Solar addresses high energy costs in Indianapolis, shows path to fairer, better energy system

The cost of electricity places a heavy burden on low-income families. That’s why Solar United Neighbors has helped ten Indianapolis, Indiana families go solar in the past year. This work shows that solar is a solution to high energy costs. Energy burden falls hard on low-income households Low-income neighborhoods and…

Arizona Corporation Commission Eliminates Unfair Tax on Solar Customers

Cross-posted from Vote Solar The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to eliminate Arizona Public Service (APS) company’s “grid access charge” Wednesday in a vote of 3-2, ending the unfair practice of charging solar customers a discriminatory, fixed fee. Vote Solar and Solar United Neighbors opposed the unlawful fee in Exceptions…

Hearing on DC Solar Rebates

I have pasted the notice here. It is really important that people come and share their experiences, and or hopes and desires for the program. The DC Council needs to know that the public cares about this program! Notice of Public Oversight Roundtable 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20004…

Heads Up! New Process for Solar Rebates

Thought this note might be of interest to some. Not exactly sure what it means. From: King, Emil (DDOE) <[email protected]> Subject: RE: Of Interest — new procedure for me with green energy office To: “anya schoolman” <[email protected]> Date: Monday, April 5, 2010, 9:58 AM Hello Anya, The new process will…

Climate Event — April 15th

I thought this CCAN event might be of interest to many of you. I am looking forward to the event, especially the reception before hand. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is honored to host international climate leader Bill McKibben as he begins a national tour for his newest book, Eaarth:…

New Coop Forming in Palisades

Dear interested person, The recent sunny, hot days make me wish I was already an ‘energy entrepreneur’ with solar panels on my roof. With the generous D.C. program, federal tax credit, and the opportunity to band together for some group discounts, that goal seems affordable right…

First Day of Generating Power!

Late yesterday, my new 4.4 kW system was connected to my electrical box.  This morning, I was happy to see my meter spinning backwards.  Please see attached link for pictures and more info.  I will eventually be posting more information about the pepco meter installation, rebate check, and monitoring data…

Good News and Bad News

First the good news. Another new solar coop is forming–in Petworth! I spoke at their first organizational meeting yesterday! It seems to be a great group. They have started a listserve for petworth —[email protected] so please pass the word on to others. Bad News! Right after we thought we won…

DC Council Budget Hearing on Renewable Energy Cuts

At the DC Council Hearing today, I will provide testimony indicating that the demand for solar rebates appears to be growing at an 85% clip.  Projecting that out over four years (2009-2012) will put the demand for rebates at almost 1,800 residents.  This projects to a total demand for solar…