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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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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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Renewable Meter Adaptor Cuts Solar Installation Costs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMInstalling solar panels on San Diego’s existing homes used to involve a 4-6-week long process.  San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) Renewable Meter Adaptor cuts solar installation costs by eliminating the need for costly panel upgrades.

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Shining Cities Leading America To 100%

The ECOreport looks at Environment California’s new report, which shows Shining Cities leading America to 100%

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCities are a driving force behind the U.S. adoption of solar energy.  According to Environment California, the United States currently has 27 GW of installed solar capacity and much of that comes from more than 780,000 rooftops around the nations. Cities are not just centers of demand, are potentially major providers of electricity. Those are a few of the facts found in the 2016 report of Shining Cities leading America to 100%.

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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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The Battle For Carlsbad’s Power Is Not Over

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The battle for Carlsbad’s power is not over.  San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) proposal to replace the now retired San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) with a $2.6 billion peaker plant is not popular in San Diego County. The City of Carlsbad tried to stop the developer, NRG Energy, from obtaining a license. According to Bill Powers, an electrical engineer and board member with a member of the Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC), “Solar installations on rooftops and parking lots are booming in San Diego and this solar serves the same need with no climate impacts.” A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administrative law judge, Halie Yacknin, recommended the commission wait until they had an opposing bid from the clean tech sector. The CPUC approved the project anyway, in a 4-1 vote on May 21.  The POC, Sierra Club California and California Environmental Justice Alliance are all expected to file an administrative application for a rehearing.

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San Diego Solar Energy on the Rise

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A new poll confirms California’s solar revolution appears to be unstoppable. The respondents were parents, 81% of whom said they want to live in a solar powered home. The majority, 67%, also wants solar to be the world’s primary energy source when their children grow up.

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