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Heading back to CO for some work this week. Sorry there are no recent posts here. I have been busy installing solar in C...
01/23/2017

Heading back to CO for some work this week. Sorry there are no recent posts here. I have been busy installing solar in Costa Rica recently. The photo is the first municipal water well in Central America running on solar.

Earlier this week an Oncore representative came out to my 93 year old father's house to replace the digital meter becaus...
10/07/2016

Earlier this week an Oncore representative came out to my 93 year old father's house to replace the digital meter because he said it was no longer reading in Dallas. My father had a solar array installed on his home back in 2010. Since then he has produced 43,646 kWh of electricity and saved 74,250 lbs of CO2 from being released by Oncore coal plants. Today he received a letter from Oncore charging him with tampered with the electric meter. The letter states that he will be charged for the past six months energy that Oncore or his retail electric provider will determine. He will have to pay this amount or his electricity will be cut off. He will not be able change electrical providers until his punitive bill is paid as determined by the electrical provider. If this is common for other solar array owners, please comment on this post.

Earlier this week an Oncore representative came out to my 93 year old father's house to replace the digital meter because he said it was no longer reading in Dallas. My father had a solar array installed on his home back in 2010. Since then he has produced 43,646 kWh of electricity and saved 74,250 lbs of CO2 from being released by Oncore coal plants. Today he received a letter from Oncore charging him with tampered with the electric meter. The letter states that he will be charged for the past six months energy that Oncore or his retail electric provider will determine. He will have to pay this amount or his electricity will be cut off. He will not be able change electrical providers until his punitive bill is paid as determined by the electrical provider. If this is common for other solar array owners, please comment on this post.

07/01/2015

This is a product offer that is supposed to entice me to buy Solarworld panels. They are the company behind the anti dumping suit with China that has caused a rift in international relations with China and has driven up the cost of solar to the U.S. consumer. this is one reason I decided to install systems in Central America.

"Just wanted to let you know that we decided to lower the price on the SolarWorld XL 325W High Efficiency Mono module Pre-Sale to $0.75/w
The ETA of these containers is August 10th and August 16th.
In order to reserve them at this price, you will need to pay 10% (non-refundable) and the remaining 90% upon the modules arrival at our warehouse. See terms below.
Also, some LG MonoX Neon 300W became available and we are offering them for $1.01/w (Min. 20)"

I pay $.50 per Watt in Costa Rica. Thanks Solarworld

12/05/2013

SEIA Applauds White House Efforts to Boost Use of Renewable Energy

December 5, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to today’s presidential memorandum requiring the federal government to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement:

“This is a landmark moment in our nation’s history. Today, climate change is a real and growing threat to America and the rest of the world. It’s indisputable. Sea levels are rising. Artic ice is disappearing. We’re experiencing more intense and unpredictable storms. And droughts plague the world. From an environmental perspective, few things threaten our nation’s future prosperity and way of life more than climate change. That’s why it’s so important for the federal government to lead by example. We applaud President Obama for standing firm and following through on a key commitment he made as part of his Climate Action Plan.

“America’s solar energy industry is doing its part, too. Today, solar is one of the fastest-growing sources of new energy in the United States and recently surpassed 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity in the United States – enough to power more than 1.7 million American homes. What’s more, this year we expect to bring more solar online than world leader Germany. From rooftop solar to large-scale utility solar projects, we’re helping to create thousands of new American jobs, save money for U.S. consumers, boost local economies and reduce pollution nationwide.

“Moving forward, we also encourage the Administration to develop a modern procurement process that allows solar to compete evenly with fossil fuels. Federal agencies should have the authority to adopt long-term power purchase agreements in order to maximize savings for U.S. taxpayers. Today’s outdated system discourages the same power purchases for federal facilities that successful companies like Walmart, Costco and Apple use to save money by going solar.”

I have been asking this every day since Sandy.
11/12/2012

I have been asking this every day since Sandy.

Highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity
09/09/2012
Highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

Highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

Researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside.

Ecología, ruta al paraíso.
09/07/2012

Ecología, ruta al paraíso.

06/27/2012

Can We Say Energy Prices are Going to Rise??????

Court of Appeals Upholds EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Rules in Their Entirety

Center for Biological Diversity Statement

WASHINGTON— The District of Columbia Court of Appeals upheld the EPA’s foundational rules for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions today in their entirety.

“Now that the D.C. Circuit has affirmed the reality of the climate crisis and EPA’s duty and ability to address the problem, it’s time for the agency to aggressively combat the most serious social and environmental threat of our age,” said Kassie Siegel, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute. “All parties need to put politics aside right away and work toward the solutions that are so readily available — because the moral case for action could not be stronger.”

As part of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Clean Air Cities campaign, more than two dozen cities around the country have passed resolutions in support of ambitious EPA action to cut carbon pollution, demonstrating the strong, broad public support for rapid and science-based action to address the climate crisis................

And most perspective solar clients say it is all about the money.

Alpine Solar Design's cover photo
06/27/2012

Alpine Solar Design's cover photo

Had to get cleaned up for the convention, since we were reporting on the trade suit that was to come out tomorrow during...
06/27/2012

Had to get cleaned up for the convention, since we were reporting on the trade suit that was to come out tomorrow during the convention.

Jon and Bill at the AsiaSolar Convention in Shanghai.
06/27/2012

Jon and Bill at the AsiaSolar Convention in Shanghai.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/452101-ramifications-of-u-s-commerce-department-s-solar-anti-subsidy-decision
05/11/2012
Ramifications Of U.S. Commerce Department's Solar Anti-Subsidy Decision - Seeking Alpha

http://seekingalpha.com/article/452101-ramifications-of-u-s-commerce-department-s-solar-anti-subsidy-decision

Earlier this week, the U.S. Commerce Department released a preliminary decision on countervailing on imports of solar cells from China, which will result in import duties ranging from 2.9% to 4.73% for Suntech Power (STP) and Trina Solar (TSL) respectively. All other Chinese exporters are subject to...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2011/hump-smarter-12-28-2011.html
12/29/2011
"Hump Smarter Hotline" Puts You in the Mood to Save Endangered Species

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2011/hump-smarter-12-28-2011.html

TUCSON, Ariz.— Just in time for the busiest breeding night of the year, the Center for Biological Diversity is unveiling the “Hump Smarter Hotline,” an irreverent, toll-free service urging callers to think twice — once about endangered species and again about human overpopulation — before taking ...

10/16/2011
Myths and Facts | SEIA - Solar Energy Industries Association

Solar energy myths and answers from SEIA. Solargate is a distortion of facts by the Fossil Fuel Industry
http://www.seia.org/cs/about_solar_energy/myths_and_facts

FACT: Today, the solar industry employs more than 100,000 Americans, double the amount of solar workers in 2009. They work at more than 5,000 companies, the vast majority being small businesses, in all 50 states. The industry grew by 69 percent in the past year, making it one of the fastest growing...

10/01/2011

I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. - Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931

Going to AREDAY again this year!!!
08/12/2011
American Renewable Energy Day

Going to AREDAY again this year!!!

There are six tracks that will guide the conversation: Climate Investments Energy Solutions Governance and Policy Climate Literacy Communication Food, Water and Human Health on a Changing Planet Natural Systems in Jeopardy

04/03/2011

Seminars went off well. Thank you to those that attended. If you missed them and are interested in learning about PV incentives and financing we have one more tomorrow at 5:00 pm

We are offering more seminars this Friday, Sunday and Monday.  They will also be on the internet for those who cannot at...
03/31/2011
Alpine Solar Design

We are offering more seminars this Friday, Sunday and Monday. They will also be on the internet for those who cannot attend in person. Link to the webinar at alpinesolardesign.com

Alpine Solar Design has been located in the passive solar building the we designed and built off Blue River Parkway in 1996. In 2009 Alpine Solar Design installed a 5kW system on the rooftop and we are now saving money every month.

03/25/2011
webinars

Check out the free solar financial incentive webinars this weekend or stop by to listen in person

Alpine Earth Center is offering webinars for free to inform the public without having to travel. You may watch the presentation, listen and ask questions.

Xcel is a proponent of "Clean Coal"  Maybe that is the underlying reason for the rebate abandonment.
02/17/2011
Coal's hidden costs top $345 billion in U.S.-study

Xcel is a proponent of "Clean Coal" Maybe that is the underlying reason for the rebate abandonment.

* Health, environmental damage could triple cost of power * Public cost greater than cost of coal itself-author By Scott Malone BOSTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The United States' reliance oncoal to generate

02/17/2011

Xcel is at it again! If you want to install low cost solar, you have to apply with Xcel NOW! They are nearly removing the rebate program in the very near future.

04/27/2010

Just received the Summit County Green Business Award. Thank you to everyone who voted. We also are almost complete with another solar installation job.

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