While electric bills still are tilted against local solar generation
and Georgia Power continues to levy its stealth CWIP tax for its
nuke boondoggle, yet solar power is rising this year on
Southern Company and Georgia Power.
Bret Wagenhorst posted on facebook 9 June 2015:
I find it decidedly ironic that a large portion of my last month
electric bill went toward paying for a nuclear power plant that is
hundreds of millions of dollars over budget, and which will no doubt
cost millions of dollars a year to run and to manage its potentially
deadly waste. I wonder if the money spent on the nuclear plant were
used to purchase rooftop solar panels for all certified energy
efficient Georgian homes if we citizens might not be better off in
the long run. Thoughts?
Elon Musk’s recent reminder that Tesla is working on a house-sized battery
has caused quite a stir, but not enough. Tesla alone isn’t the significant part:
Tesla opening a market for inexpensive home solar storage methods is.
And not all those methods will be batteries: also coming are capacitors,
organic vats, compressed air, and water pumped up towers,
for storage to car- and house- size to municipal- and utility-scale,
all of which will drive solar and wind deployment even faster.
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — SolarCity Corp.’s solar-panel
factory in upstate New York could allow the solar installer to
reduce its costs and save about $400 million a year, analysts at
Credit Suisse estimate.
SolarCity SCTY, -0.66% and New York struck a deal earlier this week,
with the state announcing a $750 million package to build the
solar-panel factory near Buffalo.
That deal “was significantly better than expected,” the
Credit Suisse analysts said Continue reading →
Three times as many millios of dollars invested as expected, 3,000 jobs, and
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says “they could have gone anywhere on the planet”.
They could have come here.
They went to snowy Buffalo.
An Economic Development Council in snowy Buffalo has
landed a solar manufacturer with suddenly even deeper pockets,
while our Industrial Authority didn’t even meet this month.
Maybe instead of supporting an unnecessary fracked methane
pipeline that diverts resources we could get on with
real solar industry here in sunny south Georgia?
In snowy Massachusetts
you can finance a solar system with little money down
and complete payoff in 11 years.
Get the Georgia legislature to pass
HB 874 and we’ll be able to do this in sunny Georgia, too.
Used with permission from howeowner Carl Howe. -jsq
People seem interested so I’ll share details of our solar
installation in Stow, MA.
Full disclosure: I know the president of our solar installation firm
socially (he’s a friend of a friend of ours), and like many solar
installers, they do pay referral fees if others sign up based on a
recommendation from an existing customer. Should anyone decide to
do business with our installer, New England Clean Energy, please
mention my name.
We used New England Clean Energy from Hudson MA. I believe that they
are one of, if not the, highest quality installer in our area. They
have more than 300+ installations in MA and NH. Of course,
SolarCity and others are also in the region, Continue reading →
The hydropower assets of the Tennessee Valley Authority
would give Southern Company a way to avoid doing distributed solar for a while.
Will SO CEO Tom Fanning and Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers
bit the bullet and go straight for distributed solar instead of
helping Duke privatize TVA for a short-term stopgap that would
set both of them farther behind the disruptive solar curve?