The Facts of the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement is a 2015 agreement between 147 countries with the goal of reducing global carbon dioxide emissions to prevent a global temperature increase of 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above the pre-industrial level. The agreement requires each country involved to work towards this goal through NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions), such as, “domestic mitigation measures, with the aim of achieving the objectives of such contributions.” As of June 1st, the United States have announced that we will be backing out of this agreement.

The US is the 2nd largest carbon dioxide producer globally, contributing to 17.89% of the carbon dioxide produced by countries. To put this in perspective, the third largest contributor is India with 6.81%. The US not participating puts much more pressure on other countries to clean up a mess that we helped create in a major way. However, even though we are backing out, a group of 30 mayors, 3 governors, over 80 university presidents, and over 100 corporations have all agreed to abide by the regulations of the Paris Agreement regardless of how the US proceeds.

The main threat presented by global warming is the melting of land ice in areas like Greenland and Antarctica which each. This additional water is causing the sea levels to rise at an average rate of 1.8mm/yr. Currently, around 700,000,000 people live in areas less than 30 feet above sea level. The rising sea level is already causing devastation in flat countries like Malaysia, destroying fields and homes, driving people into cities that are not built to maintain the population increase. At the rate we our going, more communities at sea level, such as Miami, will be engulfed by the ocean. This will lead to hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage and resource loss in the united states alone. To learn more on this I highly recommend watching this documentary, available for free on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp6_sDiup6U

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.

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.