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Utah Smolders Over California’s Coal Tariffs
Mar06

Utah Smolders Over California’s Coal Tariffs

It hangs in air and glistens a rainbow sheen on top of water —  it’s the true cost of using coal powered electricity, which states like California have become all too aware of when calculating the promising ROI of home solar installations and other renewables. To offset the broader financial burdens of the negative environmental side effects of fossil fuels, California levies an extra $15 per megawatt hour on coal-fueled electric power purchased from out of state. Recently however California’s decision to economically encourage homeowners to go solar has come under fire from its neighbor. As of last week, Utah lawmakers approved a proposal that would set aside state taxpayer money to sue California over policies that make imported coal-powered electricity more expensive. Utah Republican legislators argued that the suit was to stop California from pushing it’s values of clean energy on Utah. The Associated Press recently quoted California Air Resource Board spokesman Stanley Young’s rebuttal to the lawsuit: “California’s cap and trade program is designed to reduce climate-changing gases and rewards electricity with lower carbon pollution used by Californians — regardless of where that electricity comes from.”     As one of the few states remaining that still offers solar rebates, it makes sense California would incentivise homeowners to generate clean power by making out of state coal power more expensive. Many Utah constituents and proponents of clean energy have expressed antagonism towards the attempted lawsuit as well. “This would be a gross waste of Utah taxpayer dollars.” Ashley Soltysiak, Utah chapter director for the Sierra Club told the Associated Press. “This is lawsuit is ridiculous.” The general consensus that the lawsuit stands a slim chance of winning can be seen as a promising sign of the times. Despite the fact that there is an administration in the White House that is bullish on fossil fuels, the reality about the energy source’s true soc-economic costs has become more difficult to sweep under the rug....

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4 Silver Linings in Trump’s Solar Tariffs
Feb21

4 Silver Linings in Trump’s Solar Tariffs

It’s no secret the solar industry has already faced some intense headwinds in 2018, as seen with President Trump’s aggressive tariff on imported solar panels at the start of February.   Incase you didn’t already know, about 80 percent of America’s solar panels come from imports, and while many spectators are wringing their hair on the sidelines, worried about solar’s future, there’s a few silver linings in the gathering clouds.   State Controlled Solar Incentives: Sure, the federal government might’ve put a squeeze on imported solar hardware, but luckily for us, states still have the power to offer financial incentives such as tax credits and net metering payments for excess power generation. While there are still a handful of states that offer such incentives, the outlook is questionable on how many will continue to provide them over the next few years. The domestic solar industry creates a significant amount of jobs and there will be a growing amount of pressure on legislators to use their authority under the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act to establish competitive rates for small, renewable power generation and keep the solar market alive. Rise of DIY Solar:  Any sailor worth his (or her) salt knows that when the headwinds start to blow, you bring in the boom and start to tack. The current administration’s stance against renewables will not equate to its demise, but rather its change of course. The beauty about home solar is that it’s decentralized, and puts the power of energy generation back into the hands of individuals. To offset the slightly higher hardware costs of solar, we are sure to see a trend of more people opting to install parts, if not all, of the solar rigs themselves. Afterall, necessity is the mother of innovation, and converting a home to run off the grid has never been easier. World Trade Organization Says Nah:  Trump’s tariffs have attracted opposition from environmentalists, free-market advocates, alternate energy advocates, and players in the renewable energy industries. The noise has already caused enough clamour to bring the dispute up with the World Trade Organization in Switzerland, where countries like China and others targeted in the tariff are likely to claim it is in violation of international law. A closer inspection of the provision Trump used to ratify his tariff shows it’s one rarely used by governments. In fact, the last time America tried to use it in 2001 to put a tariff on steel imports, the WTO overturned it with penalties. Exactly how things will play out in the next coming months, however, remains to be seen. Freedom: The attack on consumer solar will not be the first...

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GoGreenSolar Goes Crypto, Accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum
Jun09

GoGreenSolar Goes Crypto, Accepts Bitcoin and Ethereum

What do cryptocurrencies and solar have in common? Both help to decentralize power from the hands of the few into the control of the many. But now, the relationship between the two upstarts have even more similarities, as GoGreenSolar.com, based in southern California, has become the first solar installer to accept the new age cryptocurrencies as payment in the forms of both Bitcoin and Ether (the fuel of Ethereum). The new age monetary system which debuted in 2009 has recently been making a buzz in the financial world as many people (and even some countries) have begun to adopt its use.  The most popular types of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and Ethereum, have seen an exponential rise in their value as more users become convinced that they are a safer and more reliable alternative to centralized currencies manipulated by a country. In 2014 GoGreen Solar made headlines after completing the world’s first solar installation exclusively paid in Bitcoin. “Allowing our customers to use this open source currency makes solar more accessible and it aligns with our core belief in decentralizing power,” explains Harold Tan, CMO of GoGreenSolar. The Bitcoin-purchased-solar-setup, which is located in Huntington Beach, CA, included a 5 kilowatt photovoltaic system, pairing 20 Enphase microinverters with 250 Watt Sharp solar panels. Following on the heels of the installation’s success and the ease of payment experienced during the process, GoGreenSolar has expanded its resources to accept Ether in addition to Bitcoin in its financial transactions, making history by turning decentralized currency into reliable and decentralized energy from the sun. For more information visit GoGreenSolar.com or call (866) 798-4435. About Go Green Solar: GoGreenSolar.com is a value-added eCommerce store that is owned and operated by GigaWatt, a multi-faceted solar energy corporation that guides homeowners, contractors, businesses, and utilities through the entire installation process. As a leading online destination for solar electric systems, GoGreenSolar functions as the primary distribution channel for this horizontally integrated corporation. GigaWatt Inc also designs and installs solar electric systems as a licensed C-10 Electrical Contractor #972791. Core competencies of GigaWatt include distribution, installation of photovoltaic systems, and product...

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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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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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