From the very informative “Go Solar California” site we bring you this primer on “Net Metering”: Net energy metering is a special billing arrangement for customers with renewable energy systems, such as solar electricity systems, that permits customers to get credit for the full retail value of the electricity their system generates. Under net energy…

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By Steve LoRusso, Vice President, Sales, HelioPower In today’s mortgage market equity credit lines are often not easily rendered to take advantage of solar energy systems savings and ROI. How else can you finance a solar power system while the Federal Investment Tax Credit is still whole? Not to mention capitalizing on Utility rebates at…

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How do the presidential candidates compare on our country’s energy policy? The Wall Street Journal took an indepth look at the policies of McCain and Obama in its recent article, “In Energy Policy, McCain, Obama Differ on Role of Government” by Stephen Power. Arizona Republican John McCain and Illinois Democrat Barack Obama say a lot…

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For commercial facility operators, reducing the amount of electricity you use and managing how you use electricity isn’t the same thing, especially if you’re goal is to save money. What your utility charges you for electricity is a complex formula of how much electricity, the time of day it’s used, how much you’ve used during…

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In the Money section of USA Today, Paul Davidson reports, “Price jolt: Electricity bills going up, up, up.” Here’s a shocker: Electricity bills are heading up. Way up.Utilities across the USA are raising power prices up to 29%, mostly to pay for soaring fuel costs, but also to build new plants and refurbish an aging…

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Interest is keen in the upcoming Solar Santa Monica event, Solar by the Numbers: 2008 Financing Options for Home Solar Systems, June 16. Consumers not only want to save money on their electricity bills but participate in the “green energy revolution” as well. The event picked up notice today by the Los Angeles Times’ Emerald…

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The Washington Post just moments ago reported that the Senate failed again to extend vital Federal Tax Incentives for the green energy sector. Federal ITC measures will expire at the end of the year without further action. Washington Post: By H. JOSEF HEBERT The Associated Press Tuesday, June 10, 2008; 12:42 PM: Democrats failed to…

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Word on the street is that the Senate could vote as early as today on the critically needed Federal Tax Incentives for the “green” energy sector. Industry organizations have been rallying to insure constituents contact representatives to insure this industry saving legislature is put in place. From Solar Nation yesterday afternoon:   More Than One…

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Do you think that the cost of going solar is too high? For many families, paying for seven to ten years of electricity up front can be cost prohibitive even though such an investment pays huge dividends over time. New solar specific finance products are being introduced into the marketplace to ease the cost burden,…

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Mark Your Calendars: Increased interest in solar throughout California has given rise to new financing options, some available to homeowners for the first time in 2008. Solar Santa Monica invites interested residents, brokers and solar installers to attend a FREE panel discussion on solar loans and PPA’s (Power Purchase Agreements) featuring representatives from New Resource…

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From the headlines, James Prichard of The Associated Press, today reported on the price increases scheduled for June 1 from one of our nation’s largest firms, Dow Chemical. “Dow: Country in ‘true energy crisis'” reports: Dow Chemical Co. will raise its prices by up to 20 percent almost immediately to offset the soaring cost of…

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