Category: Solar Power

Energy is the new internet: The Enernet is coming – with massive economic opportunity ahead!

Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another

massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”

Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”

It’s going to be an incredible ride…

Solar grows by 95% in 2016!

Solar energy installation capacity grew by 95% in 2016, with utility scale, residential and commercial solar all achieving record growth. Solar installations were 39% of all new 2016 electric capacity in the US, and wind energy 26%. Renewables were the majority of new capacity – blowing away new natural gas plants (29%).

While we have a long way to go, the exponential growth is creating a new paradigm of clean energy jobs – good for the economy, and great for the environment.  Read Here!

New Solar Job Every 10 Minutes!

 

The solar industry added a new solar job every 10 minutes last year, bringing the workforce to a whopping 260,000 U.S. solar jobs. More than a quarter million workers across all 50 states are busy building a better energy future for all of us. Solar is now the 2nd largest employer in the energy sector, employing more Americans than coal or natural gas. You can download the entire report here:

Top Ten Companies Going Solar

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The Solar Energy Industries Association released this year’s top 10 companies who are “going solar” in a huge way:

Recognize any of them? Target, Walmart, Prologis, Apple, Costco, Kohl’s, Ikea, Macy’s, General Growth Properties, & Hartz Mountain…

While they’re getting some “good press” and “green creds” – the reality is that they figured out that solar can save them a tremendous amount of money.

As Mike Duke of Walmart says: “The math adds up pretty quickly…less energy we have to buy… means less waste and more savings”.

Give us a call or email, and we’ll help you figure out how you can save with solar, too.

The Voice of Hope in the Renewable Field

 

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There is more speculation, more rumors, more nervous people in the renewable energy field right now then ever before in our history. It is refreshing this week to hear of some positive forward thinking in the midst of all the angst. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy boldly announced it’s commitment for it’s SunShot Inititive to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This is a new target continuing SunShot Initiative’s progress in helping the solar industry reach more than 90% of the initiative’s established 2020 goal in just five years. This includes brand new funding opps that will push the cost of solar even further down. Three cheers for the Department of Energy!

Best Time To Be Alive

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There were two incredibly inspiring articles on the web this week:

The first, a gift from our neighbors to the north, speaks for itself:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/10/17/leave-it-to-canada-to-remind-america-that-its-still-a-great-country/

The other article (below) made me think about how the evolution of clean
energy policy, technology, financing, and economies of scale are making
clean energy affordable for everyone.

Take the Oakwood Friend’s School. The non-profit boarding school always wanted solar, but had 11 different electric meters for their 18
mostly-shaded buildings – and couldn’t afford it.

Today, solar is producing 100% of their annual 700,000 kilowatt hours of
electricity. The system is sited in a fallow field at the edge of their property, and is “remote metered”. EarthKind Energy identified and maneuvered through the new energy policies and grant incentives, put together leading cost-effective technologies, secured a pass-along ofincentives from a tax equity investor, and coordinated the myriad details
of the installation and utility interconnection — with ZERO ($-0-) dollars out-of-pocket from Oakwood.

Now, the school will save more than $1.5 Million over the next 25 years -and they are using the solar system as an integral part of their  curriculum.

The article also reminded me of my wife – who is alive today thanks to incredible medical advances over the last decade that provided her with a  Live Liver Transplant – where she received 1/2 of a live liver, and both  her portion, and the original, grew back to full size. “Two for one”.

Now…. “imagine a student who grows an artificial pancreas right in front  of the president-an idea that eventually eliminates waiting lists for lifesaving organs… imagine the girls who discover a new fuel based on only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide… the teenager who makes voting and civic activism as addictive as scrolling through your Twitter feed… the boy from Idaho who grows potatoes from a plot of soil brought back from our colony on Mars…”

It is, indeed, “the best time to be alive”.

Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive


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Chile Has Cheapest Solar Energy Prices in the World!

 

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Chile has more sun than the US – but, the trends is clear: Solar power came in at 2.91 cents per kwh at a Chilean energy auction this month. That’s the lowest price on record for electricity from sunshine, surpassing a deal in Dubai in May. It’s almost half the price of coal power sold in the same event. It’s the cheapest to date for any kind of renewable energy, and it’s one of the lowest rates ever for any kind of electricity, anywhere.

Here comes the sun! Chile’s sun power

 

Solar Installing – are we loosing quality for quantity?

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Mr. Van Nostrand raises some very good points about a growing concern. It seems to be that when solar was a fairly new technology that installers took their time to really do a good job. However, now that solar is become so competitive and mainstream that we seem to be loosing that personal touch of real quality work. All of us in this field need to be continually mindful of providing quality service to our customers.Read Mr. Van Nostrand’s article here.

Strange bedfellows: How solar and utilities struck a net metering compromise in New York

 

Cuomo & Solar CityAcross the country, solar customers & installers and battling with utilities over solar net metering – which “turns the meter backwards” at the same retail rate that customers pay their utility.

Solar advocates argue that net metering provides more benefits – to the grid and all customers – than the net metered retail price.

Utilities argue that solar net metering customers “zero out” their bill and don’t contribute to maintaining the aging grid, so the utilities lose money (or other customers have to pay more to make up the lost revenue).

Now, a number of New York State utilities have come together with several of the largest solar companies to reach a compromise.

The bottom line: we all depend on the grid. Those with solar need the grid at night, on cloudy days, or whenever their usage exceeds their solar generation. We need to keep the utilities healthy to maintain and evolve the interconnected grid that is the center of civilization. New York’s proposal provides an interesting path toward ending the war – providing a profit incentive so that utilities can make money on solar, while customers and the solar industry have a clear glide path forward.    Read the Utility Dive article on the issue.

The Duck Curve

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Are you familiar with  the “Duck Curve”?   Remember the “Bell Curve”  in collage statistics?  The Duck Curve is basically a concern over the availability of solar in the day time,  but going down as the sun goes down.  This concern has turned into something of a urban myth of late according to  Robbie Orvis, Michael O’Boyle, and Hallie Kennan of Energy Innovation.  The authors propose that by using common sense, smart rate design, and regional sharing/coordination we can minimize the impact of the Duck.  Read the article here.