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The 2016 Solar Funnel

What’s the Difference going Solar in 2015, 2016, or 2017? The best year to go solar will be 2015 because at its end, on December 31st, “Net Metering” in California will expire.  Net Energy Metering (NEM) is shorthand for the PUC rule which instructs utilities to credit a customer’s consumption for the generation of CLEAN […]

The Permitting Thorn in Solar’s Side

Solar isn’t going to get much cheaper if we don’t do anything about soft costs.  Soft costs involve things other than the equipment and labor. They include permitting, interconnection regulations, customer acquisition, and so on.  Permitting adds time and cost to solar systems.  Plenty of communities have streamlined their solar permit process to make it […]

Solar Roadways or Solar Snake Oil?

Are the solar roadways covered in snake oil? They did pass their traction tests, but the excitement for solar roadways is a little premature.  Is the product innovative? #Totally. Here’s a quick rundown of what the Solar Roadways phenomenon is about.  Several years back, the Federal Highway Administration funded a project for roadways that could […]

Update on Net Metering in California

Earlier this week, Commissioner Michael Peevey of the CPUC announced a 20 year grandfathering period for current solar customers who are enrolled in net energy metering programs. This important decision in California is expected to affect similar debates in other states.