Category Archives: Solar Energy

GACC/NREL Energy Event Underscores Benefit of Collaboration

Colorado's end-use energy portfolio.

While key approaches and perspectives between advanced energy leaders from German-speaking countries and the US may have varied—and offered learning opportunities as a result—the main take-away from the GACCCO-NREL Advanced Energy Symposium was unified and clear: collaboration is essential. Continue reading

Posted in Business Energy Use, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Consumer Energy Use, Energy, Energy Policy, Federal Energy Policy, Leadership, Local Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, State Energy Policy, Strategic Planning | Comments Off on GACC/NREL Energy Event Underscores Benefit of Collaboration

Utility Collaboration with Regulators: the End of Federal Energy Policy? Not Quite

2991023178_475bfb499f_z

On August 29, 2017, the Denver Business Journal reported that Xcel Energy and a coalition of interested parties announced a plan to shut down 660 MW of coal-fired generation 10 years ahead of schedule. It’s not the first time this … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture Energy Use, Business Energy Use, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Communciations Management, Consumer Energy Use, Energy, Energy Policy, Federal Energy Policy, Leadership, Local Energy Policy, Messaging, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Energy, State Energy Policy, Storage, Strategic Planning, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Utility Collaboration with Regulators: the End of Federal Energy Policy? Not Quite

ANTARES Report Published on Colorado Energy Office Website

Earlier in 2016, ANTARES Group published the Colorado Customer-Sited Baseline Study for the Colorado Energy Office. Energy Intersections was honored to be a part of this effort, which established a baseline of distributed energy systems across Colorado and describes important methodologies for gathering, maintaining, describing, and disseminating data about these systems. Continue reading

Posted in Clean Energy, Consumer Energy Use, Energy, Energy Policy, Leadership, Local Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Energy, State Energy Policy, Storage, Strategic Planning | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on ANTARES Report Published on Colorado Energy Office Website

Notes from 2016 SPC: We ALL to Stand Together, Because there is No “Side”

If there is anything that I learned from the 2016 Solar Power Colorado’s brilliant speakers, it is that we must learn to stand together as energy professionals. Because, in the end, there are no sides. Continue reading

Posted in Business Energy Use, Business Management, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Consumer Energy Use, Energy Policy, Gender, Leadership, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Solar Energy, Solar Energy, Storage, Strategic Planning | Comments Off on Notes from 2016 SPC: We ALL to Stand Together, Because there is No “Side”

Efficiency, Renewables, and Storage: The New Triple Bottom Line

Today, I attended an informative webinar on the combination of solar and storage, hosted by Renewable Energy World and presented by a team from DNV GL. The presentation clearly outlined the broad range of ways in which renewables (in this … Continue reading

Posted in Business Energy Use, Clean Energy, Consumer Energy Use, Energy, Energy Policy, Federal Energy Policy, Leadership, Local Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Solar Energy, Solar Energy, State Energy Policy, Storage, Strategic Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Efficiency, Renewables, and Storage: The New Triple Bottom Line

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

Posted in Clean Energy, Consumer Energy Use, Energy, Energy Policy, Local Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Energy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Performance-Based Incentives: The New Face of Residential Solar

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

Posted in Clean Energy, Consumer Energy Use, Energy, Federal Energy Policy, Local Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, State Energy Policy | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on What Paybacks and Costs are CO PV Consumers Really Facing?