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The End of History?

September 23, 2016 — In 1992, an historian named Francis Fukuyama published a book titled The End of History and the Last Man. In the relatively peaceful, prosperous 1990’s his book’s title became a meme for those who prophesied that the next century would see the end of radical ideologies and a reign of universal […]

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Battery Storage Recharged With 20 MW Tesla/Utility Hookup

September 23, 2016 — Battery storage has been dropping in price but until now most projects have been small industrial sized projects that take advantage of peak/off peak arbitrage and help shave demand. Now a major utility project may open the door for more ambitious projects. Southern California Edison has purchased 20 MW of batteries […]

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Green-washing: Hyperbole or Hypocrisy?

July 25, 2016 — For years many corporations have been touting sustainable business practices. They claim two benefits. • The environmental benefits of a lower carbon footprint, and • The economic benefits of seeking renewable energy solutions such as solar and wind. Sometimes these companies achieve their goals. Other times they fall short or, even […]

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End of the World?

July 25, 2016 — I have never considered myself a pessimist, let alone one who spends a lot of time obsessing about the end of the world. In college, I zoned out when the religion professor began to talk about eschatology. I never understood it let alone learned to spell it … until now. True, […]

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Best Ways to Lower Utility Bills

June 14, 2016 — Websites are full of advice from contractors on how to lower utility bills for electricity and natural gas. The Solomon Energy team has been working with homeowners and businesses for close to two decades and has learned a simple truth: Caveat Emptor: Let the buyer beware! Consumers need to discount the […]

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Community Solar vs. Rooftop Solar Choosing the Best Solution

June 14, 2016 — We recently were asked by a homeowner whether he should defer installing solar panels on his roof or wait for community solar to come to his area. As the price of solar panels has dropped in recent years close to 200,000 homeowners have installed rooftop systems. Many more homeowners, however, have […]

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Pipeline Delays Pose Risk for Northeast Consumers

June 10, 2016 — Continuing obstacles for new pipeline capacity into New England could pose risks for consumers who depend on natural gas fired electric generation. Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, recently withdrew its application for a $3.3 billion, 412-mile project, the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, which would have run […]

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Trump vs. Clinton: Both Candidates Urge Change in Environmental Policy

June 9, 2016 — Now that both major parties have rallied round their presumptive nominees it is time to assess the impact either candidate may have as President. Based on their prior comments, it appears that change is in the works no matter who wins in November. Arguably, President Obama has pushed one of the […]

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What is Shared Solar?

June 2, 2016 — The term “shared solar” is sometimes considered a subset of a broader category of “community solar” but the terms are virtual synonyms. The term “shared solar” is rapidly overtaking “community solar” as more and more states refer to solar farm net metering programs as Shared Solar or Community Shared Solar. In […]

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Community or Shared Solar: Reality or Scam?

May 24, 2016 — Suppose electricity consumers want to lower their utility bills or reduce their carbon emissions. What can they do? Renewable energy alternatives such as solar photovoltaic and wind generation are one option. Another option is reducing consumption through conservation or greater efficiency of chillers, motors, and furnaces. These self-help projects are often […]

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