LA Solar: The Blog

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GoodBye SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association)

(Originally published on 2/14/2014 – ALMOST FOUR YEARS AGO – Now listen to the spin today (1/22/18) that Trump is going to kill the solar industry! – Who do you think is promoting this nonsense? – Chinese cell manufacturers!) I was SEIA’s first, and for a long time, only Louisiana member.  We know who to support Read more about GoodBye SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association)[…]

Solar Lease Targeting Low Income and Minority Consumers

Solar Lease Targeting Low Income and Minority Consumers (Originally published on August 26, 2014.  Republishing in response to the article today about Posigen) Solar – specifically “leased solar” has exploded in a number of low income, predominately minority neighborhoods in Louisiana.  In Baton Rouge, it is the North Baton Rouge and Scotlandville areas.  In New Orleans, it Read more about Solar Lease Targeting Low Income and Minority Consumers[…]

The History of Solar in Louisiana

The History of Solar in Louisiana The history of solar in Louisiana is very colorful one, and I look forward to telling it one day in detail.  It involves politicians, criminals, get-rich-quick schemes, and even some great people!  For now, I’ll just outline the milestones in timeline format so you can see the bigger picture of Read more about The History of Solar in Louisiana[…]

Louisiana Solar Tax Credits 2016

From the Associated Press: No more: Louisiana’s Department of Revenue says homeowners have applied for more solar energy tax credits this year than the three-year program can cover. The Associated Press reports the 2015 Legislature passed the program, with limits of $10 million for each of the first two years and a $5 million cap for Read more about Louisiana Solar Tax Credits 2016[…]

SolarWorld and Gulf South Solar bring power to Respire Haiti

SolarWorld and Gulf South Solar bring power to Respire Haiti The Beginning One 45 minute visit to the rural community of Gressier, Haiti changed 24 year old Megan Boudreaux’s life forever. From that one trip alone, she witnessed the hardships of the children living in Gressier, and how the local restavek tradition of using orphaned Read more about SolarWorld and Gulf South Solar bring power to Respire Haiti[…]

Hey Utilities… Light it or fight it?

If you wonder why solar in Louisiana is losing the net metering battle to utilities, the reason is lobbying.  You can have all your feel-good activist show up in matching t-shirts, or Facebook campaign for an email blitz to the PSC, but unfortunately your efforts are futile.  Lobbying (money) wins every time. In a recent study by the Investor Read more about Hey Utilities… Light it or fight it?[…]

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

For those of you who remember the Wizard of Oz, you certainly remember the line “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”.  This is what the Great and Powerful Wizard kept saying when the curtain was pulled back exposing the man pulling the levers.  Very short 45 second refresher clip:    http://youtu.be/ubIpoPjBUds In case you didn’t know, Read more about Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain![…]

Look to California for the Green Future

Look to California for the Green Future Many years ago (14 as of this writing), I converted my hobby of solar power into my business.  My team has been able to get hundreds of people powered with solar as a result.  When I looked to California for guidance, I realized they had “net-metering” and we didn’t. I immediately wrote legislation in 2003 so that Louisiana could head towards a green Read more about Look to California for the Green Future[…]

Solar for Respire Haiti, Part 2 – The Installation

Solar for Respire Haiti, Part 2 – The Installation (For Part 1 click here) As we prepared to fly down to Haiti in October 2015, we checked our tools and tried to think of every part we could possibly need for our solar power installation. There would be no second chances or supply houses nearby. The last thing to confirm Read more about Solar for Respire Haiti, Part 2 – The Installation[…]

The Systematic Shutdown of Solar

The systematic shutdown of solar is being coordinated ACROSS THE NATION by state Public Service Commissions.  We here in Louisiana think we are being singled out by a vindictive commissioner that drummed up support from a couple of his partners.  Actually, this is part of a much bigger national assault being coordinated by the well-funded utilities.   Here is Read more about The Systematic Shutdown of Solar[…]