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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.

San Diego’s Solar Community Responds To SDG&E

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere were about 150 of them, chanting “We will fight corporate greed.” “how do you spell corporate greed?: SDG&E” and “Solar Power is What We need.”  Some wore t-shirts boasting of affiliations to environmental groups like the Sierra Club or San Diego 350.org. Others were from local installers like Sullivan Solar Power, Stellar Solar, or SolarCity.  The  principal speaker was County Supervisor Dianne Jacob,  who has long championed rooftop solar. They were outside San Diego Gas & Electric’s corporate headquarters, in response to the utility’s appeal of the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision to leave the current Net Energy Metering (NEM) program in place. The San Diego Solar Community responds to SDG&E.

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Supervisor Dianne Jacob Defends Rooftop Solar

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Many hoped California’s net-metering war was ending two years ago, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 327. The state’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was given to the end of this year to create a new tariff that will kick in once the state’s big three investor owned utilities (PG&E, SCE and SDG&E) reach 5% nameplate generation capacity under net metering. With the deadline approaching,  the “big three” went on the offensive. One of the California Public Utilities Commission hearings was in San Diego, on Oct. 28, 2015. That was where County Supervisor Dianne Jacob Defends Rooftop Solar.

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San Diego BOS Says “No” To Spent Nuclear Fuel

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is decommissioned, a toxic waste dump is being built 600 feet from the Pacific Ocean, and roughly the same distance from the I-5. Unless some action is taken, 1,400 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel will be stored there.  Californians have never voted on whether to demand the Department of Energy remove nuclear waste. The San Diego Board of Supervisors say No to spent nuclear fuel.

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California’s State Assembly unanimously approved AB 825

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s State Assembly unanimously approved AB 825, which is meant to bring increased transparency and independent oversight to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

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The Solar Boom Will Continue To Escalate in 2015

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The United States added approximately 5.2 gigawatt (GW) of solar capacity in 2014. One of the companies that benefitted was Borrego Solar, which had the largest market share of commercial-scale solar in the United States (7.3 percent) during the first half of 2014. It ended the year with a 40 percent increase, in installed megawatts (MW), over 2013. CEO Mike Hall predicts the solar boom will continue to escalate in 2015.

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California Assembly Bill 2145 is dead

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCalifornia’s monopoly utilities failed in what many perceive as their latest attempt to squash community choice aggregates. Assemblyman Steven Bradford could not find a senator willing to sponsor his controversial bill. So it expired when the legislature’s current session ended, at 3 am on Friday night. California Assembly Bill 2145 is dead.

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The Projects Borrego Solar Deemed Doable

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Borrego Solar acquires utility-scale projects like the Seneca Solar Projects every year. The projects’ previous developers reached the mid to late developmental stage, then decided to sell. A large number of utility-scale projects stall every year. That’s the end of the story for most of them. Some get a second chance. Seneca Solar’s portfolio is one of the projects Borrego Solar deemed doable and has taken on.

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Is California’s Monopoly Protection Act a resurrection of Prop 16?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, Hunter Stern, recently sent Marin County residents an email supporting state Assembly Bill 2145, popularly called the “Monopoly Protection Act.” According to the PACIFIC SUN, it is filled with “filled with misinformation” – but the real problem is that it may evade a California law meant to create transparency in the market place. After PG&E spent $46 million trying to introduce legislation that might have stopped Marin Clean Power from launching, in 2010, a law was passed against the state’s utilities from using ratepayer funds to pay for marketing campaigns against communities that attempt to set up their own utilities (community choice aggregates, or CCA). Utilities have to file a plan with the California Public Utilities Commission, before launching anti-community choice advertising. Unfortunately, this legislation does not extend to the use of use third-party intermediaries. Mr Stern’s email carried a link to an organization called the Marin County Common Sense Coalition, an organization with known ties to PG&E. This is starting to sound like a rerun. Is California’s Monopoly Protection Act a resurrection of Prop. 16?
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Will the San Onofre Settlement Give Too much to Utilities?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRay Lutz, National Coordinator for Citizens Oversight, claims that Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric dictated the terms of the proposed settlement for San Onofre, intending to bill ratepayers with a $2.8 bill that is not about replacement power. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will not decide if it goes forward prior to a hearing to be held on, or around, May 13.
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