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Rhode Island Solar Incentives Update

October 18, 2017

Solar is booming in Rhode Island, and the increased demand is resulting in some changes to the state’s two generous solar programs. (Please read my article describing the two solar programs if you aren’t familiar with them.) The most important thing to know is that the state continues to fund solar programs in an effort…  Read the entire post »

Solar: The New Normal

October 17, 2017

Solar…the new normal…today’s energy standard…it’s “everywhere” and benefiting “everyone” as this infographic shows. And really, do I even need to put “everyone” in quotations, because we all do benefit from cleaner air?   If you liked this article, you might also enjoy: The Solar Revolution is Over Can My Solar “Green Income” Be Taken Away?…  Read the entire post »

Why October is a Trick not Treat for Solar

October 10, 2017

If your solar energy system was turned on between March and September, and most are, because that’s more than half the year, then you may be horrified when your October production drops. Don’t be. It’s typical to see strong production for seven solid months preceding October and then boom – your solar monitoring site tells…  Read the entire post »

Can My Solar “Green Income” Be Taken Away?

October 4, 2017

Don’t be nervous when you hear talk of solar “incentive” programs going away, regardless of which of the following categories you fall into. (I use the word “incentive” loosely; these programs actually provide fair compensation for the solar energy you produce.) Existing Solar Owners If you’re getting SRECs in Massachusetts or REG payments in Rhode…  Read the entire post »

The Solar Revolution Is Over

September 28, 2017

If you’re looking for an article saying solar is dead, you’ve come to the wrong place. Solar is officially here to stay. Americans have had a taste of energy independence and they like it. The “solar revolution” is over because the war has been won. Sure, some utilities and anti-solar forces still want to kill…  Read the entire post »

Solarize Me – How to Shop for Solar in a Solarize Program

September 14, 2017

Do you live in a town that’s Solarizing? State-sponsored Solarize community solar programs abound in Massachusetts, where current and upcoming programs include Lincoln-Sudbury-Wayland, Newburyport and Winthrop; and Rhode Island, where Cranston and Charlestown are the latest towns to Solarize. (Yes, Solarize is a verb now, too.) We’re big fans of Solarize programs here at New…  Read the entire post »

Are You Really Going to Throw that Plastic Film Out?

August 10, 2017

I am an O.C.E. The term, coined by Kip Andersen, stands for “Obsessive Compulsive Environmentalist”.  As an O.C.E., I’m always looking for more ways to recycle. Seriously, it physically pains me to throw things away. For almost a year now I’ve been recycling plastic film. But many people don’t know that this kind of plastic…  Read the entire post »

How to Avoid National Grid’s New Rate Increase in Rhode Island

August 8, 2017

Rhode Island residential customers of National Grid are facing a $27 per month increase in electric bills starting October 1, under a proposed rate hike submitted by National Grid recently.* A Providence Journal article on this news stated bills would go up about $17 on average. But that’s based on monthly electricity use of 500…  Read the entire post »

Solar Does Not Hurt Utility Ratepayers

July 31, 2017

Last week, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript published a fabulous opinion piece written by a consumer from Peterborough, New Hampshire. Titled Local Power Generation, One Home at a Time, it’s a wide-ranging piece on solar – myths and realities. In particular, the author makes a compelling case that, despite what investor-owned utilities would have you believe, solar does…  Read the entire post »

Solar Systems Made Simple

July 26, 2017

Solar is simple compared to many technologies, but having a system installed does require learning about a few pieces of equipment. Let me de-mystify the components of a typical solar electric system.   If you liked this article, you might also enjoy: Back to Basics: Energy Explained Back to Basics: Energy Efficiency Explained Back to…  Read the entire post »