India Leading US in Renewable Energy Investments
Our planet has suffered noticeable changes due to climate change. Temperatures and sea levels have risen, glaciers have shrunk, and precipitation patterns have changed as well. So what is the United States doing to combat this life threatening problem? The simple answer is – not nearly enough. While the U.S has taken measures in the right […]
Being smart with Solar
Last week we asked: “Should consumers stay away from solar energy altogether???? No. Remember that third option I mentioned? Well, experts at 1 Solar recommend finding ways to simply own the system. Just like any other ownership, there are multiple ways to finance it. The cash option If you pay cash for your system, the […]
Zero risk, all reward?
We’ve already discussed how the company gives the illusion of taking all risk off the customer’s hands. But, how do they benefit? The company charges the consumer in either the PPA or the lease model, and payments can range from 10 to 15 percent of the total system cost per year. In turn, they recover […]
Leasing and PPA
Pulling back the curtains on Solar Ownership options Ray Kroc, the genius behind McDonald’s, once told a class of graduates that he was not in the restaurant business at all; he was in the real estate business. Many believe this is what led to McDonald’s enormous success – understanding the nuances behind their business. With […]
Is Solar a Wise Investment for Businesses?
Is Solar a wise investment for businesses and how does that impact utilities? Would you pay an $87 Million exit fee to leave the grid? If you are like most customers you probably didn’t even know that in some states you might have to pay a fee to get completely off the grid. MGM recently […]
Buying Solar in Texas: Leasing vs. Purchasing
When it comes to putting solar panels on your home, you’re going to encounter some big decisions. Where is the best location? Should you pay to have the solar PV panels installed or do it yourself? How do you maintain them? But one of the biggest decisions you’ll face is whether to purchase the panels […]
Solar Power vs. Coal Power
Solar power is gaining ground all over the country. Between 2012 and 2013, the total megawatt hours of electricity derived from the photovoltaic cell (PV cells) in the U.S. doubled from 3.5 million to 8.3 million. Ten years ago, we produce a measly 6,000 MWh. Solar power is definitely booming. What does that mean for […]
Whitehouse is committed to clean, renewable energy
The Whitehouse blog recently published a lengthy blog post underlining the government’s commitment to renewable energy. The post follows a summit in San Francisco at which 23 countries were represented. As most people will know, a small percentage of the world’s countries is responsible for most of the world’s carbon emissions, and the 23 countries […]
Solar energy in Texas: not just for the well-off
A decade ago, solar energy was the province of those who could afford the installation costs – but installation and component costs have fallen – and now California is saying that solar energy is the solution which will provide savings for low-income households. Does this also apply to solar energy in Texas? Interestingly, instead of […]
Massachusetts schools go solar, will solar energy in Frisco schools be next?
Arlington schools are teaching kids about renewable energy and sustainable by putting their money where their mouth is. Soon, solar energy in Frisco will hopefully be seen in schools too. Six Arlington schools have gone solar, but it’s not only the educational opportunity that got them started – they’re also paying a lot less for […]