With Rooftop Solar On The Rise, U.s. Utilities Are Striking Back

Salt Lake City creates solar power information website

A bill in the California legislature, backed by the utility interests would add $120 a year in fees to rooftop solar customers. But other utility companies are adopting a different strategy they are joining forces with solar interests. NRG Energy, based in Princeton, N.J., has created a rooftop solar unit to sell systems to businesses and,eventually, homeowners. New Jerseys PSE&G is making loans to solar customers, and Duke Energy and Edison International have invested in Clean Power Finance , a San Francisco-based firm that has raised half a billion dollars to finance solar projects. The industry is divided on how to deal with the opportunity or threat, says Nat Kreamer , Clean Power Finances CEO. Some utilities are saying, how do I make money off distributed solar, as opposed to, how do I fight distributed solar. Distributed solar which produces electricity outside the grid has become one of the more polarizing topics in the power industry, with some utilities joining the party, some doing just what is legislatively mandated, and others remaining reluctant and not being true believers, according to a new report from Citi Research, called Rising Sun: Implications for U.S. Utilities. The report warns the utilities that solar is here to stay, and very early in the growth cycle in the U.S. Until recently, utilities could ignore solar.
For the initial completed resource, take a peek at http://www.alternet.org/environment/rooftop-solar-rise-us-utilities-are-striking-back

Dietz & Watson warehouse blaze: solar panels hampered firefighting, officials say

The districts legal staff then spent four months reviewing that agreement ultimately requesting only minor changes. The countys legal staff responded quickly, and approved a revised partnership agreement within one week, according to the timeline. But with the ball back in the school districts court, things slowed down. Another three months passed before School Board members were presented with the agreement to vote on. When the school district finally tried to hire a construction company, there were more problems. The price estimates coming from various companies were too high. Broward County agreed to contribute another $20,000 so that the solar panels could still be built. The next issue to arise, however, derailed the project for good.
For the first comprehensive resource, take a closer look at http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/03/3604090/broward-loses-out-on-grant-to.html

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:15 am Solar panels rise in Walmart parking lot By DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer The Glendale Star | 0comments Rising in the parking lot at the Walmart on Northern Avenue are covered parking stalls that look to be a nice addition for people looking to shop and keep their cars cool. But there is something more than just covered parking spaces. Looking to extend its environmental sustainability, Walmart has begun installing solar panels on the tops of those covers to supply electricity to the store. We set out in 2005 to increase our environmental sustainability as an essential ingredient to our company, said Senior Manager of Sustainability Communications Chris Schroeder. We started construction on the covered parking panels in several Arizona stores as a test because the climate is perfect for it. The solar power pilot project is a major step toward Walmarts goal of having each store supplied by 100 percent renewable energy.Each solar power-generating system can provide up to 20 percent of the power for the store in which it is installed.By Walmarts estimates, installing the solar power systems will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6,500-10,000 metric tons per year. Pilot project stores are expected to achieve savings over their current utility rates immediately – as soon as the first day of operation, said Schroeder. Schroeder said that Walmarts environmental sustainability program has become an essential ingredient for the company doing business responsibly and successfully. As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart sees the solar panels as a potential to save its customers money and help ensure a better world for generations to come. SolarCity, a national company based in California with an office in Arizona, was hired by Walmart after the company had used them in the past. We work with different vendors around the country, but we have a good working relationship with SolarCity, Schroeder said.
For the original comprehensive source, take a closer look at http://www.glendalestar.com/news/article_dfe7b260-10d0-11e3-9aa1-0019bb2963f4.html

Solar panels rise in Walmart parking lot

“We may very well not be able to save buildings that have alternative energy,” William Kramer, New Jerseys acting fire marshall, said after Delanco Fire Chief Ron Holt refused to send his firefighters onto the roof of the 300,000-square foot Dietz & Watson facility, ablaze since Sunday afternoon. Solar panels are particularly hazardous to firefighters for a number of reasons, according to Ken Willette, a division manager with the National Fire Protection Association. “There is a possibility of electric shock because the electricity to the panels cant be shut off,” he said, “and not having a clear path on the roof to cut a ventilation hole is another challenge.” Essentially, solar panels, comprised of photoelectric cells, generate electricity from solar radiation, and any kind of light at all, said Willette, will activate the panels, including “streetlights, floodlights, even firefighters flashlights. Those panels are extremely efficient.” Those fighting the Dietz & Watson blaze were hampered by water supply issues, too, according to Kramer, and even as much of the fire had died out by today, the building was still being doused with water from fire hoses. Electric shock and slipping and tripping on solar panel roof displays are just two of a number of potential hazards in fighting fires at “green” structures, say experts. Others include structural collapse because of the weight of the panels on the roof and inhalation exposure as solar batteries exposed to fire are capable of generating extremely caustic fumes and gases. The installation of thousands of solar panels on the roof of the warehouse in Delanco township hampered firefighting efforts from Sunday afternoon until Monday evening, officials said. A Star-Ledger file photo of solar panels.Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger With more than 9,000 solar energy installations, the Garden State is the second largest solar energy market in the United States after California, according to a 2010 report, “Solar Power and its Impact on the Fire Service,” produced by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. Although the maximum voltage of a solar panel system is just 600 volts, a low voltage, according to the Division of Fire Safety, from “even a momentary contact … can produce continuous shock, thermal injury and ventricular fibrillation.” In its own 2010 report, the Fire Protection Research Foundation said, “The inability to de-energize individual photovoltaic panels exposed to sunlight cannot be overemphasized.
Originally encountered at http://www.nj.com/burlington/index.ssf/2013/09/dietz_and_watson_warehouse_fire_solar_panels_make_battling_blaze_much_harder_officials_say.html

Broward loses out on grant to put solar panels at middle school

Miami-Dade police are investigating a police involved shooting on NW 6th court and 79th Street. Thursday, Sept., 5, 2013.

4 2013 1:48 p.m. MDT Updated: 17 hours ago Salt Lake City has announced a new digital tool aimed at streamlining the path to solar energy use. Screenshot Enlarge photo Summary Salt Lake City has announced a new digital tool aimed at streamlining the path to solar energy use. SALT LAKE CITY Utah’s capital city has announced a new digital tool aimed at streamlining the path to solar energy use. The tool, http://www.SolarSimplified.org , was developed with the goal of simplifying the solar process for all sectors, with the overall objective of reducing the time, costs and complexity of going solar. The website was created by Salt Lake City and Utah Clean Energy, with contributions from Salt Lake County and the Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center, and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Rooftop Solar Challenge and the Wasatch Solar Challenge. Local clean energy experts at Utah Clean Energy developed the websites content, with senior policy associate Sara Baldwin at the helm of the project.
For the initial completed resource, have a look at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865585773/Salt-Lake-City-creates-solar-power-information-website.html?pg=all


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