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2 January

Words of Wisdom/Reminder From Our Value of Solar Friend, Karl Rabago

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Solar Panel (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Here are some words of wisdom/reminder from our Value of Solar friend, Karl Rabago, below:

I don’t want to be negative about a story that is basically positive about rooftop solar. So I won’t. The story would be better if the author had addressed a couple of key points: (1) Rooftop solar customers are generally not engaged in sales of solar power. There is a way to do that, and it involves forming a business, calculating depreciation, etc. Most rooftop solar customers generate primarily for their own use. They are merely offsetting their consumption with generation. An important difference for a number of tax-related reasons. (2) Second, not all electricity is worth the same amount. The excess electricity that solar customers generate when the sun is shining is typically the most valuable electricity of the day and year. They are helping the utility and other customers meet need at the most expensive time of day, and get a credit back at night when electricity is worth a lot less. (3) Rooftop solar is not really about competition with the monopoly. That is a bit of an oxymoron. It is about something more exciting – a form of collaborative consumption. The hype term is that the customer has become a “prosumer” – a producing consumer. That is even more exciting, and challenging, because it positions customers in a place of self-empowerment (forgive the pun). (4) Delay (like in GA) might reduce risk of errors, but it is still delay. And bad things are happening while we slow down solar. There is no reason to delay solar anymore with regulator caution and monopoly maneuvering. (5) Georgia made a significant shift when the utility and the regulators began to realize that the Value of Solar is greater than the value of traditional combustion-based power. The legislature was in the lead in California on this point – they created strong incentives to help this critical technology succeed. (6) Many utilities, including Southern Company’s Georgia Power are still trying to hobble solar market growth. The utility industry has a strong bias to owning all the solar, so they can profit by it. Following that path would surely limit the amazing potential of distributed energy resources of all kinds. The GA Public Service Commission still has a lot of work to do.

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7 February

President & CEO of SEPA, Julia Hamm, Shed Some Light For Our Solar Future

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Today I want to share an interview with you, of Julia Hamm, President and CEO of SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association), at Pennsylvania Convention Center of Phildadelphia, PA, on Thursday, February 7, 2013, below:

During the interview, President Hamm re-emphasized the importance of collaboration between utility companies and consumers during this time of transition. She’s been with SEPA since 1992 when the organization was Utility Photovoltaic Group (renamed as SEPA in 2000), left and rejoined the organization in 2004. The focus of SEPA has been to help the traditional utility sector to integrate more solar into their energy portfolio through education, research, programs and projects that enable better understanding and learning of mutual experience from various utility companies. The emphasis is in creating a bridge between the utility companies and solar industry. SEPA has been instrumental in bringing various US utility companies abroad, since 2008, to learn how utility companies have been able to adapt to greater solar penetration in other countries such as Germany, Spain, Japan, and Italy. SEPA and SEIA co-own SPI (Solar Power International, ) and recently SPI formed an alliance with Solar Expo show (SES, May 8-10, 2013 in Milan, Italy) and Shanghai New Energy Conference (SNEC PV Power Expo, May 14-16, 2013, Shanghai, China). These three largest solar trade shows (SPI, SES, SNEC) in the world come together to form the Global Solar Alliance and will be hosting the Global Solar Summit in the coming Spring in Milan, Italy, to provide better exchange of information and communications among utility companies internationally.

Julia Hamm foresees continued growth of solar industry and greater use/adoption of solar by consumers;this will translate into need for future change in regulatory structures in order to fulfill the need of consumers and utility companies. Such change in regulatory structure will be occurring on state by state basis. With distributed PV (and other sources) quickly being adopted by consumers, utility companies now realize the need for changing the nature of the grid. Time and collaboration are the keys. It would appear that better chance of success in bringing about any regulatory improvement/changes that will benefit both consumers and utility companies is through collaboration.  So, it’s time for all parties involved to sit down at the round table and work out the details collaboratively, for our mutual benefit.
~have a bright and sunny day~
Gathered, interviewed, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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