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Florida Utilities’ Disingenuous Argument Against Netmetering

You may have seen my recent post on how Florida utility companies are trying to spin the argument against Netmetering, the method by which millions of solar energy systems interconnect with the utility grid. The gist of the argument is that people wh...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 14, 2014

Florida Utilities’ Disingenuous Argument Against Netmetering

You may have seen my recent post on how Florida utility companies are trying to spin the argument against Netmetering, the method by which millions of solar energy systems interconnect with the utility grid. The gist of the argument is that people wh...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 14, 2014

The Florida Debate on Solar Energy Heats Up This Summer

Let me start by saying that the solar energy debate has nothing to do with solar pool heating or solar water heating, which are traditionally the bread and butter of solar energy products in Florida. This debate is about solar electricity (photovolt...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 7, 2014

The Florida Debate on Solar Energy Heats Up This Summer

Let me start by saying that the solar energy debate has nothing to do with solar pool heating or solar water heating, which are traditionally the bread and butter of solar energy products in Florida. This debate is about solar electricity (photovolt...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 7, 2014

How Ghana Could Have Kept TVs on During the World Cup with Solar Power

Well, the match was great… A big win for the US team. Maybe Ghana should have let power lapse during the match… In case you missed it, I posted on Monday about how Ghanaians have a power shortage, and they “purchased power” fr...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jun 18, 2014

How Ghana Could Have Kept TVs on During the World Cup with Solar Power

Well, the match was great… A big win for the US team. Maybe Ghana should have let power lapse during the match… In case you missed it, I posted on Monday about how Ghanaians have a power shortage, and they “purchased power” fr...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jun 18, 2014

Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) Solar Friendly?

One of the subjects that often comes up at the start of a solar electric (photovoltaic) system conversation is whether the utility company will “allow” a solar energy system to be installed. Is Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) sola...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jun 6, 2014

Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) Solar Friendly?

One of the subjects that often comes up at the start of a solar electric (photovoltaic) system conversation is whether the utility company will “allow” a solar energy system to be installed. Is Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) sola...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jun 6, 2014

Fafco Solar Completes Solar Photovoltaic (Electric) System on North Captiva, FL

Unlike the southern tip, the northern end of North Captiva, FL, not accessible by land vehicles, actually has utility electric power available. Just like any mainland homeowner, this one wanted to offset increasing utility bills with solar energy. Wo...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Feb 14, 2014

Fafco Solar Completes Solar Photovoltaic (Electric) System on North Captiva, FL

Unlike the southern tip, the northern end of North Captiva, FL, not accessible by land vehicles, actually has utility electric power available. Just like any mainland homeowner, this one wanted to offset increasing utility bills with solar energy. Wo...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Feb 14, 2014

Net Metering Under Attack, Florida Spared for Now

Net Metering, the concept and laws that allow solar electricity producers to connect to the grid and sell back energy, is under attack in the United States. Florida has been spared from the recent trend of utility companies working publicly to repeal...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Feb 12, 2014

Solar Power vs. Solar Energy – The Difference Revisited

My wife will tell you that I was screaming at the TV last night while watching an episode of CSI. I’m one of those guys that points out every little factual mistake in TV dramas. The crack team of CSI agents were trying to determine which home...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Dec 10, 2013

10kW Residential Photovoltaic Array Completed in Fort Myers, FL

It has been extremely exhausting, but I finally completed installing a 10kW photovoltaic (solar electric) system at my home in Fort Myers, FL today. The final interconnection was done by my electrician and we fired up the system. To my delight, even...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Dec 2, 2013

My Fort Myers, FL Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) System Nears Completion

I’ve been relatively quiet about the 10 kilowatt solar electric (photovoltaic) system that I am installing at my home in Fort Myers, FL. Normally I would be writing incessantly about something like this, but honestly I didn’t think it wou...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Nov 22, 2013

PV System Power Production Guarantees

I received a question from a potential customer today about power production guarantees for Photovoltaic (PV) Systems. I realized that I hadn’t covered that issue on my blog, so I thought I would copy the question and response here (revised for...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Oct 24, 2013

Southwest Florida Local Perspectives on Lawrence Berkeley Solar Report: Tracking the Sun VI

I just finished watching to the webinar from the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, “Tracking the Sun VI: An Historical Summary of the Installed Price of Photovoltaics in the United States from 1998 to 2012.”  The data definitely backs the...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 16, 2013

Enphase Microinverter Per-Module Monitoring Provides Valuable Data

One of my favorite solar electric systems to watch is located at a customer’s residence in Cape Coral. It’s a favorite because there are solar modules on roofs facing due South, East, and West. This provides an opportunity to validate tha...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 3, 2013

Why Distributed Solar Energy is Better Than Utility Scale Solar

Florida Power & Light loses about 8% of the energy it produces in transmitting it to your home. Right out of the gate, that’s a great argument for producing energy at or near the point of use. Locating solar energy systems at homes and busi...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jul 30, 2013


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