Top 5 Websites for New Mexico Solar

In New Mexico, solar power is truly a hot topic.  I thought I’d put together a list of our 5 top sites that we (as an installation company) visit to give us more information and education.  Keep in mind, these websites give great information and are educational resources for solar across the country, but also […]

The Importance of Operations and Maintenance for Utility Solar

PV power plants are not maintenance free; they require a regimen of continual monitoring, periodic inspection, scheduled preventive maintenance, and service calls. These actions address unplanned outages, repair and restart, and various O&M activities needed to enhance long term up-time, performance, and economic viability. Experienced O&M providers are fully equipped to provide ongoing operations […]

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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 […]

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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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 […]

Top Questions Before The Solar Installation: Part 1

The decision to switch to solar power involves many choices.  We always encourage homeowners to do their research and due diligence before signing a contract – as well as obtaining quotes from at least 3 solar installers.  Taking the time to make the decision will save you stress and worry, and lead you to […]

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Benefits

Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) is a growing area within the booming renewable energy industry. Research from NanoMarkets forecasts that the BIPV market is projected to surpass $11 billion by 2016.  Growing from 343 megawatts installed to 3.6 gigawatts installed by 2016.  That’s 3.6 billion watts!  According to an National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical report on BIPV, many stakeholders describe BIPV as a multifunctional product—one that acts as both a building material and a device that generates electricity (e.g., a solar shingle).

Most of the residential solar installations are Building Applied Photovoltaics (BAPV), meaning that the solar is a retrofit, added to the roof  after the structure is completed.  BIPV systems replace building elements instead of being applied over other elements.  In this case, we are speaking of carport arrays, and awnings designed to shade building structures.

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