Taos Academy Charter School Solar Array Video

One of our favorite things about being in the solar industry is putting solar on schools, and being able to share our solar knowledge with the students.  For 7 weeks, we are teaching a Solar Energy Lab Class at Taos Academy.  Using the solar array as a teaching tool has been invaluable and given […]

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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 […]

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 “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 […]

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 […]

Old School Solar PV Equipment [Video]!

We discovered solar treasure!  During our recent move, we unearthed some interesting pieces of Solar PV history, as well as our own history at PPC Solar…  This was groundbreaking in the 70’s!  Now it’s a cool testimony to where we come from, and how long we have been in business.  Please share – and […]

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