Battery-Based Energy Storage Emerges As An Enabling Technology For Solar

solar storage

Today, all eyes are on the potential for solar paired with storage. The combination is seen as the golden ticket to mass-market adoption, enabling customers to use electricity generated by renewables even when the sun isn't shining.

Virtual Net Metering

By Nora Caley

Virtual net metering has not only made solar power available to more consumers, it has also created opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop new business models.

With virtual net metering, electricity customers can gain the benefits of net metering from solar panels that are not on their own property, such as in community or shared solar projects. Community solar experts say the solar-for-all concept is an important driver in solar development and in the development of related entrepreneurial businesses.

Solar Homes are lean, green, and seen

Everyone needs a little push now and again. Sometimes, we push ourselves because we see a need. Other times, we get a little nudge that compels us to change how we do things. Such is the case for building solar-ready communities to satisfy not only the requirements of local municipalities, but also the home buyers who demand them.

Hybrid Developers Seek A Winning Combination

The promise to combine renewables, conventional sources and storage is attracting innovators from many markets.

A number of factors have created more favorable conditions for hybrid energy. Changing economics for renewables and fossil fuels alike, as well as the increasing application and development of energy storage, have provided a major boost to hybrid energy.

Wind And Solar Lead New U.S. Renewable Energy Generating Capacity

Wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower combined provided more than 75% of the 1.2 GW of new U.S. electrical generating capacity placed into service during the first quarter, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) office of energy projects.

Solar in Duchesne County

Grid electrical utility in Duchesne County is provided by Moon Electric.  The power goes out on a regular basis.  The utility is a co-op with hundreds of millions in assets.  Local residents can spend $2400 a year or $144,000.00 in electric bills over a lifetime.  That's if the price of power does not increase. 

Celestial Hosting

Over the years I have tried several different web hosts.  Some hosts do not allow root access.  I have complete control of my site with my own control panel for creating email addresses, adding applications which are free and a couple hundred to choose from.  Needless to say, I am very happy.  I just wanted to give them a plug.

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Open Grid vs Government controlled monopolies

The premise is simple.  People with brains prefer open source software because unlike monopolistic Operating Systems from Microsoft and Apple have back doors for government to enter and steal without a warrant.  Open Source offers the source code for the entire world to see and help build and protect, and is therefore safe since any back door would be obvious to a trained programmer.  What country in the world is stupid enough to buy U.S. software with back doors for the government to spy and manipulate at will? 

Solar Installations in Utah's Uintah Basin

DIY or "Do It Yourself" solar has arrived in the Uintah Basin.  Uintah County is actually the most conservative county in Utah.  So why waste thousands of dollars paying someone that spent over an hour getting certified, when you can do it yourself?  

Uintah and Duchesne counties are prime for DIY solar installation.  Local utilities have frequent outages and solar prices are lower than they have ever been.  The Ute and Ouray Nations have the opportunity to become energy independent.  All citizens can begin saving money immediately, by going solar.

Solar Panels in Fruitland, Utah

When Richard White, of Fruitland, Utah bought a ranchette to get away from the city, he bought a small cabin to go with it.  Living off-grid was an adventure, but he didn't want to have to go down to the Big G convenience mart to watch the Super Bowl.  There was actually a local guy with a sign advertising solar panels right in Fruitland, but the prices were about $100 higher for each panel than at Witch Well Energy in Duchesne.

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