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Hello to all. I’m going to be more involved with the content of our blog post for the foreseeable future.  I posted a blog some years ago titled, How Did We Get Here. After stopping at a convenience store for a rest stop, I selected a bottle of pop and a candy bar, took it to the counter and the young lady working there asked for three dollars and twenty six cents! My mind would not compute! 3.26 for a pop and candy bar? Well, I got over it and paid the nice girl and went on my way thinking […]

Behind the Meter

This is a game changer for solar energy because it puts you in control! It means we can now install solar to charge your storage system FIRST and then sell the excess back to the utility at pre-determined rates.  Check Out this Recent Ruling   United States: FERC Issues Final Rule On Electric Storage Participation In Wholesale Markets

Solar Energy Costs Drop 73% in 10 Years!

In some cases, such as for utility-scale solar, that drop was precipitous. IRENA goes as far as to use the word “remarkable.” According to IRENA’s data, the average LCOE for utility-scale solar PV decreased to $0.10 per kilowatt-hour. That represents a fall of 73 percent between 2010 and 2017. The agency uses a cost spectrum between $0.05 and $0.17 per kilowatt-hour for fossil fuel power. Read More

Cost Benefits of Switching to Solar: A State-by-State Guide

The advantages of solar power and other renewable energy sources are colossal, and arguably necessary for our survival. On solar, the electric grid becomes more efficient and resilient to natural disasters (including hail) and disruptions — not to mention scalable to the 1.3 billion people on our planet living without electricity. On solar, power becomes cleaner, moving us that much closer toward the net zero goal advocated by climate researchers. But the benefits don’t stop there. Solar costs are falling. In fact, the installed price for residential solar systems is less than half of what it was in 2009…

New solar cell is more efficient, costs less than its counterparts

A silicon solar cell with silicon-germanium filter using a step-cell design (large) and a gallium arsenide phosphide layer on silicon step-cell proof-of-concept solar cell (small). Photo: Tahra Al Hammadi/Masdar Institute News The following is adapted from a Masdar Institute article by Erica Solomon. The cost of solar power is beginning to reach price parity with cheaper fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of the world, yet the clean energy source still accounts for just slightly more than 1 percent of the world’s electricity mix. Solar, or photovoltaic (PV), cells, which convert sunlight into electrical energy, have a large role to play in […]

Energy and Environment Federal trade panel calls for restrictions on imported solar cells

In a closely watched trade case, the four commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday voiced their support for tariffs and other import restrictions to protect domestic solar companies from an influx of cheap solar panels being produced overseas.

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Good News for Solar in Iowa!

 Good News For Solar Energy in Iowa! The Iowa Supreme Court ruled July 11 that a solar installation atop a municipal services center in Dubuque does not violate Iowa law, a decision experts called potentially ground-breaking for the spread of rooftop solar power. “This is a great win for Iowa,” said Brad Klein, a senior attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) who represented a collective of renewable energy advocates from Iowa and across the country. Given the thoroughness of court’s decision, and the lack of any other high court rulings in this arena, Klein said he expects the Iowa court’s ruling […]

Wind, Solar Power Could Overpower Political Winds: Deloitte Study

With price parity within reach, green movement seems unstoppable; private sector, public opinion unwavering in rising support for clean energy options. Demand for renewable energy by consumers and businesses – along with a long-term commitment to cleaner portfolios from utilities – seems to be fundamentally shifting energy attitudes and decisions, independent of federal stances, according to Deloitte’s annual “Resources 2017 Study – Energy Management: Sustainability & Progress.“

Why Residential Solar Is Having A Powerful Impact

For decades, home solar systems were a great idea that fell short of economic viability, an indulgence only a select few could afford. But today, the U.S. residential solar market is enjoying unprecedented growth. It saw a second straight quarter of record expansion in Q2 2015, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report released in September by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The report highlights several significant residential solar milestones. Residential installations in the second quarter topped the first quarter by 6 percent and were 70 percent higher than the second quarter of 2014. California installations account for 49 percent […]