Tag Archives: Grid Parity

TVA: Killing Solar with 3 Easy Steps:

1.  Step one. Develop and publicize a “beneficial” solar program. Accept accolades for being a “solar proponent.” TVA has for the past few years been fine tuning and running a solar program in the Tennessee Valley. This program started small, … Continue reading

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TVA’s solar program phasing out Incentives…

All good things must come to an end. And TVA has again changed their Generation Partner Program. They have publicly stated that they are making the change over from a “pilot program” to a “regular program”. I have previously explained … Continue reading

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We’ve Broken the Code- Solar that pays YOU!

For the past few years those of us in the solar industry in Tennessee  (make that all of TVA’s area) have been trying to figure out how to provide third party financing for the solar systems that we install.  With … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday- Old Girl!! July 4th in America

I can’t really stand politics. It is like the ultimate “reality TV” show ever invented. There is no way that I could even make up some of the stuff that routinely passes for news in our politically charged country. But … Continue reading

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The Levelized Cost of Energy- Bargains can Break You!

How can one compare the available renewable energy technologies with the current energy mix? It’s not that easy. After honing our skills as “bargain hunters” we learn that some bargains are not at all what they appear to be! An … Continue reading

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Sustainability Fair- 5th graders and solar energy!

This past Thursday we did a short presentation on Clean Renewable energy to all of the 5th graders in Cumberland County. It is a pretty short presentation, so I have compiled the photos and will take you on a short … Continue reading

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Buy or Rent? Energy Production Version

Clean energy systems (solar) all have an up front capital cost (around $15,000 for a 3 kW system). The whole system must be paid for before the first kWh of energy is produced.  You essentially own your energy production and … Continue reading

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Taking aim at Nanking ends up hurting Knoxville!

Since 2009, Simple Energy Works has been designing, selling and installing complete residential and commercial solar energy systems throughout Tennessee. When we started out, about three years ago, there were only about five solar installers in the middle of our … Continue reading

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Obama, Be Nice, the Chinese are our Friends!

The news is filled with speculation and consternation about the complaint filed by Solar World claiming that the Chinese are flooding the market with inexpensive PV modules and damaging American manufacturing.    The complaint requests that the ITC (international trade … Continue reading

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Solar Energy Will Never Replace Coal!

Solar will never work. It is just too expensive. We will never replace coal and oil as the primary fuels because they are so ubiquitous. Simply a microscopic fraction of our energy is now made from solar energy. It is … Continue reading

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