How much CO2 does a typical solar electric array offset?

People #GoSolar for a lot of different reasons.

#1 Reason: To eliminate their Power Bill.

#2 Reduce their footprint.

This is something everyone can do and whether or not they know it Solar is a major factor in reducing CO2 emissions.  But why is this an issue? Well there’s this thing call climate change going on. If you don’t know the latest, Google it and keep checking back with us. I am sure we will cover this topic over and over.

So back to Solar v. CO2.

How much CO2 does a typical solar electric array offset? A 5,000-watt solar electric array on a roof that is 80% of an ideal site in terms of output, will generate about 4,800 kWh per year. Therefore, this solar energy will prevent 5,760 pounds of CO2 pollution from going into the atmosphere, every year.

11954622_10155951063535223_8872675648153808021_n4,800 kWh generated per year x 1.2 lbs CO2 per kWh = 5,760 lbs of CO2 offset per year

When you think about it you can make a difference and eliminate your electric bill in the process. Contact us to start

Stellar Reviews Making Tennessee Solar A 2015 Top Solar Contractor

Chattanooga, TN,  2015– Solar Power World, the industry’s leading business-to-business publication, released the 2015 Top 500 Solar Contractors List. We’re happy to report that Tennessee Solar Solutions, LLC is among the top solar contractors in North America.  This is the most recognized annual listing of North America’s top solar contractors working in the utility, commercial, residential and off-grid markets.

It’s sunny and that’s good!
10/16/2015
TSS did a fine job with quoting size of job, # of solar panels, revising the plan with my input after heating and a/c modifications in my home were made.
They were also very helpful In my accessing the TVA website to take care of necessary forms. I”m a person who learns visually and having a list of steps written out would have made for better advise for me. The process was very different than what I”m used to. I’m up and running for 3 days now and it”s fun watching the meter turn backwards. I’m looking forward to my next energy bill!

Companies on the list are grouped by specific service (construction firms, developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs, rooftop contractors, solar hot water installers), markets (commercial, off-grid, residential, utility) and states by 2014 installed capacity. (Full list can be found here: http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2015-top-500-north-american-solar-contractors/ )

Tennessee Solar Solutions, has been empowering the Southeast with clean renewable energy since 2007. Anthony Roden, Founder, and Brandon Carter, Partner, are passionate about making a difference and educating people about the “How + Why” Solar works and all the incentives solar offers.  TSS established monthly workshops partnering with greenlspaces and Green’s Eco Build + Design to bring information to the masses and answer questions.

“Solar is an affordable, clean source of energy. Everyone should be able to access and afford it. That’s why being a part of our community is so vital to our mission. That mission is to empower our community for a brighter tomorrow,” said Anthony Roden.

As a leader in PV installations, both residential + commercial, Tennessee Solar Solutions has commissioned 500+ of solar energy system in Tennessee Two if the most visible here in Chattanooga are Johnson Group + Riverview Animal Hospital.

Super happy–50kW Solar Advertising Agency
07/14/2014
TSS delivered in every way. On time. On budget. And in the years since installation, the system has been on projected generation month after month. What I appreciate most is there willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure the success of out 50kW system and their extra effort to bridge the knowledge gap.

Halloween Just Got Solarized: Solar Powered Halloween Decorations

 

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Halloween is almost here, which means you are probably in the midst  of deciding on a costume, stringing some fake spider webs into the tree on your front lawn, carving your most amazing pumpkins, and adding a spooky characters to the yard.

Each year we find at least one new decoration to make the holiday terror even better. If you are planning on adding some new decorations this year, you might be surprised to discover some solar-powered decorations available at your local store or why not try some DIY decor.

Solar technology is getting more affordable and sophisticated each year, to the point where it’s not only saving you money for your home, business or farm, but even Halloween decorations. For more information contact us.

Solar Powered Pumpkins

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Materials: (for 1 stake)

2″ x 2″ x 4′ stake
Trick-or-Treat pumpkin
Solar landscape light
Duct Tape- large roll
screw
drill
hammer

Step by Step instructions HERE

More ideas below.

Solar Porch Pumpkin

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Please add your own ideas below.

Conservative lawmakers aren’t being shy about their support for ITC Extension

Has Solar always been a “left” issue? No! Three prominent GOP pollsters shows that 83 percent of Republicans support clean energy sources like solar. 

Bryan Miller is senior vice president of public policy and power markets at Sunrun, in his recent article states, Solar’s popularity among the conservative base has helped it grow at the state level for years. Case in point: Last year, South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley signed historic legislation to open the market to competitive solar leasing, and this year, New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie supported solar by extending net metering. Now we’re seeing this same conservative support bubble up to the federal level. Legislators will decide this year whether to give certainty to the solar industry by acting on the solar Investment Tax Credit. The ITC is a 30 percent federal tax credit for solar systems and the fundamental policy that’s helped bring close to 200,000 solar jobs to the U.S. over the past decade. Conservative lawmakers aren’t being shy about their support for this critically important policy.

Nevada Senator Dean Heller  was quoted saying, “I’m disappointed that we can’t reach consensus on language that would truly give parity for an industry that is not only important for my home state of Nevada, but frankly, helps to diversify our nation’s energy portfolio.”

The ITC, solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the deployment of solar energy in the United States. SEIA successfully advocated for a multi-year extension of the credit in 2008, which provided business certainty to project developers and investors. The ITC continues to drive growth in the industry and job creation across the country.

Recognizing the signifance of the ITC, SEIA and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) have developed an analysis that explores the enormous impact of a five-year extension – and what happens if we let it expire. Extending the ITC amounts to an additional 69 gigawatts (GW) of solar deployment between 2016 and 2022.

Miller also said, ” it’s also about jobs. If the ITC isn’t extended, Nevada could go from the fastest-growing solar market in the country, with the most solar jobs per capita, to a state with thousands of unemployed workers. States all over the country will feel the effects.The Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that failure to extend the ITC would result in 7,000 small businesses closing and up to 100,000 U.S. employees losing their jobs.”11259101_10155951042330223_5724827559613662578_n

Miller ended in saying, “Solar is popular and it comes with a myriad of benefits. Failure to include solar in legislation this year isn’t fair, and it could decimate the industry. Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike understand these arguments.”

What will happen if the federal investment tax credit (ITC) isn’t extended?

“What will happen if the federal investment tax credit (ITC) so many solar developers depend on isn’t extended?” The question Herman K. Trabish asked in his recent article for Utiliy Dive . The answers he found were interesting and what some might not excpet.

“If the investment tax credit is not extended, we see it as a disruption, not a death for the industry,” said Maddy Yozwiak, U.S. Power and RECs analyst  and co-author of the recently-released report, “How extending the investment tax credit would affect US solar build,” from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

“It will be a disruption that will take years to recover from, but the recovery is there. Long-term costs continue to improve,” Yozwiak added. “That doesn’t go away, even without the ITC.”

“The difference between the two scenarios is like losing everything already installed,” Yozwiak added.

Many solar lobbying groups are fighting for the extension of the ITC and to beef up local incentives on the state or local level. SEIA, Solar Energy Industry Association, commented in a recent press release, “the ITC is set to drop from 30 percent to 10 percent for commercial systems and zero for residential systems at the end of 2016. According to the BNEF analysis, this will produce a sharp drop in industry activity in 2017.: This will set the stage for a “scramble to complete projects with contracts based on the current credit before the end of next year. That pipeline depletion, and weaker economics, will result in a drop of roughly 8 gigawatts (GW) in annual installations through 2017.  Such a dramatic drop would bring new solar installation activity to its lowest annual level since 2012.”

Bloomberg analyst Madeline Yozwiak says, “with a proposed five-year federal ITC extension, we anticipate an additional 22 GW of solar will get built by 2022. Without it, we still anticipate solar growth in the next decade, but it will be a much rockier ride.”

 

SAVING MONEY MAKES SENSE

The price of U.S. solar power has dropped a whopping 70 percent since 2009, even as panels become more efficient.  Now is the time to act on taking control of your electric bill before rates go up again!

Recently a Washington Post  article by Chris Mooney, “Wind and solar keep getting cheaper and cheaper” mentioned a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance;

The report, from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, examined the “levelized cost of electricity” around the world in the second half of 2015 — a metric that seeks to take a comprehensive look at costs including capital expenditures, interest rates and operating costs. It’s an approach that is able to “put technologies on a level playing field and enable that comparison, which is valuable,” says Seb Henbest, head of Europe, Middle East, and Africa analysis for Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The report was based on analysis of some 55,000 projects around the world, says Henbest. And it found that globally, onshore wind now on average costs $83 per megawatt-hour of electricity ($2 cheaper than in the first half of the year), and thin film solar photovoltaics costs $122 per megawatt-hour — a drop of $7 in just half a year.

 

 

By getting a custom-designed system that is tailored specifically for your home or business ensures your carbon footprint is reduced or eliminated.  There is no better time to act and save! BTW there a 30% Federal Tax Credit too, but this is set to expire December 2016.

Let’s harness sunshine to power your home. Click here for your free quote. 

California solar policy under construction?

California has been a state that has set records in solar production, generation, incentives and even policy. So why now does it feel like they are taking a step backwards?

In a recent article by Reem Nasr, “Utilities’ newest solar battleground: California”, 

“The California Public Utilities Commission on Monday holds hearings that could result in changes to the way that solar panel users are reimbursed for the power they generate, improbably making the Golden State the newest front in a battle between power companies and rooftop solar firms. On one side are proponents of solar energy and the companies that make the panels, while arrayed against them are utilities that want policy changes that would result in solar power being less cost-effective for homeowners and businesses that want to use it.”

Many Californians rely on net metering as a way to obtain their solar energy system. Net metering by definition from SEIA, Solar Energy industries Association,

“Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the home’s rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods where the home’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output. Customers are only billed for their “net” energy use. On average, only 20-40% of a solar energy system’s output ever goes into the grid. Exported solar electricity serves nearby customers’ loads.”

The current net metering policy was put into place no more than two years ago. These new proposals currently being submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission could not only restructure this policy moving forward but set new standards for states like Tennessee who is one of four states that does not have laws regulating net metering.