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)[…]

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[…]

Net Metering killed – It’s All About Control

Net Metering killed – It’s All About Control The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) is going to authorize $107,760 for a one time “study” to changing the rules of Net Metering. (We’re calling this Net Metering 2.0)  This dollar amount would buy 1,197,333 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity at $.09/kwh. That’s almost 1.2 Megawatts!  (I don’t know about you Read more about Net Metering killed – It’s All About Control[…]

Can DEMCO Legally Steal Solar?

Can DEMCO Legally Steal Solar? Can DEMCO Legally Steal Solar?  This is the question many people are asking.  Any DEMCO homeowners that installed solar after July 13, 2015 have been told that they will no longer get true “net” metering.  (NET metering by law is where you are charged for the NET difference between what you Read more about Can DEMCO Legally Steal Solar?[…]

Entergy Ends Net Metering in LA

They’ve Done it Now – Entergy Ends Net Metering in LA by Jeff Shaw  11/25/15 As quietly as possible, in a 1:30 PM afternoon email on the day before Thanksgiving, Entergy announces that they will no longer give full credit for solar power returned to them from solar customers.  The change takes place on January 1, Read more about Entergy Ends Net Metering in LA[…]

Outback Power Introduces Skybox

OutBack Power Introduces Skybox Advanced Energy Management and Storage Platform for Residential, Light Commercial Applications OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced renewable energy systems and products, announced Skybox, a true hybrid energy management and storage platform, scheduled to debut in January 2016. Skybox unlocks the potential of the next generation of Read more about Outback Power Introduces Skybox[…]