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TVA has pulled the plug!

When TVA transitioned over from their previous “pilot” solar program (which has been running for the past 4 years) on October 1st, 2012 they made some significant changes. The primary ones having to do with the allowable sizes of PV … 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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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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Troubleshooting PV- for the Lazy (and frugal)!

“Happy MegaWatt Day” I didn’t realize it, but the solar system on our house recently produced one full Megawatt hour of electricity (1000 kwhs). I haven’t been tracking closely, but my friend has! I realized it when I got an … Continue reading

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Does Solar Energy make Financial Sense?

“Now, I know Solar Energy just doesn’t make financial sense yet…..” He told me that with a straight face and obviously believed it.       I thought about his perception of solar for a while- why do we still think solar is out … Continue reading

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TVA Green Power Switch Video (Commercial)

TVA talks with PV homeowners and business owners who have PV systems up in Middle Tennessee. (Some good looking systems!) Enjoy!

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DIY Solar Installation in Maine

Guy Marsden is a fascinating fellow who decided to use an enphase microinverter system to energize his barn. He chronicles the whole process on his website: http://www.arttec.net/SolarPower/index.htm You can see the trouble he went through as an “early” installer of … Continue reading

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