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Net Metering Policy Changes Approved by California Senate

Supporters of solar thermal collectors and the SunQuest 250 have received a real boost this week as California’s state Senate approved a bill aimed at restructuring electric rates and ensuring those in the state that have embraced renewable energy continue to be paid for the excess power that they feed into the grid.

Amendments to the California Utilities bill, AB 327, approved by the Senate on September 9th, are set to create a stable economic environment for the solar industry as a whole and have been welcomed by everyone involved with solar energy.

“This bill, with the amendments, at its core, removes numerous artificial regulatory barriers to solar adoption, said Bryan Miller, president of The Alliance for Solar Choice to Clean Energy Authority.


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The passed bill resolves a long-standing feud between utility companies and the solar industry over the management of net metering. Utilities are of the belief that solar thermal collector panel customers that are credited with the full rate of electricity that they put back into the grid does not fully compensate the companies that provide them with the infrastructure and is too costly to keep up. Conversely, solar leaders argue that net metering does not reflect the true value of solar energy and the infrastructure investments that this renewable energy source saves the utility companies.

Clean Energy Authority says that the amendments accomplish four solar industry goals:

1. Lifting the suspension of net metering in California that will happen as part of the current law at the end of 2014.

2. Removing uncertainty about how the current 5 percent net metering cap is calculated.

3. Providing a framework to allow net metering even after utilities reach 5 percent of their peak load.

4. Removing the 33 percent limit on renewable energy generation inherent in the language of the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard.

SunQuest 250 customers to benefit

What the new bill does is supports the growth of solar energy in the state of California, and Solar America Solutions customers are the people that will benefit most. The SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panel is most advanced and efficient product of its kind and is fully scalable to be suited to both domestic and commercial applications.

With the amended AB 327 bill in place, customers can now reap the benefits of SunQuest 250 more than ever before, and the fact that Solar America Solutions’ manufactured evacuated tube collectors are proven to produce 30,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour, means that owners can get a level of efficiency that is greater than any other type of solar collector currently on the market. This means more energy, greater savings on bills, and extra money in your pocket.

The bill will become law following a signature from Governor Jerry Brown and more states could follow the lead of California in paving the way for the long-term success of solar energy.
The future in the Golden State is looking bright and, with our solar thermal collectors, brightness equals energy – lots of it!

The Tax Advantages of Solar Energy

It is no secret that the current Washington administration is heavily invested in renewable energy sources as a means of reducing America’s dependence on fossil fuels. Likewise, many state and local governments are also pushing renewable energy. It should come as no surprise, then, that there are tax credits available to companies willing to utilize solar energy.

Solar America Solutions wants to help America’s businesses take advantage of those tax credits with the SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panel and evacuated tube system. We have already helped businesses just like yours reduce external energy consumption, lower their energy bills, and take advantage of tax credits.


How it Works

A good example of the benefits of the SunQuest 250 system is found at Minnich Poultry in Fort Recovery, Ohio. This thriving poultry operation needed to replace three aging boilers used for space heating and egg washing. Solar America Solutions answered the call with three SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panels mounted on the roof. The system generated enough heat energy to much of the needs of that building.

The SunQuest 250 system works on the principle of solar thermal energy (heat) rather than the more commonly recognized photovoltaic energy (electricity) conversion. In a nutshell, rather than converting the sun’s rays into DC electricity, it converts ultraviolet rays into heat. The heat can then be stored in a highly efficient collection tank to be used for hundreds of purposes.

In the case of Minnich Poultry, the system was used to provide hot water for egg washing and space heating for the entire building. The system works so well that building now has no need for external energy sources, thus reducing the overall energy consumption and allowing the company to take advantage of a federal tax credit.

Efficiency Is the Key to Success

The main advantage of the SunQuest 250 lies in its solar thermal collector tubes, also known as “evacuated tubes.” These tubes collect the generated heat in a vacuum environment; the vacuum prevents heat transfer loss to create an incredibly efficient system. The vacuum tubes’ internal coatings and components also boosts that heat energy before sending along to a collection tank where the heat is stored for use after the sun goes down.

With convection also in play, that heat transfer system continuously works so that there is always thermal energy available for whatever purpose needed, regardless of the outside temperature or even cloud cover. This gives the SunQuest 250 system the potential of very large-scale applications in a variety of industries.

Right now, we are hard at work deploying our systems in manufacturing environments, government facilities, hospitals, and so forth. Solar thermal energy from large scale concentrators is already being used for commercial power generation in around the world and the scalability of our system is such that it is only a matter of time before we tackle that application that as well.

While photovoltaic solar energy has been good to us this new solar thermal technology available from Solar America Solutions is opening up solar applications never dreamed possible before. Photovoltaic energy is still good technology for generating electricity like supplemental home electrical generation, solar thermal technology utilizing inexpensive and cost effective evacuated tube solar collectors will drive the industry into the future. We are excited to be a part of it at Solar America Solutions.