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 Time – 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,…

Arizona Utilities Testing Big Batteries

Originally posted by AZ Central   A small building on the outskirts of the Festival housing developments in the far West Valley could help utilities better understand how to stabilize the power grid amid fluctuations caused by solar panels.  Arizona Public Service Co. is testing a $2 million battery system at the facility to see if it can smooth out the power hiccups caused when clouds pass over solar panels, and also to meet the energy demand after sunset when Arizonans continue to use air conditioners but solar panels stop making electricity. APS has two identical battery units, both in…

Sign of the Times: Coal Mining Museum Goes Green

Originally written by: UpWorthy Deep in the heart of coal country, a very unexpected business is going green. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is adding solar panels to its building. The museum, located in the southeast Kentucky town of Benham, aims to shine a light on the important role coal played (and continues to play) in meeting our energy needs — which makes it worth asking why it’s moving away from its namesake fuel source to suit its own power needs. The answer is actually really simple: Solar is cheaper. The irony certainly isn’t lost on the museum’s owners, but…

Solar Power Advocates Undeterred By Trump’s Climate Policies

(Originally Posted by NPR) Some worry that President Trump’s rollback in climate policy will hurt renewable energy. But in Arizona, a state that has embraced solar energy, those in the industry say the outlook is still bright. Next, we’re going to Arizona where renewable energy is huge. It’s also a red state that went for Trump in last year’s election. Will Stone of member station KJZZ in Phoenix reports on reaction there to the president’s move to undo the nation’s climate change policies. WILL STONE, BYLINE: When news came down that Trump was rolling back the so-called Clean Power Plan…

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 and 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…