Los Angeles $olar Energy Production Triples

There is a perfect storm brewing in Los Angeles.   The forces of nature that are creating this storm are higher than average solar electric panel rebates combined with a state-wide cost of installation reduction.   The result may soon allow Los Angeles Home Owners to get up to an 80% reduction on the cost [...]

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Northern California Utility PG&E Proposes New & Improved Rates for Electric Cars

Northern California Utility PG&E Proposes New & Improved Rates for Electric Cars

Northern California Utility PG&E wants to give drivers access to a cleaner fuel that’s roughly the equivalent of $1.00 per gallon.  Recharging an electric car on PG&E’s proposed off-peak rate of just under 10 cents/kWh is the equivalent to driving a 30 mile-per-gallon gasoline vehicle at around $1.00/gallon gasoline.  PG&E submitted a rate plan adjustment [...]

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California Public Utilities Commision (CPUC) says, “NO to utility network use charge”!

I have been getting several requests for additional information regarding details in San Diego about the possibility of the local utility ‘adding’ a penalty for generating and/or providing solar electricity to the local community. The California Public Utilities Commission has rejected a proposal from San Diego Gas & Electric’s Phase 2 General Rate Case for [...]

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Tax Credits for Solar Panels

I have gotten several request for information regarding taxes.  So below is a short summary of information about the federal tax credits for solar electricity.  I went ahead and included a few links at the bottom of this email.  I am always available to answer any questions you or your tax professional may have.  Please [...]

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You have free and clear access to the sun!

California provides perhaps the most comprehensive set of state laws designed to encourage solar access and prevent restrictions on solar energy systems. These laws address municipal restrictions, residential landscaping, and homeowner association restrictions. Despite the growing support for renewable energy development at the state and local levels, many consumers still face local ordinances or homeowner [...]

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AB32 – California Global Warming Solutions Act

California Legislation dictates that utilities have to go back to 1990 emissions levels. In essence, California utilities are mandated to spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 8+ years to lower pollutants/emissions. The legislation is: AB32. I have included several links for your further review: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Warming_Solutions_Act_of_2006 http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/05-06/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_32_bill_20060927_chaptered.pdf These many millions of dollars [...]

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Renewable Energy Process (General Outline)

Many people wonder what to expect with respect to a renewable energy project.  Below is a brief overview of the process.   GRANT / REBATE:  A grant and/or rebate is available to help you pay for your system.  Applying for these funds is a multi-step process. First, a reservation form to hold funds is submitted [...]

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How many hours is your swimming pool pump running?

How many hours is your swimming pool pump running is inevitably one of the first questions I ask when I evaluate someone’s home for solar electric panels.  Over the past ten years the answers continue to amaze me since they vary from 2-10 hours each day.  Personally I believe that three hours in the winter [...]

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No Residential Green Tags

There has been a lot of talk over the past several months regarding California’s bid to further establish a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) system similar to states like New Jersey.  Essentially a REC allows a business to participate in green initiatives without directly being involved in a transaction.  The idea is that if a business [...]

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Pro’s and Con’s of a Solar Electric Panel Lease

I wanted to take a moment and follow-up with regarding leasing options in the residential solar electric industry in general.   Leasing is now all the rage when it comes to obtaining solar electric panels.  Now before you run off and get a lease for brand new solar panels consider that it is still traditional financing [...]

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