Category Archives: Solar-Rooftop

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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Bringing Solar Energy To Unreached Parts Of Mexico

“Can you imagine spending an entire day without electricity? Can you imagine the desperation you would feel? Can you imagine not being able to use the Internet, your cell phone, your appliances, or your lights? Now imagine living without electricity every day of your life and relying on candles for light. In Mexico there are millions of people for whom this is not an imaginary situation, it is the reality of their daily life.” – Vitaluz

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Yusef Jacobs discovered the need during his fourth semester at university. People in the poor communities he visited either did not have electricity, or were paying more than he did for his house. This seemed like a great social injustice. He designed the prototype  of what has become the Vitaluz battery/control system from a box of cookies. Now, with the help of David Perlo from Gifted Citizen  and former law student Eduardo Calderón he is bringing solar energy to unreached parts of Mexico.

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Solar Generation Surpasses Coal In The UK

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmThe transition started on Saturday 9 April, 2016. By the end of September, it was clear this was not an isolated occurrence. Solar generation surpasses coal in the UK.

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Solar Prices in New York State

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmThough it can supply electricity for a fraction of the cost of conventional sources, there are great fluctuations in the market prices. The cost of an average installation ranges from $21,104 on Long Island to $11,715 in the Watertown area. A new report from Solar to the People shows the range of solar prices in New York state.

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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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Halving Residential Solar’s Acquisition Costs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Colin Walsh was a marketing executive for Mosaic before he became  the CEO of Wave Solar. Though the two companies are now partnering to work with Mosaic’s clients, he insists they are separate entities. Wave Solar is a highly successful DOE SunShot Initiative project, whose target was halving residential solar’s acquisition costs.

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Gehrlicher Became M+W Energy Inc

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In the three years since they were acquired by the M+W Group, Gehrlicher Solar America has become one of the nation’s leading solar companies. They increased their installed capacity from 75 megawatts (MW) in 2013, to over 560 MW and have another 280 MW in the pipeline. It is time to bring the company’s name in line with that of its’ parent company and, on July 11, Gehrlicher became M+W Energy Inc.

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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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