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SoCal Edison Net Metering 1.0 Expires June 30th 2017!
May08

SoCal Edison Net Metering 1.0 Expires June 30th 2017!

Avoid Upcoming Changes to California Electricity Rates! Net Metering 1.0 is straight forward: the electric company measures how much energy you use from the grid and how much energy your solar panels put back into the grid. Customers are only charged the net amount, and if you export more than you consume, you would get paid for the extra energy produced! However, Southern California Edison is now in the process of initiating NEM (Net Energy Metering) 2.0, which is based on TOU (Time of Use), and you will be charged higher rates for energy usage during peak hours. This means that if you wait to go solar, you’re going to get less money for your extra power! The good news is that you still have a chance to avoid these upcoming changes. NEM 2.0 starts once Southern California Energy reaches a cap in energy usage for NEM 1.0 on June 30th 2017. If you install solar panels before the NEM 1.0 list fills up, you are guaranteed a spot on the original NEM program plan for 20 years past your original interconnection date. That means now is the perfect time to install solar – before these new changes go into effect! Those interested in solar panels need to install as soon as possible, because there is limited space left on the NEM 1.0 list – and your panels need to be installed and approved before the list fills up. Every moment that you wait to install solar, you risk missing out on 20 years’ worth of savings! Contact GoGreenSolar today to find out how we can save you thousands of dollars. One of our friendly solar professionals will conduct a free analysis of your roof and provide a proposal for your own customized solar system. Call (866) 798-4435 or visit us at www.GoGreenSolar.com...

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The New StorEdge from SolarEdge
May05

The New StorEdge from SolarEdge

How does StorEdge compare to existing battery solutions? Fewer components, less expensive, easier to install, better Tech Support, more mature product line. Here is a typical StorEdge installation: Features that make StorEdge better: A)  All of the StorEdge components (including the LG Chem battery) are exterior rated.  The Sonnen is interior rated only. Most people do not have room in their garage for a Sonnen cabinet, let alone in their living room as shown in their brochures. B)  The StorEdge inverter is the solar inverter.  Sonnen recharges from the grid, and requires the addition of solar equipment.  The battery bank has the same high DC voltage and low amps as a solar array, so the inverter can easily invert the DC power to AC; whether it is coming from the solar array or battery. C) StorEdge allows the homeowner to install solar now (to cut utility bills) and add the battery later.  Sonnen is grid-tie battery backup only.  Solar is NOT included. D) StorEdge has the ability to perform Zero Export (do NOT backfeed the grid, self-consumption only) which is required for homeowners in Hawaii.  Sonnen can NOT perform this function and requires the solar equipment, such as a SolarEdge install, to do it. Technical Details: Many people wanting battery storage are familiar with the traditional 48v battery banks, but the StorEdge design is very different from the traditional 48V battery storage system. Anybody with a SolarEdge 7600 that wants to add battery storage can get it with an Autoformer and a LG Chem battery. The StorEdge marketing still makes a lot of noise about Powerwall 1 and 2 being compatible (which they are) but Powerwalls are NOT available to us through our distributors, so they are off the radar for DIY installs.  The LG Chem is a very good battery made by a bankable company.  They don’t have the media hype of Tesla, but it is every bit as good.  I have seen the LG battery up-close and personal, and they did a nice job on the enclosure. Here’s what makes the StorEdge design better: 1)  The 350v of DC power coming from the Optimizers is fed DIRECTLY into the battery. Note: In a traditional 48v battery system (such as the Sonnen), there is an Inverter/Charger that reduces the 350v to 48v.  Eliminating this step simplifies the design, and is more efficient since there is no conversion loss as the Charge Controller circuits adjust the output power.  It also eliminates an expensive piece of equipment, reducing the system price-point; as well as eliminating a point of failure.  Moreover, an Inverter/Charger is generally expected to last 5+ years.  Conversely, the StorEdge inverter life expectancy is 12 years...

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How Silicon Valley is Going Solar
Mar24

How Silicon Valley is Going Solar

  If you were to board a helicopter and fly over Silicon Valley to get an aerial perspective, you would see thousands of sleek black solar panels glaring back at you in the California sun. Silicon Valley, California’s beloved tech hub in the San Francisco Bay Area, is arguably one of the most influential places in the world in regard to global technology developments. If you own, invest in or create hardware or software in the 21st Century, chances are that you have a presence in the valley. Disruptive technology such as the original iPhone has its origins right here. It’s the absolute center of our cloud-based world. The valley has been stereotyped as the home of yoga attending, t-shirt wearing millennial activists who are on a mission to change their world through meaningful careers in the booming tech sector. Ever-present in the minds of many of these young CEOs and mover/shaker types is the energy crisis that many feel to be an inevitability. They’re genuinely concerned about the rate at which earth’s growing population is consuming non-renewable resources, and they’re actually doing something about it. Solar energy is catching on in a big way here, and there are a few reasons why. Government solar incentives We can credit some of the developments in Silicon Valley’s solar use to the state’s political environment. California has more solar panels in use than any other state in the United States, and the state government plans to keep it that way. The state has a policy that allows customers who use solar panels to be compensated for the energy that they generate. The high rates of payment for solar energy in the state is likely the primary reason why California is leading the nation when it comes to solar power, and why Silicon Valley, in particular, is getting in on the action. Not only can incentives help immensely, but as we talked about a few months ago, the national cost of solar installations are at an all time low. Major companies going solar Because Silicon Valley represents such a huge segment of the global tech market, you can imagine that its residents consume a lot of energy. With major corporations like Google and Apple having global headquarters in the Valley, thousands of people go in and out of their huge facilities every single day. Studies show that over the last twenty years, Silicon Valley has consistently consumed more energy per capita than anywhere else in the state. Because of this, the valley is in greater need of a solution than many other regions. Apple, one of the Valley’s most prestigious, influential and...

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Solar Tax Credits in New Mexico Might Have a Bright New Future
Jan27

Solar Tax Credits in New Mexico Might Have a Bright New Future

A bipartisan effort by New Mexico legislators supported bills in the House and Senate to revive the state’s solar tax credit, which expired last year in 2016. The endorsed bill aims to renew the state’s solar incentive credits for an additional eight years, gradually being reduced from 10 percent to 5 percent by 2025. “New Mexico is known for its abundant sunshine, yet Arizona and Colorado have more solar-related businesses, jobs and installation capacity than we do,” Fox Business News quoted Republican Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, a sponsor of the legislation. Since New Mexico’s previous tax credit had expired in 2016, the state saw a sudden drop of employment and revenue generated by solar installations. Over the tax credit’s eight year lifespan, people installing solar had spent over $40 million on labor, spurring nearly a quarter billion dollars of related investments and economic growth. For legislators and constituents, the promise of invigorating the state’s economy during these sluggish times was well worth the $5 million annual price tag of funding the incentive program. As an added bonus for residents considering switching to solar, a drastic reduction in the price of materials has nearly halved the cost per a watt from $9 in 2009 to $4.52 in 2016 with the tax credit program. A combination of New Mexico’s latest solar incentive and record low costs for solar materials will surely generate some of the lowest solar costs residents of the state have ever seen–but only for those that manage to secure the new tax credit before its funding cap is reached and applications fill up. If you’d like to learn how you can snatch up New Mexico’s newest incentive program contact GoGreenSolar via email or call (888) 338-0183....

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Is New Jersey’s latest solar incentive bill too baller?
Jan18

Is New Jersey’s latest solar incentive bill too baller?

A recently passed solar incentive bill to promote residential solar in New Jersey and cut down on grid congestion has recently come under fire for being too generous. New Jersey Rate Counsel DIrector Stefanie Brand critiqued Bill A441 for being “too rich” insofar that it offers large payouts to homeowners for making the switch to solar. Bill A441, which the New Jersey Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee voted in favor of this January, offers up to 15% reimbursement on residential solar arrays to homeowners in certain areas of the state. The bill designates five strategic zones in New Jersey that would benefit from reduced grid congestion if more people installed solar panels on their roof. “Families choosing to use solar panels are cutting energy costs, and most importantly, moving the state toward a greener, more environmentally responsible future,’’ the NJSpotLight quoted Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen), the bill’s sponsor. In the past, electrical congestion in New Jersey ended up costing consumers up to $1 billion. If the bill passes, it will seek to reduce such congestion and forgo having foot New Jersey constituents with the bill of installing more power-lines by encouraging enough people in the congested areas to switch to...

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