Solar incentives reward west-facing panels | Mobile

California is encouraging home builders that install rooftop solar energy systems to tilt hose panels westward toward the setting sun.

The goal is to capture more renewable energy in the waning hours of the day, when electricity demands are often highest, explained David Hochschild, a member of the California Energy Commission who specializes in renewable energy. The goal is to avoid more of the air pollution that comes from gas-fired generators at conventional power plants.

In the northern hemisphere, rooftop panels typically have been oriented toward the south to capture as much sunlight as possible throughout the day.

The Solar Rollover – When mandates are met, what next? (Short Form)

What happens when utilities meet their state mandates for renewable energy production or offsets?

In the coming years we could run into a schedule, and desirable – from the utilities point of view, loll in Solar. States are canceling, re-assessing, or no longer interested in initiating rebates for renewable energy because utilities have moved to capitalize on the financial benefits provided to them. It has also quieted the calls to speed up adoption of Solar Energy. It is eating its nemesis, alive.

So, what will keep solar alive, absent rebates and offsets? It will be advances is panel efficiency, battery design, and inverter technology.

[Stay tuned as I revise this post. Thanks. ]

After a building boom, solar energys prospects now arent as sunny –

“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?

via After a building boom, solar energys prospects now arent as sunny –

Utility wants to influence system design.

“It will encourage better placement of solar panels, we believe, for optimal production,” said Deb Sundin, who directs renewable energy strategies and planning for Xcel.”

Xcel will no longer pay rebates upfront to customer who install Solar Power generating systems, instead, they will make payments spread out over a 10 year period, paying 8 cents a kilowatt.  As utilities combat the growing threat of consumer choice they are targeting the costs associated with being in compliance with state mandates on renewable sources. That’s understandable, but when a utility says “”It will encourage better placement of solar panels..,” it sounds like they have issues with the design of solar installations, and the number of panels placed and registered on the rebate.  It also affects a prospective clients decision to move up to solar. They may have reserve cash to fund a migration to solar, but when they’re expecting a rebate its more probable that they will go forward with the install.