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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently voted on the current state of the net energy metering program and made a decision in favor of solar owners.
Scientists at Purdue University in Indiana, have used light diffraction properties in gemstones to increase the efficiency of thin-film solar panels.
Many educational institutions, such as the UC Riverside, are turning to solar energy in order to cut expenses and focus more funding on students.
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.
California lead the nation in solar energy installation in 2013. Our state can remain a solar leader in 2014 by focusing on incentives and reducing soft costs.
This past Sunday, Bill Nye went on the NBC News show “Meet the Press” to discuss climate change with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, a representative from Tennessee.