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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The backlash against solar companies by California’s public utilities

The backlash against solar companies by California’s public utilities

Uncategorized
Transitioning from the old way of doing things to the new way proves difficult when opposing parties having different interests. And when the government is involved, situations can grow even more stressful. Recently, public utilities in California have lashed back against solar panel companies. Companies like Southern California Edison who have long enjoyed near monopoly power in California, argue that they face financial hardship as solar power becomes a more economical source of energy for homeowners. Less residences rely on the utilities for their power because solar energy is much more affordable. With a slight upfront investment, solar companies can lower home owners’ energy bills in California by an average of 20%. Throughout October, California utility companies are proposing an increase in cost of using solar for homeowners through fees and cutting back how much homeowners can…
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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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Saving Money With Solar Panels

Saving Money With Solar Panels

Residential Solar
It’s hard to find precise data about how much you can save with a solar installation. Sure, everyone says “Yeah, you can save money with solar panels! Switch to solar. It’s worth it.” But do people actually know the numbers to behind saving money with solar panels? Finding these stats isn’t easy on the internet, but according to the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, homeowners who switch to solar can expect to save a great average amount of money every month on their energy bills. Their report states that “Solar PV customers in America’s 50 largest cities that invest in a 5kW solar PV system save an average of between $44 to $187 per month (before a loan, lease, or PPA payment) during the first year that they own their system.”…
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California firm funds 2 solar projects in isles

California firm funds 2 solar projects in isles

Commercial Solar, construction, Installations
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Wiser Capital said Wednesday it has funded two large-scale commercial solar projects in Hawaii as it looks to service more commercial photovoltaic in the state. Wiser Capital, a financial services firm specializing in solar, has invested more than $3.6 million in five solar systems in three different states with nearly half of that going to Hawaii Read the rest of the story at the Star Advertiser (Registration Required!)
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Community solar projects offer solar power to those without rooftop panels

Community solar projects offer solar power to those without rooftop panels

Community Solar
Solar-Power Sharing Programs May Be Poised to Take Off Community solar projects offer those without rooftop panels a way to tap the sun’s power Many consumers would like to switch to solar power but can’t. It could be their homes have too much shade or their roofs can’t accommodate solar panels, or perhaps they live in a condominium or apartment building. Enter so-called community or shared solar, which allows people to buy solar power from centrally owned arrays. The power is delivered by the local utility, and customers get credits on their monthly bills for any power the project sells back to the grid. [caption id="attachment_453" align="aligncenter" width="700"] States with the most community solar capacity[/caption] Although a relatively small business now, community solar is growing and could account for as…
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4 Simple Benefits of Solar Energy

4 Simple Benefits of Solar Energy

Residential Solar
Guest post from JNA Solar Are you thinking about going solar? You are not alone in this movement, as many others in the world are embracing solar energy. Solar energy is good for the environment and saves you money. Using solar energy to power your home or workplace has many benefits, including economic, personal, and environmental. The following 4 simple benefits of solar energy will help you understand the immense benefits of solar power. 1. Solar energy saves you money – The cost of electricity is constantly on the rise, and multiple independent studies paint the same gloomy picture; electricity prices will continue to rise indefinitely. Switching to solar can drastically cut the cost of your electric bill. Over the long-term, you will save a large amount of money. The only question…
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