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Don’t Miss Solar Power International (SPI) 2013!
Oct17

Don’t Miss Solar Power International (SPI) 2013!

Solar Power International (SPI) October 21-24, 2013 McCormick Place 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60616 United States In 2012, PV installations grew a head-turning 76 %.    Q3 of 2013 has surpassed that of last year and experts suggest that photovoltaics will have grown 29% over 2013.  Solar professionals will be meeting to discuss the future of solar, attend educational seminars, exchange ideas, and show off the latest in solar technology. Don’t miss Solar Power International (SPI) 2013, this four-day B2B solar trade show and conference with presentations from industry leaders and networking opportunities with solar professionals from more than 75 countries.   Over 15,000 solar industry professionals will gather in Chicago next week to see loads of solar exhibits spread out over 300,000 square feet. Everything from racking to solar cells to inverters will be on display. While you’re cruising around the trade show floor, keep your eyes peeled for the new Enphase M250 microinverter. Some big-name booths to check out include: Fronius USA Morningstar Corp. TUV Rheinland Solectria Renewables Fronius USA There will also be an official SPI 2013 Solar Tweet up at at Kitty O’Shea’s (Chicago Hilton), where you can meet up with industry leaders, including Solar Fred and representatives from GoGreenSolar.com....

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Solar Energy 101
Oct08

Solar Energy 101

You’re the kind of person who doesn’t want someone telling you what to buy, right? Learn how solar energy can work for you by registering for this 8-part email class. Sign up for this free 8-part course. Email Address With this email crash-course in solar energy, you’ll get information you need to determine whether installing a solar system is right for you! Here are a few things we’ll cover in this eight-part course: What does it cost to go solar? How does solar technology work? How do you finance a solar system? How much solar do you really need for your home? Should you ‘Do-It-Yourself’ or find a professional solar...

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Visit the Solar Decathalon in Irvine!
Oct04

Visit the Solar Decathalon in Irvine!

Despite the government shutdown that’s taking place, college students from throughout the country to participate in the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Come to Great Park in Irvine, CA this weekend  to see 20 modern energy-efficient homes, fully equipped with solar energy systems to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions. Solar Decathlon Village College students from throughout the U.S. are competing in a series of competitions to test the performance of these energy-efficient homes they built from the ground up. The Solar Decathlon, which is sponsored by the Department of Energy, gives university students hands-on training with renewable energy and building environmentally sustainable infrastructure. This event is free to the public, so come out any time from 11:00am to 7:00pm Friday through Sunday.  The Solar Decathlon will also be open for public tours next weekend (October 10th-13th). We’ll be there next week, so let us know if you want to meet up! For more information on this event, please visit www.solardecathlon.gov. ______________ Tom Jackson...

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AB 327: Solar Friend or Foe?
Oct01

AB 327: Solar Friend or Foe?

Recently-amended energy bill, AB 327, awaits signature from Governor Brown Just a couple of months ago, California Assembly Bill 327 was met with fierce criticism from solar advocates throughout California. It was this rallying cry of opposition, however, that ultimately resulted in key revisions to this bill, which are a step in the right direction for rooftop solar. Though this bill is by no means perfect, the amendments made to AB 327 are a testament to the growing power of the solar industry and allies of renewable energy in California. Net-Metering: Investor-Owned Utilities vs. The Solar Industry? To give you a little background, AB 327 will determine what happens to residential energy rate structures in California, including the state’s popular net metering program. Net metering allows residents to receive financial compensation for the excess power generated by their grid-tied solar systems.  When the consumer gets paid for the electricity that’s sent back into the utility grid, it means a greater return on their investment. Net-metering is a monetary incentive for homeowners to get solar on their roofs. Since state policies like this make “going solar” more attractive to potential solar customers, the solar industry has been fighting to keep it around. Being required to pay residential customers for this electricity isn’t really in the best interest of an Investor-Owned Utility (IOU), which has a responsibility to their share-holders to maximize profit. The fate of California’s net-metering policy has been uncertain until recently, as it was set to expire at the end of 2013.  California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) have been at odds with the solar industry, which came to head with AB 327. Utility rate structure that solar advocates were criticizing in AB 327: 1. AB 327 will flatten the rates for customers paying for electricity in the higher tiers on their electric bills.   This means that customers who consume significantly higher amounts of energy (kWh) would be paying less than they currently do. 2. AB 327 would also allow utilities to impose a flat rate of up to $10 per month on residential customers, regardless of their net consumption. By decreasing the cost for excessive energy consumption, AB 327 would have made investing in a PV system attractive to potential solar customers paying these high-tier rates. AB 327 would mean that a residential customer, whose net consumption is minimal due to a solar system, could have to pay the utility company a flat rate every month. This could amount to an extra $120 annually, regardless of how much solar power the system was actually generating. One of the main criticisms of this bill is that it would make...

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Solar Energy Beyond Photovoltaics? Infographic
Sep21

Solar Energy Beyond Photovoltaics? Infographic

Using solar energy in your life can go far beyond installing a photovoltaic system on your roof. How can the Sun help you live a smarter, reduce your energy consumption, and save money? Need help designing a solar system that’s right for your home or business?  Let us know! Request a Free...

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