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What You Need to Know About Duke's Rebate Program (2021)
7/30/20

Dukes solar rebate programs has been facilitating the decision to go solar for homeowners in NC for years. For an average system, the rebate allows the recouping of approximately 20% of the system cost ($0.6 for each watt installed). The notice on Dukes website details two separate application periods in 2021; the first being January 6th, the second, July 7th. This should balance the number of seasonal installs, since the number of installs for duke customers clusters around these rebate application periods.‍

How Cost Effective Are Solar Panels In Different Regions?
7/30/20

A new study conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) documents how solar looks as an investment in various regions across the U.S. While the study intentionally omits and state or federal incentives, it does reveal some of the factors that allow homeowners to save more and faster than others, given the same panel type. The study used a software called the System Advisory Model (SAM) to analyze simple payback period in Phoenix, Tampa, Boston, Kansas City, and Seattle. Overall, the study did find that Boston averaged the quickest returns, whereas Seattle had the potential for the longest payback. According to the analysis, the driving factors behind how cost effective rooftop solar is are: Local electricity price, utility tariff for purchasing excess electricity generated at the house, solar resource at the site and panel orientation and Installed cost of the PV panels. While state and local incentives also play a major role, as they do in the Carolinas, it appears customers have the greatest potential for savings when they have high electricity cost (Boston ~ $0.21/watt), high buyback rates, especially relative to electricity price(Boston ~$0.19/watt), the availability of solar, and of course the average cost of solar. This study does not account for (but does acknowledge) other variables that change within a region, such as orientation, shading, and roof pitch. These can play as large a role as any other factor in the feasibility of a solar project. All more the reason to do your own research, and to seek out consulting rom solar companies with positive reviews.

Energy Analysis Finds Renewables Cut Australia's Emissions More Than Covid
7/30/20

In Australia, a record renewable electricity generation of 26.5% of five of the total nations states total consumption was recorded at the end of September. This analysis was conducted by Hugh Saddler, an energy consultant and Australian National University honorary associate professor. The analysis showed continued growth in renewable energy generation, and coinciding drops in emissions. Carbon emissions due to electricity generation, gas consumption, and transportation in the last 12 months fell by around 4.6% - or 14 million metric tons less of carbon in the atmosphere. The observed reductions took place across five states, Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, and account for nine million consumers.

Planning The Future of Energy: Renewables vs Nuclear
7/30/20

One of the key takeaways behind these findings suggests that the transition to renewable energy should not include nuclear energy as a crutch. As put by Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the University of Sussex Business School, said: "This paper exposes the irrationality of arguing for nuclear investment based on a 'do everything' argument. Our findings show not only that nuclear investments around the world tend on balance to be less effective than renewable investments at carbon emissions mitigation, but that tensions between these two strategies can further erode the effectiveness of averting climate disruption."

SunPower Completes Spinoff of Manufacturing Assets to Newly Formed Company Maxeon
7/30/20

A transaction first announced in November 2019, Sunpower has now split into two companies; SunPower as the solar and storage company, and Maxeon Solar Technologies. This deal will allow SunPower to focus on its core business, which is providing residential and commercial solar/storage while Maxeon will continue to produce the high quality panels that Sunpower is known for. The idea is to allow SunPower to focus on its strengths and simplifying their responsibilities. Since the companies founding in 1985, SunPower has survived the ups and downs of the solar industry. This split intends to streamline business and boost future financial outlook for both companies.

Creative Accounting as Duke Energy NC Aims to Revamp Their Grid: Implications for Duke Customers
7/30/20

The first round of hearings regarding Duke's $2.3 Billion plan to upgrade their grid have concluded, revealing their approach to fund such a project. Duke is attempting to use something called "def feral accounting", which makes it possible for the utility "to recover those in a future rate case without listing those costs as expenses on it is quarterly financial reports ... The key is that deferral accounting lets a utility charge its customers for the financing costs for projects, ensuring that the utility does not have to pay the interest on the money it has to borrow to build them." This is nothing new, as one-time, sudden expenditures for utilities such as construction of generation plants are funded. However, in this case, many believe this is an inappropriate use of the funding method. There are a few concerns from major stakeholders, such as ratepayers, commissioners, and regulators.

Black Turbine Blades Reduced Bird Mortality By 72%
7/30/20

Despite the environmental benefits we get from using the wind to generate renewable energy, there was always a somewhat depressing side effect that left environmentalists slightly torn when advocating for wind power. The trade off was that turbines worldwide killed an estimated 300,000 birds per year. The macabre reality is that this is, well, worth it to most people, who point towards the expectation that using turbines saves ecosystems, and thus, not just birds but many animals. However, this blemish on wind-powers otherwise outstanding record got researchers thinking about creative solutions to decrease the mortality rate.

How Much Further Can Solar Advance? Is it Worth it To Wait?
7/30/20

With a dynamic industry such as the energy sector, constant changes in technology, efficiency, and manufacturing dictate how a market responds and plans for the future. It makes sense; why ride a horse and buggy when you can get an automobile? Why use oil lamps when you can use LED bulbs? Many are now asking a similar question: Why go solar now when the future could bring a new generation of more advanced Photovoltaic systems? It's a fair question, especially when you look at the trajectory in solar advancements in recent decades. In 1954, the first silicon solar panel was created, which had an approximate efficiency of 6%. It took until 2010 before the average commercial panel produced at around 12%. Today, panel efficiencies are approximately 17-19%, while many panels are even higher in the low 20%-range. This begs the question (or a host of questions really): how efficient can panels get? How long will they take to get there? How will costs change over this transition? A recent article from BBC tries to provide some clarity in an constantly changing field, and attempts to tackle these hard hitting questions.

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Each roof presents a different challenge, from modeling and weighing benefits of panel locations, to steep gradients and tricky installs. For this project, we focused on prioritizing maximum-efficiency south-most facing roof planes as much as possible. In solar, orientation is everything! 👉🏼swipe right for drone shots! • • • #teslapowerwall #solar #energystorage #energyindependence #solarenergy #renewables #dukeenergy #taycosolar #demandbettersolar #sunpower #battery #environment #energysage #saveourplanet #tesla #solar24news #recycle #environmentallyfriendly #photovoltaic #gogreen #motherearth #globalwarming #climatechange @solar24news @linnanehomes @sunpower

Some drone footage of a recent install! This New Years, let’s all resolve to looking out for the planet. Whether that means installing solar, conserving electricity, or reducing waste, find your way to make a positive impact! • • • #teslapowerwall #solar #energystorage #energyindependence #solarenergy #renewables #dukeenergy #taycosolar #demandbettersolar #sunpower #battery #environment #energysage #saveourplanet #tesla #solar24news #recycle #environmentallyfriendly #photovoltaic #gogreen #motherearth #globalwarming #climatechange @solar24news @linnanehomes @sunpower

Installing solar is like a Christmas gift to the planet 🌎 ☀️ but unlike most gifts, solar can actually save you money! The average solar system has the same environmental impact as planting 100 trees a year. • • • #teslapowerwall #solar #energystorage #energyindependence #solarenergy #renewables #dukeenergy #taycosolar #demandbettersolar #sunpower #battery #environment #energysage #saveourplanet #tesla #solar24news #recycle #environmentallyfriendly #photovoltaic #gogreen #motherearth #globalwarming #climatechange @solar24news @linnanehomes @sunpower

Another design that fits like a glove. This roof essentially faces due south, maximizing production year round, even during the winter! • • • #teslapowerwall #solar #energystorage #energyindependence #solarenergy #renewables #dukeenergy #taycosolar #demandbettersolar #sunpower #battery #environment #energysage #saveourplanet #tesla #solar24news #recycle #environmentallyfriendly #photovoltaic #gogreen #motherearth #globalwarming #climatechange @solar24news @linnanehomes @sunpower

One of our latest installs 🤩. This homeowner went solar, along with other project to make their home as green and energy efficient as possible. We can all appreciate their commitment to sustainability! • • • #teslapowerwall #solar #energystorage #energyindependence #solarenergy #renewables #dukeenergy #taycosolar #demandbettersolar #sunpower #battery #environment #energysage #saveourplanet #tesla #solar24news #recycle #environmentallyfriendly #photovoltaic #gogreen #motherearth #globalwarming #climatechange @solar24news @linnanehomes @sunpower

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CIT moving forward with 108-Megawatt install
7/16/2020

The solar industry is constantly shifting, and at times it can be difficult to get a read on the trajectory. That is why it is so nice to see large companies making decisive movements towards renewable energy and a sustainable future. Although residential solar systems are going to play a large role in transitioning the U.S. towards a sustainable blend of energy, these massive projects are integral in making a statement to commercial industries, paving the road for further investment. CEO Ben Catt summarized this in saying "Ultimately, this means more clean energy for the planet and more jobs for the local community."

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What You Need to Know About Duke's Rebate Program (2021)
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Dukes solar rebate programs has been facilitating the decision to go solar for homeowners in NC for years. For an average system, the rebate allows the recouping of approximately 20% of the system cost ($0.6 for each watt installed). The notice on Dukes website details two separate application periods in 2021; the first being January 6th, the second, July 7th. This should balance the number of seasonal installs, since the number of installs for duke customers clusters around these rebate application periods.‍

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Each roof presents a different challenge, from modeling and weighing benefits of panel locations, to steep gradients and tricky installs. For this project, we focused on prioritizing maximum-efficiency south-most facing roof planes as much as possible. In solar, orientation is everything! 👉🏼swipe right for drone shots! • • • #teslapowerwall #solar #energystorage #energyindependence #solarenergy #renewables #dukeenergy #taycosolar #demandbettersolar #sunpower #battery #environment #energysage #saveourplanet #tesla #solar24news #recycle #environmentallyfriendly #photovoltaic #gogreen #motherearth #globalwarming #climatechange @solar24news @linnanehomes @sunpower

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