Archive | August, 2014

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Power Purchase Agreements Unmasked

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are another third-party financing option that has helped solar. Basically, a power purchase agreement is a contract to buy the electricity produced #Synonyms. Typically, there is no money down and it’ll be less than what you’re paying your utility. PPAs are how most big energy is financed. A power plant is […]

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Our Drought Needs More Sun

It sounds like we’re saying, “This wildfire sure could use some gasoline!” But more sun may just be a big part of the answer to our drought. There are cities that don’t have running water, and it’s past time to think about making big changes. Our water problem is out of hand and our energy […]

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 […]