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Posts by Tom Millhoff

Georgia Solar PPA

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Georgia Solar PPAs are now viable, thanks to the recently passed Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act (House Bill 57).  Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are the most common vehicle for financing commercial solar installations. Solar PPA legalization in Georgia will make it much easier for solar project developers and EPCs to generate new business. GEORGIA SOLAR PPA…

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Solar Developer Project Pricing

Solar Project Developers and EPCs take note: this is a great year to sell your solar projects, and Helio Micro Utility can maximize your solar developer project pricing.  Helio mU is the developer’s partner in marketing solar projects to the investor community, providing tailored development and placement services to ensure the most fitting project investors compete for your projects.  Our…

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Net Metering Batteries with Solar is OK in California

  Today the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a Proposed Decision which clears the path for economically using battery backup in conjunction with solar and other forms of renewable energy generation.  This is good news for existing and prospective solar customers, and great news if you have uneven power usage or high demand charges. …

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California Energy Policy – A Window of Opportunity

California energy policy has never been more clear, favorable or stable.  Three policies in particular combine to create an attractive but short window of opportunity for Californian’s considering solar or other renewable energy projects.  Let’s consider Net Metering, Meter Aggregation and the Investment Tax Credit in turn. Net Metering Today the California PUC issued a…

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Net Metering with Solar

Net Metering Is a system in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators transfer surplus power onto the electricity grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility. Net Metering with Solar The charts below illustrate how Net Metering works with a solar PV.  When the sun’s shining the solar…

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Make it Rain: water & energy savings in these drought years

Free Seminar on New Paths to Water & Energy Savings & Independence Water is your #1 priority.  PG&E and SCE rates are rising at double digits, and you don’t know what to do next.  But you don’t have to be left high and dry by scarce water and high energy costs.  HelioPower, RainBird, Structured Finance Associates and Tulare County…

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Energy Intensity Analytics: How Solar Affects your Energy DNA

In this third Energy DNA blog post we explore Energy Intensity Analytics and how Energy Analytics can be used to optimize solar power or other forms of grid-tied renewable energy generation.  Recall that the colorful Energy DNA chart displays energy intensity by date (vertical axis) and time of day (horizontal axis). ENERGY ANALYTICS CASE STUDY 3:…

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Energy Analytics for Seasonal Energy Loads

My last Energy DNA blog post we showed how Energy Analytics could have helped avoid expensive demand charges at a vegetable packing facility.  This post describes how energy analytics can help with seasonal energy loads.  Recall that the colorful Energy DNA chart displays energy intensity by date (vertical axis) and time of day (horizontal axis).…

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California Drought affecting Hydroelectric Power Supplies; Electricity Rates Up

About 15% of California’s energy comes from hydroelectric power.  Or used to… as California’s historic drought progresses, skimpy snowpack above depleted reservoirs will lead to less hydroelectric power and higher electricity rates.  We’ll miss cheap Hydroelectric Power I met recently with managers at the Independent System Operator, which runs the California transmission grid.  They expect…

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What’s your Energy Analytics DNA?

If your growing business spent $100,000 on electricity last year, it’s likely you will pay your utility $10 million on electricity over the next 25 years.  It’s also likely that you can use Energy Analytics to save millions instead. It’s easy to get started with Energy Analytics by using existing data to measure what’s called…

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Using Energy Analytics to reduce demand charges

In California, reduced hydro and nuclear energy supplies are driving up electricity rates.  Solar and other forms of distributed generation can help, but they cannot reliably reduce demand charges or the key driver: peak demand.  Energy storage technologies are promising but still expensive.  For most California businesses, Energy Analytics offers the most compelling means of reducing peak demand and energy expense. Properly…

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