LA Solar: The Blog

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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[…]

Update on the 2015 Solar Tax Credit Changes

Updated 10/22/15 It is official.  (Signed by the governor on 6/19/15) (originally posted here 6/17/15) 1. HB779 is law – The systems installed after 7/1/15 may get a maximum $10k tax credit (down from $12,500).  “May” is because of #2. 2. The annual tax credit is capped at $10 million per fiscal year for systems sold that calendar year.  There is Read more about Update on the 2015 Solar Tax Credit Changes[…]

The Louisiana Solar Tour 2015

The Louisiana Solar Tour 2015 By Jeff Shaw Everyone that took the Louisiana Solar Tour 2015 seemed to love it.  Our Louisiana Solar Energy Society (LSES) tour was held in conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour.  This makes 15th year that Louisiana homes have been open for the “solar curious” and “solar wanna-be’s” to connect Read more about The Louisiana Solar Tour 2015[…]

How the State Tax Credit Ruined Solar in Louisiana

In 2008, the 50% state tax credit kick-started the solar industry in Louisiana. It made solar affordable for the average Joe and changed the way people thought about investing in solar energy. Before 2008, there were many people investing in solar for the RIGHT reasons; environmental, sustainability, battery backup for emergencies, rising cost of electricity, peace Read more about How the State Tax Credit Ruined Solar in Louisiana[…]

The Buzz is now Battery Storage

The Buzz is now Battery Storage It’s great to hear that the Buzz is now Battery Storage… especially since we’ve been doing it for 13 years!  I’ve always offered the latest storage technology for cutting edge customers, that includes tried and proven equipment.  I have personally beta tested and operated on my own home much of what Read more about The Buzz is now Battery Storage[…]

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[…]

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)[…]

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[…]