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“Right now, our whole country is being rebuilt and new lines are being planned,” said Glueckert, a journeyman for NorthWestern Energy in Helena, Montana, and a member of the National Lineman Hall of Fame. “Over the next 10 to 12 years, the transmission lines and infrastructure of America will be strengthened.” http://m.tdworld.com/supplements/linemen-rebuild-future-energy-needs
Take away: Utilities have already schedule the upgrading of facilities, its the natural process of businesses, so why are residential distributed energy generators (DEGs) – PV owners, being penalized with fees and net metering chargers?
Granted, many owners ARE in fact rebelling against energy price fluctuations and steady rate increases, but the majority of the power produced goes directly into the grid, helping to ensure the load for an ever increasing demand. Solar is helping the grid.
What is needed, at most, is the ability to manage the instability that solar currently present, though more common with wind power generation, it still presents a concern in cloudier regions of the continent.
There are still many areas of solar that have not been completely brought to the forefront, namely bimodal solar, improved battery technology, and the projected advancements in solar panel efficiency.
Solar is the future, it is a free natural resource, in an abundance, and capable of supplying the nations’ energy needs on any given day.
There has been a five-fold increase in new electricity transmission investment in the United States by major investors and privately owned companies during the 15 years from 1997 to 2012. The investment increased from $2.7 billion in 1997 to $14.1 billion in 2012—reversing a three-decade decline.
Berkshire Hathaway Energy, the holding company owned by famed investor Warren Buffett, is weighing in on the debate over how to compensate distributed generation.
In a strategy document written by SVP Brent Gale for a legal conference in July, Berkshire Hathaway Energy outlined its position on net metering, saying it should be scrapped in favor of a system that recognizes utility fixed-grid costs and utilizes distributed generation at times when it’s needed most.
SNL is seeking proposals from commercial partners who would like to invest in the development of new solar thermal technologies and/or validation of their technological concepts using SNL’s expertise and infrastructure. Together, we intend to create or improve solar thermal technologies applicable to US manufacturing or deployment. Utilizing EERE-provided funding, SNL will match 30% of the Sandia labor costs for selected proposals for a period of up to two years.
via Collaborative Opportunities for Research, Development, and Demonstration of Solar Thermal Technologies and Systems at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). – Federal Business Opportunities: Opportunities.
“This is not just about capital but a partnership with one of the leading utilities in the world,” said Andrew Birch, CEO of Sungevity, which runs operations in nine states and in the Netherlands and Australia. Sungevity has raised over $200 million in equity since its start in 2007.
SolarCity shares have lost steam in the past one month due to legal troubles.
SolarCity’s business has been progressing well, with strong megawatt deployments and cost reductions.
Prospects in the solar industry remain strong, so SolarCity should continue outperforming going forward.”
“Utilities had been willing to pay more because many states, including California, require them to derive a significant percentage of their power from renewable energy sources. But now utilities in many states are on track to meet those requirements, giving them less incentive to buy higher-priced solar energy —especially as a steep decline in natural gas prices has cut the cost of power from gas-fired generators.”
Is this also the reason that Utilities are pushing back against residential Solar Systems?
Potential Valuation Problems For SolarCity Commercial Paper
For some time I’ve hounded Governor Cuomo, okay, a few times on twitter, about New York’s dismal record for promoting solar, and astoundingly he has shot back with his own challenge to the renewable energy sector – make your projects worthy of investment. Now, I take this tone for two reasons, first, the announce of a Green Bank that will spur investments in the market, and secondly, the secondary market where these energy investment will be sold as bundles. Did you get scared too?
Whenever I hear that some group of loans will be packed and sold on a secondary market I think of the housing market, and there are now calls to disband the two GSE that performed the same function for real estate that the Green Bank will perform for the Renewable Energy market. not to mention that this plan is proposed by Cuomo, a former head of HUD.
What’s unfortunate is that renewable energy is the hot potato subject in politics. The fossil-fuel lobby is so entrenched in Washington, everyone has to mention Soyndra, even though its a poor example, its still the standard of failure for the Solar industry. Forget that China was generously supporting solar their industry. Today, we marvel at their resiliency, as if we really didn’t want to impose tariffs. That matter has more to do with where our government funding will go, either to start ups as the Green Bank, or towards a local push directed at municipalities and utilities. I see a fractured war, too many fronts.
I don’t want to write too much until I read the entire proposal, but I have some reservations, namely the variables that affect energy as an investment. Though PPA are great, is that where the bulk of investing will go? What about small start ups, installers, integrators, and contractors that what to diversify? Of course I’ll re-writing this. Okay, I’ll just make corrections beneath this. Integrity and whatnot.