“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[…]

When special interest groups try to help (2 of 2)

  (Read part 1 of 2 here) Soon after the word got out in 2008 about our “best in the nation” solar tax credit, people began opening solar companies in the state.  After a few companies popped up, an individual without a solar company, solar training, or even solar on their house, wanted to start his own solar group.  Read more about When special interest groups try to help (2 of 2)[…]

The Future of Net Metering in Louisiana

The future of net metering in Louisiana has been in turmoil now for two years.  Unfortunately for solar, a couple of our Public Service Commissioners decided that our 0.5% net metering threshold (a point to review how its working), became a hard cap.  It doesn’t matter that it is unreasonable.  California is where we look for the future Read more about The Future of Net Metering in Louisiana[…]

Review: Efficient Solar is Not What You Want

Do you want efficient solar?  It’s the energy yield, not the efficiency, that matters the most.  Often newbies, shopping for solar, don’t have much to compare one solar module to another so they look at “watts” and “efficiency”.  Unfortunately it’s not that easy.  Efficiency is only the watts divided by the square feet.  I am Read more about Review: Efficient Solar is Not What You Want[…]

Minnesota grid can handle up to 40% renewables – why can’t LA?

12/3/14 – Minnesota grid can handle up to 40% renewables so why can Louisiana only take 0.5% (one half of one percent).  Is their wire better than ours or is it something else? Read about it here: http://www.solarindustrymag.com/print.php?plugin:content.14828   ISO Study Finds Minnesota Can Accommodate Up To 40% Renewables PenetrationSI Staff, Wednesday 26 November 2014 – 11:31:39 Read more about Minnesota grid can handle up to 40% renewables – why can’t LA?[…]

Tornado hits solar powered home

Monroe, LA A reported tornado touched down in Monroe Monday creating widespread damage.  One of the homes struck was a customer of ours with a 6.76 kw SolarWorld solar power system that we sold them last year.  Even though 100 year old oaks were uprooted in their yard and the roof damaged, the SolarWorld panels, along with the Read more about Tornado hits solar powered home[…]

Historical Lincoln Theater Now Has Solar

Baton Rouge, LA – The historical Lincoln Theater now has solar power with an off-grid, completely self-contained solar power system to run it’s new air circulation system.  The theater, owned now by the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame, is undergoing renovations in stages.  Gulf South Solar was selected to design and install a solar power system Read more about Historical Lincoln Theater Now Has Solar[…]