Gas & Electric Rate Increase Tips Scale Toward Solar

My friend and I were sharing stories the other day. This story is hers:

“As a long time Southern California resident, I never doubted my decision to go solar back in 2006. It’s hard to argue with positive cash flow from day one, but there are countless other times when the wisdom of generating my own electricity really hits home.

“Utility companies have announced large rate hikes for many of its customers effective September 2013 and RETROACTIVE TO JANUARY 1, 2012! OMG, I want to climb up on my roof and kiss each of my solar panels individually to thank them for all of the money they save/make me. My solar system is by far the hardest working home improvement I ever did especially in light of the massive SDGE rate increase.

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ALEC calls for penalties for ‘freerider’ homeowners in assault on clean energy

An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as “freeriders” – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned. [*]

Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalising individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency, which is Barack Obama’s main channel for climate action. [*]

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Solar Power Systems Save Utilities Transmission Costs

It is true that solar-system owners are being compensated at a higher rate than wholesale energy suppliers, but the energy is being consumed on site. This reduces the stress on the power lines during peak load and can reduce the need to upgrade or add capacity to the existing network.

Dec. 1, 2013 3:38 p.m. ET

In response to your Nov. 20 editorial “Arizona’s Solar Flare-Up”:

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5 Things To Be Thankful For In Solar In 2013

Here’s a repost from the Enphase Community boards. Thank you for the brilliant ideas and support. Happy Thanksgiving All!

1. Blowing Past Grid Parity

The almost-mythical, long-awaited and hotly debated grid parity has arrived! We might actually have blown past it already. Large-scale utility solar systems in Latin America, Europe and the US now produce solar electricity a few cents below electric retail prices without relying on any subsidies. Residential rooftop systems in California and in countries like Spain and Germany also compete with ever increasing electric retail rates. Most observers agree: in 2013, solar reached grid parity and it will keep getting cheaper. Let’s all be thankful and get ready for some explosive solar growth in 2014.

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Cost Per Watt

In 2012 Solar panels selling for as low as $4.87/watt

A solar energy system installed today costs less than an equivalent system installed in prior years. Cost-per-Watt describes how costs are related to the energy output of a solar energy system. The leading cause of decreasing costs is panel efficiency, which has steadily increased over the years.

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Solar Power Success Story

It has been a little over 4 years since we installed PV solar on our house.

Gone are the days of feeling guilty running a load of dishes at noon, or doing laundry before sunset.

When you produce your own electricity by harvesting the sun, not only are you decreasing your carbon footprint, but you are becoming your own utility. Our SDG&E electric bills were north of $500.00, by now our monthly bills would be more than $700.00 without solar!

Who wouldn’t want to rush out to their mail box, open up their electric bill, and smile?

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