My Uncle went solar, and is already seeing the results!
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My Uncle went solar, and is already seeing the results!

In residential solar-related news, last month my uncle made a triumphant post to Facebook, showing off his home, newly adorned with a PV array. [caption id="attachment_788" align="aligncenter" width="860"] A Massachusetts home with roof mounted solar panels.[/caption] The details are as follows: 10.8 kW installed and active as of September 10, 2015 Total cost of $44,900 Federal and State tax credits of approx. $14,500 Total cost down: $30,400 [adinserter block="1"] The installer, All Energy Solar of Amherst, MA, estimated that the system will generate 10 SRECs per year, and provided a guesstimated value of $325 per SREC, or $3,250/year. That might be a too…
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Hawaii ends net metering for new residential solar installs
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Hawaii ends net metering for new residential solar installs

Advocates of Net Energy Metering call it the most successful method so far to get people off fossil fuels. Now the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has ended the program for new solar customers. [adinserter block="1"] "The energy industry is not static. We have to continue to evolve our policies, our initiatives and our programs," PUC chairman Randy Iwase said. The PUC's order cuts the credit new PV customers will get for sending excess energy to the grid from 26.8 cents per kilowatt hour to about 15 cents under a new Grid Supply program. "That 15.07 cents on Oahu is an…
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Solar energy is poised for yet another record year
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Solar energy is poised for yet another record year

The U.S. solar industry is on course for a new growth record in 2015, according to a new report that finds that solar photovoltaic installations now exceed 20 gigawatts in capacity and could surpass an unprecedented 7 gigawatts this year alone across all segments. A gigawatt is equivalent to 1 billion watts and can power some 164,re000 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The new report, from GTM Research and SEIA, covers the second quarter of 2015, which set a new record for residential rooftop solar installations in particular, a category that saw 70 percent year-over-year growth. 473 megawatts of residential solar capacity were installed, or…
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4 Simple Benefits of Solar Energy
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4 Simple Benefits of Solar Energy

Guest post from JNA Solar Are you thinking about going solar? You are not alone in this movement, as many others in the world are embracing solar energy. Solar energy is good for the environment and saves you money. Using solar energy to power your home or workplace has many benefits, including economic, personal, and environmental. The following 4 simple benefits of solar energy will help you understand the immense benefits of solar power. 1. Solar energy saves you money – The cost of electricity is constantly on the rise, and multiple independent studies paint the same gloomy picture; electricity prices will…
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Solar Wins in Colorado!
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Solar Wins in Colorado!

This week, Colorado regulators decided to preserve the state’s successful net metering program, one of the most important policies for empowering families, schools and businesses to go solar. Commissioners saw through the barrage of misinformation and rhetoric from solar’s opponents, calling the solar crediting program “satisfactory and balanced as is.” We’ll say. Net metering gives Colorado solar customers full credit on their utility bills for the valuable power they produce for use nearby. It puts Coloradans in charge of their energy choices and utility costs like never before. It helps reduce the need for expensive, polluting power infrastructure, building healthier and more…
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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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Why is Solar so Complicated?
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Why is Solar so Complicated?

Guest post from JNA Solar The evolution of solar energy is growing exponentially. When technological breakthroughs come into the marketplace, the research and development enters a fast track that expands very quickly. This is why people often ask themselves, “Well, why is solar so complicated?” We are witnessing that expansion happening every day in the solar market now. Solar is becoming integrated into so many different products that are flooding the home improvement stores from patio lighting and water drip systems to solar powered HVAC allowing homeowners to use the sun to cool their house. It’s expected that solar will…
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