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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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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Are Solar Shingles Ready for Prime-Time?

Solar shingles have been around for a long time but they’ve only started to gain some significant traction in the marketplace.  DOW has come up with some technological advances recently that is causing their popularity to soar.  But are they ready for Massachusetts residents? Continue reading

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Monthly Solar Production – October 2012

It looks like October’s production pretty much matches February’s, my first good month. In February, my solar panels produced 14.45 kWh per day while in October, they produced 14.48 kWh per day. I also went over the $1,000 mark in electricity savings, which I’m very happy about with another month still to go to hit the one-year mark. Continue reading

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