Tag: "npr"

12/01/14

  09:49:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 174 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Residential Solar

NPR gets the message - Solar is Now!

Readers of this blog know that solar is growing like crazy, and it looks like NPR has gotten the message. 
(H/T SolarWakeup.com)

Here is a Morning Edition story that you may have missed from last week amid the holiday hoopla:

Here are some key take aways:

  • Solar is growing fast - indeed, year-over-year growth of 30%+ is the hallmark of an exploding industry;
  • Costs are falling fast - with greater scale come the inevitable cost reductions making solar more affordable for more people;
  • Those falling costs don’t necessarily involve labor in China - LG modules that we use are made in South Korea;
  • Innovative financing is helping - true, but with a caveat. Residential leases are still a trap for people who aren’t good with math, but improved loan programs, the return of Home Equity Lines of Credit, and even HERO financing all have an important part to play.

Given that so many of our clients are NPR listeners, it is good to see that they are finally helping to spread the word that solar is here to stay!

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04/29/13

  05:54:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 155 words  
Categories: Solar Economics, Pasadena Solar, Commercial Solar, Residential Solar

Run on Sun & KPCC Partner to Provide Solar Benefits

KPCC logoTwo of Pasadena’s most beloved institutions - NPR affiliate KPCC and Run on Sun - have joined forces to offer KPCC Members exclusive benefits on solar power systems.  As the only solar power company offering Member Benefits, Run on Sun is demonstrating its commitment to the outstanding programming on KPCC and to enriching the lives of its Members.

Here is the deal as shown on KPCC’s Member Benefits page:

Members receive:

  • $500 off a residential solar power system, 5kW or larger;
  • $2500 off a commercial solar power system, 30kW or larger.

To qualify for this special offer, just show us your Benefits Card when we come out to do your free solar site evaluation.

Wait, what, you aren’t a Member yet?  No worries - just click over to the KPCC website and make a one-time contribution of $60!  (Wow, how is that for an immediate return on your investment?)  Or better yet, become a sustaining member.  It is the ultimate win-win!

10/06/11

  02:09:00 pm, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 509 words  
Categories: Solar Economics, Solar Rebates, SEIA

DOE Loan Guarantees - A Smart Bet

Does the Solyndra failure mean, as some would assert, that the entire DoE loan guarantee program is a scam that puts taxpayer dollars at undue risk?  Hardly.  The vast majority of the projects approved under the program present very little risk to taxpayers. So why don’t people know that?

We came across a couple of items today that seem to put this in some perspective.  The first was a story on NPR that outlined Republican opposition to the loan program even though 16 of the 28 projects that it supported already have in place long-term energy sales contracts - making them nearly risk free.  Nevertheless, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fl), now opposes the program entirely (although he backed it when it originated during the Bush Administration) and he believes that we simply “cannot compete with the Chinese” in solar panels and wind turbines.

Here’s the entire story - it is worth a listen:

By way of contrast, the second piece that came to our attention today is from Rhone Resch, head of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA).  Resch was sending out an update to the SEIA membership - Run on Sun is a proud SEIA member - sharing with them a blog post he received from Dan Pfeiffer, Communications Director at the White House.  Drawing a clear distinction from Rep. Stearns, Pfeiffer cited Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s admonition over this past weekend:

The United States faces a choice today: Will we sit on the sidelines and fall behind or will we play to win the clean energy race? Some say this is a race America can’t win. They’re ready to wave the white flag and declare defeat… Others say this is a race America shouldn’t even be in. They say we can’t afford to invest in clean energy. I say we can’t afford not to.

It’s not enough for our country to invent clean energy technologies – we have to make them and use them too. Invented in America, made in America, and sold around the world – that’s how we’ll create good jobs and lead in the 21st century.

Secretary Chu is absolutely right and it should be a matter of pride for all Americans that we not only compete, but that we win this competition.  After all, Solyndra notwithstanding, we are competing successfully right now.  Consider:

  • America’s solar industry accounts for approximately 100,000 jobs right now - despite intermittant rebate programs and lots of bad press.
  • The U.S. is a net global exporter of solar technology with $5.6 billion in exports and an overall positive trade balance of $1.8 billion.
  • We have enjoyed such positive results despite other governments providing far more lucrative incentives to their renewable energy industries than what the U.S. industry has received.  Indeed, China alone has offered its solar manufacturers $30 billion in government financing - vastly exceeding the total U.S. investment.

The solution to our problems is not to throw up our hands in despair and slink from the playing field.  Rather, it is time to redouble our efforts and make the sort of investments that will really help our manufacturers - and installers, thank you - thrive.

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