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[…]

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[…]

UPDATE – Scammers packaging solar with Energy Efficiency (GEE)

Hopefully you are familiar with this scam by now.  If not, the background story is here.  You are solicited by phone or at your door to take advantage of a “government program” that pays for solar and energy improvements for your home.  It sounds good and you want to take advantage of this free money from Read more about UPDATE – Scammers packaging solar with Energy Efficiency (GEE)[…]

Solar leads shale boom as fastest-growing US power source

Great article today from the Baton Rouge Business Report… https://www.businessreport.com/article/solar-eclipses-shale-boom-fastest-growing-us-power-source ___________________________________________________ Solar eclipses shale boom as fastest-growing US power source Daily Report Staff May 27, 2015 Move over shale. Bloomberg reports the sun is now the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity. Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Read more about Solar leads shale boom as fastest-growing US power source[…]

“Taxpayer Protection Alliance” against solar – Shaw responds

This morning I was asked to respond to the claim solar tax credits are a bad thing for our state and our country. Bill Profita (Talk 107.3 FM) invited me to respond to the comments by David Williams, the President of the “Taxpayer Protection Alliance” out of Washington, DC. His focus is on government waste, Read more about “Taxpayer Protection Alliance” against solar – Shaw responds[…]

Louisiana’s Limit on Local Power

Louisiana’s Limit on Local Power is going to kill our future of renewable energy.  Louisiana has gone from the solar envy of other states with our “best in the nation” 50% refundable solar tax credit to the “nearly worst in the nation” .5% Net Metering Cap.  A Net Metering Cap means that if you take all of Read more about Louisiana’s Limit on Local Power[…]

Problems with PACE Financing

Problems with PACE Financing Background: PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) was a copycat bill from a Berkley, California program that’s intention was to open up additional financing options for solar power systems in Louisiana. In 2009, our legislature agreed to allow individual cities/parishes to form financing districts to permit PACE programs. PACE ran into an Read more about Problems with PACE Financing[…]