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PG&E Tiers and California’s New Net Metering Rates

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Future solar homeowners take note: PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) is introducing new regulations for net metering customers.

In the past, net metering customers could choose between PG&E tiers or time-of-use (TOU) rates. However, in January 2016 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) – the organization responsible for regulation over the state’s investor-owned utilities: PG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison – passed a decision, known as the Net Energy Metering Successor Tariff, that will tweak net metering (also known as net energy metering, or NEM) agreements going forward.Continue reading

What is the Average Electricity Bill in Los Angeles?

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What’s the average electricity bill in Los Angeles and how do you make it more affordable?

When it comes to your electricity bill, do you know how much you are spending per month on powering your home or business in Los Angeles? Did you know that there are several different factors that influence how much your monthly electric bill will rise or decline? That’s right – you can make your electricity bill more affordable in many different ways.

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How to Get Solar Power Without Batteries

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Installing solar power without batteries

How do you store the energy, anyway?

If you’re interested in purchasing a new solar system, then you likely have a lot of questions about how the system works and what you will need to suit your individual needs. One question that comes up often is whether or not a solar system needs a battery and how to get solar power without batteries. It’s really a trick question because although most systems don’t use batteries at all, but use the electrical grid as a sort of flexible battery storage and on demand power system. If this makes no sense, that’s fine, because we’re going to explain!

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Solar in Phoenix, AZ

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To give you a running start with Phoenix solar, we've compiled this handy guide.

Going solar in Phoenix is a great choice, as there are a lot of solid incentives for those of you looking to jump into the solar market. A state that offers favorable rebates, state tax policies, and a utility company that offers incentives to their customers, combine into worthwhile savings for anyone paying cash or taking out a loan for their solar panel system.

For a broader overview see our Arizona Solar page.​

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What Is Net Metering? Breaking Down the Controversy

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What is net metering? We’ve all heard the term and most of us even know that there is some sort of controversy around it. We’ve heard it on the news, we’ve seen it online. In hot-bed states utilities have even put up billboards about the issue.

Net metering has been referred to as a battleground, David vs. Goliath, a fight between the huge, monopoly utility companies and the small, helpless solar companies who just want to do what’s right for the earth.

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How Decoupled Utilities Could End the Solar-Utility War

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When the Obama administration began in 2009, there were only five states with decoupled utilities. Now there’s sixteen.

Decoupling a utility’s revenue from its total sales is intended to solve a “perverse incentive” that reduces utility motivation to increase energy efficiency.

As part of the American Recovery and Investment Act in 2009, states were invited to compete for $3 billion in Energy Efficiency Program funds to encourage utilities to incentivize reduction in electricity demand. Governors had to verify to the DOE that the state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) would decouple the utilities’ revenue from profits.

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Net Metering: A Comprehensive Guide

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Net metering is the policy that enables a homeowner to be credited by their utility when they generate more electricity from a solar array than they use.

You would think that those who go solar would be celebrated as heroes – because if everyone who could go solar did go solar, we’d all have a lot better shot at a livable climate. But instead, a nasty campaign of rumor-mongering is trying to take these true heroes down.

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Rent your Roof to a Well-Behaved Tenant: the Sun

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In San Antonio, Texas, you can earn about $20 a month – or more – renting part of your home to the best behaved tenant you could wish for

No late night parties, no smoking, no loud quarrels, no cleaning costs when the tenant skips out in 6 months. This tenant is just no trouble at all and pays promptly every month.

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Why Solar Homeowners in Spain are Angry

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In June 2015, the Spanish Ministry of Energy proposed a tax on solar-plus-storage systems of $10 per kilowatt of capacity, in response to utilities concern with the so-called “death spiral.”

With its enticing feed in tariffs in the early years of this century, Spain was one of the leaders that created the current global surge in rooftop solar power. Because of Spain’s super-generous feed in tariffs, China massively grew its manufacturing to supply the suddenly enormous demand from Spain.

Then China over-produced and that created the first glut which is why your solar panels from China were so cheap if you went solar after 2006.

Spain’s generous and seemingly safe feed-in tariffs paid solar homeowners to generate onto the grid, and encouraged most people to build their system larger than their own need, to earn money from their solar panels.

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Why Australia Leads the World in Rooftop Solar

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Aussies are hands down the world’s biggest solar fans. An astonishing one in every five Australian homes now has solar power.

This world-leading adoption rate had several causes; Australia’s initially very high solar subsidies and feed in tariff rates — back when the Australian government was a model for the world under its previous much more climate-friendly PMs; Kevin Rudd and then Julia Gillard.

These high solar subsidies and tariffs were coupled with extremely expensive grid power, and all against a backdrop of rapidly dropping solar prices.  In 2008, Aussies paid $12 AUD per watt installed, but by 2013 that had already dropped to $2.5AUD.

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