LADWP increases rates yet again, solar users continue to save

LADWP increases rates yet again, solar users continue to save

Commercial Solar, Residential Solar
A severe drought in the state of California over the past couple of years has caused many conscious citizens to cut back significantly on their water use due to fines for excessive water usage and environmental consciousness. Though these measures taken by Los Angeles improve the condition of the state’s drought, residents are clearly unhappy with their cut back on water as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) increases rates. Recently, LADWP increases rates on water yet again by 4% for homeowners in Los Angeles. While residents have worked hard to conserve water, less consumption of water resources have led to lower revenue for LADWP. In fact, they allegedly suffer losses of about $110 million from what they usually collect. With no other option to recover the loss, LADWP was…
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My Uncle went solar, and is already seeing the results!

My Uncle went solar, and is already seeing the results!

Residential Solar
In residential solar-related news, last month my uncle made a triumphant post to Facebook, showing off his home, newly adorned with a PV array. [caption id="attachment_788" align="aligncenter" width="860"] A Massachusetts home with roof mounted solar panels.[/caption] The details are as follows: 10.8 kW installed and active as of September 10, 2015 Total cost of $44,900 Federal and State tax credits of approx. $14,500 Total cost down: $30,400 [adinserter block="1"] The installer, All Energy Solar of Amherst, MA, estimated that the system will generate 10 SRECs per year, and provided a guesstimated value of $325 per SREC, or $3,250/year. That might be a too rosy assumption, at least for the long-term, but he's looking at the long-term (life of system) benefits and not for the short-term. Anyways - his first electricity bill arrived recently…
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Why plug into solar power?

Why plug into solar power?

Residential Solar
Why should you plug into solar energy? Solar energy is one of the many answers to our global energy needs. The sun is free and shining with limitless abundance everyday. Solar is a natural, eco-friendly answer to providing renewable, affordable power through an ever expanding array of different products. Whether you need to light up your patio, heat the pool, water the garden or run your home or business, solar has an inexpensive alternative that is worth considering. When you see a product that includes a photo voltaic cell, you know it’s powered by the sun. It won’t be necessary to run a cord to power that product because it is designed to run for a duration of time on free, independent solar energy. [adinserter block="1"] It’s really a dream…
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We’re Experiencing the Lowest Prices for Solar Right Now

We’re Experiencing the Lowest Prices for Solar Right Now

incentives, Residential Solar
2015 has been the best year so far for installing solar into your home for many reasons. We’re experiencing the lowest prices for solar right now. Lowest prices for solar, federal tax credit incentives before 2016 For one, homeowners are still able to claim to federal tax credit that is soon to expire in December of 2016, making your solar purchase much more affordable. This 30% tax credit incentive has been effectual to the solar energy cause, especially in California. The prices for solar energy are at their lowest point right now, and if you complete an installation before the tax credit expires, you get to take advantage of that great bonus. After all, if you have any inclination to switch to solar, why claim your 30% tax credit before…
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Hawaii ends net metering for new residential solar installs

Hawaii ends net metering for new residential solar installs

Net Metering, Residential Solar
Advocates of Net Energy Metering call it the most successful method so far to get people off fossil fuels. Now the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has ended the program for new solar customers. [adinserter block="1"] "The energy industry is not static. We have to continue to evolve our policies, our initiatives and our programs," PUC chairman Randy Iwase said. The PUC's order cuts the credit new PV customers will get for sending excess energy to the grid from 26.8 cents per kilowatt hour to about 15 cents under a new Grid Supply program. "That 15.07 cents on Oahu is an incentive," Iwase said. [caption id="attachment_754" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Net Metering. Image from energypedia.info[/caption] But RevoluSun's Colin Yost believes it will make it harder for consumers with low to moderate incomes to…
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2015 Cost Of Solar Index For Massachusetts Released By Solar To The People

2015 Cost Of Solar Index For Massachusetts Released By Solar To The People

Commercial Solar, construction, Residential Solar
A new study providing data on the cost of home solar in Massachusetts was recently released by Solar to the People — the purpose of the release being to spur greater price transparency in the state. The new study offers data on the costs paid by homeowners for solar installations in the state for dates between 2008 and May 2015, with figures for both full installations and also for cost per kW (kilowatt) of installed installed. Costs both before and after state + federal incentives + rebates are provided. The study sourced much of its data from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Commonwealth Solar II Rebate Program database. [adinserter block="1"] Here are some of the key findings of the study: The average price of installing residential solar in Massachusetts in…
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How tax breaks are driving Vermont’s rush to solar

How tax breaks are driving Vermont’s rush to solar

Commercial Solar, Community Solar, incentives, Residential Solar
Solar is the fastest-growing source of energy in the country, and Vermont’s solar industry is growing dramatically. The solar industry is booming nationwide because of multibillion-dollar federal tax breaks, and developers have their eyes on Vermont because of its additional cash incentives. In 2014, the state ranked at 22 out of 50 states for total solar capacity nationwide. Vermont’s industry employs about 1,500 people at 72 companies, and produces $76 million in output, making it the state with the most solar jobs per capita. [adinserter block="1"] In just the past eight months, Vermont’s Public Service Board has approved 79 nonresidential solar projects across the state, including 11 commercial-scale installations. Last year, the board approved 138 nonresidential solar projects, including 23 commercial-scale installations. Over the past 10 years, the total number of net-metered…
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