2010 looks like it will go down as a good year for the California solar industry despite major obstacles that have cropped up in the path of renewable energy in the state. The first obstacle earlier this spring, Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac created a rule that pulled the plug on a popular solar financing program, Property Assessed Clean Financing (PACE).
PACE was a creative tool a homeowner could use to secure solar financing and pay it back over a long period through their property taxes. If they solar the home solar system, the loan would stay with the property. Good deal for the homeowner. Good deal for the solar community. Good deal for the local economies which kept the money in the communities. Fanny, Freddie (which means Wall Street) must have felt significantly threatened because they created a rule that said they would not guarantee any home with PACE solar financing attached. Continue reading California Solar Sales Remain Strong Despite Significant Obstacles
Parking lots with lighting powered by solar are sprouting up all across California. In Fresno, the city council has elected to put solar panels on the roof the carports structures turning much of the convention center into a solar farm. In 2010 dozens of school parking lots across the state are getting topped with solar panels.
Solar investment partnerships with banks and other venture capitalists, California school districts get guaranteed cheap reliable electricity for their buildings saving thousand of dollars. The financial companies that finance the solar systems sell the electricity back to the schools receiving the tax benefits and other state incentives. Continue reading Solar Brightens Parking Lots Across California
Off-grid or stand alone solar kits are giving people worldwide the electricity to light-the-darkness. These off-grid or stand alone systems are not connected to the grid. They can range in size from small portable solar panels to charge a laptop or iPad, one or two solar panel kits designed to power a few LED lights, maybe a pump and DC refrigerator, to systems large enough to power an entire house. Remote places in American as well as American suburban homes are discovering the comfort of off-grid solar, solar emergency backup power and the freedom from worry. Continue reading Off-grid Solar Is Sometimes A Cheaper Alternative To Residential Utility Service
Just when you think that you have heard all the arguments against expanding solar and renewable energy up pops another one. There is a debate going on in Germany that threatens to spill over to California that because solar has been so successful, there is cause for concern that it could have a negative impact on the reliability of the grid.
The discussion was sparked because solar spikes mid day and the peak power demands are near the end of the day, the grid will be overloaded potentially causing blackouts, so the theory goes. Now we must tell you that this has yet to happen, so it is only a theory. (Add a battery backup system to the home solar power plant… problem solved)
Is the thought of solar becoming so widely accepted and popular that much of a threat to big energy? Of course the simple answer is yes. Solar is wild card to the mega utility companies. Bringing clean renewable power to residential communities in California, a lifetime of fixed energy prices is going to become more popular as prices continue to fall. Continue reading Could California’s Solar Energy Policies Lead To Rolling Electrical Blackouts?
Plans to build a 709-megawatt solar farm in the California desert have hit a snag after a Native American tribe has sued the U.S. government to stop development of the solar project from proceeding Noel Brinkerhoff reports for All Gov. In its lawsuit directed at the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Quechan Tribe claim federal officials rushed through approval of the Imperial Valley Solar Project, which will consist of 28,360 “SunCatcher” dishes spread across 6,360 acres of public land outside of El Centro, California.
The tribe contends the solar farm could damage Quechan cultural artifacts, as well as desert flora and fauna, including the endangered flat-tailed horned lizard that holds a significant place in tribal lore. Continue reading Giant Solar Farm Puts California Native American Tribe At Odds Against U.S. Government
If patriotism begins with the love and protection of the land that we live on, the water we drink and the air we breath, there is no better example of this than California. Despite economic hardships, California solar installers has once again lead the nation in pv installations. State rebates helped stoke consumer demand for solar panels, and a state law will soon force California’s large utility companies to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources.
Ambitious energy policies should continue to move forward because they are an essential element in the strategy to recover from the economic crisis. Solar installation, residential and commercial, continues to fuel small business bringing regional jobs and putting money into the local economies. Read more – Continue reading Solar Installations Trump A Slow Economy, Green Energy Growing At A Brisk Pace
Sacramento Ca Solar News – At a time when California needs to fire up the job machine there is a new report that suggests solar and wind will do exactly that. Recently released, the study indicates increasing solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy installation will put on 100,000 new jobs. The study, commissioned by the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy, looks at ongoing, approved and pending projects stretching from Sacramento to Bakersfield.
The majority of the potential jobs are in installation of solar, wind and other renewable energy utility projects. In order to realize these gains, however, the California voters must defeat prop 23 (Texas oil trying to overturn energy laws) and continue the pressure on Congress and Sacramento to power up solar and other forms of renewable energy.
California’s current solar and wind energy requirements have already helped to attract new energy and technology companies but we must keep the pressure on. Continue reading Solar, Wind & High Speed Rail Projects Bringing 100K Jobs to Help Central Valley 18% Unemployment
Sacramento Solar News – The California Air Resources Board put solar in the mainstream recently triggering a “thanks” from SMUD.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) announced that they support the California Air Resource Board’s decision to adapt a requirement that 33% of the power from utilities in the state come from renewable sources like solar and wind energy by 2020.
This green energy, solar and wind power forward thinking was accomplished, in no small measure, by Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership and a democratic statehouse in Sacramento. Continue reading Sacramento Utility Says Thank You to California For Clearing The Way For More Solar Wind Green Energy
Affordable solar is within reach for much of California’s residences but there are risks. What’s a feed-in-tariff you say? FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) are solar incentives that are popular in Europe because they gave solar a kick in the pants and created large markets because people could now get paid for going solar on a small scale (residential solar).
There is currently solar FIT legislation in Sacramento but there are also risks and serious opposition mostly by dirty oil and big utility companies who are theatened by the prospect of residential solar. (By the way… vote NO on proposition 23, it is NOT a jobs bill)
Blocking solar and renewable legislation is just plain wrong on many levels. National security, climate change, developing green careers and local jobs and dollars in our local economies and more household monthly dollars are just some of the reason everyone needs to get behind solar.
Changes in goverment policiys can affect FIT programs and since wall street and dirty oil have a stangle hold on the goverment and main stream media right now here is an example of the up’s and down’s of solar FIT programs: Continue reading Solar Feed In Tariffs Could Give California An Employment Boost