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Debunking Solar Myths… Myth #4

Solar Power is not good for the Utility Grid 

Two weeks ago, I was speaking at the New Mexico Co-op Members Association meeting (where all the NM Electric Co-ops meet to share ideas), and I was asked:  “How can solar benefit my utility?”

This is what I told them:

Not only can solar help you meet your renewable portfolio […]

Should I store my excess energy in batteries?

Thinking of investing in a grid-tie solar PV system?  Direct grid-tie PV systems will not produce power when the grid fails. For safety reasons, your home solar power system will automatically shut off if the power goes out. This is to protect utility workers who might be working on damaged or downed […]

Debunking Solar Myths… Myth #5

I will have to change all my appliances if I get solar

Many homeowners perceive solar is a complete switchover from regular utility electricity.  In fact, you don’t have to change out any of your appliances.  With a grid-tie system, there is no change with the way power is distributed through your home or the […]

Rising Energy Costs and Solar Power

In this day and age, solar power has become a viable energy solution with widespread benefits to our health, economy, and environment. When you generate your own electricity with solar, your utility bill can decline significantly.

Focusing on renewable energy sources has become a global movement. As the popularity of solar grows, it has become […]

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Will a Solar Power System Increase My Property Taxes in New Mexico?

One notorious myth about solar is that it increases property costs for homeowners.  Today we are here to dispel that myth…

In New Mexico, HB 233 (of 2010) exempted residential solar energy systems from property tax assessments.  HB 233 states that solar systems will not be treated as physical improvements, and therefore, […]

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PV 101: What Does “Net-Metering” Mean for Homeowners?

What is Net Metering?

According to DSIRE Solar Portal (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency), 43 US states (and Washington D.C.) utilize a form of net metering and have enacted net metering policy.  Procedure and policy can vary for each state.

Net energy metering (or “net metering”) is a special billing […]

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PV 101: What does “Behind The Meter” mean?

Solar In the Taos Area

In New Mexico, specifically in Taos and the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) Territory, there exists a 5% cap on the limit of generating renewable energy.  The 5% limit is imposed on the local cooperative by Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the KCEC wholesale supplier.  Under agreement […]

Solar Installation Step-By-Step for Homeowners

Residential solar electric systems can provide energy independence for homeowners.  BUT, remember …  its always good to play an active role in the process.

Although the actual solar panel install and wiring may only take a few days, there are other considerations and factors that come into play when completing a solar installation.  Here are […]

Residential | Home Solar Power System

Case Study:  Single Family Residential Solar | Northern New Mexico

The owner of this lovely mountainside property was motivated by decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, as well as the smart investment opportunity – to invest in levelizing the cost of their energy.

Solar Installation

Commissioned December 2013

Financing/Notes From […]

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51kW Solar Array Time-Lapse [Video]: Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso

Since 1934, Eastern New Mexico University has served the region as a center of higher education and life-long learning, providing educational opportunities for an expanding spectrum of learners.  PPC Solar is proud to have been chosen to install the 51kW roof-top solar array that will power the school.  This project provides the school […]