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4 August

Prelude To President Obama’s 50th Birthday Present-Grass Root Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program Petition

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Dear Friends, Readers, and Fellow Fans of Sunshine,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

I’d like to share with you one of my correspondences today:

to info@barackobama.com,
Energy <Energy@eog.myflorida.com>
date Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Greetings, Director Bird,

I would like to celebrate President Obama’s birthday with all of his supporters, but my 79/80 year old mother is having health problem this week and I am watching her carefully today. I will try to make it to the celebration if her condition improves more. But if I will not be able to make it to the celebration, then I would like to present my birthday present for President Obama here, with all of your help, my/our effort in trying to start a grass root movement (support for the the Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program) in the form of petition campaign that would help to address the question of job creation and economic prosperity for the state of Florida and many communities of USA if we would implement Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program. I have started a web site, http://sunisthefuture.net , to promote better understanding of renewable/solar energy and to educate general public and hopefully to drum up sufficient attention and support for Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program in order for FIT/CLEAN Program to be introduced as a separate Senate Bill for state of Florida. I will be setting up the petition page later today (I am targeting before midnight of  Aug. 4, President Obama’s birthday), but in the mean time, I would like to invite all of you to view articles and listen to all the video clips at http://sunisthefuture.net . Go to the search box at right side of the Homepage and type in:
Feed-In-Tariff
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Cars of the Future
Solar Hot Water Heater
Solar Shingle
Incentive For Solar
Why Should We Power The World With Wind-Water-Sunlight Quickly
Peak Oil
Why Solar
What Is Solar Cell
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Please pay special attention to discussions on Feed-In-Tariff because I believe this incentive program will be able to help create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Florida and USA, boost our economy, and move us toward the Renewable/Wind-Water-Solar Energy Age. I have seen first hand how much hope and enthusiasm this program had generated for many other countries. Please publicize this program and the site http://sunisthefuture.net so we can get the petition campaign started. I thank you for your attention and time. Please tell as many of the supporters about http://sunisthefuture.net as possible. I was told that I would need more than 700,000 Floridians’ signatures. We need to get started ASAP.

Respectfully,
Susan Sun Nunamaker
sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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8 July

Incentive For Solar (16)-Feed-In-Tariff, Canadian Friend Maury Markowitz’s Advice for Americans/Floridians

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Dear Friends, Family, and Interested Solar Fans,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

During Fall of 2010, I was visiting my friend Julia in Canada and decided to try to learn from the Canadians about their experience with Feed-In-Tariff.   Ontario, Canada (or course), introduced a feed-in-tariff in 2006, and revised in 2009, which increases from 42 c/kWh to 80.2 c/kWh for micro-scale (<= 10 kW) grid-tied photovoltaic projects. Ontario’s FIT program also includes a tariff schedule for larger projects up to and including  10 MW solar farms at a reduced rate.As of April, 2010, several hundred projects have been approved, including 184 large scale projects, worth $8 billion all together.  It was wonderful to find out that so much  business opportunities/activities were generated for their local community as a result of the feed-in-tariff program.  I met so many enthusiastic Canadian solar entrepreneurs, fully energized by this program.  Below, you will see/hear an edited  interview with Maury Markowitz, President of InPhase Power, Inc.,  for the vivacious Maury  is not only full of wealth of information and insight, but his enthusiasm is contagious. I have also uploaded this video onto Youtube, seen below:

 

To start with, it is important to always consider the fact that any solar program, FIT or not, is in some fashion a form of redistributive taxation. Whatever premium over grid rates that the FIT program pays has to come from someone’s pocket. In Ontario, this is taken care of by  everyone’s electrical bill, which is the best way to handle this. If Maury’s calculations are correct, all of the solar power in Ontario costs  about $0.25 extra a year (yes, 25 cents). That will go up in the future as more systems come online, but if that goes to $25 a year given a huge build-out,  that is a price everyone will be willing to pay to “go green”.

Mark Pinset, Maury Markowitz, Mark Reeve-Newson at InPhase Power Inc.

Below is a correspondence/email of Maury Markowitz to me:
Just BE UP FRONT ABOUT IT! If this is hidden in a separate payment or tax benefit, it disappears under the radar. Then you’ll have the complaints about tax money slush funds and so forth, which can taint even the best of intentions.

If we’re redistributing money, it’s important to ensure that you get your money’s worth. Ontario has a very strong manufacturing sector (#3 in North America I believe) that was hurting due to downturns in existing markets and increased international competition. FIT, especially the “buy Ontario” portion, was seen as a way to return some of these jobs here. So far this has been extremely successful; there are dozens, many dozens, of companies moving manufacturing to Ontario. So this is money well spent.

Florida is another issue. The local economy has been based largely on home building over the last decade or so, and this is definitely hurting these days. However, by carefully arranging the requirements for Florida workers, some of that lost manpower can be recaptured. Whether or not this can be seen as economically positive over a fixed period (20 years in Ontario for instance) is something for the economists to figure out. One of the problems  in Ontario is that the bill that introduced FIT was part of a larger energy bill. A major part of that bill was unrelated to FIT — it was a phase-in period to bring home billing to commercial levels. Ontario always subsidized residential power, which is a serious problem for everyone  and made out consumption one of the highest in the world — why not at 4.5 cents a kWh?! So now prices are going up, and keep going up, and…So everyone blames the solar panels. You see, if you pay a FIT price of 80 cents, then it seems at first glance that that’s the reason your bill is going up. But it’s not, it’s pennies. But in every debate, even the good ones (look for The Agenda on iTunes and get their podcasts about the green energy act — trust me on this), it’s all too simple to write it off.

So the lesson here is to make the law self-contained, and self-reporting. If it fails it fails, but don’t let it fail because someone was able to blame it for problems in some other part of an omnibus bill.  Now how much should you pay in FIT? Well here’s another area where you can learn from Canadians’ lessons. Two of the most asked questions  from homeowners is “how much stuff can I run off of this” followed by “how much will I save”. Well under FIT, the answer is “none” and “zero”. That’s not what a homeowner wants to hear. If you use net metering as opposed to FIT, then you get real numbers for both of these questions. It’s an easier sell even if the numbers aren’t actually as good.  Yet for commercial users, FIT makes much more sense.  Maury could tell them immediately what they’ll make a year on their investment. If they can borrow money for less than that, sold!  So, what to do about this. HAVE TWO PROGRAMS. Instead of “residential” and “commercial”, which is what some countries were trying to do, have a  “small” and “large” programs, assuming they would fall into these categories. The idea was that small systems cost more to install (true) so we’ll give better rates, and that will help the homeowners.

This backfired badly. What happened instead is that companies started putting up small systems due to the higher payouts, flooding the department that was originally expecting a few thousand requests from residential systems. These projects were field-mounted, which costs less to install. So then the government started patching the holes this caused. First they came up with a separate rate for ground mounted, then they said you had to own the house (no rental units) and they keep making changes to patch these problems — causing more problems every time.

So here’s the takeaway — have two programs, one for residential roofmount customers up to a certain size limit (10 kW is already on the high side) and another for everyone else. The power companies already know the difference between residential and commercial customers, let them tell you which is which. Make sure the residential rate applies only to rooftop installs on “main dwellings” that are actively occupied — no letting the farmers put them in the front yard or on their barn. You get the idea.

Now it’s simply a matter of numbers. Our program was set up so owners would basically double their money over 20 years. To do that with a typical residential system given Toronto sunlight, that set the rate to about 80 cents. Tampa gets about 20% more sunlight than Toronto, so right off the bat you can cut 20% off the FIT rate, taking you down to about 65 cents if you want to pay out over 20 years like we do.

But as long as the rules on who can apply are ironclad, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND an alternative approach. Instead of a 20 year program that doubles your money, how about a 10 year one that gives you only 50% more than you invested? Wait, pay out almost half the money and kill the financials? Yes. I guarantee you that the uptake on a program like this would be MUCH higher.  Why? Because people don’t own houses for 20 years — or they don’t think they will. There’s a perceived risk that business owners don’t see. They invest in new equipment all the time, it’s strictly a matter of looking at the numbers.

Now some tech. If you’re going to make this work at the residential level, make sure they figure out the “metering issue”. What’s that? Well with net metering everything is simple, because I pay you the same rate you pay me. All I need is a single meter, and I bill you based on that number (positive or negative). But with FIT you pay and receive different rates, and a single meter doesn’t give you those two measures — you need two meters.  The simple way to solve this is to put a meter anywhere, then run the wire from that meter into a breaker in the customer’s basement. However, this leads to the possibility of errors. Imagine I generate the exact amount of energy I use. In that case, the meter on the solar panels will read something, say “100”. My main meter at the outside of the house will say “0”. So it would seem easy then — I bought 100 at one price and sold 100 at another price, done!  Not so fast. Each of those meters is accurate only to 3% (or so). So if I actually produced 3% more power and used 3% less, the numbers on the meters stay the same, but I just lost 6% of my income. This is bad. So what they did here is demand the two meters be independently metered to the grid, eliminating this problem, now it’s 3% on both, which is within limits (I know that sounds strange).  This costs us an additional $1500 an install, or more. We have to remove the customer’s existing meter, put in a double-one, rewire everything, and get it inspected. The power is off while this happens. The overhead is killer.

There are many solutions to this problem, metering ones, legal ones, billing ones. Just make sure to pick one and let the _residential_ customers use it.

Ok, I think I’m spent. 🙂  Maury

Thank you, Maury, for your input and encouragement !  I only wished that I posted this earlier.  Again, meeting with you affirmed my belief that there is hope for Florida and US in our path of learning/understanding for Feed-In-Tariff and the transition to renewable/solar energy age will be based on shared experience of all earthlings.

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8 June

Incentive For Solar (14)-Feed-In-Tariff-US-Nevada

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Dear Friends and Readers,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

As we resume our discussion on one of the most effective incentive programs for solar and/or renewable energy, Feed-In-Tariffs, I would like to steer us toward the direction of US.  Some time last month (May), I’ve received an email from the Associate Executive Director of Clean Coalition www.clean-coalition.org, Ted Ko, urging my support for the Clean Coalition effort in obtaining a Clean Program in Nevada. I would like to take this opportunity to present the SB184 Legislation Brief (SB184-Feed-In-Tariff Pilot Program for Local Clean Energy) SB184 Legislation Brief .  I would like to give a shout out especially to those of you living in (or are residents of) Nevada to get in touch with Ted Ko and/or take a look at and consider signing this letter SB184_Support_Signon_Letter.  Now, let’s spend a bit of time on the next video clip, with the help of Craig Lewis of FIT Coalition in Palo Alto, CA, to improve our understanding of the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbCV-SJs40M

 

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20 May

Incentive For Solar (12)-Feed-In-Tariffs-Spain

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If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

Due to government’s redefinition of price/rate, Feed-In-Tariffs in Taiwan may not have pleased every one (evidenced by previous post of Incentive For Solar (11), but it is not half as disastrous as what had occurred in Spain. Spain’s struggling solar sector has announced, this year, that it will sue its government over two royal decrees that will reduce tariffs retroactively.  The leading trading body ASIF and its 500 members endorsed filing the suit before the Spanish high court and the European Commission, alleging that royal decrees 156/10 and RD-L 14/10 run against Spanish and European law. The royal decree 156/10 prevents solar producers from receiving subsidized tariffs after a project’s 28th year while the royal decree RD-L 14/10 slashes the entire industry’s subsidized tariffs by 10% and 30% for existing projects until 2014.  Both bills are retroactive, discriminatory, and very damaging to the solar energy sector.  The decrees will cut payouts for ground-mounted solar energy projects by 45% this year, killing future investment in the trade and it will also see tariffs drop 5% for small rooftop installations and 25% for large ones. Definitely, this is the experience we want to avoid in the process of designing an optimal Feed-In-Tariffs program.  One of the most important factors arised from the Spanish experience is due to its non-optimal level of FIT design, copying Germany’s FIT program when Spain has almost twice as much sunshine as Germany.  Here, in the following video clip, Mark Pinto explains the supply glut of solar and Spanish experience:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY_CyMof5O0

Once again, there is much we can learn from those who have gone before us.

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19 May

Incentive For Solar (11)-Feed-In-Tariffs-Taiwan

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Greetings, My Fellow Solar Enthusiasts,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

Keep in mind that we have already established the fact that Feed-In-Tariffs (FIT) is a very powerful tool to provide incentive for growth of renewable energy industry and a great way to transition into our future of renewable energy era while stimulating local jobs, opportunities, and economic prosperity, so long as we are cautious in implementing the optimal policy, at the optimal rate and optimal pace. It is also important to be clear, upfront, and preparing for the cost of renewable energy to decline. The positive aspect of not being in the forefront of the race is that we can learn a great deal from those who have been ahead of us. In this post, we will learn a valuable lesson from Taiwan and ask ourselves if circumstance changes should the government change regulations and if there is another way for the government to anticipate the change so to avoid dissatisfaction from consumers and investors.

In June of 2009, the Taiwanese Parliament greenlighted the Renewable Energy Development Act and established Feed-In-Tariff policy that promotes solar PV energy system, requiring electric utilities to buy all the solar power available for sale at premium, government-set-prices via long-turn contracts. Government subsidizes the difference and electricity is fed into the grid. Business and home owners may be able to participate by installing solar energy systems on their roof tops. FIT is effectively encouraging investment in renewable energy by enticing investors and reducing market demand for traditional energy and fundamentally changes the future market  prices.  So late in 2010, in response to a drop in PV rates, Taiwan Bureau of Energy changed the rules, stating that the rate depends on when the project begins in operation rather than the rate when the deal/contract is signed. Since there is a discrepancy of about 30% between the rates of “when the project begins in operation” vs. the rate “when the deal is signed”, the profits would correspondingly decrease and therefore investors were very upset.  Should the government of Taiwan deny the high return that should  accompany the high risk while also discouraging renewables? Or is the government of Taiwan justified for the cost of solar energy have decreased considerably and the return on profit for investors on earlier rate would have been very high.  Taiwanese government’s argument is that investors’ profit should be reasonable and the decision also saves valuable budget funding.  What do you think?  Let’s take a look at this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ToIw7nwGOE

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8 May

Incentive For Solar (8)-Feed-In-Tariff

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Greetings, Fellow Sunshine Lovers & Supporters for Solar Energy,

Firstly, Happy Mother’s Day!

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

Sorry about the delay of this week’s postings…I tend to procrastinate when the issue seems to carry more weight in my heart…for I sincerely believe the thorough implementation of optimal Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) for solar and all other renewable energies have the potential of accelerating our transition into renewable energy era at such an incredibly tremendous pace that it will help to bring down the cost of solar technology like you won’t believe! It had both perplexed and troubled me how snail- paced Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) had been spreading/implementing within US, considering the fact that the first form of feed-in-tariff was actually implemented in US in 1978, under President Jimmy Carter’s administration, telling Americans that the energy crisis was a “clear and present danger to our nation” and drew out a plan to address it. Thirty-three years later, here we are now, in 2011, when feed-in-tariff had been enacted in more than sixty four other countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, while only about a dozen states in the United States, have implemented this fantastic policy mechanism designed to encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources and to help accelerate the move toward grid parity (grid parity is the point at which alternative means of generating electricity is at least as cheap as grid power.)

Put it simply, Feed-In-Tariff is an incentive policy that requires the power company to buy renewable energy from any one who produces it. No matter how small the producer is, the power company has to buy the renewable energy from the producer. Different tariff rates are set for different renewable energy technologies, linked to the cost of resource development in each case.  Typically, FITs include three key provisions:

  • guaranteed grid access
  • long-term contracts (often 15-25 years) for the electricity produced
  • purchase prices that are based on the cost of renewable energy generation and tend towards grid parity

The cost based prices therefore enable a diversity of projects (wind, solar, etc.) to be developed while investors can obtain a reasonable return on renewable energy investments.  This principle was first explained in Germany’s 2000 RES Act:

“The compensation rates…have been determined by means of scientific studies, subject to the provision that the rates identified should make it possible for an installation – when managed efficiently – to be operated cost-effectively, based on the use of state-of-art technology and depending on the renewable energy sources naturally available in a given geographical environment.” (RES Act 2000, Explanatory Memorandum A)

In 2008,  the European Commission concluded that well-adapted feed-in-tariff regimes are generally the most efficient and effective support schemes for promoting renewable electricity.  This conclusion is also supported by International Energy Agency, the European Federation for Renewable Energy, and Deutsche Bank.

Now I would like to share with you a video clip on discussion (of New America Foundation) of a panel of Americans who have seen and learned from the experience of other countries with Feed-In-Tariff (at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsIMR3foWuQ)

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Countries with the best policies (such as Feed-In-Tariff) tend to be able to attract more investments and ultimately leading to better local economy and job opportunities. It does appear to me, that if US would be able to implement Feed-In-Tariff effectively, there would be a better chance for US to regain its leadership position in renewable energy world.

 

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29 April

Incentive For Solar (7)-Building Integrated PV

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If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

My friends and readers, Dow Solar Shingles were not just discovered yesterday.  In the 1970’s PV (photovoltaics) applications for buildings began appearing, with aluminum-framed PV modules connected to, or mounted on buildings that were usually in remote areas without access to an electric power grid.  In the 1980’s PV module add-ons to roofs surfaced. These PV systems were usually installed on utility-grid-connected buildings in areas with centralized power stations.  In the 1990’s building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), construction products designed to be integrated into a building envelope (physical separator between the interior and exterior environments of a building) such as the roof, skylights, or facades, became commercially available. These materials are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power, although existing buildings may be retrofitted with BIPV modules as well.  According to Business Wire of April 5, 2011,  “the global BIPV market will see strong growth in the coming years, with annual wholesale revenues rising from $744 million in 2010 to nearly $4 billion in 2016….”

Building-Integrated Photovoltaic modules are available in different forms: Flat roofs (a thin film solar cell integrated to a flexible polymer roofing membrane is the most widely installed flat roofs to date);Pitched roofs ( solar shingles are modules designed to look and act like regular shingles, while incorporating a flexible thin film cell and extending normal roof life by protecting insulation and membranes from ultraviolet rays and water degradation…this is accomplished through elimination of condensation because the dew point is kept above the roofing membrane.);Facades (modules are mounted on the facade of the building, over the existing structure, providing old building a new look and increase the appeal of the building and its resale value);Glazing (semitransparent modules can be used to replace elements made with glass or similar materials, such as windows and skylights.).

In some countries, additional incentives are offered for building-integrated photovoltaics in addition to the existing feed-in tariffs for stand-alone solar systems. (I promise I will go into details in explaining “feed-in-tariffs” in future posts).  Since July 2006 France offered the highest incentive for BIPV, equal to an extra premium of EUR 0.25/kWh paid in addition to the 30 Euro cents for PV systems. These incentives are offered in the form of a rate paid for electricity fed to the grid.

please take a look at the next clip….>

 

 

 

European Union

Please refer to:  http://www.cler.org/info/article.php3?id_article=3281,    http://www.leonardo-energy.org/drupal/node/897http://wn.com/BIPV

  • France + EUR 0.25/kWh
  • Germany – former EUR 0,05/kWh facade bonus expired in 2009
  • Italy + EUR 0.04-0.09 kWh
  • Spain, compared with a non- building installation that receives 28,00 cent€/kWh (RD 1578/2008):
    • <= 20 KW, 34,00 cent€/kWh
    • >20 kW: 31,00cent€/kWh

USA

Please refer to: Sunisthefuture.net  April 15 , Sunisthefuture.net April 18, Sunisthefuture.net April 24, of 2011 posts

  • USA – Varies by state. Check Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency for more details. http://www.dsireusa.org/

China

Please refer to: http://www.snec.org.cn/Read_e.asp?ID=8582 ,    http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/here-comes-chinas-3b-golden-sun-projects/ ,   http://www.pvgroup.org/events/ctr_031358

Further to the announcement of a subsidy program for BIPV projects in March 2009 offering RMB20/watt for BIPV systems and RMB15/watt for rooftop systems, the Chinese government recently unveiled a photovoltaic energy subsidy program “the Golden Sun Demonstration Project”. The subsidy program aims at supporting the development of photovoltaic electricity generation ventures and the commercialization of PV technology. The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Energy Bureau have jointly announced the details of the program in July 2009. Qualified on-grid photovoltaic electricity generation projects including rooftop, BIPV, and ground mounted systems are entitled to receive a subsidy equal to 50% of the total investment of each project, including associated transmission infrastructure. Qualified off-grid independent projects in remote areas will be eligible for subsidies of up to 70% of the total investment. In mid November, China’s finance ministry has selected 294 projects projects totaling 642 megawatts that come to roughly RMB 20 billion ($3 billion) in costs for its subsidy plan to dramatically boost the country’s solar energy production.

What can I say….we need MORE  INCENTIVES  FOR  SOLAR in US if we are truly aiming for SunShot Initiative and truly aiming to lead in the renewable energy era !!

More discussions remain in future posts on incentive for solar….

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26 April

Incentive For Solar (6)-Dow Solar Shingles

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If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

I am quite impressed by what I have seen in Dow Solar Shingles. So let’s have a closer look at these shingles. I’ve prepared two video clips for you in Incentive For Solar (6) and Incentive For Solar (7). Keep in mind that there are many incentive programs via federal tax credits, SunShot Initiative, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy of Department of Energy, various state and local incentive programs (please feel free to review relevant posts on April 18, 2011-Incentive For Solar (2) and on April 24, 2011, Incentive For Solar (4)) that would help to reduce the cost of your purchase in your decision to head toward the Sun.   Without further ado, here is the clip at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P8fOQ9V9mg&feature=related

 

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26 April

Incentive For Solar (5)-Solar Shingle

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If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

For many years, in my fantasy world, all homes and buildings would be self-sufficient in terms of energy use, via solar cells in roof shingles, windows, and even paint. I have discovered that this no longer needs to remain in the fantasy world, but now is ready to surface into the reality, thanks to companies such as Dow Chemical, DowSolar’s solar shingles. Solar shingled roofs have a deep dark, purplish-blue color, and therefore look quite similar to other roofs. Solar shingles (photovoltaic shingles) are solar cells designed to look like conventional asphalt shingles.  There are several varieties of solar shingles, including shingle-sized solid panels that take the place of a number of conventional shingles in a strip, semi-rigid designs containing several silicon solar cells that are sized more like conventional shingles, and newer systems using various thin film solar cell technologies that match conventional shingles both in size and flexibility.  Currently, Solar shingles are manufactured by companies including (Ecotech) ecotechshingles.com, SunPower Corporation, United Solar Ovonic (Uni-Solar), Solar Components Corporation, Atlantis Energy Systems, and Dow Chemical.

All photovoltaic power is produced in the form of direct current (DC). Homes use alternating current (AC). Therefore part of the cost of installation of solar shingles is the price of an inverter to make the conversion.

Older solar shingle designs were more expensive to install than traditional PV panels, but new, more efficient designs such as thin-film copper indium gallium selenide (CuInxGa(1-x)Se2) cells can be installed in 10 hours, compared with the 22 to 30 hours required for the installation of traditional panels. The lower cost of installation dramatically reduces the cost of solar power implementation.

Large homebuilders in California like Lennar are partnering with SunPower to offer new construction solar homes that have solar systems installed prior to moving in. Reducing the overhead and using solar roof tile technology makes solar a standard option like granite countertops, making solar an affordable solution to reduce electricity costs.

I have prepared a video clip for  you, available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCClje-k7g4   to get you used to the idea of Solar Shingles.

 

 

Please look into the possibility of how you may be able to incorporate these solar shingles into your life/homes in conjunction with all federal tax credits, state incentives mentioned in previous posts of Incentive For Solar series.  More clips will be forthcoming.  We are certainly living in a very dynamic world!

 

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
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25 April

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Hi, Dear Readers of sunisthefuture.net or sunisthefuture.com,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

In the effort of trying to help my readers to speed up loading time, I will be  emailing you directly rather than responding to you at my site. Thank you so much for your support and positive comments. You are the reason that I am continuing posting with such consistency and enthusiasm. Please feel free to spread the words on use of solar energy and this site, http://sunisthefuture.net, with your friends, relatives, and neighbors. I will try to find information that may be of use to you, so please feel free to let me know what areas of interest, your concerns, and your questions concerning solar energy (or how transitioning into solar energy may benefit you). I will try my very best to respond and obtain information for you. I hope as time continues, you will get into the habit of looking for opportunities toward the direction of the sun. My most recent series on Incentive For Solar will hopefully be able to help readers to identity possible financial opportunities and potential community projects and activities any where on planet earth. More will be continuing in this series.

Some of the readers from CA notified me of blank rectangular spots in my posts resulting from  blocking software. Apparently some of the  blocking software out there would block any graphical images (even including RSS feed symbol), so if you are viewing these posts with blank rectangles, please be sure to also check out the posts else where for more complete posts (because a lot of graphical images also include maps, charts etc. that would be of use to you). Sun Is The Future is now also available via Amazon Kindle. Please feel free to leave a review or comment for Sun Is The Future at Amazon Kindle store.

Lastly, at some of your request, I will try to load more video clips and translator (thus far Sun Is The Future has reached over 33 countries) in the near future. Some of you also would like to see a forum being developed at Sun Is The Future. I promise I will look into this. I hope, with all of your help, Sun Is The Future will accelerate the momentum of our planet earth’s movement toward the Sun.

Thank you for all of your input.

Have a sunny day and a lovely week.

sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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