New York Jets Training Center Solar Roof

New York Jets Training Center Solar Roof
The New York Jets Training Facility Solar Roof
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How Much is the Tesla Powerwall?

3,000 for 10 kWh and $3,500 for 7 kWh
$3500 for 10kWh and $3000 for 7 kWh

14 kWh Powerwall for  $5,500
Website pricing is $5,500 for 10 kWh

According to the early Powerwall website, the 7 kWh model will cost $3.000 and the 10 kWh model will cost $3,500. Up to 9 Powerwalls can be connected together to increase total storage capacity to a total of 63 kWh or 90 kWh (depending on model).  However, if you look at the current web site it only it says $5,500 for the Powerwall 2 14kWh wall which only available?  A little confusing? Is the Powerwall 1 not available any more?

The Tesla Powerwall is rechargeable wall mounted energy storage product. The Powerwall is intended for backup power home & business use for solar self-consumption, time of use load shifting, backup power and off-the-grid use.

Please let us know below how much it costs you to install the Powerwall and what you paid for it.  

What is a Solar PPA Power Purchase Agreement?

A solar (PPA) power purchase agreement is a financial agreement where a solar developer arranges for the design, permitting, financing and installation of a solar roof, solar farm or solar parking lot on a customer’s property at little to no cost. The developer sells the solar energy generated to the host customer at a fixed rate that is typically lower than the local utility’s retail rate. This lower electricity price serves to offset the customer’s purchase of electricity from the grid while the solar developer receives the income from these sales of electricity as well as any tax credits and other incentives generated from the system. PPA agreements typically range from 10 to 25 years and the developer remains responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system for the duration of the agreement.

Benefits of PPA's to property owner
  • No or low upfront capital costs for solar system: The developer handles the upfront costs of sizing, procuring and installing the solar system. No upfront investment and the customer able to save money as soon as the system becomes operational.
  • Reduction of energy costs: Solar PPA's provide a fixed, predictable cost of electricity for the duration of the agreement and are structured in one of two ways:  
    1. Fixed escalator plan, the price the customer pays rises at a predetermined rate, typically between 2% - 5%. This is often lower than projected utility price increases. 
    2. Fixed price plan, on the other hand, maintains a constant price throughout the term of the PPA saving the customer more as utility prices rise over time.
  • Limited risk: The developer is responsible for the solar system performance and operating / maintenance risk.
  • Better leverage of available tax credits: Developers are typically better positioned to utilize available tax credits to reduce system costs.  For example, municipal hosts and other public entities with no taxable income would not otherwise be able to take advantage of the Section 48 Investment Tax Credit.
  • Potential increase in property value: Solar systems have shown to increase property values. The long term nature of these agreements allows PPA's to be transferred with the property and thus provides customers a means to invest in their home at little or no cost.
  • Extension: At the end of the PPA contract term, a customer may be able to extend the PPA, or have the developer remove the system or choose to buy the solar energy system from the developer. 
  • Transferable:  PPA's agreements are typically transferable if a sale or the property occurs.
A solar lease is another form of third-party financing that is very similar to a PPA, but does not involve the sale of electric power. Instead, customers lease the system as they would an car.  In both cases, the system is owned by a third party while the host customer receives the benefits of solar with little or no up-front costs. These third-party financing models have quickly become the most popular method for customers to realize the benefits of solar energy.

Colorado, for example, first entered the market in 2010 and by mid-2011 third-party installations represented over 60% of all residential installations and continued to rise to 75% through the first half of 2012. This upward trend is evident throughout states that have introduced third-party financing models.

Apparently, Walmart is a big fan of PPA's and has entered into a lot of agreements at some stores. 

What is a Solar Utility CCA or Community Collective Aggregation?

A solar Community Collective Aggregation (CCA) is an optional buying group organized by a municipality or a group of municipalities to benefit electric customers. (CCA) is a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services.

  • Came out of the Utility Deregulation Act of 1997 to enhance the competitive market
  • A CCA would enter into an electricity supply contract for all customers who remain on default service within a given municipality. 
  • Customers can participate in the long-term fixed rates
  • Customers are automatically enrolled, unless they opt-out

Benefits of Community Choice Aggregation

  • Solar & Wind - more options to generate power using renewable energy and distributing power on the grid 
  • Choice - No longer "stuck" with utility default rates
  • Stability - Municipality can seek long-term rates to avoid market volatility 
  • Savings - CCA obtained rates are generally below to substantially below average default rates. 
  • Economic Development - Stable and lower utility rates provide a competitive advantage for businesses choosing locations 
  • Pro-Consumer - Contract terms and conditions are designed to protect consumer rights
  • No Penalties for Consumers - Opt-out anytime and go back to default service or choose another provider
  • Environment - less fossil fuels used by traditional coal, gas and nuclear power plants.  

Currently, there are only 4 CCA utilities in California and there will be 22 in the State by the end of 2017. Look to Silcon Valley for some leadership ideas for other municipalities looking to do the same.

Top 10 Solar Roof Business Installers for 2016

The Minneapolis-based retail giant topped all other American big businesses installing solar, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Here are the top 10 solar retail stores. To date, top US corporations have added nearly 1,100 MW of solar energy — in over 38 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. In 2016 alone, US corporations have added 142 MW, more than all of 2015, which topped out at 129 MW.   Read more
  1. Target — 147 MW
  2. Walmart — 145 MW
  3. Prologis — 107.8 MW
  4. Apple — 93.9 MW
  5. Costco — 50.7 MW
  6. Kohl’s — 50.2 MW
  7. IKEA — 44 MW
  8. Macy’s — 38.9 MW
  9. General Growth Properties Inc. — 30.2 MW
  10. Hartz Mountain Industries — 22.7 MW
We have mapped several hundred of these locations you can search on our solar map.

Hawaii Solar Energy Map

Map of Hawaii Solar Locations in Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui & Big Island Hawaii
Map of Hawaii Solar Locations in Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui & Big Island Hawaii

Electric utility bills are very high in Hawaii.  It is no surprise that solar roof density on the islands is quite high.  Maui and Oahu lead the islands on solar installation density.  Zoom in on the map and add locations we are missing by using the satellite view.  

Why is the Midwest failing to Harvest Solar?

A map showing gaps in solar in the Midwest
World Solar Farms Map

Warren Buffet seems to love shipping coal and oil around on trains in the Midwest.  Wow has he failed to provide any leadership in the Midwest.  The entire World is far ahead of the Midwest with harvesting solar.  Search the map for "solar farms" and you will know what I mean.  I am quite embarrassed to be honest as a native of Iowa.  

Apparently, Berkshire Hathaway has a new renewable energy investment group and have behind the investment of a solar farm in Minnesota.   Read more

Map of Solar Farms around the World

Map of Solar Farms in the United States, India, Europe, Australia, Africa and South America.
Map of Solar Farms Around the World

It is pretty amazing to see the size and scale of India and China solar farms.  They are far bigger than the solar farms located in the United States.  India and China seem to do a very good job of identifying desert and remote areas to do massive solar farms.  Do a search on the map for "solar farm" and see your self.  We have almost 2,000 solar farms locations listed in the database as of today.  

Southern California Solar Farms and Solar Parking Locations

Solar Map of Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego commercial apartments, buildings & parking lots and roof.
Southern California Solar Locations Map
Solar Map of Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego commercial apartments, buildings & parking lots and roof.  One thing that strikes me from looking at these locations is why are there not more buildings with solar panels in Orange County, Irvine and Palm Springs?  Is this a circumstantial issue or cultural of adopting renewable energy?  Appreciate your thoughts.  This map is continuously updated.  

Idaho's First Solar Farm is HUGE!

Idaho's first solar farm satellite image is on about 500 acres just southwest of Boise.
Idaho's First Solar Farm is Huge
The state’s first solar power farm is on about 500 acres just southwest of Boise. When the project, known as Boise City Solar, is finished it will produce enough megawatts to power 29,000 homes during good solar exposure. That’s more homes than a city the size of Idaho Falls.

Top Solar Upgrades for Your Home in 2016

solar roof image drawing

Incorporating the use of solar power within your overall home design is one of the best ways to reduce your household’s carbon footprint while also saving an impressive amount of money on energy costs every year. Luckily, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars in home improvements to benefit from the power of solar. Modernize suggests introducing one or more of these effective solar upgrades for your home that are sure to pay off in 2016:

The Lighting

One of the best ways to benefit from the use of solar is to update your home’s lighting. This can be done by incorporating a few natural lighting features into your space. Start by identifying areas in your home that are used most often throughout the day, and which extra lighting will enhance the use of said spaces.

These spaces can be fitted with solar skylights that reduce the need for artificial lighting. In many cases, you should find that artificial lighting isn’t needed at all until it gets dark outside. Many solar skylights can be opened and closed with the touch of a button to increase natural air flow throughout your home without costing you a dime on energy costs.

The Windows

By simply applying solar insulation film to your home’s windows, you will minimize sun glare, protect your flooring and furniture from harmful UV rays, and improve energy efficiency, which means lower energy bills at the end of the month. Solar insulation film is easy to install and comes in a variety of colors, shades, and designs that should make it easy for you to customize each room’s look and feel.

sun roof window

 The Landscape

Placing solar garden lights throughout your front and back yards will ensure safe travel in the dark so you can enjoy your outdoor spaces no matter what time of day. But beyond basic garden lights, it’s a good idea to incorporate solar in others ways if possible such as:

·         Replacing your garage and gate opener with solar-powered options.
·         Incorporating solar fountains into features that include standing water.
·         Lining the sidewalks with solar light strings to enhance visibility upon returns home in the dark.

In addition, consider setting up an outdoor kitchen that features a solar fridge and oven.

solar water heater

The Water System

An smart way to save money on both energy and water heating costs is to replace your electric or propane water heater with a solar powered option. A solar hot water heater can save you up to 50 percent on your hot water heating costs, and reduce your household’s C02 emissions by about the same amount. You can save even more money as well as optimize your water system’s pressure and functioning by installing a solar water pump, too.

These fun solar update ideas can be implemented one at a time, offering you gradual benefits that will continue to grow in time.

How to Add New Solar Locations to the Map

how to add solar roof to map database
Use Satellite View & Zoom in on Rooftop Location and Click Map Select a Location

Savings Breakdown: When Solar Will Start Paying Off?

If you’re like most people who are thinking about investing in a solar system for their home, you likely have plenty of questions about how your investment will benefit you both now and in the future. You’re right to question the payoff of solar, as it typically requires a hefty initial investment of anywhere between $5,000 and $80,000 dollars to get started, depending on the kind of system you want to implement.

Modernize believes that it’s important to gain insight into when your solar system will start paying off before you make an investment—here are some aspects to consider that should help you make your final purchasing decision:

On the Grid or Off?

If you choose to invest in a solar system that can be tied to your local energy company’s power grid, you can get away with a smaller system and use traditional power as backup while still saving plenty of money on your energy bills each month. On the other hand, if you purchase a grid-tied solar system that fully meets your household’s energy needs, you should be able to sell any leftover power you generate at the end of the month to the electric company for a tidy profit.

Investing in an off-grid system will require a bigger investment upfront, as you’ll have to provide your home with energy to meet its daily needs plus a significant bumper for those days when it’s overcast or stormy outside, and your solar panels have access to limited sunlight throughout the day. With a grid-tied system you can expect to save about $1,000 a year on energy costs, and with an off-grid system you’ll eliminate your energy costs altogether.

solar roof

Looking at Tax Incentives

Luckily, you can look forward to tax incentives as a result of investing in solar power, which will help offset your initial investment costs and minimize the time it takes for the system to pay for itself. The incentives you are eligible for depends on the state in which you reside and the type of solar system you plan to have installed on your home. Depending on where you live, you may be eligible to receive a rebate for up to 70 percent of the cost of your solar system purchase and installation. In addition, you may be able to claim a deduction on your taxes for your solar system when filing time comes around.

solar calculator
Solar Savings Breakdown
Putting it All Together

To get a good idea about when your new solar system will start paying off and whether or not the investment is a worthwhile one, you’ll need to sit down and determine how much power your household uses on a daily basis. There are many online calculators that will help you get the job done.

Once you know how much power your home needs, you can figure out what size solar system is required for your home and how much it’s going to cost you upfront. You can then figure out what kinds of incentives and tax refunds your state will offer you to estimate how much you’ll save in upfront costs.

To determine your monthly energy savings, you need to figure out how much power you will still be using from the energy company compared to what you used before the solar was installed. You will pay the difference (if any) to your energy company and keep the rest for yourself as savings.

It’s a good idea to sit down and speak with a professional solar system provider to determine exactly how much power your home needs and how much money you can expect to save. 

India Solar Energy Map

Map of Solar Farms in India
Discuss and Add New Solar Farms, Solar Roofs and Solar Parking Lots to the Map

India Solar Farm View from Satellite

Map of India Solar Farm in Desert
India Solar Farms View From Satellite

Viewing satellite images is a great way to add new solar locations to the map.  Use the satellite image viewer in the upper right corner of the map.  Then click on the + sign of the map to add the solar farm location.  

Largest Floating Solar Farm in the World

Solar Farm on Japan's Yamakura Dam
Solar Farm on Japan's Yamakura Dam 

In the fallout of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has rapidly escalated its commitment to solar energy. That presents a problem: utility-scale photovoltaic farms require a big chunk of real estate but Japan doesn’t have an abundance of land to spare. The solution: floating solar arrays.

With three floating solar farms (1.2MW, 1.7MW, and 2.3MW) already producing power in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan now embarks on the most ambitious one of its kind: a 13.7 megawatt floating array that dwarfs its largest ancestor by nearly 600%. When completed, it will be the most powerful waterborne PV farm in the world.

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