net metering

Solar on Every U.S School!

This morning the National Solar Schools Consortium launched at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Boston. The goal of the newly formed organization is to put solar on roof of every school from kindergarten to high school. That would be almost 140,000 schools if you look at how many schools the National Center for Education […] Read more

Solar: Leading the Nation in Job Creation

The last couple of weeks have seen a number of great stories published about the benefits that solar is bringing to the economy and the planet. Not only have we seen state rankings for solar potentialfrom the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a look back at the incredible solar boom of 2013, and a roadmap for reaching 100 percent […] Read more

Energy Storage Technology Testing Ground in Hawaii

Hawaii wants to be a test bed for new energy storage technologies and is inviting companies to pilot their pre-commercial technologies at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park in Kailua-Kona. Managed by the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), this strategic partnership between the State and County of Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i Electric Light Company, will “drive innovation and economic […] Read more

Arizona Rooftop Solar Applications Drop After Tax

In the first nine days since Arizona Public Service imposed its $5 per month maximum fee on rooftop solar customers, new net metering applications have been a fraction of what they were in 2013. The Arizona Republic reported last week that the utility took 41 applications for new net-meteredrooftop solar installations. Before the new fee went into […] Read more

Net Metering in U.S: Ready for Growth

A new report predicts that net metering is set to experience strong growth in the U.S. as federal and state governments seek to further renewable energy goals, primarily driven by third-party financing of solar PV systems. However, the electricity generated under NEM programs as a percentage of total electric retail sales is expected to remain […] Read more

Commercial Leaders Go Solar

Installation of solar systems in America and NC are growing.  The investment in NC has internal rates of return in the 10-15% range and allows business owners to reduce their tax and energy bills.  We field calls every day from business owners interested in solar as an investment. “For years, the promise of solar was always ‘just […] Read more

How The DOE is Taking Care of Solar

In the history of our country, our government has repeatedly been willing to invest and take risk in unproven technologies that have radically transformed our country. Technologies from GPS, radar, internet, and many others all started in the labs of government buildings and soon were used by the general public. The Department of Energy (DoE) has […] Read more

Microsoft Joins The “Renewable Energy Purchase” Club

Microsoft is using money from its corporate carbon fee for its first major renewable energy purchase – it is buying all the output from a wind farm in Texas. Last year, the company began charging business divisions for the carbon they emit. Besides encouraging greater focus on efficiency inside the corporation, the money is used for efficiency projects and now, to buy renewable […] Read more

In Focus: Connecticut’s Solar Boom

There’s power in numbers. In the marketplace, buying in bulk can bring greater discounts. And by reading the same book or losing weight at the same time, residents and neighbors connect with others and build motivation. What happens when a handful of towns combine these ideas as a way to increase the number of solar […] Read more

Solar Friendly Bills Passed in California

In the waning hours of California’s legislative session, the state’s lawmakers have passed two solar bills, one that will change electric rate structures in California as well as remove the cap on net-metering, the other will allow Californians to purchase renewable energy from their energy utility. The first bill was somewhat controversial with certain groups, […] Read more

5 Reasons Solar is Beating Fossil Fuels

The solar industry is growing drastically every year, while fossil fuels continue to be phased out. This is why it is frustrating to hear commenters still say that renewable energy is not ready to compete with fossil fuels as a means to power our country. This is no longer true. Here are five reasons why […] Read more

RMI Report Examines Distributed Solar

The Rocky Mountain Institute introduced a new report on July 22 that discusses the values that distributed photovoltaics (DPV) provide to utilities and consumers. The report “A Review of Solar PV Benefit and Cost Studies” analyzed 15 other reports from 2005 to 2013 that looked at the costs and benefits associated with DPV, and ultimately […] Read more

Solar Power: Freedom and Independence

One of the most compelling virtues of solar energy is the opportunity for freedom and independence.  Solar means you don’t have to wait for the utility or other powers-that-be to do the right thing…you can take matters into your own hands and do it yourself.  It’s democracy in energy decision-making in action. So this 4th of […] Read more

Net Metering: Whats Not to Like?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about net metering. What’s so special about net metering, and why all the fuss? Net metering is a simple concept that’s policy in 43 states. It’s like rollover minutes on a cell phone bill — it lets utility customers who install solar systems feed energy they generate into […] Read more