Today, solar energy allows us to harness electricity from photovoltaic cells in a process that yields hydrogen and stores it in fuel cells. But scientists have so far failed to use this method to produce practical fuel that can be used for power. But it now appears that this may no longer be the case.
This way to go solar would not have been possible before the age of Big Data. The plug is essentially an information transfer mechanism.
DONG Energy is building a massive offshore wind farm 15 miles out to sea south of Martha’s Vineyard. Their humungous 1 GW Bay State Wind project is likely to go ahead while previous attempts at developing offshore wind in the US failed.
The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) has released a report looking at carbon emissions by state. Just counting from 2000 till 2013, 37 states have reduced their emissions and 13 other states raised them in that time. Tallied together, the US has cut its total CO2 emissions by 9.6%.
As of 2013, the solar-friendly states now have the lowest CO2 emissions per capita.
Leveraging Google’s already awesome aerial mapping like in Google Earth, Project Sunroof makes it possible to check and see how much you could save at a glance if you were to go solar – as long as you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, or Boston, MA.
The idea is brilliant. Because we can trust google to be impartial, am I right?
You know you should check into solar, but it can feel a little scary filling out forms and asking on a solar company to do an estimate, even though you know it’s free. Maybe because it’s free. And so you put it off. What if they strong-arm you into feeling you should do something, and you’re not sure if it makes sense. What if going solar sounds too good to be true. Is solar really right for me? The more these questions pile up, the less you want to ask for an estimate. So you just put off even checking it out.
Massachusetts has not only built its name as the home to Hollywood stars such as Matt Damon and world renowned sports team The Red Sox, but also, it has for the past few years cemented its position as an American state powerhouse, which is gradually becoming energy independent and leading in the quest to fully rely on energy saving technologies. One of the most successful stories in reduction of energy consumption in Massachusetts has been the increased sensitization of the residents to use solar energy through various innovative solar power rebates.
The road to lighting Massachusetts using solar power has not been without its missteps, but the country has soldiered on to achieve an ‘Excellent’ Solar Legislator Score. Presently, Massachusetts has
I. Over 2000 solar power installations
II. 22MW electricity generated
III. Renewable energy portfolio standard that requires all utilities within Massachusetts to source some amount of energy from alternative energy sources such as using solar panels on the roof tops
IV. A national goal to generate 400MW solar electricity by 2020, which she is determined to achieve
To ensure Massachusetts solar power goal is achieved by 2020, the state has steamrolled a nation-wide innovative solar incentive financing system known as solar renewable energy credit/ SREC. SREC entails over ten years guaranteed payment made to you by utility firms for generating amounts of solar electricity.
Using alternative sources of energy such as setting up solar panels on roof tops requires substantial amount of money, which majority of homeowners in Massachusetts do not. What SREC does is that for instance, when a homeowner has a 10KW sized solar system on their rooftop, they generate about 5SRECs each year for every renewable energy generated. When utility firms fail to hit their annual solar electricity generation, they are required to pay about six hundred dollars for each SREC, they are short. The money moves directly to Boston. As a result, most firms opt to pay the homeowner $285 for their SRECs.
Other than use of rebates and solar renewable energy credits, other methods that are being used in the country to enhance solar power generation includes
I. Net metering; allows homeowners to store their surplus solar energy with utility firm, who then credit the bill during the night during energy consumption
II. Personal tax credit; 15% tax credited off the solar system
III. Property and Sales Tax exemption
IV. Massachusetts solar power rebate program; is a comprehensive nationwide program that makes generation of solar energy much affordable. Nevertheless, the amount of solar rebates that one obtains is determined by
Value of the property
Manufacturer of the solar panels
Size of solar system used
The need to transform Massachusetts into an energy independent country through use of alternative solar energy could never have come at a better time. This has come when the world is grappling with the issues of global warming owing to the ever increasing carbon print and most importantly, when the world prepares to enter an era without oil in the next 50 years. Becoming energy dependent by the next five years through use of solar power ensures Massachusetts remains relevant in the coming new world order!