Renewable Passion – A Conversation With John S. Martinson

  John Martinson has a deep passion for sustainable living and responsible energy sourcing.  He is currently one of the most active members in the Arizona sustainability movement.  John has had an incredible journey.   From searching for purpose in New York City to pushing forward sustainable initiatives for a well-known tea manufacturer (which he also founded), China Mist Tea.   John recently made the decision to become a solar adopter and is passionate about all forms of renewable energies.  He spends his spare time speaking at events and educating others on the benefits of sustainability.  I recently sat down with John…

Owning Solar VS. Leasing – Your Home’s Value

As solar panel costs dip, it’s never been easier or more affordable to purchase a solar electric system for your home.  As home based rooftop solar has gone mainstream a couple of questions have remained for consumers, should I lease or own my panels and how does solar affect my home’s value? Home Buyers Pay More Research conducted by the Department of Energy shows that buyers are willing to pay more for homes with rooftop solar panels, but that is dependant on if the solar panels are owned rather than leased.  Using cost estimates, income estimates, and side-by-side comparisons to similar…

The lurking surprise for solar in Arizona’s recent ruling to end net metering

Last month, Arizona regulators concluded a closely-watched proceeding on the value of solar by ending retail rate net metering and, to the frustration of solar advocates, siding with utility companies on most key issues. The 4 to 1 Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) vote at the end of December begins a transition away from retail net metering and introduces a replacement rate design. Some solar advocates say the changes undermine the residential solar value proposition. Other advocates and stakeholders say the changes will make Arizona solar better. Few have noticed a surprise hidden in the plan. The ACC ruling postponed decisions…

Solar Firms Oppose Net Metering Changes

Changes to solar net metering adopted Tuesday by state utility regulators have the approval of many in the power industry, but there is a division in the rooftop-solar industry — some firms fear the new rules will reduce business while others support the change. The regulators voted 4-1 to end the system of net metering, where solar households get full retail credits for the kilowatt-hours of electricity they don’t use at home and send to the power grid. Instead, they will get something less than the retail price of electricity. Their payments will be set by complex calculations based on what the…

First of 1,500 APS Solar Partner Customers Now On Line

Written by: Pinnacle West 07/10/2015  PHOENIX – Today marks the first installation of the APS Solar Partner Program – a solar program that will see solar panels installed on 1,500 customer homes across the Valley of the Sun at no cost to the host customer. This residential rooftop solar program enables APS to partner with customers and the state’s local solar installers to create a brighter, cleaner energy future for Arizona. Harmon Solar is one of the several installers taking part in the program. They completed today’s install – a 6-kilowatt system on the home of Gregg Dufort in Phoenix….