Solar Sister’s energy rank rises dramatically

My sister and her husband’s solar system was recently connected to the grid.  Their text message and embedded image nicely summarize what they think of their system:

Sister neighbor efficiency rank

              “Here is a great shot of our home energy report.  Thank you solar!”

An astronomical rise relative to their neighbors, from near the bottom to near the top.

When I received this image, I was reminded of a TED talk by Alex Laskey.  Laskey found that people are more highly motivated to save energy if they know how much energy they use relative to their neighbors.  Using human behavior to motivate energy conservation is a simple yet powerful idea.

And now that I see my Sister’s report, I wonder what motivated her and her husband to go solar:  the fact some of their neighbors also installed solar systems, my happiness with solar power, being able to make serious money by selling SRECs, or was it being ranked 98th out of 100 back in February???

Victory for solar power in NC, net metering rules upheld

Details can be found here:  http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/10/victory-for-solar-owners-in-north-carolina/

This benefits homeowners who have solar or who want to go solar.  There will be no changes in the net metering cost rate for the next 15 years.

In other words, the rate that homeowners get for a kWh of electricity will remain equal to the rate that the Utility companies charge for a kWh of electricity.

Duke Energy tried unsuccessfully, and unfairly, to reduce this rate, as I described in an earlier post.

Contact the North Carolina Utilities Commission, to oppose changes to net metering

As mentioned below, net metering is under attack in NC.  I just got an email from Maria Kingery, CEO of Southern Energy Management (the company that installed our solar system), describing how to contact the NC Utilities Commission:

#1.  Write an email to the “Chief Clerk of the Commission.” Include “Docket E-100, Sub 83: Net Metering” as the subject.

  • Identify Yourself
  • In your letter, please let the  commission know who you are and why you decided to invest in solar.  YOUR story is important for them to hear and appreciate.
  • Tell the Utilities Commission: “I DO NOT support changes to net metering that will kill rooftop solar in North Carolina.
  • Ask the Utilities Commission to oppose changes to net metering!

#2.  Send your email to the Utilities Commission: statements@ncuc.net or by U.S. mail to:    North Carolina Utilities Commission, 4325 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699

I feel it is important to fight to keep net metering, to keep solar power strong in America.  I just sent off my email.