Harvesting The Sun For Profit And Sustainability: New Solar Opportunities For California Agriculture

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Commercial Solar PV Ownership Structures and Financing – Whitepaper

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NEMA- The Best Thing To Happen To Your Farm In Decades

It turns out if you devote a small percentage of your farm to solar, you can generate substantial savings on a per acre basis. Despite the tens of thousands in electricity savings that can be acquired from on-site solar generation, utility policies have plagued farmers from doing so, until the introduction of NEMA. No, it’s […]

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Commercial Solar PV System Ownership Structures and Financing – Webinar

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California Net Metering’s New Alternatives: Now You Can Mix and Match

By Cynthia Clark, Alta Energy – Director of Energy Market Operations The Net Energy Metering (“NEM”) methodology has proven to be a very effective way of facilitating distributed solar generation. NEM compensates solar system owners, in both commercial and residential sectors, at retail electricity rates for the power they produce while allowing them to retain […]

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Commercial Solar PV System Ownership Structures and Financing

By Howard Lee, VP of Business Development As the installed price of solar PV installations in the US has decreased by more than 50% from 2002 to 2013[1] and companies such as Walmart and Costco have together installed more than 100MW of solar PV capacity[2], many commercial and industrial (C&I) property owners and tenants (together […]

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Demand Charge – Part 2: How can Solar Reduce Demand Charge?

By Chris Hart, Manager of Engineering & Analytics This is the second part in a three-part series on Demand Charges. In the first installment, we covered the basics of demand and demand charge. This time we’ll address how solar can (in theory) be used to reduce the demand charge portion of your electric bill. We’ll […]

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Demand Charge – Part 1: Understanding Demand Charges

By Chris Hart, Manager of Engineering & Analytics More and more often in solar conversations, the topic of demand charge arises, but there’s still confusion about the subject. Over the next several weeks, Alta Energy will run a blog series designed to help you better understand the intricacies of demand charges, how a solar system […]

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Natural Gas and PV Solar: Can’t we all just get along?

We are often asked “How will solar become competitive when natural gas is so abundant and priced so low in the U.S.?” A simple question – but one that begs for a complex answer. First, let’s look at some data on the Natural Gas environment: Over 90% of all generation capacity added in the U.S. […]

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Solar Surging: Looking Ahead to the 2013 Solar Year

By Chris Hart, Manager of Engineering & Analytics Despite concerns about the state of the economy and trouble in the solar manufacturing sector, 2012 was a banner year for the solar energy industry.  Looking forward, this momentum seems to be carrying over into 2013, likely propelling solar to its best year yet. Official figures have […]

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