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Arcadia Power Launches First Nationwide Community Solar Program

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The new program makes clean and renewable solar power an option for electricity customers across the United States, no matter where they live.

Arcadia Power, an online renewable energy company, announced today the first nationwide community solar platform that gives people around the country the opportunity to support solar energy and get savings on their bills – no matter where they live.

This is a huge step forward for the residential solar industry which only caters to a small segment of homeowners in select states. Arcadia Power’s technology platform can connect solar panel production from a remote site directly to a customer’s power bill, and does not require any additional equipment or installation on a customer’s home.

Home Owners, Realtors and Prospective Buyers Can Now Instantly Find Out a Home’s Solar Energy Potential with Sun Number Scores on Zillow

Sun Number’s Rooftop Solar Power Potential Technology Now Featured on Zillow

Sun Number and Zillow® are putting instant analyses of properties’ solar energy potential at the fingertips of home owners, home buyers and real estate agents with a new feature on Zillow that makes the Sun Number rating of a residence just a click away.

Sun Number provides a simple-to-understand analysis of how solar-friendly a building is based on factors such as regional climate, daily sun exposure, foliage coverage from nearby trees and more. The 0-100 score and accompanying details help users understand how much they can benefit from solar power, reducing their utility bills and reliance on fossil fuels in the process.

Solar Incentive Programs for Homeowners in Ontario

Today you can be part of Ontario’s growing green energy movement by participating in one of the 3 programs:

MicroFIT/FIT, under which you can benefit from Ontario Government Incentives by installing solar panels, generating electricity, and selling it back to the grid for a guaranteed price;

Net Metering, which allows you to reduce your hydro bill by exporting generated electricity back to the utility grid for a credit against energy consumed;

Go Offgrid, and generate electricity for your own independent consumption. You would charge heavy duty batteries with your solar panels during the day, and run your critical loads in the house whenever it is required.

MicroFIT

If you are a homeowner, farmer or small business owner, you have the opportunity to develop a very small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on your property. Click on this video to see how it works: http://ontario-solar-installers.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/How-microFIT-solar-program-works1.mp4

Under the microFIT Program you will be paid a guaranteed price for all the electricity your solar array produces for at least 20 years. At the current 2016 Feed-In-Tariff rate of 29.4 cents per kWh, you can expect to make anywhere between $3500 to $4000 a year. With a $30’000 initial investment you are looking at 11%-12% rate of return, and 8-9 years payback period.

NetMetering

Net Metering is another type of renewable energy program in Ontario which allows customers reduce their hydro bill by exporting generated electricity back to the utility grid for a credit against energy consumed.

You are eligible to participate in the program as long as you are generating electricity primarily for your own use; using a renewable energy source (solar, wind, hydro, bio); limiting your solar system size to 500 kW; and conveying generated electricity to your consumption point without reliance on the utility’s distribution system.

Net Metering For Small Generators

How will it be calculated on your hydro bill?
The value of the amount of eligible electricity generated and returned into the Local Utility Company’s grid will be deducted from the value of the amount of electricity you consumed from the system. If the result is positive, you will receive an adjustment on your monthly (or bi-monthly) hydro bill. If the result is negative (meaning you’ve exported more energy than you’ve consumed), you will receive a credit which will be carried over into your next billing period. Important!!! Excess energy credits from previous billing cycles can be carried-over up to a maximum of 10 (ten) months.

OffGrid Solar System

If you are tired of paying your hydro company big bucks, you may wish to install an off grid system (or stand-alone) system. It is a type of solar photovoltaic system that operates autonomously, generates power, and supplies it to electrical loads independently of the local utility company. If you own a cottage or live in a remote area with no electric poles around, installing an offgrid system might also be the only way to bring power to your place.

OffGrid Solar System

Here are the main components of a typical OffGrid Solar panels system:

  • Solar panels array (strings of solar modules connected in series and/or in parallel)
  • PV charge controller (a device that regulates battery bank charge by controlling the charging voltage and/or current)
  • Battery bank (a set of batteries connected to each other to provide required voltage and capacity)
  • Inverter (a device that converts DC power coming from the solar array to AC power used in-house)
  • Loads (a piece(s) of equipment that consumes electricity)

If you are still unsure what type of system would work for you best, get in touch with your local solar panels installers by visiting www.ontario-solar-installers.ca website. You’d be able to find out how much solar panels cost, what’s required to submit an application, get permits and approvals, and receive free quotes for you solar panels installation.

Top 12 Ways to Keep Your Home Cooler in Long Beach

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By Alex Deeter, SolarExpert.com

How to Save on Your Electricity Bill NOW

This August was a very warm month for California. Did you know that it was the hottest August Earth has ever recorded? These hot months unfortunately contribute to much higher electricity bills. Luckily, having gone solar, hot days don’t have as drastic an effect. With the hottest days on record however, everyone’s electricity bills went up. Unfortunately, utilities limited the size of your solar system to your previous annual use. When you use more, the utility will charge you accordingly.

Southern California Edison redesigned rates to eliminate the top tier. Edison announced this summer that rates were increasing 8% for homes. That’s the average increase however, and the energy conscious are getting a worse deal. Customers who stay within the tier one and two will see those rates increase 12% and 17%, respectively.

Envision Solar Awarded 2016 Best Product of the Year in the Energy Industry Innovations Category from Golden Bridge Awards

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Envision Solar International, Inc., (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy, media and branding and EV charging product company, announced today that its EV ARC™ product was named Best Product of the Year in the 8th Annual Golden Bridge Awards in the Energy Industry Innovations category. The Awards Ceremony is taking place in San Francisco on September 12, 2016.

Sunflare Announces New Thin-Film Solar Capability

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Unique manufacturing process perfects CIGS, revolutionizes solar energy industry

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory declared in a recent report that due to tax credit extensions, the United States is projected to add 53 additional gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by the year 2020. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects solar to achieve the greatest increases, adding 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar in 2016. This sets the stage for Sunflare, a new and highly innovative entrant in the solar industry. Sunflare is the first company to successfully mass produce flexible, light, affordable CIGS solar panels. Sunflare has totally reengineered the manufacturing of CIGS panels with its Capture4 technology.

Nation’s Largest Sun-Dried Tomato Producer Now All In On Solar

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Traina Foods’, the nations largest producer of Sun Dried Tomatoes, has recently transitioned their reprocessing facility in Patterson, California over to solar power. This sunny endeavor has taken nearly five months to complete with the help of Kurios Energy and will now produce 524,312 kWh/year (kilowatt hours) offsetting current energy costs by 77%.

“Our state-of-the-art reprocessing facility is now 100% operated on solar power. Since we utilize the sun to dry our fresh products it was an easy decision to utilize it in our reprocessing facility as well. Now we are able process tens of millions of fresh and dry fruits with a minimal amount of electricity. In the long term it was a financially prudent move along with being environmentally sensitive,” said Chief Executive Officer of Traina Foods, Willie Traina.

“We have a centuries old way of producing our fruit using only the sun, and this transition to solar repacking allows us to continue harnessing the sun’s power in a global marketplace,” added Traina.

About Traina Foods
From its family ranch in California’s Central Valley, Traina Foods grows, sun dries and packs premium dried fruit products for industrial food ingredient and food-service customers around the world, and for their own line of retail products including the only sun dried tomato ketchups on the market today.

Combining over 100 years of experience and family tradition with the most advanced state of the art technology and quality assurance program is Traina Food’s recipe for premium products. For more information visit www.trainafoods.com