Buy a Chevy Volt Now!

Buy a Chevy Volt – Especially If You Own Anything That Gets Less Than 20 MPG

The 2012 and 2013 Model Year Leases Make A Lot Of Sense

First, the Chevy Volt is an AMAZING VEHICLE.  I purchased a 2013 Volt just two weeks ago and I am saddened that I didn’t believe the marketing messaging over the past two years.

Extreme savings in fuel costs and Chevrolet is offering amazing leases! Continue reading

Stop! Don’t Overpay for Solar Power

Solarbuzz Module Pricing Trends Feb 2012Don’t overpay for solar power!  Use this post and the Evaluate Solar website as your reference for the best possible prices.

As consumers, it is our responsibility to be informed about what we are buying and how much is should cost.  However, very few of us work in the renewable energy industry.  I attended my son’s basketball season wrap party this past weekend and was surprised when none of the parents really understood solar power.  This is not an indictment on them, I think it highlights that the industry is 1) relatively new to consumers, and 2) more complex than anything they’ve purchased besides possibly a computer. Continue reading

Residential Solar Power Proposal Repository

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We are building a repository of U.S. residential solar power proposals.  Generic versions of each proposal will be included in a reference database, highlighting the technology and price.   The intent is to build a repository of current proposals so that each consumer has an opportunity to compare his proposal with hundreds nationwide.

Send your proposal and we will review it, provide an analysis to you, and post a generic version of the proposal in the database.  Thanks.  Contact us with any questions.

Solar Power Incentives: Where Can I Find Them?

U.S. solar power incentives for electricity including local and federal incentives listed here by state!  If you are like me, you struggle to find a source for accurate information about what incentives are available for installing Solar Power.

I love the Internet.  At times I come across information that would not exist with out it.  Information that takes a lot of effort to compile, but is presented in an easy to use format. Continue reading

How to Evaluate a Solar Power Proposal

Evaluating whether solar or photovoltaic (PV) power is right for your home is easy to do.  If you have a proposal (see my proposal here) from a local firm, the process is extremely easy. If not, you simply need to collect some additional information.

During  2011, the question of whether solar power makes sense has been answered due to the drastic decrease in the cost of solar equipment.  Yes!  Solar power makes sense for most people given the current federal and local rebates and credits.  Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading

First Solar and Their Changing Cost Advantage

First Solar (FSLR), a leading manufacturer of thin cell (thin-film) photovoltaic (PV) semiconductor modules has lost it cost advantage and must be rethinking its corporate strategy.  Just as extreme price pressure from Chinese competitors crushed Solyndra and forced it to shut down amid the US Government grant scandal late last year, those same market dynamics coupled with dramatically decreased polysilicon prices will force First Solar to make changes.

As reported by Trefis for MSN Money, there have been significant decreases in the price of polysilicon, “…prices for polysilicon fell from a record $475 per kilogram in 2008 to around $33 per kilogram in Q4 2011.”  Coupled with an increase in production estimated to double capacity within 3 years, it is obvious that there will be significant changes. Continue reading

Evaluating My Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power Proposal

What does a typical residential solar power proposal look like? What are the costs? Is photovoltaic (PV) solar power cost-effective?  Which manufacturer’s panels are the best?  Which company’s solar power proposal is the best for me?  Does the solar power system have a payback or ROI that makes sense?  All good questions that every consumer needs to answer before signing a contract.

Below is a proposal from a local company for a 5.8kW PV system.

 Should I spend $26,850?  Here’s a look at a recent proposal I received. Continue reading

The Best Solar Panel Monitoring Software? Enphase’s Enlighten may be the answer.

The Enphase microinverter solutions include one of the best solar panel monitoring software packages, Enlighten, that I have seen.  Enlighten is a web-based subscription-priced solar panel monitoring solution.

It is simple to install, remotely monitored, utilizes a web-based user-to-system interface and provides information detail to the module level.

There are two key differentiators to Enphase’s solution. Continue reading