Tag Archives: Solar Incentives

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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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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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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How Little can I spend to get an Entry Level Photovoltaic Solar System?

I mean, the least expensive is the easiest for me at the moment, so what is the lowest entry level solar energy system that I can purchase? I don’t hear this question often, but it is a real issue. How … 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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Congress Tries to keep Treasury 1603 Alive!

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today led a group of 17 senators in calling for the Treasury Grant Program to be included in tax legislation. The Treasury Grant Program, responsible for $18.2 billion in clean energy investment, … Continue reading

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Subsidies for Fossil Fuel? Are you kidding me?

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Legislation is happening Today

Congress is poised to do some legislation! The treasury 1603 Grant (in leu of the Federal ITC) may possibly be re-instated for another year. That would be great news for renewables! http://tnsolarenergy.org/index.html

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TVA Generation Partners Back online!

TVA has re-instated the Green Generation Partners program with the same details as the previous pilot program. They have restricted the program to photovoltaic systems under 200 kiloWatts.   This will allow residential and small commercial systems to enjoy the … Continue reading

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