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Residential Solar Installation Costs In America’s Battleground State

By Roy L Hales

California’s energy sector is hurtling towards the point of decision. Despite its reputation as a green leader, this is the #3 American state for crude oil production. In the past few years, solar energy production has grown to supply around 16% of the state’s electricity.1   A significant portion (5.7%) is supplied by rooftop solar. Though there is considerable push back from Big Oil, the California legislation’s goal of 50% renewable electricity by 2030 seems attainable. What are residential solar installation costs in America’s battleground state?

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  1. Adding the 9.98% produced by facilities at least 1 MW in size according to the California Energy Commission and 5.7% from rooftop solar according to California Distributed Generation Statistics.

GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon

By Roy L Hales

GRID Alternatives entered San Diego eight years ago, with a solar installation in El Cajon.  Since then, the non-profit has put up a total of 824 systems throughout the county. This Saturday, they return to the same El Cajon neighbourhood for GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon.
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the Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform

By Roy L Hales

A newly launched unified solar and energy storage system targets the residential market. According to its’ manufacturers, the Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform streamlines “the deployment of residential solar and energy storage systems without compromise of performance or cost.”
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PetersenDean Illustrates Residential Solar’s Explosive Growth

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPetersenDean’s business grew 400% last year. They expect to double their total number of installations next year. Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC selected PetersenDean to join their Platinum Preferred Contractor Network of top tier roofing professionals. As a result of their soon to be announced partnership with JLM Energy, PetersenDean’s customers will be offering their customers independence from the grid through the lithium iron phosphate Energizr 100 battery system. PetersenDean illustrates residential solar’s explosive growth.

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Residential Customers Prefer Buying Solar Panels

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The days when close to 70% of California’s residential solar installations were leased may be over. Tara Kelly, chair of the San Diego chapter of CALSEIA, said now most residential customers prefer buying solar panels.

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NEM 2.0 Starts In San Diego

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s original rooftop solar program, Net Energy Metering 1.0 (NEM 1.0), continues in each utilities’s area until homeowners supply more than 5% of the peak load.  The first city just passed that threshold. NEM 2.0 starts in San Diego.

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PACE Programs Heat Up San Diego’s Economy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After two years of operation, any concerns that the public held appear to be a thing of the past. County Supervisors Dianne Jacob (at podium) and Dave Roberts (grey suit) recently held a press conference to describe how PACE programs heat up San Diego’s economy.

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How Much Do You Pay For Rooftop Solar In California?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCalifornians pay some of the highest electricity bills on the West Coast. As the sun is shining more than 240 days a year in most areas, this is also an ideal setting for solar energy. I went to a San Diego website called Solar to the People to find out How much do you pay for rooftop solar in California?

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How Utility Scale Solar Impacts The Land

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The joint study from Stanford University and UC Riverside reads like a report card. The authors recognized that, “solar energy has one of the greatest climate change mitigation potentials” of all renewable energy sources. It can play a leading role in helping the United States reach its’ goal of reducing emissions to 80% of 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This would require covering a great deal of land surface.  Using current technology, close to 71,428 square kilometres  (44,383 sq.  miles), or an area roughly comparable to South Carolina, could be covered with panels. Rebecca R. Hernandez et al examined more than 160 sites in California to find out how utility scale solar impacts the land.
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US solar Capacity Exceeds 20 GW

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1America’s residential solar market grew 70% during the first half of 2015. Thanks to the addition of another 729 MW of utility scale solar during the second quarter, the nation has installed more than 1 GW of PV for the last seven quarters. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) latest US Market Insight Report, US solar capacity exceeds 20 GW.

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