Excerpt from “Harness The Sun”
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Excerpt from “Harness The Sun”

Finally, someone has to get the equipment installed and make sure it runs properly. For several of the New Bedford projects, that key role has been played by a century-old sign-company-turned-solar-integrator. When Phil Cavallo bought Beaumont Sign Company in 2006, it was a frugal operation run by the family’s third generation. Its customers ranged from chain stores to area banks, and its revenues were about $2 million per year. A native of greater Philadelphia who had logged in nearly three decades as a self-described serial entrepreneur, Phil had done everything from designing missile guidance systems for Raytheon to launching telecom…
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Rising above the flood
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Rising above the flood

Driving home from work on a chilly night, Kandace Donovan sees that the power has gone down again in her Lyons, Colorado neighborhood. She passes the darkened homes and then there is her house - lit up like a Christmas tree! It is with a sense of satisfaction that she opens the door to her home and steps into the cheery interior greeting her noisy children. In December 2013 Independent Power Systems installed a grid-tied solar electric system complete with battery backup at Kandace’s home. When the power goes down, there is a seamless switchover from the grid-tied solar system…
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Saving Money With Solar Panels
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Saving Money With Solar Panels

It’s hard to find precise data about how much you can save with a solar installation. Sure, everyone says “Yeah, you can save money with solar panels! Switch to solar. It’s worth it.” But do people actually know the numbers to behind saving money with solar panels? Finding these stats isn’t easy on the internet, but according to the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, homeowners who switch to solar can expect to save a great average amount of money every month on their energy bills. Their report states that “Solar PV customers in America’s 50 largest cities that invest in a…
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Why Plug Into Solar Energy?
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Why Plug Into Solar Energy?

Guest post from JNA Solar Why should you plug into solar energy? Solar energy is one of the many answers to our global energy needs. The sun is free and shining with limitless abundance everyday. Solar is a natural, eco-friendly answer to providing renewable, affordable power through an ever expanding array of different products. Whether you need to light up your patio, heat the pool, water the garden or run your home or business, solar has an inexpensive alternative that is worth considering. When you see a product that includes a photo voltaic cell, you know it’s powered by the sun.…
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Indian Government Calls for Utilising Rooftop Space for Solar Projects
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Indian Government Calls for Utilising Rooftop Space for Solar Projects

NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked its ministries, States and all educational institutions across the country to utilise the space available with them to install grid connected solar rooftop systems. The government has set a target of 40,000 MW of grid connected rooftop solar power generation capacity by 2022 under the National Solar Mission. In a recent letter to all central ministries, States, public sector organisation, educational institutions, schools and colleges, New and Renewable Energy Ministry has urged to install grid connected solar rooftop systems/projects in their buildings. "Huge rooftop space is available in government buildings..even if a part of…
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20% by 2025, 50% Community Solar, No Net Metering Caps, 15-26 Initiative Petition
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20% by 2025, 50% Community Solar, No Net Metering Caps, 15-26 Initiative Petition

Wednesday at 11:00 AM, Maura Healy, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certified MA 15-26 INITIATIVE PETITION that it is in proper form for submission to the people.  The Certification plus a fair and concise SUMMARY of 15-26 INITIATIVE PETITION drafted by the Attorney Generals Office and the INITIATIVE PETITION FOR A LAW RELATIVE TO SOLAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGY are linked to here. Now the real work begins.  To be taken seriously by the legislature we need 100,000 signatures to net out 65,000 certified signatures by the registrar of each municipality by the third week in November.  The…
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The Case for Net Metering
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The Case for Net Metering

Residential solar power systems are usually designed so that the owner produces more energy in the daytime than they use in the daytime in order to balance out the electricity used during non-sunlight hours at night. This is the fundamental benefit of net metering - a homeowner generates extra in the daytime, which is delivered to other nearby users (typically commercial users), while getting a credit for that electricity that is then applied to their nighttime usage. [caption id="attachment_262" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Image Source: FPL.com[/caption] The electricity grid is one of the most under-appreciated resources in modern life. People plug in their device,…
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