Rhode Island commercial solar power incentives – a 20 year paycheck from your roof

The State of Rhode Island offers a twenty year electricity purchase contract to commercial rooftop owners that install solar power. Essentially, CommercialSolarGuy will build a small power plant on your building, and National Grid will purchase all of that electricity.  Payments are made through a monthly electronic deposit as National Grid sells that electricity into…

Read More

25 GW of US solar, Musk the richest -then not-but then again, CO2->protein, more – Podcast #27

The Clean Power Hour – a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast run by Tim Montague, and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First of course, here’s the podcast – Episode 27. Now, to the news! Per the EIA we’re expecting 15.4 GWac of utility scale, and 4.1 GWac of small scale solar (~25 GWdc total…

Read More

Tesla hit half a million, gigantic wind turbine, 100% wind+solar power, more! – Podcast #26

The Clean Power Hour – a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast run by Tim Montague, and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First of course, here’s the podcast – Episode 26. Now, to the news! The new GE offshore wind turbine platform is huge – the NYTimes artiles here covered their 13 MW unit. Since…

Read More

Solar pricing decreases slowed in 2019, volume increased, modules more efficient, changes abound, 2 of 2

Second half covering Berkeley EMP Lab’s Distributed Solar 2020 Data Update, first half covered here… It is of course, very hard to parse data across hundreds of thousands of installations per year, across varying structure types, weather regions, electricity costs, incentive structures, etc – and come up with salient all encompassing generationzalitons to guide us…

Read More

Solar pricing decreases slowed in 2019, volume increased, modules more efficient, changes abound, 1 of 2

Berkeley Lab has released Distributed Solar 2020 Data Update, which is a lighter version of their biennial Tracking the Sun report. The document has collected actual solar data – including pricing – of 1.9 million systems installed through 2019, covering 82% of all distributed PV systems installed nationally. The group’s utility scale report is covered here.…

Read More