unique and requires individual analysis. We specialize in finding a way to make it happen.
COMMERCIAL, Government, Education and Not-for-Profit
We offer comprehensive municipal services to elected officials and appointed leaders: capital projects, everyday business and customer service.
The economic foundation of our municipalities includes roads, bridges, sewers, water systems and public buildings. These assets are the economic backbone and extremely high value assets that cannot be allowed to deteriorate. Local Governments are faced with energy, infrastructure, and development projects daily. Often these projects take our municipal leaders by surprise, and lead to underfunded projects. The maze of regulations and tight timetable for project funding presents a challenge for efficient and affordable project execution.
For strategic, operational and financial reasons, asset management is becoming an increasingly important area of project planning and decision making for municipal governments. New demands for better service provision and trends towards decentralized systems of public services and potential synergies and changing roles in the public and private sectors in local governments are creating the need for better management of municipal resources.
This is the first step to building a stronger community.
Project delays and escalating costs are discouraging to everyone involved. Projects that are ultimately built but do not meet expectations in addressing needs are also frustrating.
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residential, commercial, government, education, non-profit
Augusta Withington formed Fourth Coast, Inc in 2008, bringing over 20 years of financial and consulting experience, with particular expertise in project development and implementation for the private, public and non profit sectors. Having previously worked at a local architectural and engineering firm, she subsequently decided to branch out on her own with a specfic intent and concern: how to create a better environment for the current generation as well as for those to follow.
After earning an economics degree, Withington worked for many years in the financial industry. In 2004, she started a successful computer consulting business working primarily with non profit agencies in the Thousand Islands region.
Current projects range from asset inventory and management, and development of energy conservation strategies to design and installation of solar photovoltaics, solar thermal and geothermal energy systems at municipal, commercial and residential buildings in the St. Lawrence River Region. The company's focus on project development and financing has helped both private and public building owners reduce energy use and implement appropriate alternative energy solutions.
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