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Save Colorado Solar! Join Rally for Clean Energy Jobs Friday, February 25, 2011 at 12pm at Capital

February 23 2011 - 1:55:13:pm by Greg

Rally for Clean Energy Jobs - Join Us!
Friday, February 25, 2011 at 12pm
Colorado State Capitol - West Steps, Denver

Xcel is trying to destabilize the market for clean energy and choke off competition to protect its own monopoly. Last week Xcel suspended its solar program without stakeholder input or due process, reducing choices for consumers and putting thousands of jobs at risk. This comes on the heels of Black Hills Energy suspending its solar program. Don't let big monopoly utilities pull the plug on solar. Join us at the Rally for Clean Energy Jobs this Friday, February 25 at the Colorado State Capitol, west steps. Please spread the word!




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Xcel Stops Solar Rebate Program and Pulls the Plug on 400+ Colorado Solar Businesses

February 18 2011 - 1:01:01:pm by Greg

 

On February 17, 2011 at 1:10 MST Xcel announced that it had stopped accepting new applications for the solar rebate program they have been responsible for managing in Colorado since 2005, and officially put an end to business for the 400+ small solar businesses founded on the incentives passed by Colorado voters.  Ironically, these are the same small Colorado solar businesses that have helped Xcel fulfill its solar generation requirements and lower costs over the past 5 years.  Yesterday, in a meeting closed to the media, and with only 30 conference call lines available for 4oo+ solar companies, Xcel announced that it had closed the door on solar rebates less than 26 hours after alerting the solar industry of its drastic plans to slash incentives by 88%.  Although Xcel stated they had been working on a plan to reduce rebates for months, Xcel executives and lawyers said they did not feel it necessary to contact a single person in the solar industry ahead of their announcement to make drastic reductions in solar rebates to Colorado’s already struggling solar industry.  Rather, Xcel believed it was more responsible to stray from their tiered rebate reduction and surprise Colorado’s Solar Industry with sudden and drastic solar rebate cuts.  In the past 8 months prior to Xcel’s most recent solar rebate cuts,  I am aware of at least three of Colorado’s largest residential solar installation companies who have already either filed for bankruptcy or ended their residential solar business due to Xcel’s already insufficient and quickly dropping solar rebate levels.  

During Xcel’s meeting with Colorado solar installers yesterday, Pam Newell (Xcel Energy Director of Solar Rewards Program) said that Xcel believed that existing solar incentives were too high, and therefore saw it necessary to slash rebates.  At the same time, the writing is on the wall with Xcel’s plans to use the “Solar Gardens” legislation they lobbied to pass in 2010 to build, own, and operate massive solar power generation systems.  After Xcel has successfully destroyed the Colorado’s solar industry they will be eager to use the 2% RESA monies they currently collect from Colorado ratepayers to purchase and own massive solar projects, rather than providing solar rebates to home and business owners who wish to build their own solar generation.  Xcel actions have made obvious their intentions to stop individual citizens of Colorado from installing solar on homes and businesses to hedge their electric costs and gain energy independence.  In the months and years ahead as Xcel begins building its “Solar Gardens” each with thousands of solar panels.   Xcel will work directly with the world’s largest solar installation companies, and Chinese solar manufacturers to attain rock bottom prices for products and take advantage of economies of scale.  Xcel will then import solar installation crews and designers from anywhere in the world and install their new massive solar projects in a matter of weeks, all but eliminating the need for Colorado labor.  This is great for Xcel’s CEO Richard who doubled his compensation in 2009 pocketing more than $11,000,000, but has catastrophic effects for the 5,000+ Colorado families who currently depend on the solar industry to pay their bills, not to mention any rate payers who may have been waiting to install a solar system on their homes. With the Solar Industry destroyed, Xcel is the big winner!  Xcel will own and control a majority of Colorado’s solar generation and will have successfully eliminated a majority of the solar advocates getting who have been getting it Xcel’s way by focused on providing access to clean energy to Colorado’s citizens. Xcel has told Colorado’s solar industry that because we have been so successful, (reducing our installed costs to homeowners by more than 40% in the past 5 years wink our industry no longer needs current support levels to survive.  Although, solar panel prices have gone down in recent years (coupled with the great recession in our country,) solar panel prices have flattened in recent months, and meanwhile labor and materials costs have continued to increased …  Xcel is well aware of these facts!  These rising costs and the looming expiration of the 30% Federal Tax Credit for solar in at the end of 2011 have already created uncertainty and make it difficult for the solar businesses in Colorado to make sustainable long term plans.  What are Xcel’s plans for solar rebates in 2012 after the 30% Federal Tax Credit for solar expires?

 What are Xcel’s plans for the all of the students who are currently enrolled in solar training programs at schools around Colorado?  What are Xcel’s plans for the hundreds of unemployed Coloradans who recently paid to be retrained to enter Colorado’s solar industry?  As a result of Xcel’s irresponsible actions these Colorado students have no future, yet must continue to pay tuition!  What penalty does Xcel face for these actions? I find it ironic that CEO Richard Kelly’s compensation will likely increase in 2011, despite his company’s overt attempt to destroy Colorado’s solar industry. 

Since it began administering the solar program, Xcel has made up the rules as they have felt necessary.  Xcel requires solar installers to provide them with an itemized final invoice for our project detailing component costs, along with detailed solar design plans and signed contracts engineered by and for Xcel.  If installers do not meet any of Xcel’s demands or requirements for information, Xcel simply denies payment of rebate monies.  Although Xcel is able to require valuable information, and use this information as it feels appropriate, Xcel does not allow solar companies or customers access to any of this required information.  So, although Xcel has exclusive access to the best information about Colorado’s solar industry, they claim that they believed no harm would be done to Colorado’s solar industry by slashing its solar rebate to solar installers without notice.  This is a blatant lie, Xcel Energy was well aware that these actions would destroy the local solar industry in Colorado, and made their decision to slash rebates with the direct intent of ending Colorado’s solar industry.   Xcel MUST be held accountable for their negligent and these harmful actions!  If Xcel is not punished, it will set a dangerous precedence moving forward for Colorado’s ratepayers who are faced with Xcel energy as monopoly electrical provider for their homes.  Xcel spends a great deal of ratepayer money for advertising, lawyers and lobbyists to buy political favor, and change Colorado laws in a way that positively affect Xcel’s profits.  Xcel already knows they hold the political trump card, over the small solar industry with limited money and resources.  The affects of Xcel’s past lobbing efforts and current political power were made evident in an email sent by Colorado’s Governors Energy Office (GEO) supporting Xcel’s plans to slash rebates.  Coincidentally, the GEO sent this email to installer’s only hours after Xcel’s meeting announcing they had stopped accepting new solar applications.  Xcel’s primary motivation is making as much money as possible; and they have shown their true colors…  If drastic changes are not made, Xcel ratepayers will continue to face large electric rate hikes so that Xcel can continue to support high executive salaries and increased dividend payments its shareholders.

 These irresponsible actions by Xcel have already done considerable damage to Adobe Solar! If pre-February 16, 2011 rebates are not reinstated immediately, Adobe Solar and the other 400+ small solar companies built on Amendment 37 are certain to be out of business in the coming months. Even if Xcel reinstates pre-February 16th solar rebate today, it will take months of hard work and thousands of dollars before Adobe Solar will be able to get back to profitability. As a result of Xcel’s negligent actions yesterday Adobe Solar was forced to begin turning away customers for the first time since opening doors in 2005.  In less than 24 hours since Xcel made this announcement, Adobe Solar has already lost more than $100,000 in new business, some of which our company had using resources to win since fall of 2010.   If significant action is not taken immediately Adobe Solar will likely close our doors before summer 2011. 

During the solar installer meeting with Xcel, Pam Newell announced that Xcel had decided to reduce rebates because the existing rebates were too high and Colorado’s solar market was over incentivized.  Xcel knew very well the harm that they would do to Colorado’s solar industry ahead of their announcement to slash solar rebates, yet Xcel  staff responsible for this decision did not even do as much as pick up the phone to ask anyone in the solar industry how their drastic changes may affect Colorado’s solar industry.  Rather than working with Colorado’s solar industry to create a sustainable path forward, Xcel pulled the plug on more than 400 of Colorado’s small businesses with less than 26 hours notice!

These actions show very clearly that Xcel has a significant conflict of interest managing the 2% RESA and the solar program in Colorado.  Desperate actions by Xcel call for desperate measures, and I firmly believe that the responsibility for managing the solar program for Xcel Energy customers can no longer be controlled by Xcel Energy.  During the past 5 years Colorado’s solar industry has often asked for clarity into the program, but Xcel provided less and less transparency as time has moved forward.

Please help to reinstate Xcel’s Solar Rebate to pre-February 16th levels as soon as possible, and put 2% RESA funds in the hand of a third party administrator with a vested interest in creating a sustainable solar industry in Colorado.  We must save Colorado’s solar industry, and protect Colorado citizens!

Very Truly,

Greg Koss

Owner

Adobe Solar




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Xcel Slashes Solar Rebates and has future plans that would kill Colorado’s Solar Industry

February 17 2011 - 11:10:39:am by Greg

 

Yesterday afternoon Xcel Energy sent local Colorado solar installers an email (below) stating that effective immediately they had cut solar incentives for Colorado homeowners by another 15%, and are asking the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for permission to drop the solar rebate provided to Colorado homeowners to $.26/watt, a 96% reduction from Xcel's original solar rebate of $4.50/watt in a span of less than 3 years.  Xcel plans to build its own and operate its own solar electrical generation facilities or “Solar Gardens,” rather than loosing homeowners as electrical customers to a solar electric system installed on homes.  If Xcel is successful in their requests to the PUC , Colorado's 100+ solar installers are sure to be out of business before the end of 2011. Those interested in gaining a clean energy education, Colorado is unlikely to be hiring any solar installers in the near future! The main problem is that Xcel completely controls the solar rebate program for all of their Colorado customers.  For some reason Xcel  is not perusing the idea of raising bonds to pay for new solar generation as they do for their coal generation facilities, or asking for a larger collection rate.  Colorado’s solar incentives need to controlled and operated by an independent third party, who has a vested interest in Colorado’s electrical rate payers long term future, and in promoting a sustainable clean energy industry and new jobs in Colorado.  Xcel currently creates the rules for their solar rebates; decide how these rebates will be structured, what information must be provided and when rebates will fall.  Xcel will hold a meeting tomorrow at 1:30p to discuss these issues. I highly encourage you to attend!

Xcel Meeting details:

Thursday, February 17

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Xcel Energy offices at 1800 Larimer, Room 03G01, Denver

Call-in number: 612-330-7955, ID 4715

 

Please help to save our industry and solar jobs in Colorado!




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Solar for Valentines Day!

February 02 2011 - 11:13:12:am by Greg

Who said solar isn't for lovers.  Take this once a year opportunity to give the one you love the gift of a new solar electric system before Xcel reduces solar rebates.




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30% Federal Grant for Renewable Energy Extended for 1 year

December 17 2010 - 1:43:55:pm by Greg

Congress passes extension of Bush-era tax cuts

Congress approved the most significant tax bill in nearly a decade late Thursday, overcoming liberal resistance to continue for two more years tax breaks enacted under president George W. Bush and to provide a fresh boost of federal support to the tepid economic recovery.

The package, brokered by President Obama and Republican leaders in the wake of the November elections, angered many Democrats, who have long argued that the Bush tax cuts were skewed to benefit the wealthy. But their last-minute campaign to scale back the bill's benefits for taxpayers at the highest income levels failed, and the House passed the measure 277 to 148, with 112 Democrats and 36 Republicans voting "no."

The $858 billion package now goes to the White House, where Obama plans to sign it into law Friday afternoon to prevent taxes from rising on New Year's Day for virtually every American household. The measure also will guarantee unemployed workers in hard-hit states up to 99 weeks of jobless benefits through the end of next year. And it will create major new incentives for business and consumer spending in 2011, including a two-percentage-point reduction in the Social Security payroll tax that would let workers keep as much as $2,136.

The incoming speaker of the House, Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), called the bill "a good first step" but emphasized the GOP view that major spending cuts are needed. "If we want to . . . begin creating jobs, we need to end the job-killing spending binges" by the federal government and "provide more certainty to business," he told reporters Friday on Capitol Hill.

Boehner hailed the "strong bipartisan vote" in favor of the package but argued that extending the Bush tax cuts for two years "will not end the uncertainty." He also vowed that the new Republican majority in the House next year would soon turn its attention to "killing the job-killing health-care law" that Obama signed in March.

Speaking on the House floor Thursday night before voting on the tax-cut package, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said, "This bill, the president of the United States believes and I believe, will have a positive effect on the economy." He said he was voting for it "because I don't want to see middle-income working people in America get a tax increase, because I think that will be a depressant on an economy that needs to be lifted up."

The package breezed through the Senate earlier this week on a vote of 81 to 19, giving Obama his strongest bipartisan victory on a major initiative since he took office. Opposition in the House crumpled in the face of that overwhelming showing, though House liberals insisted on offering an alternative that would levy a higher tax on estates than the Obama-GOP compromise will impose. That effort failed shortly before midnight, 194 to 233.

Obama administration officials Thursday night hailed the bill's passage. "We had a responsibility to protect middle class families from a tax increase that would have hit their paychecks and harmed the recovery," Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in a statement. "And while we do not agree on everything in this legislation . . . this legislation is good for growth, good for jobs, good for working and middle class families, and good for businesses looking to invest and expand their workforce."

Liberals opposed the deal in part because they believe the temporary extension of the Bush breaks would eventually become permanent, setting lower tax rates far into the future. That would increase pressure on lawmakers to cut spending as a way of reducing record federal budget deficits, placing a host of cherished social programs in jeopardy.

But for Obama, the two-year window represents an opportunity to tackle the ambitious task of overhauling the federal tax code. By sunsetting current policies immediately after the 2012 presidential election, lawmakers in both parties said the measure sets a natural timetable for developing a tax-reform plan - an essential step toward reining in the rising national debt.

Obama placed numerous calls to House Democrats this week to urge their support for the deal, and got an earful in return. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said he told the president that one of his concerns was that "these tax cuts would not end in 2012, because in an election year, I think it's very, very difficult" to raise taxes.

Obama replied that the fate of the Bush tax cuts "would be part of his platform when he ran," Cummings said. "So it should be very interesting."

Republicans, too, have been pressing for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts as a bridge to tax reform. Like the last major tax overhaul in 1986, a new rewrite is likely to take years to draft and push through Congress. But White House officials have been encouraged by the level of engagement from Republicans, who will hold 47 seats in the Senate and take control of the House in January.

Key lawmakers in both parties have embraced a deficit-reduction plan produced by Obama's fiscal commission, which includes a tax overhaul that would lower rates across the board but raise additional revenue by closing dozens of long-standing loopholes, such as the mortgage-interest deduction claimed by many homeowners. Meanwhile, the relative ease with which Obama and the GOP were able to strike a deal over the Bush cuts has raised hopes on both sides for productive talks in the future.

"This is consensus on a very intractable issue: What do we do about expiring tax policy?" said Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the incoming chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, who was party to the tax negotiations. Camp, who has made comprehensive tax reform a top priority, said the talks were significant not only because of the policy that emerged "but also because of the process of coming together and reaching an agreement."

"I am very encouraged by what the president has been saying publicly. They do want to begin," Camp said. "And that is a big thing."

The bipartisan tax talks had another benefit: Unlike the pork-laden, $1.2 trillion annual spending bill that was jettisoned in the Senate late Thursday, the tax bill is virtually free of unrelated add-ons. Negotiators, in fact, excluded more than 70 temporary programs from the bill, including federal subsidies for state and local borrowing known as Build America Bonds, a sales tax deduction for new cars and trucks, a property tax deduction for people who don't itemize on their tax returns and an exemption from taxes for the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits. All those provisions will be allowed to expire.

Although Democrats were unhappy with the deal, Obama negotiated with Republicans only after Democratic lawmakers refused for months to address the issue of the expiring Bush tax cuts, raising alarm at the White House. Economists said a partisan standoff could have wreaked havoc on the economy by increasing withholding in virtually every worker's paycheck, raising taxes by about $3,000 next year on a typical family, according to White House estimates.

The concern was so great that Obama ultimately decided to break his long-standing vow to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of taxpayers. But with unemployment stuck near 10 percent, he was able to negotiate a big new dose of support for the economy, which Republicans had vowed to oppose.

In addition to the payroll tax holiday, Obama won a $57 billion extension of emergency unemployment benefits that will keep the program, which expired last month, alive through the end of next year. Republicans also agreed to support the largest temporary investment incentive in U.S. history, which permits businesses to deduct 100 percent of equipment purchases in the 2011 tax year.

For Democratic lawmakers, the most objectionable provision was a deal to reinstate the estate tax at 35 percent and to exempt estates worth as much as $5 million. Republicans have long argued that what some call the "death tax" is a threat to family farms and small businesses, though the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that only 100 family farms and small businesses paid the tax in 2009, when a more restrictive $3.5 million exemption was in effect.

The votes Thursday night were likely the final major legislative actions by the House Democratic majority, a low note following the party's landslide losses last month. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.) called the estate tax provision "an atrocious giveaway in a nation riddled with debt and unemployment." And Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), one of the defeated Democrats, delivered an impassioned speech before the vote, ending with the question "How much debt is enough?"

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/12/congress-extends-federal-treasury-grant-program-for-renewable-energy-projects-.html

 

By Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray

Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, December 17, 2010; 12:04 PM 




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Renewable-energy program has chance of extension

December 16 2010 - 2:39:41:pm by Greg

Congressional approval could happen as early as Wednesday to extend the 1603 cash grant program, which covers up to 30% of the cost of projects such as solar-panel installations. But amendments could derail the proposal.

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

December 15, 2010

 
A federal stimulus program that has helped keep renewable-energy projects afloat during the recession could get a second wind despite industry fears that it might become a casualty of partisan bickering in Congress.

In a last-minute push, a Senate committee cleared the way for congressional approval as early as Wednesday to extend the Treasury Department's 1603 cash grant program, which has funneled roughly $18 billion into nearly 1,500 wind and solar projects.

The program, which covers up to 30% of the cost of renewable-energy projects such as solar-panel installations, is set to expire by the end of the year.

The subsidy is lumped into a larger tax package that is expected to go up for a vote in the House on Wednesday. If it passes, installers of thousands of renewable-power projects in the pipeline — including small rooftop solar-panel installations on suburban homes and sprawling and remote wind-turbine farms — could tap the funds in 2011.

But the renewable-power industry isn't uncorking the champagne quite yet. Several amendments being suggested in the House "could derail the entire bill," said Rhone Resch, chief executive of the Solar Energy Industries Assn., a trade group.

"A one-year extension is an incredible shot in the arm for the industry," he said. "But we don't want to get ahead of ourselves. The compromise that has been worked out is very sensitive and fragile."

Last week, when it seemed the program might expire at the end of the year, renewable-energy companies were panicking. A renewal attempt had been shot down in Congress earlier in the month and then left out of a tax deal engineered by President Obama.

The industry dropped everything and went into lobbying overdrive, making dire predictions that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be lost without the ready government funds and that several years of record-breaking growth could be reversed. Without the program, financing for the sector could plunge 56% in 2011, according to a letter signed last week by Congress members pushing for an extension.

Residential installers cobbled together ads urging homeowners to act fast on solar-panel installations before the deadline. In recent weeks, several large solar projects in the desert also rushed to break ground before the program's expiration.

If the program is allowed to expire, renewable-energy companies could still tap a 30% tax credit, first offered in 2008, that is separate from the grant program. But that credit is seen as less desirable than the Treasury's grants.

Since the Treasury program pumps cash into projects faster, investors were more willing to lend a hand. Buoyed by the steady stream of government support, wind-power capacity has risen nearly 50% since the end of 2008 and solar capacity boomed 130% in 2010 alone.

After residential-panel installer SolarCity lost nearly a quarter of its workers during the recession, executives said, the Treasury program guided the company back to its feet, helped triple its staff to nearly 1,000 employees and coaxed investors back to the market.

Losing the grant would be "the most severe thing that could happen to the industry," said CEO Lyndon Rive.

But even if the program stays open, the industry will probably have to endure the same fight next year.

"We're really just moving the cliff out," said Mike Hall, CEO of solar installer Borrego Solar Systems Inc.

Government incentives for renewable energy have always been start-and-stop, said Jonathan Kim, a power and utilities analyst with Royal Bank of Scotland. The inconsistency makes many investors wary of making long-term bets on the industry.

So when grants and credits are being offered, developers flood the market with projects, then rush to complete them before the funds expire. Companies often agree to pay higher fees for construction and other services to meet the deadline.

Without the Treasury program, the renewable-power industry would be "in a bloodletting situation, where only the strongest will survive," Kim said. "It'd be a perfect storm that could kill off the renewable-energy sector for a while."

But some believe the industry might be too dependent on government handouts if the expiration of a single incentive could snuff it out.

The Treasury grant supported more than two-thirds of all solar and wind projects in construction this year. Homeowners already rely on local programs to shave down the cost of installing rooftop solar panels or making energy-efficiency upgrades. Larger projects use multimillion-dollar conditional loan guarantees from the Department of Energy to attract other investors.

Industry leaders, however, said they weren't looking at the program as a permanent crutch — just something to tide them over until the economy improves.

"We are nowhere near being subsidized to the level of the fossil-fuel industry," Resch said.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-solar-grants-20101215,0,1265824.story




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Black Hills Energy Pull the Plug on 93,000 Colorado Citizens

December 01 2010 - 2:01:57:pm by Greg

Black Hills Energy unexpectedly closed its solar rebate program on October 18,2010.  This unfortunate action has effectively  shut down all small businesses working in  southern Colorado solar PV industry, and is likely to have negative impacts on small businesses throughout Colorado's young and growing solar industry. 

(Credit- CoSEIA: http://www.coseia.org/newsite/black-hills.html)

According to Black Hills, they suspended their solar program due to ‘strong customer participation' that led to upfront costs. But adding a coal plant has significant upfront costs. Natural gas fired power plants also have upfront costs. Both are commonly financed and repaid, often through 60 year bonds. If Black Hills can finance fossil fuel generation over 60 years, why can't they finance renewable generation over 20 or 30 years? This is allowed under Colorado law (HB-1001) and is a simple and appropriate solution.

Coloradans Want Clean Energy Jobs

Colorado voters have made it clear that they want to increase renewable energy use - to attract new businesses, generate jobs and save consumers money. In 2004, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 37 to generate 10% of the state's electricity from renewable sources. With this goal now achieved, a new goal was set at 30% renewable energy by 2020. But how is Black Hills going to achieve this legal requirement if it suspends its most popular renewable energy program?

The solar industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. There are more than 93,000 solar jobs in the U.S. The number of solar jobs has doubled in the last year and is expected to double again in the next few years. And thanks to smart policies and entrepreneurs, Colorado is now #2 in the nation in solar jobs per capita. In today's tough economy we need to promote job growth, not layoffs




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Enphase Micro Inverter Review

March 25 2009 - 7:25:12:pm by Greg

Historically, much of the buzz around solar energy focuses on solar panels, the most visible part of a photovoltaic solar system which is responsible for collecting and converting solar energy into electricity.
In recent months Enphase Energy has started to receive a lot of attention surrounding their Mirco-Solar inverter. Solar systems today use centralized inverters-many panels feeding into a single large one. Enphase is making inverters small enough so that each panel gets its own. This means simplified installation and management, better reliability, and more total electricity per panel.
Beyond offering higher a potentially higher efficiency inverter solution for grid tied solar electric systems, Enphase offers their Envoy Communications Gateway which works with their Enlighten website and allows customers to see current and historical solar production for each solar panel from anywhere they have access to the internet. Finally, since each panel has its own inverter, if one goes down the remaining panels can still generate electricity, reducing downtime.
As for the disadvantages of using the Enphase micro-inverter there are only a few we could find. This is a new product, so we do not have a good idea on the "actual" life span of this product, but you may be comforted to know that Enphase offers a standard 15 year warranty which is one of the best in the industry. Another disadvantage is that these inverters are currently about 2 times more expensive than traditional SMA or Fronius inverters.  Enphase argurs that this cost is made up beacuase the installation is easier and the system will be more efficicient.  However, if cost is a large factor in system design and there are no shading issues with the site at hand, micro-inverters may not be the most economic solution.

Overall, we are very excited about this product and what it has to offer!

 




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SEIA President Explains Solar Economics

March 24 2009 - 11:22:19:am by Greg

In this interview with Fox Business, Resch describes the current economics of solar and how the solar industry continues to grow while many other businesses fall on hard times. Resch explains that the costs of solar panels continue to fall while the costs of coal, natural gas and oil continue to increase. These falling prices, combined with local and federal solar rebates and incentive create have made installing solar electric a competitive long term investment.

 

 




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Business Solar System

January 16 2009 - 12:42:37:pm by bchristen

The net cost of a high-efficiency solar electric system for your business can range from $20,000 to $1,000,000+ after rebates and incentives. Prices vary based upon a wide range of factors including the types of materials used, ease of installation and overall system design.

Our Adobe Solar Rep will assess your historic electrical usage (reviewing copies of your last year’s electric bills) to determining the overall cost savings you’ll achieve by installing a solar electric system at your business. Your power usage determines the roof space needed to mount the solar panels sufficient to meet your demand. If you don’t have copies of your bills readily available, you can request copies simply by calling your electrical provider.

Businesses have a variety of reasons for choosing to go solar.  For some it is strictly economics and with the rebates and incentives being offered installing a solar electric system jut makes sense.  For others it is all about doing the right thing and setting an example for employees, clients and vendors that you are serious about renewable energy and doing your part to make a difference. 




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