The 100% Solar PV powered Solar Impulse is in Phoenix for a few days. http://www.solarimpulse.com/
We have new pro Solar candidates running for the SRP Board. 2 are ASU professors and know energy. This can change everything. http://roselawgroupreporter.com/…/solar-advocates-hope-to…/…
The 2015 National Solar Home Tour is coming up. But since Solar PV has been killed in Arizona we don't have a tour. BUT Solar is also about efficient design, Passive Solar, Phantom Solar , Solar Hot water and much more. ASES 20th Annual National Solar Tour http://www.ases.org/…/20th-annual-ases-national-solar-tour…/
If the Powerwall is only going to be used as a backup power supply during blackouts, (and not shifting grid power consumption away from peak hours) its going to be hard for it to make financial sense to most home owners.
Fossil Fuels -Producing electricity for the average household in the U.S. each year requires burning 8,079 pounds of coal, and using 5,000 gallons of water. Just for your home.
Will Tesla's home battery system be able to allow wide-spread adoption of solar power without the stress to the grid associated with bidirectional power flows?
The solar hot water industry is suffering from the uncertainties generated by the utilities' plans to increase solar electric fees.
Facebook's new solar powered drone will be huge!
SRP solar surcharges are in the news again -- SolarCity reports a 96% drop in applications since December.
Utility-scale solar power as a share of total electrical production in 2014: California, Nevada and Arizona were the top 3 states.
More action on the new SRP rate plan...
Trying to figure out how this doesn't kill off rooftop solar in SRP territory. If 1 kW system produces 1,750kWh per year, an $80/month charge + $20 increase in monthly basic service charge = approximate production of a 7 kW solar rooftop system. So anything less than 7kW will end up costing you more in surcharges than you benefit from generating electricity. Is there something else that balances out this cost? Comments welcome!
Solar PV saves even more with an EV. Tesla is the fastest rising 100% Electric and they have Arizona as one of four possible locations for their gigafactory to make advanced batteries. That could be as big as INTEL and the new Apple factory in our high tech state. Tesla also supplies Tesla advanced batteries for Solar backup power.
Be sure to check out this years' Solar and Sustainable Building tour this weekend, October 26-27, 2013.
This free, self-guided tour of 10 sites in the Phoenix metropolitan area, has a great cross-section of sustainable, green, solar and energy efficient buildings.
There is something for everybody’s interest and curiosity—new resource and energy efficient construction to green remodels; passive and active solar strategies and technology—for heating and cooling and other applications; sustainable water practices for the desert—landscaping, rainwater catchment and storage, and gray water systems; and much, much more