In no way should private charity ever be expected to replace large-scale government assistance -- at which the Trump administration is unconscionably, "unimaginably" failing. But there's been talk that Puerto Rico should rebuild its … [Read more...]
Electricity rates will drop for the summer – but are you ready for next winter?
With the recent news about the net-metering cap and the republishing to the front page of Lynne's post "Going Solar: A Massachusetts Journey", interest in solar power has been high around these parts, so I thought I would keep it going with … [Read more...]
Solar Power Economics: Should you own or lease your system?
Many people still question if solar power is a cost-effective solution for families and businesses, but in Massachusetts the question has been definitively answered with a resounding "YES!". Consider this: A 5,000 watt system (20 panels … [Read more...]
The Economics of Solar Power, 2012 Edition
I was laid off from my job as a software engineer in January, and I went back to work selling solar power systems for a local firm called Second Generation Energy, LLC. I prefer this line of work to writing systems for the 1%! Last year, … [Read more...]
On Not Doing 9/11, Or, Right Now, I’ve Got A Desk To Clear
I’m going to be really honest with you: after all the fights at the mall to get just the right present for everybody and the giant hassle of going to the Post Office so I can get the perfect stamps for my cards – and then worrying that I … [Read more...]
Updated: The economics of residential solar power in MA
I'm updating this diary to add the video of Jamie Eldrige's remarks at Kate Donaghue's place in Westboro, showing off her new solar panels: For the purpose of this post, we'll use a typical residential solar power system, which consists of … [Read more...]
In light of the disasters, what we need to do NOW (Good Politics+Good Policy=Good Future)
An exclusively clean energy bill will have great results for relatively little cost, and will be very popular as well. It reduces our dependence on foreign oil, helps prevent more disasters like these, creates jobs, and, if a … [Read more...]
Why can’t stimulus funds or loans save this project?
No Sun, Just Clouds BROCKTON - It was hailed as the first solar-powered condominium development in New England: Johnson Square Village would feature 26 town house condos equipped with rooftop solar panels, energy-efficient heating systems, … [Read more...]