U.S. Military Giving Solar a Boost?

  Giant solar farms are springing up all over the country, and companies like Tesla are making it easier for the average consumer to buy rooftop solar panels to power their own homes. But solar is still only around 2 percent of the energy market, and the high tech involved means progress can sometimes be slow. That’s why it’s great news that the military is looking to increase its use of solar panels. The Department of Energy recently released a comprehensive look at the U.S. energy grid and concluded that the military needs to rely more on solar power in order to eliminate weaknesses in the…

Years of Savings : Tom Maiello

  Save and Protect Tom Maiello is a man of country, and proud of it.  He spent 30 years in the Army and then time within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Following retirement from serving his country for many years,  Tom and his wife now enjoy traveling the world together and have seen the effects of climate change first hand.  In 2008 they made the decision to move back to Arizona full time.  Upon doing this Tom noticed solar systems popping up all over the roofs of his neighborhood.  Tom had already developed a passion for renewable technologies through…

Arizona regulatory judge recommends approval of APS solar settlement

  Dive Brief: An administrative law judge for the Arizona Corporation Commission recommended regulators approve a settlement between solar companies and Arizona Public Service Co. in the utility’s ongoing rate case. If approved, both sides pledged in a separate agreement not to undermine it through outside advocacy tactics. Under the agreement, new rooftop solar customers will be paid $0.129/kWh for exported energy, and the rate would decline no more than 10% annually. Customers would lock in their export rates for 10 years from the time they sign up. The agreement also includes a variety of rate design options for rooftop…

10 Important Things To Know About the APS Rate Case and Deadline

An upcoming decision from Arizona’s utility regulators will change how solar customers are paid for their power, how much it costs to refuse a “smart meter,” what hours will be more expensive to use power and a host of other policies. The Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to vote on the rate case for Arizona Public Service Co. in August, though it has not formally been placed on an agenda.  APS has more than 1 million customers who will be affected by the vote.  APS and several parties in the case have already agreed to a rate hike of $6…

APS Rush – Rate Change Deadline Pushed

Original Article By Az Family PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Steve Rust just had solar panels installed on his North Phoenix home. The Valley grandfather had been thinking about going solar for quite a while but decided this was the time to do it, with APS planning to change its solar rates this summer. “That had everything to do with it, because without the current plan that we are able to be grandfathered in on, it may not be worth going solar in the future,” said Rust. “The rate changes are that great.” A few months back, APS got the go-ahead from…

Evidence is Growing Against Blaming Wind and Solar for Grid Instability

Original Article by Greentech Media It’s been more than two months since Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered the DOE to conduct a 60-day study on whether wind and solar are undercutting “baseload” coal and nuclear power — a request that many renewable energy and environmental groups fear will lead to a foregone conclusion against renewable-friendly state subsidies and policies. In 2015, the lead author of the Energy Department study wrote a security report that concluded renewable energy policies are a greater emerging threat to the U.S. electric power grid than natural disturbances or human attacks, including terrorism. “Current policies are shuttering…

Arizona’s solar market one of fastest-growing in country

Originally posted by Phoenix Business Journal Arizona’s solar market was one of the fastest-growing in the country during the first quarter, expanding by more than 5 percent, according to a new report. Arizona added 168 megawatts during the first quarter of 2017, which is the third highest in the U.S. behind California and North Carolina, respectively, according to GTM Research and the Solar  Energy Industries Association’s latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report.     To put a finer point on that 5 percent growth, 5 percent of all solar ever installed in the state came in January, February and March,…

Tesla’s Solar Roof Economical For Middle Class?

Originally Posted By Forbes.com – Christopher Helman Step right up! Elon Musk will now take your order for a beautiful new solar roof made out of glass tiles embedded with photovoltaic cells. The prettiest ones look like pieces of “French slate,” which is what Musk has on his house. If you’re a rich, green person who’s always wanted solar panels, but your homeowners’ association doesn’t like those unsightly, clunky things, then hey you’re in luck! That’s right, for just $65,000 for the average 3,000 square foot roof, you can soak up some sun-power with the confidence of what Musk calls the…

What You Should Know Before Going Solar

The New York Times – Original Article How do home solar systems work? Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are made from silicon cells that join together to form a circuit. The panel collects the sun’s energy and makes direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter changes the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what most homes use. The inverter is a metal box connected to a meter, which in turn is connected to the utility’s electric grid. Do I need a new roof? Most installers prefer a roof that has been fixed or replaced within the last five years….

SolarCity’s solar installations crash nearly 40%

Originally posted by  The Business Insider Solar City Installs Crash by 40%   (Reuters) – Tesla’s SolarCity reported a drop of nearly 40 percent in solar installations for the first quarter on Wednesday, the latest sign of a reversal in fortunes for the once high-flying residential solar industry. In an earnings report this week, Tesla said it deployed 150 megawatts of solar generation in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 245 MW in the first quarter of last year. (Reuters) – Tesla’s SolarCity reported a drop of nearly 40 percent in solar installations for the first quarter on Wednesday,…