The ABCs of Utilities

join solar revolutionMost of the time your relationship with your electrical utility is pretty straightforward, but what happens when that relationship changes because you’ve installed solar on your property? The type of utility you have has a big impact on how your solar energy production is measured and accounted for when you have a solar electric  system installed. The first step in understanding your relationship to your utility is understanding what kind of utility you have. Continue reading

Austin Energy’s Expanding Renewable Energy Goals

Texas_largeAustin Energy, the electrical utility for Austin is expanding it’s use of renewable energy to generate the power that Austinites need. Austin’s original goal was to provide 35 percent of its 2,540 MegaWatts of energy from renewables by 2020. But Austin Energy was on track to meet that goal by 2016, so the city council proposed a new renewable energy goal of getting 55 percent of its energy from renewables by 2025. Continue reading

Austin’s Unique Policy for Counting Solar Power

VOST_Austin_blogGoing solar saves you money on your monthly electrical bill. The amount of your savings varies by size and location of the system. But how does it work financially and administratively with your utility? Currently, two types of policy are widely used: the Value of Solar Tariff and Net Metering. The decision of which one to use can be controversial. Continue reading

Save on Solar With Incentives in Austin, TX

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The price of solar energy systems continues to drop across the country. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, in 2014 alone the upfront price of a system nationally fell by 10 percent.  While prices continue to decline across the country, generous incentives still exist for those who purchase a system today. One of the largest is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC offers those who install a residential solar system a 30 percent tax credit. The credit will be available nationally until the end of 2016. Additionally, states have their own set of incentives. Qualifying residents of Austin, Texas can apply the Austin Energy Rebate to the cost of installing a system, and then benefit from monthly saving with the Value of Solar Tariff.

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Breaking New Ground on Texas Solar

TX breakdown 2Tim Cherry has been thinking about going solar for a long time. For the past forty years he’s been contemplating putting panels on the buildings on his 75 acre farm near Nacogdoches, Texas.  But Tim wasn’t able to find an installer that he felt comfortable with, and he wasn’t sure about the price, until he got the information he needed on the EnergySage Marketplace. Continue reading

10kW solar systems: Compare prices & installers

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10kW solar systems are among the most popular solar energy system sizes in the country, producing enough electricity to power a home with slightly above-average electricity consumption. How much does a 10kW solar system cost? How much electricity will a 10kW solar system produce? How do you know you’re getting the best deal on a system? Continue reading

A Solar Array Grows in Pittsburgh

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Leslie Heilman didn’t think it was worth it for her to go solar in Pittsburgh, PA. She lives in a cozy house built in 1905 in one of the city’s older neighborhoods, and it’s pretty grey most of the year. “Were as gloomy as they get except for Seattle and Buffalo” she says “My husband works in environmental protection, and so even though we have a real interest in lessening our carbon footprint solar never really came to mind because we assumed that Pittsburgh was not a cost effective place to put in solar.”

Then, Leslie and her husband attending a community meeting held by Solar Allegheny. Solar Allegheny is made possible by the support of The Heinz Endowments and is organized by EnergySage’s partner SmartPower. They learned that their area did indeed get enough sun to make the investment worthwhile, and started to reconsider. So they started to gather research about their house in particular using the EnergySage Solar Marketplace. Continue reading

New York’s Megawatt Block Solar Incentive Saves You Thousands on Solar

The Megawatt Block Incentive Structure (Megawatt Block) is one of New York’s most important solar incentives. The program provides strong subsidies for both commercial and residential rooftop solar energy systems. The size of your subsidy depends on how big the solar energy system you install is, and how much solar energy is already being produced in your area. You also don’t need to take any action to claim the benefit if you use a state certified installer.

In total, the various solar incentives available in New York State could reduce the cost of going solar by more than 50%. So why not start shopping for solar today? EnergySage’s Solar Marketplace is a great place to start comparing your options.

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New York State’s Solar Tax Credit (Part 3): How to claim the credit if you go solar with a lease or PPA

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New York State’s Solar Equipment Tax Credit is one of a suite of generous incentives for solar power available through New York State. It is an incredibly generous and flexible incentive, saving you up to $5,000, depending on how much you spend on solar. How and when can you claim the credit if you go solar under a solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA)?

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