Author Archives: Aram

Pecan Street insights on panel orientation

DECA has long advocated policy makers consider changing their incentive programs to reflect the value of west, rather than south facing solar panels.  It’s good to see the folks at Pecan Street have quantified this intuitive  assessment. While the article at Greentech Media ( seem to have done it somewhat wrong, the fact is “There’s no […]
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The benefits of funding residential solar

While there are undoubtedly a great many benefits to installing solar on your own home, it’s becoming more and more apparent that there are real benefits to helping others do the same. GigaOm reports as much in their recent article on the growing interest in solar financing - which is finally getting some more mainstream press […]
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Solar Thermal in California

If you happen to live in California you should be taking note of the great incentives for heating water with sunlight instead of gas or electricity. These incentives aren’t small either: $2,175 is the “initial incentive level” if you are offsetting natural gas as a heating source. That’s a pretty great incentive for a system […]
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Tuppeware Parties for Solar and “Anchor Tenants”

Just saw a great article in the New York Times about how the first PV system in a neighborhood can act as an “anchor tenant” for PV in the community. It’s not that surprising is it? Once people see the benefits of making your own electricity – how simple it is as well as how […]
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Sharing your work is fun

The Internet is full of surprises. I happened to stumble upon a great DIY website called that allows folks to post their solar production data for anyone to check out. Most of the content is from Australia, where the site is based, but obviously the numbers are growing worldwide. In addition to output data, […]
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Goldman Sachs Pieces on Renewables and Clean Tech

Goldman Sachs recently released videos they produced as part of an ad campaign that focus on renewable energy and clean tech. In what I would consider typical Goldman fashion they’re not greenwashing or trying to trumpet their environmental commitment – they’re talking about making money (which as an investment bank is what they are supposed […]
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A One Hundred Percent Solar Country

The rather incredibly small country of Tokelau, which is somewhere beautiful between Hawaii and New Zealand recently announced it was going solar, they weren’t kidding. As reported by New Zealand 3 News they are flipping the switches on their inverters right about now and giving up on their $1,000,000/year diesel habit that had been keeping […]
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Heat Exchangers and Investments for Saving Energy

Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated sources for saving on one’s energy bill is a heat exchanger.   The basic idea of a heat exchanger is to take an existing source of heat (from air or water), concentrate it, and pass air over it to provide heat for a home.  Conveniently, they can work in […]
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DECA recently signed on with SunRun, SunEdison, First Solar and others in an open letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee opposing cuts to the GoSolarSF program. Contrary to popular belief it’s not always foggy in San Francisco and even with the fog residential and small commercial electricity producers can make quite a few Watts. […]
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Building Energy Efficiency and Solar-Readiness

It was good to see the Sacramento Bee noticing the positive changes in energy efficiency standards put forward by the California Energy Commission recently. DECA commented on these proposed changes arguing that they did not go far enough – in particular that “solar ready” should include readily accessible mounting hardware for solar installations rather than […]
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