The Week in Solar: March 26-April 1, 2017

Each week, Bay Area Solar Solutions LLC takes a look at the world of solar and how it affects Floridians. Below is the week of March 26-April 1, 2017; click on the red links for the highlighted article exclusive.

5 tips for buying clean power as a group

Heather Clancy of Green Biz writes how groups can purchase clean power.  Her discussions with Garrett Sprague of A Better City and Meghan Chapple of George Washington University (as director of sustainability) led to five ways groups can optimally purchase clean power.  Among the five ways are ensuring anchor buyer and being patient.

“Every aspect needed consensus…That required setting deadlines to keep the contract moving.”

–Meghan Chapple, on patience during negotiations

The Florida Takeaway:  Amazing insight that Floridians can utilize when developing plans for purchasing power as a group.  Several co-ops exist, thanks primarily to FL SUN and League of Women Voters of Florida.  With the aforementioned added knowledge regarding group power purchasing, Floridians have more opportunity to reap the environmental and financial rewards of solar!


U.S. solar produced $154 billion in economic activity for 2016

PV Magazine’s Frank Andorka is at it again with a recent article featuring The Solar Foundation’s interactive map and accompanying study of solar’s impact.  The map, showcasing solar in each state, provides detailed information on the national and state levels.  Such information includes installations, a job census, and county profiles.
The Florida Takeaway:  The Solar Foundation really turns it up a ray.  Florida’s state profile can be found here.  Floridians can not see how far solar has come, but the promising future solar can bring.  Solar has an amazing impact on economies; Floridians, we have an excellent opportunity to shine in economic growth with solar on many levels!
Interactive solar map, courtesy The Solar Foundation

Solar Will Dominate Globally. Let’s Make Sure the US Industry Profits From It

GreenTechMedia’s Nate Kreamer shines on how the United States can profit off solar during the forthcoming solar boom.  Over the last four years, Kreamer has uncovered several ways in which the solar industry can an should profit in the United States, and features such in his recent work.  Kreamer closes with the inevitability of solar’s success, aka the “Solar Century,” the urge to ensure that the US capitalizes on such.

Four Recommendations for Solar to Shine in the United States

–Create Value

–Support Competition

–Stand United

–Build Alliances

Nate Kreamer, GreenTechMedia

The Florida Takeaway:  Solar in Florida continues to shine.  As solar continues to grow in Florida, we must take necessary steps to ensure the state profits (as well as individuals), and Kreamer’s recommendations set a template we can use to ensure such.  The “Solar Century” is upon us, Floridians, let’s all shine together!

Decades-old green power law is a fresh nuisance to U.S. utilities

“North Carolina’s solar boom is rooted in a federal law enacted four decades ago – one that has only recently had much impact,”  states Nichola Groom for Reuters.  Groom spotlights the 1978 law, the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (aka PURPA), and how it has affected states across the nation.  PURPA Such details include how utilities lose control and profits, and how the law has become a regulatory battleground for solar and utilities.

The federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), passed in 1978, requires utilities in many states to buy renewable power from small providers – provided they can sell it at a price comparable to power from fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas.

–Nichola Groom

The Florida Takeaway:  Although the law was passed in 1978, PURPA had little affect on states and utilities because the technology for wind and solar was just not there.  However, as technology has vastly improved for both wind and solar, utilities are feeling the effect of the law.  Perhaps that is why utilities keep changing and slashing net metering agreements across the nation.  As more Floridians become aware of PURPA and can take advantage of such when purchasing solar, utilities and public service commisions are sure to take notice.  Right now, however, PURPA is not a huge debate point when discussing Florida solar as other states such as North Carolina, but rest assured it will be.  Florida solar is here to shine, PURPA or not!
Solar shining in Alaska!  Source:  PV Magazine

Alaska doubles solar capacity in 2016

Frank Andorka reports Alaska’s solar amazing growth for PV Magazine.  Although Alaska has been an oil and gas state, solar growth is certainly occurring, writes Andorka.  With 70 installations in the past year (doubling the previous year), many Alaskans are surprised at how well solar works in such an environment.
The Florida Takeaway:  My fellow Floridians, this should be encouraging news.  Alaska is colder, receives more cloud coverage, and has near the same precipitation as Florida, and yet, SOLAR WORKS!  Florida is known as the “Sunshine State,” and it’s time to live up to that title, Floridians.  Alaska may be cold, but Alaskans are warming up to solar at an amazing rate, with the workforce and installations at an all-time high.  Let’s go Floridians, let’s outshine Alaska!





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