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Reality of Trade Wars

The tariffs imposed by Trump are upsetting the economic equilibrium and, combined with the Iran oil banking sanctions, could triggger a recession. Beijing, June 24 (AFP) Jun 24, 2018 China's central bank announced last Sunday it would reduce the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for most banks by 50 basis points to free up funding for [...]

By |2018-06-27T17:33:00+00:00June 27th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Timing is everything

The economics of solar conversion are driven by government incentives. While the price of modules keeps dropping and reaching parity with grid electricity so that incentives will not matter much longer, the fact is that conversion is still subsidized, and that we can calculate exactly how much less a US system will save today as [...]

By |2018-06-27T14:43:24+00:00June 27th, 2018|News/Stories|0 Comments

Meanwhile in India

With 1.3 billion people, India is the world’s third largest consumer of electricity.  450 million ceiling fans are running and 40 million sold each year.  Indians use 8x as much electricity as they did fifty years ago. Demand for power is growing at the same rate as in France and Germany. Source: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/immersive-story/2017/06/29/solar-powers-india-s-clean-energy-revolution India has [...]

By |2018-06-20T23:50:44+00:00June 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Pure, clean Win!

Yesterday, the South Lake Tahoe city council voted unanimously to award its first solar project to Staten Solar: its airport. This vote of confidence is the result of months of patient attention, personal dedication, and sunny determination by Staten’s rainmaker, Scott Dubois. The man does not sell, he builds trust and helps his clients reach [...]

By |2018-06-21T21:53:55+00:00June 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Cost of Waiting

It increases over time, not the other way around. Take the case of a mid-sized California business in the Bay area, with revenues of $55MM, paying PG&E $550,000 a year in electricity, 1 percent of sales, for 3MW of power, or 18.3 cents a kWh in 2017.  Not unusual for this size customer in PGE [...]

By |2018-06-20T18:12:04+00:00June 20th, 2018|News/Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

US Solar Weathers Tariff Squall

In its just released “US Solar Market Insights” report, SEIA and GTM show that solar grew 13% year over year, but registered a 37% quarter over quarter decrease (last quarter was the largest ever), and that 55% of all new generating capacity added last quarter came from solar, the second quarter solar registered the largest [...]

By |2018-06-13T11:17:56+00:00June 13th, 2018|News/Stories|0 Comments

Sweet Mess

“Miss Protectionist Policy, please meet our friend Mr. Market Forces, you two should make an entertaining couple.” Average commercial module prices in the US at end of 2017 were $0.45 per watt, decreasing 5-6% per year. Source: https://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-market-insight-report-2017-q4 Tariffs on solar modules announced by the Trump administration in January went into effect Feb 7.  They [...]

By |2018-06-13T11:32:25+00:00June 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The Gems

  The success of an organization is based on the quality of women it attracts and retains.  Everything else is posturing. This is most obvious in the solar industry where failures are frequent and where bankruptcies consistently reflect the poor management style and hubris of men with more ego than good sense… The first and [...]

By |2018-06-13T10:30:52+00:00June 13th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Connecting the clean energy dots

Solar is getting smarter. The grid is structured on old business models which cannot deliver low cost electricity on the west coast. Entrenched interests prevent regulatory upgrades. The market is chipping away at the status quo. Battery software defines storage quality; better inverters synchronize production, usage and storage for their client while enabling the [...]

By |2018-06-06T11:13:45+00:00June 6th, 2018|News/Stories|0 Comments