Solar Production – Summer 2013 and Time-Of-Use Experiment

It hasn’t been the best summer for those of us in New England with solar panels. The weather has been more reminiscent of Seattle’s gloom than Boston’s sun. But I’m hoping for a beautifully sunny fall and maybe a little Indian summer to go with it. Additionally, I have decided to commence a 1-year experiment with NStar’s Time-Of-Use rate. Continue reading

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Mass. Solar Market in State of Emergency

As I reported in this space back in February, the MA DOER announced that they were considering reducing the SREC opt-in from 10 years to 8 years with a deadline of June 20th but saying that applications should be in by June 1st so they could get processed in time. They have since changed their mind and said it will stay at 10 years but at a June 7th public meeting on the state of solar, the MA DOER announced that they had received enough applications to hit 800 MW! This is well over the 400 MW cap proposed under the original solar program. Continue reading

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Monthly Solar Production – Winter 2012-13 and Loss Due to Snow

The winter of 2011-12 was a complete dream for those of us in New England.  And what I mean by that is there was very little snow. We had one big storm just before Halloween (many towns actually moved Halloween to the following weekend) and then a small storm in March, but that was it. And even better, it turns out that it was a perfect baseline to measure loss of solar panel production due to snow this year. Continue reading

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