Break the Chain – A Manifesto for Everyone without Solar

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Dear Solar Consumer, I was considering blogging about some factual details and arguments for the use of solar power; details about its benefits and economic advantages and why a typical New Mexico consumer, whether business or household, should invest in a solar generation solution. I could have written about the triple bottom line – People, Planet and Profit.  About how all of the “smart companies do it”.   I would…

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Solar and Fire Safety

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Do I need to worry about them lighting on fire? This is one of the most common questions we get from customers who are preparing to install a solar array on their home or business, and there is definitely logic behind the query. After all, solar panels are electrical equipment, and all electrical equipment has some fire hazard associated with it. Also, anything sitting on top of the roof in a New Mexico summer…

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Solar Vineyard

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One of my greatest passions is helping local businesses thrive in New Mexico. While there are challenges to operating in a small state like ours, I’ve often found solar solutions for small businesses that allow for lower operating costs, increased cash flow and a predictable ROI. One of my customers operates a vineyard here in Albuquerque. The hot summer months are watering season, which has historically resulted in excessively high electricity costs.

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The Triple Bottom Line for Business – People, Planet, Profit!

Key statistics from the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) now prove what we at Affordable Solar have known for some time: solar makes more sense than ever for your business! In the past few years, the 45% drop in costs for commercial solar installations has fueled an explosive interest in solar for businesses across the United States. Companies such as Ikea and Apple already justify solar to their shareholders as a great…

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PNM Filing for a Rate Hike

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PNM plans to file for another rate hike by this December, according to a recent Albuquerque Journal report. The hike, if approved by the state Public Regulation Commission, will continue the trend of ever increasing PNM rates, and will likely mean higher bills for PNM’s customers. According to the article, “the utility expects to file a rate case with the state Public Regulation Commission by December, although it’s…

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International Trade Spat Pushes Solar Prices Higher for New Mexicans

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A Decade of Declining Prices In less than a decade, the solar industry in New Mexico has experienced a broad transformation, due in large part to rapidly plummeting prices for solar panels and associated equipment.  Just a decade ago, solar PV was, for the vast majority of New Mexicans, an idealistic hobby that made no economic sense whatsoever.  An average residential solar installation (approximately 5 kW DC) would cost anyone in the…

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Business Properties Benefit from Solar by Affordable Solar

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Affordable Solar Completes Solar Arrays for Albuquerque Businesses ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 6, 2014 – Affordable Solar is proud to announce the completion of three commercial solar array systems located on different business properties in the metro area. Each project is a solar electric array, generating electricity for the property owners and saving them money in electric utility costs, which translates into higher value for the properties due to an improvement that pays for itself right away…

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Solar Power Adds A Premium To A Home’s Resale Value by Nora Caley from Solar Industry Magazine

Solar Power Adds A Premium To A Home’s Resale Value by Nora Caley from Solar Industry Magazine image

Residential real estate professionals know that amenities such as a renovated kitchen or a new bathroom can increase the resale value of a home. New research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates that a rooftop photovoltaic system can also increase the house’s price, and researchers were able to quantify how much of a premium solar can command. In December of last year, the Berkeley Lab released a report noting that although the installation of photovoltaic projects is increasing, appraisers…

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Affordable Solar Smart House

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Changes are coming to the grid, slowly, but surely. Here in the United States, some utilities perceive increasing threats to revenue as well as technical and operational challenges as more homeowners install solar and other sources of renewable energy as their primary source of electricity. Since an electric grid works best when there is a balance of supply and demand, grid operators have to figure out how to make up for any shortfall or surge of renewable energy that could…

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