Category Archives: Renewable Energy

Performance-Based Incentives: The New Face of Residential Solar

In March of 2011, the Xcel Energy incentives for residential solar PV buyers, shifting from an up-front incentive (UFI) to a performance-based incentive (PBI) that pays the owner based on how much electricity is actually produced. There are a variety of reasons for that change, not the least of which was cash flow concerns for Xcel. So, what does that mean for the residential PV buyer? The answer depends on when you buy and how much you pay… as well as how much Xcel charges for electricity in the future. Continue reading

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Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap Launches

The Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap launched today. With a model for steady and impressive growth in installed capacity, revenues and jobs over the next 40 years, its worth checking out this document. Clearly, solar thermal deserves a place in Colorado’s energy portfolio, with our world class solar thermal performance. Look to see what could be coming our way. Continue reading

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What Paybacks and Costs are CO PV Consumers Really Facing?

Changes to Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards program earlier this year left many consumers and installers wondering whether residential solar installations still made sense in Colorado. While the final installation cost per Watt of system has increased slightly due to these changes, market factors and the new incentive structure still make solar PV a sound investment for some consumers. And, new options are opening access to solar generation to a wider market of customers. Continue reading

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If You Say It, Will They Come?

Vice President Biden made the case for the Obama administration that the U.S. will lead the clean energy charge—again. If the administration says it enough times, will it come true? Sure! George Bush did the same the with the economy in 2000, and it worked. Only this time, the strategy is founded on something much, much more real. Continue reading

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Smart Grid and Information Management (post 2)

Grid Week is this week. One of the big conferences for all things about the grid. Smart grid is a big topic this year with every company that is in the $22 billion market sponsoring the conference this year. Most … Continue reading

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The Smart Grid and Information Management

The “Smart Grid” is a much needed upgrade to the electricity grid. In the US, this upgrade has become a multi-billion dollar space that many companies are jumping into with both feet, both old (like Schneider electric, Cisco, IBM to … Continue reading

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The Branding of Peace and Respect (with a thank you, Mind Over Markets)

As Carolyn Parrs of of Mind Over Markets points out, the solar industry needs to get real in its messaging. But, truth be told, all sustainability spaces need to get real and tough in their messaging. Which means disproving the ultimate American myth: that peace, justice, and respect are for wimps. Continue reading

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Renewable energy everywhere!

Money for Colorado in renewable energy at CRES. Money for PAETEC in renewables at CORE. Continue reading

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