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[…]

When special interest groups try to help (1 of 2)

  When special interest groups try to help… they’re typically trying to help themselves.  In the case of solar, when special interest groups try to help, they end up hurting the entire industry more often than not.  It’s because they’re only thinking of themselves. Take for example the first occasion in 2008.  The law I Read more about When special interest groups try to help (1 of 2)[…]

Beware – Scammers Packaging Solar With Energy Efficiency

  I will be the first to recommend combining energy efficiency with solar to lower your electric bill.  However there is a difference between the two.  Solar comes with hefty tax credits (currently 80%) to lower the initial cost.  Energy efficiency improvements do not receive a tax credit. If a company offers to combine these Read more about Beware – Scammers Packaging Solar With Energy Efficiency[…]

Do-It-Yourself Solar in Louisiana – Dangerous and Costly?

This article is the second in a series of do-it-yourself nightmare stories that I share with you to help you consider the other side of home solar installation.  If you haven’t read “part 1”, I recommend you do it first.  It can be found HERE. When technically intelligent homeowners consider solar they typically browse the Read more about Do-It-Yourself Solar in Louisiana – Dangerous and Costly?[…]

They Put it Where? (part 2)

Continued from – Inexperienced “Solar Installers” Have No Clue! (part 1) After a few years of experience every installer should know better, however it is becoming apparent that some installers are missing basic design concepts.  Systems must be designed and installed properly in order for them to last and produce the power they are supposed to.  The following images were found on actual Read more about They Put it Where? (part 2)[…]

Solar Shingles in Louisiana – You Decide

Solar Shingles have always been the buzz among the “solar curious” crowd.  Just say the word in a crowded room and watch it go silent and then someone says, “did you say solar shingles?’.  When someone hears you are a solar installer they will typically ask if you ever heard of solar shingles. Everybody has heard of them but Read more about Solar Shingles in Louisiana – You Decide[…]

Do-It-Yourself Solar in Louisiana – Maybe Not

We get inquiries for solar installation where the customer wants to install the solar power system themselves because they “want to save money”, or “like to work with their hands” or “have a technical background”.  I would like to share with you my response to this: “Hi Eager, Thrifty, Hands-on type of person, Thanks for Read more about Do-It-Yourself Solar in Louisiana – Maybe Not[…]

Solar Air Conditioning in Louisiana – Maybe Not

If ever there was someone that wanted Solar Air Conditioning in Louisiana it is me.  I have been following the subject for 15 years and must report I still don’t have it.  The problem is “solar air conditioning is still in the “experimental” stages.  While I have followed every technology development, it’s still not there.  If you are in Read more about Solar Air Conditioning in Louisiana – Maybe Not[…]

Mail Order Solar Kits – Half the Price – Half the Story

Occasionally we get inquiries for solar installation where the customer has a “little” knowledge (I use that term loosely) on solar equipment, and not much else.  For this example I’ll call the customer “Nat”.  Nat contacted us for a price for solar installed on her home.  After a look at her roof and utility usage Read more about Mail Order Solar Kits – Half the Price – Half the Story[…]

Our Solar Code of Ethics

Why is it important for a solar company to follow a National Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct?  Professional standards are the norm in respected professions like medical, law, accounting, architecture, etc.  Not only do these professions require education, certification and continuing education, they require the following of a Code of Ethics. NABCEP (North American Board Read more about Our Solar Code of Ethics[…]

DHH and Solar Hot Water

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and their PROHIBITED solar water heaters? When the first DHH “Letter of Intent” came out in 2010 it almost completely eliminated the sale and installation of Solar Thermal water heaters in the state of Louisiana.  The restrictions were so bad that people actually stopped installing them.  This Read more about DHH and Solar Hot Water[…]

LPSC and the Net Metering Cap

November 25, 2015 – Entergy joins the 3 little Co-ops in “claiming” they have reached a 0.5% threshold, now referred to as the “cap” on Net Metering and is cutting it off on 1/1/2016.  Read more here: http://www.gulfsouthsolar.com/entergy-ends-net-metering-in-la/   For more background read here:  Another Wasted Solar Day.  My recap of an LPSC (Louisiana Public Read more about LPSC and the Net Metering Cap[…]