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AltE Provides Renewable Energy for the Masses

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Imagine if a company existed in your town that sold renewable energy products, independently tested the products, and provided both seminars and webinars to teach you how to use said products. If you happen to live in Hudson, Massachusetts, you’re in luck. That company exists in the form of AltE (formerly the Renewable Energy Store). And even if you aren’t in the area, AltE’s online webinars can still get you started with renewable energy basics.

The other day, I spoke with AltE CEO Sascha Deri to get the scoop on the company and its history. According to Deri, the company was created in 1999 as a way for the average person without an engineering degree to learn about renewable energy— and be able to access it at affordable prices.

AltE is becoming so popular that it is opening up more classes in both Ohio and Costa Rica. In the future, the company would like to expand even further.

And good things are in the pipeline for the company. AltE Labs—the portion of the company that experiments on products, reviews them, and rates them—is ramping up.

“We want to provide unbiased reviews as opposed to having the customer be the guinea pig,” said Deri. “Our plan is to provide factual data and provide it on our website. That’s coming down the road at the end of the year.”

Additionally, AltE plans to offer an accreditation program for renewable energy installers. “It’s a reliable source of jobs in a weak economy,” said Deri.

If you’re curious about AltE’s webinars, you can check them out here. The “Preparing for Renewable Energy” webinar is free, so you can test the waters before buying anything.

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