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Colorado electric coop offers rebates for solar panels

Generally speaking electric cooperatives don’t typically offer solar rebates. Although San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (SMPA) which serves more than 12,500 meters in Colorado counties of San Miguel, Montrose, Ouray, Dolores, Mesa, San Juan and Hinsdale has recently launched a solar rebate program. Solar electric systems that are installed after after Feb. 2, 2009 will be eligible for a rebate, The New Community Coalition, the administrator of the rebate program is waiting for homes and businesses to apply and lock in their rebates today, the program is in full force. Customers who apply for the rebate reservation have 90 days to get their solar electric system up and running. What makes the program different from other solar rebate programs around the nation is that homeowners who want free money for installing solar panels must conduct a home energy audit to become more energy efficient before they can apply for the solar rebate program. That’s an interesting idea to encourage people to “reduce consumption before producing clean energy”, which is the most cost effective method to lower your energy expenses. If you’re a member of SMPA your solar electric system must be installed and operational by June 19, 2009 for you to secure your solar electric rebate, once the installation is complete and your documents are submitted SMPA will send you a check. It’s unclear how much SMPA is going to give you per watt of solar power you install, does any have details on this the SMPA solar rebate program in Colorado, please...

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green jobs in greenville, michigan

While other industries in the US are laying people off, the solar industry is moving forward creating green jobs for the future. Brian Williams of NBC news recently show cased how UniSolar is creating jobs in Michigan to create thin film solar cells right here in the US. In fact, 80% of the products made in Michigan is being exported to other countries, adding significantly to the US GDP. Two years ago Greenville was abandoned when an appliance manufacturer moved its operations to Mexico, over 4,000 people lost their jobs. Thanks to UniSolar, the company revived the economic climate in Greensville by creating green jobs that not only helping the environment but helping America become energy independent. This is a great case study of how supporting the green energy industry can turn around the US. What are your...

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6 new york utilities improve net metering policy

On Thursday, the NY State Public Service Commission made changes to the net-metering policies of six investor owned utility companies to encourage more homes and businesses to install solar panels or wind turbines to generate clean electricity. The term net-metering, means an agreement with your utility company that specifies the terms of what type and size of clean energy system you can connect to the grid and the value of the credit you will receive for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) from your utility company. The Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation, Orange and Rockland Utilities and New York State Electric and Gas Corporation will allow customers to sell back clean electricity generated at retail value. The changes included allowing non-residential entities to benefit from the net-metering policies and also increase the limit to 25 KW from 10 KW for residential solar power systems. These changes allow more people to participate, which encourages the community to support clean energy thus helping our country become more energy independent and provides new opportunities to create local jobs here in the US. What do you think about net-metering policies in general? How do you think we can get more people to contribute to the grid versus being a liability to...

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L.A. Unified school district going solar

It’s not ironic that the Los Angels Unified School District (LAUSD) has a sun in its logo. Today the school district announced they will be investing $350 million dollar into solar panels to generate 50 megawatts of power by 2012. The solar panels will be located on sunny rooftops across a portfolio of buildings the school district owns. The goal of the investment in solar panels would be to lower the school districts 80 million dollar annual electric bill and allow for economic stimulus, by creating green collared jobs. LAUSD will play an interesting teaching role in this project by offering solar installation training courses at their adult schools by using the coursework that was developed by Professor Brian Hurd at the East Los Angeles Skills Center, the leading solar panel installation class in the nation. I say it’s about time LAUSD looks into solar panels to reduce their high energy expenses, I wonder if the school district has done everything possible to reduce their usage through energy efficiency? I like the fact they are involved in the training of the people who are going to end up installing the solar panels for LAUSD, this is a true economic stimulus that cannot go unheard. The proposed project will clean up the air we breathe, save LAUSD millions of dollars per year on energy expenses, and create green collared jobs. On top of that LA is such a great place for solar panels, we have an average sun hours (solar irradiation) of 5.5 per day. What do you think, is this a move in the right direction for...

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Clean Power to the People house party

What are you doing Thursday, February 12th? If you’re not doing anything, Greenpeace is throwing national house parties for people to support clean power for everyone. I suppose this is a good cause to rally behind to show our government that the people want to invest in a clean and independent energy future. Do you agree? The theme of the party is to discuss the March 2nd Greenpeace Capitol Climate Action in Washington, D.C., which is essentially a peaceful protest at a coal plant to send congress a message that we need to curb climate change and support clean power. To attend all you have to do is RSVP to a party near you or host a party...

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it’s unanimous! first feed in tariff in america is here

Gainesville voted unanimously to pass the first feed in tariff in America this week. A feed in tariff of 32 cents per kwh (kilowatt-hour) over a 20 year period will be given to homes and businesses who install solar power systems. policies like these will truly sitmulate the economy because it will create customer demand and provide new jobs in the area. what do you think? feed-in tariffs are a great incentive system because it evens out the playing field, the energy you contribute from your solar panels should be bought at a premium from the utility company. Don’t you agree? Germany, the world leader in solar power invigorated investment in solar panels by offering feed-in tariffs. Do you think this will happen in the U.S.? Will gainesville’s leadership in feed-in tariffs be contagious to other...

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