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Renewable Sources Continue Explosive Growth | Renewable Energy News Article

Renewable Sources Continue Explosive Growth | Renewable Energy News Article. By Ken Bossong, SUN DAY Campaign

January 4, 2012

Renewables now provide 12% of domestic energy production, 14% more than 2010; and renewable electrical output increased 25%, which contributes to 13% of U.S. power.

For the first nine months of 2011, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass/biofuels, geothermal, solar, water, wind) provided 11.95% of domestic U.S. energy production. That compares to 10.85% for the same period in 2010 and 10.33% in 2009. By comparison, nuclear power provided just 10.62% of the nation’s energy production in the first three quarters of 2011 — i.e., 11.10% less than renewables.

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German Solar Output Increases by 60% in 2011 | Renewable Energy News Article

German Solar Output Increases by 60% in 2011 | Renewable Energy News Article.

By Stephen Lacey, Climate Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just weeks after the solar industry installed the one millionth system in Germany, the country’s solar trade association announced that the technology accounted for three percent of total energy generation in 2011 — increasing 60 percent over 2010 to 18.6 terawatt-hours (18.6 billion kilowatt-hours).

End of the DTE Solar Currents Program

DTE announced this week the end of the residential Solar Currents Program stating that they had reached their goals and the program was full. This program paid $2.40 per watt of any residential solar electric (PV) installation up to 20kW/meter plus a net metering program of .11 cents/kW fed back to the grid for 20 years.

DTE will still be participating in the net metering portion but will not be paying any upfront installation rates. That means there is still the possibility for the homeowner to receive credits for the energy they produce and feed into the grid, and possibly having negative utility bills, depending on the size of the system installed.

There is some rumor that DTE may consider reallocating some of the commercial program into a new residential program. We are hoping that they do in the very near future.

Many of the solar companies we talked to have lost business immediately because homeowners were counting on the Solar Currents program to be able to install a system for their home. The announcement of the system end came abruptly and took many companies and homeowners by surprise.

The Federal Tax Credit of 30% of total installation of any solar system, accept pool heating, still stands until 2016. There is also the possibility of selling power to the open market as a REC (Renewable Energy Credit).

Link to DTE Press Release  http://dteenergy.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=614

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What’s Keeping Solar Hot Water From Going Main Stream? Some Thoughts and Solutions from Solar Fred | UnThink Solar

What’s Keeping Solar Hot Water From Going Main Stream? Some Thoughts and Solutions from Solar Fred | UnThink Solar.

A bloggers thoughts on this highly efficient but unknown, blingless and very wise use of solar, especially for Michigan … ok anywhere there is sun.

Solar Hot Water System in Southeastern Michigan

Solar Hot Water in Southeastern Michigan

Green practices conflict with homeowners associations

Our story with Dan Hall fighting Homeowners Associations to install solar on their rooftops is a common theme played out across the land these days. USA Today covered the article and Dan was included in it.

Go to the link:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2010-05-12-green-conflict_N.htm  to read the full story.

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