When Nevada’s governor signed AB405 into law in June 2017 reinstating net metering, SolarCity and other large installers declared plans to reenter the once-booming solar state. SolarCity Las Vegas will soon be back on the map!
If you live in Nevada or keep track of the solar industry, you’re probably already aware of all the hullaballoo that’s been lurking around residential solar – and specifically net metering – in the state over the last few years.
Let’s take a look at what SolarCity is currently doing in Las Vegas, and what is going on in the state at large.Continue reading
The majority of states in the US offer retail-rate net metering (or NEM, net energy metering), and you’re probably aware of a lot of them: California, Colorado, and Oregon, to name a few. Net metering is a basic building block of solar savings and the fact that this policy is so prevalent across the country is great news for most homeowners.
Today, though, let’s focus not on those that have net metering, but on those that don’t have net metering.Continue reading
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.