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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

Context

While the current President is threatening to slap tariffs on friend and foe alike, and crafting a bail out plan for the coal and nuclear industry at the expense of now cheaper renewables, Staten Solar believes it may be helpful to point out the following: Over the last year, France, the UK, China, Ireland, Scotland, [...]

By |2018-06-07T04:04:12+00:00June 6th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Tropics Calling

Nothing spells well earned like permanent digs in Kauai.  Goodbye Silicon Valley stress, adieu solar rollercoaster frights, ciao daily meetings, auf wiedersehen waiting lines and excitable drivers.   But only for the worthy. For those who can plan and execute flawlessly.   Like Manish Gupta did, starting more than 3 years ago and whose exit [...]

By |2018-06-06T10:05:50+00:00June 6th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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