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Bay Area Solar installs for the past 12 months

These are Bay Area Solar installs that I have been up to over the past 12 months with American Solar Direct in the Bay Area. Residential PV installs. #GoSolar

Bay Area Solar installs for the past 12 months

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American Solar Direct top PV Installers to watch in 2013

Never heard of this company? We at GTM Research underestimated American Solar Direct until a closer examination of historical data revealed that the company is one of the few top-20 installers that has experienced consistent positive quarter-over-quarter growth since it began installing PV systems in 2010. The company, founded in 2009, began in Los Angeles and expanded to San Diego and Northern California in 2012. ASD’s strategy is unique in that the company raised its own project funds rather than partnering with a financier such as Sunrun or SunPower. It received two rounds of equity investment, as well as $50 million to support its lease program from WGL Holdings, parent company of the utility Washington Gas. Co-Founder and CFO Ravi Thuraisingham has said that ASD plans to expand to other states as well as Ontario, Canada. For now, the company will focus on maintaining its status as the top residential installer solely active in California.

American Solar Direct top PV Installers to watch in 2013

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San Francisco’s Green Rush Getting Started

San Francisco’s Green Rush Getting Started

By Ken Silverstein, Editor-in-Chief, EnergyBiz Insider

San Francisco may be home to a newfound Green Rush, whereby the city will provide the means by which its citizens can buy all of their electric generation from a renewable source. The city’s Board of Supervisors approved the first of three readings this week, all of which must be Okayed by the mayor there.

The idea is centered on a broad and reliable customer base to provide the funding necessary to maintain a steady and comparatively inexpensive power source. It has particular resonance in those states that allow community-wide aggregation, or the ability of cities to purchase power on behalf of their consenting citizens.

“Community Choice provides the basis for a community to finance and build local renewables to power the community,” says Paul Fenn, head of San Francisco-based Local Power. “Customers who opt to switch to green power provide the city with necessary leverage to put up capital for building local renewable facilities and efficiency measures.”

In this case, Shell Energy North America will be the sole provider of the green power for a first phase of early adopters willing to pay a premium for the 100 percent renewable service. As the remaining 90 percent of customer load is phased in, the CleanPowerSF program will be free to contract with other suppliers.

After the veto-proof 8-to-3 vote to bankroll the nearly $20 million project, the Board of Supervisors paved the way for the program’s launch in the spring of 2013. Customers will be able to opt out, although the greater participation rate the less the city’s risks, and the lower the cost per capita. Fenn says the service will ultimately be price-competitive with Pacific Gas & Electric.

The theory is that is that if the whole town joined the effort it could then replace the current provider, which is PG&E. Fearing the worst, the San Francisco-based utility has opposed such efforts. However, even those who would partake must still move their green electrons over PG&E’s wires. For now, the city will focus on getting its residents to enroll in the new offering, realizing that a potential take-over of an investor-owned utility is an overwhelming undertaking.

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California implemented Community Choice that permits the state’s cities and counties to switch residents and businesses to a new power supplier in 2002. Similar programs are now law in 25 percent of U.S. electricity markets with more than 800 municipalities now under service, according to Fenn — most recently Cincinnati and hundreds of municipalities in the Greater Chicago suburbs, with the City of Chicago itself putting it on the ballot for voter approval later this year. The technique is used to win more bargaining power as well as to finance a portfolio of green power and energy conservation projects.

The idea first surfaced in 2001 when San Franciscans approved a solar bond authority to pay for green energy deals. But issuance of the bonds, called “H Bonds,” have waited a decade for the Community Choice program to provide a source of revenue to repay them. Under a series of ordinances and plans adopted in the meantime, CleanPowerSF will allow the entire city’s 400,000 meters to repay financing of the local renewable projects. That, then, becomes the basis by which the city would build its own green energy plants as well as provide financing for customer-owned solar and efficiency measures.

Besides California, the citizens of Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio and Rhode Island can receive their electricity via Community Choice aggregation. San Francisco would become the second local government in California set up its own energy plan, with Marin County being the first. As for San Francisco, it says that the only way it can meaningfully cut its greenhouse gas emissions is through the use of such community-wide aggregation plans.

PG&E is by no means cut out of the deal. Its natural gas generators would still be necessary given the intermittency of the wind and solar power to be used. Its transmission and distribution lines, meantime, would also be required to move the green electricity — all things for which it still gets paid.

According Fenn, the utility will not lose money from procurement losses, which are covered by a “customer responsibility surcharge.” PG&E will ultimately earn less “rent,” he adds, because fewer electrons will get sent over the company’s lines. That load reduction will result from more customer-owned demand-side resources as well as from more on-site generation such as photovoltaic energy.

To become economical, the city needs nearly its full population taking part, which necessites a mandatory ‘opt-out’ provision. San Francisco must therefore get this deal right before it would even consider the monumental — and ever more expensive — task of taking over the local utility there.

EnergyBiz Insider has been awarded the Gold for Original Web Commentary presented by the American Society of Business Press Editors. The column is also the Winner of the 2011 Online Column category awarded by Media Industry News, MIN. Ken Silverstein has been named one of the Top Economics Journalists by Wall Street Economists.

Republished with permission from CyberTech, Inc. EnergyBiz Insider is published three days a week by Energy Central. For more information about Energy Central, or to subscribe to EnergyBiz Insider, other e-newsletters and EnergyBiz magazine, please go to http://www.energycentral.com/.

American Solar Direct Customer Review

American Solar Direct has over 1,000 customers in California and growing everyday! I like when I get feedback from my current customers regarding their after solar bills. Below you will find an example of what one of my customers is actually seeing on their bills compared to their projected savings they would receive. Every home American Solar Direct partners with has different savings and cost protection. It all depends on the roof, usage, and lifestyle of homeowners.

The first image is what ASD originally projected this family’s after solar bill would be based on their current average usage over the past 12 month period.

American Solar Direct Yelp customer review

American Solar Direct Yelp customer review

$294.92 before solar total bill / After solar bill projected to be $62.81

American Solar Direct Customer Review

  • 12 month usage net cost before they were installed with an American Solar Direct Photovoltaic System was $3,539.04
  • 12 month net cost after being installed with and American Solar Direct Photovoltaic System  $3,040.08
  • Actual after solar bill after 12 month net energy metering cycle $27.64

American Solar Direct Customer Review

Actual  net energy metering SCE bills

American Solar Direct Customer Review

American Solar Direct Customer Review

Needless to say we have some happy customers. This opportunity did not cost them anything they were not already spending and the savings will continue to snowball as the price of electricity continues to escalate in SCE Territory.

If you want more information on how an American Solar Direct PV system will help your family save money on your electric bill please follow the link and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours for your free consultation.

 

U.S. solar market spikes in second quarter

Solar installations spiked in the second quarter of this year as large solar power plants came online, according to a report released Monday by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The amount of photovoltaic solar panels installed across the country reached 742 megawatts in the second quarter, up from 512 megawatts in the first quarter. More solar was installed in the second quarter than in all of 2009.

U.S. solar market spikes in second quarter

U.S. solar market spikes in second quarter

Analysts with GTM Research expect that by year-end, 3,200 megawatts will be installed nationwide. Photovoltaic, or PV, solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity. Installation figures include those on homes and businesses as well as much larger, utility-scale power plants. Much of the growth in the second quarter was fueled by the completion of more than 20 large solar power plant projects in key states like Arizona and California. Utility installations accounted for 477 of the 742 megawatts, while the commercial sector was 196 megawatts and residential was 98 megawatts. California remains the nation’s leading market, with 217 megawatts installed in the second quarter, followed by Arizona with 173 megawatts.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has a 25-year power purchase agreement to buy electricity from First Solar’s 290-megawatt Agua Caliente project currently under construction in Yuma County, Ariz. First Solar announced Monday that 250 megawatts are now connected to the grid, and the full plant should be finished in 2014. When complete, Agua Calinete should displace more than 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over 25 years, the equivalent of taking more than 40,000 cars off the road each year.

 

American Solar Direct Reviews – Bay Area Solar Companies

American Solar Direct is a premium residential solar provider in the Bay Area. It’s good to get positive feedback from customers and the general public. There are times we come across homeowners who are interested in going solar but do not qualify for various reasons. One of consultants came across a situation of this nature recently and handled it like a true professional.

We made an appointment for one of their sales consultants to come over and talk to us about this. Rather than the usual sales pitch, the sales guy - Jensen - was extremely informative and factual. We reviewed our electricity usage and he explained very clearly the cost-benefits of going with his solution. For our situation, their solution was not cost-effective because our usage was too low, and he was the one who pointed it out. Along with this analysis, he also explained the various players in the solar market and how it affected our decision making. All in all, we will definitely be going with American Solar Direct when we are ready to install solar...

American Solar Direct customer review | The above was pulled from TrustLink

 

American Solar Direct continues to distinguish itself from the competition as the premier solar provider in the Bay Area. ASD is one of the only company who employees its installers and has an end to end solution for homeowners wanting to go solar. Our consultant team is the best in the industry and that is a simple function of the on going training they receive on a weekly bases. If you are interested in free no obligation consultation please contact us / (408) 758-8990 direct and we will set up a time to meet.

Residential Solar Lease is gaining traction and market share

For the fourth consecutive quarter, the U.S. residential solar market grew incrementally, installing 98.2 megawatts. California, Arizona, and New Jersey led residential installations nationally, with smaller-market states of Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Maryland demonstrating strong quarter-over-quarter growth.

In addition, the residential segment continues to be highlighted by consumer acceptance of third-party solar ownership models. The major state markets in California, Arizona, and Colorado all saw third-party residential solar companies like American Solar Direct account for greater than 70 percent of total Q2 2012 installations. U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2nd Quarter 2012 finds that in the California market, this quarter marks the first time that the average installed price of a third-party-owned system was lower than that of a system purchased outright: $5.64 per watt for third-party versus $5.84 per watt for directly-owned solar systems.

“We’re starting to see innovative PV business models take a substantial hold in the U.S. residential market,” said Shayle Kann, Vice President of Research at GTM Research. “The success of third-party residential solar providers has attracted more than $600 million in new investments in recent months. This influx of cash into the residential space signifies the growing acceptance of solar leases and power purchase agreements as a secure investment for project investors. We expect that third-party installations will claim even more market share in the coming quarters.”

Residential Solar Lease is gaining traction and market share