Entries by Michelle

Why Buffett, Apple, Google love solar power

from USA Today, June 8, 2014 The $100 billion solar power industry is gaining a lot of attention both globally and domestically, attracting high-profile investment from Wall Street giants such as Apple, Google and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. The United States is the world’s third-largest solar market, right behind China and Japan, and it’s growing […]

Solar Power May Disrupt the Utility Industry

  from http://afarmerinohio.blogspot.com Deregulated electricity generators make most of their profits on hot summer afternoons, when air conditioners and offices force grid operators to call up their most expensive electricity: natural gas “peaker” plants. Cheap to build but expensive to operate, these plants are essentially jet engines, producing power on demand for a few hours at […]

Payback Time for Homes with Solar Electric Systems

Homes with solar-power system using photovoltaic (PV) panels sell for an average $24,705 more than homes without PV systems, research finds. By Sanette Tanaka, The Wall Street Journal   Etta Kantor’s four-bedroom, Adirondack-style home in New Canaan, Conn., was recently listed for $4.5 million. It comes with a trove of luxury features—gourmet kitchen, gazebo, pool and […]

Forbes: AEP Power Plants Largest U.S. Carbon Polluter

5/28/2014 by Jeff McMahon American Electric Power Company was the largest emitter of carbon pollution from power plants in the U.S. in 2012, according to a report released this morning by Ceres, Bank of America, several utilities and the Natural Resources Defense Council. AEPs fleet of coal, natural gas, and oil-fired power plants emitted 141,226,882 […]

Fossil Fuel Interests Attack Renewable Energy

A new report details the extreme measure that the fossil-fuel industry has taken to attack clean energy. Fossil fuel-funded front groups repeatedly spread disinformation on renewable energy standard and net metering policies in an effort to overturn pro-clean energy laws in 2013 and 2014. A new report details the efforts of these front groups to […]

PUCO Cites Columbus Among Ohio’s Highest Electric Bills

In their Ohio Utility Rate Survey issued May 15, 2014, the Public Utilities Commission Ohio (PUCO) cited the rising cost of energy in Columbus as among the state’s highest. Many people — homeowners, farmers, business owners — are concerned about rising energy costs. That’s why interest in solar is exploding now. Solar is an effective […]

Third Sun Solar Commissioning Process

Once a system is installed, one of our solar technicians completes an extensive inspection/system commission before the system can be energized. A commissioning form is filled out and kept on record for every installation. Once the system has been commissioned and all solar components are operating within their design parameters, the system may be energized. […]

SB-310 Darkening Ohio’s Energy Future

Ohio poised to slide into the dark on its energy policy By Terry Smith, Athens News, May 7 2014 The state of Ohio is poised this week to continue its gleeful slide into backward, reactionary energy policy, with a state Senate Committee expected to approve an amended Senate Bill 310. This bizarre back-pedaling is happening […]

Senate Bill 310 jeopardizes national security: Letter to the Editor

Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 01, 2014 by Robert F. Shields, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (retired) The Ohio Senate plans to freeze in place the progress Ohio has made in energy consumption and utilization of renewable energy sources. In addition to the economic arguments against it, passage of Ohio Senate Bill 310 runs counter to the national security […]