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Futurama to end the Solar Drama

 

As one of Arizona’s premier roof top solar installers, G&S Electric Inc. is often confused and bewildered by what seems to be an attack against the progressive technology that will lead our country into an era of energy independence. It is challenging being one of the best community resources for solar energy, and see our state taking disincentive measures applied to the growing industry that was roof top solar. From the APS rate increase and additional fee approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission to the latest interpretation of Arizona Tax code by the Arizona Department of Disincentive Revenue, we have witnessed and rallied alongside prominent republicans and democrats alike to defend the once booming solar industry. APS’s own reports show an astounding 40% decrease in roof top solar applications. Last December, the Arizona Corporation Commission Chairmen Bob Stump tweeted that our factual based coverage of the debates and pending decline in solar industry growth a bunch of lies and misinformation. We would like to ask Arizona Corporation Commission Mr. Bob Stump, if he still feels there has been no damage to our local economy as a result of the increases he approved? Does Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump still feel our reporting is guided by lies and misinformation?

In our attempts to be rooftop solar experts that reported on both sides of the argument, we even wrote on the positive advances APS has taken in places like Flagstaff Arizona to build their own solar power stations. G&S Electric Inc. reported on the downsides of a grid responsible power company forced to deal with potential insolvency as a new generation of solar adopters see the clear choice in our clean energy independence future. There is a valid argument by the holding company that runs the biggest managing interest in the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant to ensure they retain enough income to withstand the transition to roof top solar power generation. However, G&S Electric Inc. has also stated that the knee jerk reactionary measures taken by big money interests like the Koch Brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council demonstrate a demonstrative step that does less to create a smooth transition to the future of energy and is more geared toward mitigating the energy industry risks regarding distributed energy for investors as reported by the Edison Electric Institute.

The millions of dollars being spent to protect the interests of billion dollar investors is aimed at the individual citizen and small roof top solar leasing and installation companies that may not have the capital backing to adopt solar or maintain a profitable solar installation start-up. Rather than using the millions to off-set investor risk in a way that promotes the transition to solar, the funds are being used to slow the industry.

Industry giants may be able to slow the current pace of progress but when nations like Japan are looking to build solar farms in space and turn science fiction into reality, we know that the future of solar energy cannot be stopped. After suffering the impacts of nuclear reactor meltdowns, Japan is looking to have completed in 20 years a prototype of an orbital solar farm that could use microwaves to beam energy back to earth. While this technology is decades away from reality, the investment in the future possibilities is what keeps our industry exciting and invigorating. While the price tag to have a energy power station facility with this advanced technology is in the billions of dollars, the fact remains that the science required to create a working model still needs to be funded and researched. When nations take on these challenges it sends a message to old fossil fuel based energy giants that their days are indeed numbered. I doubt G&S Electric Inc. will be a part of solar energy farms in space, but in the mean time, back on the ground here at Earth, we will continue to fight for the solar power generating installations we are putting on roof tops all across Arizona, at Arizona State University, and on the tops of commercial parking shade structures all over the valley.

ALEC, APS, and the ACC (Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3 -Solar’s OUT!!)

The LA Times reports that Republican Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has issued an executive order on the legislation recently passed which imposes a roof top solar fee like that approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission in November of 2013. The article states that constituents who align themselves with Tea Party and Libertarian ideas feel the additional fee is an imposed tax that limits free market choices. The difference between Oklahoma and Arizona is that the voters are loud enough to oust a Governor for inaction, while Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is not seeking re-election.

 

The Arizona Corporation Commission only has jurisdiction over Arizona “Public” Service, because it is not an entity of the public, like SRP, but rather -a holding company that trades its commodity on the market and has privately held investors as well as publicly traded stock through parent company Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

 

Unable to control the abundant energy available from renewable energy solutions, and to secure their own profits, those who paid high costs and invested heavily in the utility systems we rely on each morning must slow the pace of the advancing energy independence or find other ways to maximize their profits. In order to guarantee rates of return and keep investing dollars rolling in, large utilities and investors rely on organizations like the American Legislation Exchange Council to create and promote policies which strengthen the oligopolies that control the nations power and resources. The policies are passed into state level laws or adopted by governing bodies such as the Arizona Corporation Commission.

 

The organization of fossil and nuclear fuel dominated private sector members and state appointed or elected legislator members, American Legislation Exchange Council (ALEC), is largely funded and influenced through the multi-billion dollar petro-chemical industry giants, Koch Industries. Three Arizona Corporation Commissioners (Brenda Burns, Bob Stump, and Bob Burns) are members of ALEC, with commissioner Gary Pierce aligned completely with the outrageous original $50-$100/month fee requested by APS. Citing financial or economical reasons, APS stated it left ALEC in April 2012. However, in November of 2012 APS did pay substantial membership fees to the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force operated by ALEC.

 

Like a junkie that keeps going back for a fix, we only fantasize about the clarity sobriety of energy independence offers. Our manufacturer, dealer, and pimp of vice; those who control power and resources -have little interest in our advancement toward more beneficial and healthier options. It is the struggle of economics, the have to much and want more versus the wants a fair chance.

 

Measured by a cost benefit analysis of profits and losses for the multitude of impacted local small businesses, can the public know if our governing bodies are correctly upholding their obligations and the interests of Arizona voters? What do your local solar supporters balance sheets indicate? Are revenues on the rise? Are solar industry jobs on the rise? Are ad’s for new electrical journeymen dominating the employment sections of local media? Are solar investments funneling into the state of Arizona? Does a year over year comparison show a negative impact?

 

Congratulations to small business owners of Oklahoma. The governor’s executive order to limit fees to a “last resort option” is a small nudge toward energy independence and the free market system that organizations like ALEC purport. Or, is it just pandering to an election cycle which happens to have an unrecompensed benefit to the solar industry?

 

G&S Electric Inc. wants our customers to be educated about the influences on their ability to benefit from solar energy. We are a small business of top rated solar installers and have the best rated electricians in the valley. We continue to stand for Arizona solar solutions and hope we return to the policies that would have made Arizona a global leader in the adoption of roof top solar and renewable energy through solar resources.

 

Choose solar. Choose Energy Independence. Choose Prosperity for Arizona.

 

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-koch-brothers-new-foe-20140502,0,6774303.story#axzz30tvR8hhF

http://www.azcc.gov/divisions/utilities/electric/rules-electric1.asp

http://www.alec.org/task-forces/energy-environment-and-agriculture/

http://www.azleg.gov/MembersPage.asp?Member_ID=53&Legislature=48&Session_ID=85

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Bob_Burns

http://arizona.typepad.com/blog/2014/02/report-cards-are-in-corp-comm-deserves-poor-marks-for-2013.html#more

http://www.azcc.gov/commissioners/bburns/

http://www.azcc.gov/divisions/utilities/electric/srp.asp#a

http://www.azcc.gov/divisions/utilities/electric/map-elect.pdf

Solar Wars -State of Scourge

Net Metering

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Does it take an accountant to understand that a 40% decline in any year over year quarter is indicative of a drastic shift in consumer demand? G&S Electric Inc.’s accountant would probably tell you, “No.”

 

The ACC denied that there would be a negative impact to small businesses like G&S Electric Inc, when we (Arizona Voters, Union Electricians, local Small Business Owners, and International Corporations) stood before the ACC last November and asked that they consider the negative impact to the “local solar economy.” The concern of the public, the businesses supporting the industry, and large international corporate investors was a predicted decrease in consumer demand for roof top solar installations based on the proposed additional fees.

 

Additionally, members of the ACC Staff concluded in their report that the solar net-metering fee was not necessary and no changes should be made until the next rate hearing scheduled for 2016. The concern was also with regard to slowing the adoption of solar solutions by decreasing demand creating financial damage to the solar industry.

 

The ACC responded to their own staff recommendations, G&S Electric Inc’s own Director of Sales Matt Taft, and thousands of other community members stating that a justifiable financial need was demonstrated by the utility commodity producer, manager, distributor, and holding company, APS.

 

APS (the money maker of its publicly traded parent company) is the largest owner of the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Generating Station at 29.1%. It was awarded the increased revenue via the additional fee imposed upon customers of APS which adopt roof top solar energy options in order for the commodity producer, seller, trade benefactor, and managing partner to remain solvent and profitable.

 

The Arizona solar industry that was booming has suddenly taken a 40% decrease in demand. Small businesses’ ability to maintain revenues and profit margins has diminished and companies must operate on tighter budgets. The State of Arizona is not able actualize the benefit from business to business sales, business to consumer sales, employment of diversified skilled labor and highly trained educated graduates, the ability to employ new electrical journeymen and all the supporting businesses like t-shirt makers, logo printers, web developers, electronic funds processors, local vehicle service shops, graphic artists, and media content management start-ups…

 

G&S Electric Inc. is one of many companies of electrical contractors and roof top solar installers fighting for their small business to remain profitable. This is not about money in our pockets, but food on the table for the many excellent electricians G&S Electric Inc. employs. The G&S Electric Inc. fight for access to solar electric options is about energy independence that should empower our customers. The fight to keep revenues and commerce growing in the United States is one G&S Electric Inc. has led by sourcing local Phoenix solar solutions, and domestic solar panel manufacturers. G&S Electric Inc. enjoys the business we are in, and we have no intention of shutting our doors any time soon. Please join us in supporting roof top solar. Please join us in supporting growth for Arizona.

 

Choose solar. Choose Energy Independence. Choose Prosperity for Arizona.

Solar Siths -Selling the Future of America to Servitude

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Arizona is just one of many states that is being sold in servitude to the oligopolies which control our nations wealth and progress. In November 2013, an organization which had began funding campaigns to negatively influence public opinion on roof top solar saw its first victory when the Arizona Corporation Commission fell victim to corruption and granted a $5/mo “solar tax” to APS roof top solar customers.

 

States across the nation are suddenly finding themselves passing initiatives into law designed by groups like the “American Legislative Exchange Council.” The new laws aim to deter free citizens from progressive energy independence by imposing unfair and unsubstantiated financial burden on adopters of solar solutions. The efforts of ill-backed non-profits and political action committees are paying off the owners of industry, and killing off the small business owner’s ability to succeed. The once booming economy of the solar industry, and the many business to business stabilizing revenues, are flailing to survive. The money will flow back to big-oil, the pipeline owners, and the grid puppeteers.

 

The most notable public entity is the financial power of the Koch brothers and their privately held company Koch Industries. A Bloomberg report lists the combined wealth of the Koch brothers to be over 100 billion United States dollars. Koch Industries makes its profit from oil refineries, pipelines, commodities trading, large scale industrial ranching, paper pulp industries, and the recently acquired electronic components manufacturer.

 

The wealth of the Koch brothers is spent to ensure their continued success by funneling money into organizations they control like the American Legislative Exchange Council -the entity responsible for writing the laws being passed, the Cato Institute -a libertarian political policy think tank that pushes agendas forward, 60 Plus -the non-profit advertising agency responsible for negative solar public opinion advertisement campaigns, and many other organizations quietly impacting our quality of life and consumer choice.

 

So those who own the oil refineries, the pipelines, the utility trading advisory board, the utility companies themselves, the legislative advising organizations, the advertising agencies, and the politician nominating, supporting, and funding organizations are the same people who are leading the fight against the solar economy.

 

The Arizona Corporation Commission has four out of five members who are members of the Koch brothers “American Legislative Exchange Council.” The Koch owned ALEC writes the policy, the Koch influenced EEI writes the investment strategy and sounded the warnings of utility insolvency, and the Koch affiliated regulating authority -the Arizona Corporation Commission, approved measures to tax Arizona citizens for adopting roof top solar.

 

There is a real, tangible, and plainly understood organized effort to diminish the much needed growing solar economy. The trail of influence is published by many media outlets linking the trends across our country that is deliberately designed to ensure a level of control of power and resources (energy and money) is maintained by a very wealthy few.  While there may be no conspiracy to prevent small businesses and citizens from achieving greater prosperity, the result from orchestrating an environment that deliberately suppresses energy independence and consumer choice degrades us. Economical growth in the form of small businesses will be diminished if oligopolies are permitted to maintain control of both energy and revenue. A “dark side of the force” exists, and we can see it plainly working and winning its scheme.

 

G&S Electric Inc. does not promote any particular politician, political party, or subscribe to any conspiracy theories. We are a small, woman owned business of electrical contractors who believe in the American idea of prosperity for all. We believe in the advancement of Arizona’s solar industry and the boom to our local economy. We believe in the right of the citizen to choose energy independence. We believe in roof top solar. We encourage our customers and solar supporters to be as knowledgeable as they can be about the facts and the influences on our government. Your choices as a consumer are being unfairly taxed. Please take the time to review the links below. Numerous media outlets provide valuable information. Choose solar, choose energy independence, choose prosperity.

Solar Panels Exceed Expectations, Lake Havasu City Solar Saves Taxpayers Money

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Lake Havasu City transformed parking lots and retro fit shade structures with photovoltaic panels. The move was part of an effort for the city to become more energy efficient. Four city buildings have now been fitted to run on photovoltaic energy. Initial estimates in transforming parking lots to solar power stations predicted an annual savings of around a quarter million dollars. When the benefits of photovoltaic panels were examined ten months in, they saw the actual savings to be around half a million dollars. That is almost a full quarter increase in unexpected benefit. The city took a risk in switching to solar panel installations and realized an amazing benefit. Additionally, the contract with the management of the renewable energy source locked in rates with graduated increases that will remain below competing utility price increases. Wouldn’t it be nice if every city in Arizona embraced the benefits of switching to solar?

The Lake Havasu solar project has been so successful that city officials are beginning to review photovoltaic expansion plans. Although no timetable has been releases, major solar panel installation projects for waste water treatment and water treatment facilities are likely to be the next photovoltaic panel expansion centers. The city decided to pay for the costs over 20 years through the energy purchasing program, avoiding upfront taxpayer costs for the installation. Lake Havasu City does not own the photovoltaic panels and steel beams used in construction, a common practice in roof top solar as well as large scale photovoltaic installation projects.

Members of the Arizona Corporation Commission like Gary Pierce continue to claim large utility Companies like APS are in need of additional revenues in the form of new roof top solar fees and increases in electricity rates. Lake Havasu City is a great example of how switching to solar can save on government expenses and tax payer burdens.

G&S Electric Inc., a Phoenix/Tempe based licensed bonded solar panel installer pays taxes. Just like our employees and customers, we are all taxpayers. G&S Electric Inc. is a top rated photovoltaic panel installer. Any one can read by our blogs that we are strong supporters of the Arizona Solar Economy. We get very excited to hear photovoltaic panel experiences which exceed customer expectations. G&S Electric Inc. works as Tempe photovoltaic panel electrical engineering consultants and contractors. We want to know what municipality is next? How can G&S Electric Inc. help your town or city convert to solar energy?

Are expert solar panel installers needed in Bisbee? Is there a need for photovoltaic engineering in Wickenburg? Which will be the next city to have renewable solar energy benefits exceed their predictions? How long before G&S Electric Inc. sees Miami photovoltaic panel electricity projects? Are their rumblings for solar panel installation experts in Prescott? G&S Electric Inc. encourages taxpayers to push for more Arizona Solar. As top solar contractors, G&S Electric Inc. wants to highlight city officials like those in Lake Havasu. Did we forget to mention the city hired 80% of the work force needed to build the new photovoltaic shade structures from the residents of their very own city.

The Lake Havasu City municipal photovoltaic conversion projects required no upfront burden to taxpayers. The major retro-fit solar project reduced energy costs by half a million dollars, exceeding the quarter million projection. The contract locked in electricity rate increases over the next 20 years. The municipal solar energy conversion project employed local residents, funneling money back into the local economy. G&S Electric Inc. believes this is the future of the Arizona Solar Economy. Join us and let us help your municipality enjoy the benefits of exceeded expectations.

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Artistic Sustainability for Roosevelt Row

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In an article published in the DowntownDevil, it appears that the Phoenix arts district known as Roosevelt Row will soon be adopting more pedestrian friendly shade structures. For many years the Phoenix City Council has been improving the down town area with a goal of making it more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. A small portion of the projects underway with the Phoenix City Council is to improve the artistic look and feel of Roosevelt Street.

The contract for the Public Art Program is roughly $375,000 which will include the artistic shade structures and seating spanning Central Avenue by Carley’s Bistro to 4th Street. We are pleased to see these efforts to make our city more pedestrian and bike friendly as well as the improvement in creating open shared spaces. What really got us excited about this story is that the fourteen feet high shade structures with seven to eight foot wing spans will be fitted with photovoltaic panels.

This is a story to celebrate the Phoenix City Council, which is insuring that 93% of the funding for the project stays in our local economy, hiring local Phoenix contractors and manufacturers to make and install the new structures. As a proponent of solar energy, G&S Electric Inc. is glad to hear that the city is choosing solar as a valuable investment worthy resource. The sustainability and energy savings that will come from a self powered “pocket park” are great examples of how future development projects should continue to progress across Arizona.

G&S Electric Inc. is a top photovoltaic engineering contractor and consultant for many public use projects, including those happening at ASU. G&S Electric Inc. has been an active part of the continuing efforts to create solar power shade structures over parking lots, on roof tops of student halls, and on the tops of the police stations. We support municipal solar initiatives and would like to be a part of your community planning and design efforts. If you are a community planner looking to incorporate solar power into community spaces, be sure to contact a local qualified electrical engineer with a high degree of expertise and experience in solar array design. Stand alone solar powered shade structures can provide valuable energy sources and electricity to light up parks, walk ways, bridges, play grounds, and any type of community space.

Understanding the Utility Model

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G&S Electric Inc. and other roof top solar installation companies in the valley are fighting for a new direction in the way we generate electricity. Photovoltaic panel installations provide point of use power, create distributed energy resources, and empower home owners by reducing dependance on fossil fuel and nuclear power plants. Top solar contractors in Arizona are caught in a battle with the large utility APS over the future expansion of roof top solar. APS wants to minimize the spread of roof top solar. If it fails to do so, the utility company may no longer be viable. Understanding how utilities work, helps customers understand why the fight is so important.

Utilities are either regulated monopolies that can both produce and sell electricity, or they are deregulated entities that can either produce electricity, or sell electricity. Utilities are guaranteed rates by state regulating agencies which they can use to accurately project profit forecasts. These profit forecasts are published to large investing firms which then funnel money into the pockets of the utility stake holders. The entire financial system of a utility is based on getting paid to produce electricity and getting paid to sell electricity for a profit, which then encourages investors to give the utility money, making additional profits. The model has worked for a century and a lot of money has been made off the need to supply the nation with energy.

Utilities make bids to build and manage large power stations which run on nuclear or fossil fuels. They are awarded money to build power stations they control, thereby controlling the amount of electricity available, which they sell according to demand. Along comes roof top solar, and the business model begins to crumble. Roof top solar is not owned or controlled by the utility companies. Therefore, they are no longer able to control the amount of energy being produced. Each roof top solar installation becomes its own power station, so the demand of electricity from the power plant is lowered. Thereby lowering the rationale to charge higher rates. If your home has power, the utility cannot sell you the power it is making, and has excess electricity to try to sell else where. It stops making money.

In Arizona, utilities bet on making most of their money during the long hot summer days. Arizona homes and businesses crank up the air conditioning and spike demand for electricity. With higher demand, comes higher prices, and the utilities take advantage by charging peak load demand rates. Along comes roof top solar, and the business model changes. Roof top solar provides peak performance during long hot summer days. They begin operating at their most efficient rate, often providing excess electricity. So the roof top solar home is not purchasing the higher rate electricity, and the utility looses its most valuable resource. Additionally, the roof top solar home tied into the grid provides distributed energy resource and gives its neighbor some excess electricity, not owned by the utility. So neighbors are using electricity not generated by the utility and the demand for peak load lowers. Utilities loose lots of money. As more and more homes adopt roof top solar, the utilities begin loosing more and more money because it cannot sell its highest value product, the peak load rate.

Investors who trade in the utilities market are used to long term fixed rates of return based on simple models of guaranteed fees and profits. Along comes roof top solar and the 30 year investment model crumbles. Investors become nervous about trading in utilities, the value of utilities commodities lowers, investors stop trading, and utilities loose money. The Edison Electric Institute, the utilities trade group, just published their own report noting these risks. Utilities are at risk of no longer being profitable. The more roof top solar installations and the more distributed energy sources, the less money a utility can make. Additionally, the lowering cost of roof top solar installation and the lowering cost of battery reserves are making it easier for home owners to adopt an off grid solar system making them completely independent from utilities.

When the utilities own investment firm begins publishing warnings regarding the future of utilities to be viable, the investors are going to start backing out of utilities which are fast adopting roof top solar. So in order to keep investors on the hook, APS has to demonstrate it is one of the utilities that is fighting roof top solar. APS must demonstrate that it is doing everything in its power to minimize the impact of roof top solar and to prevent the spread of the solar industry. As investor money continues to flow in, APS spends it on negative ad campaigns, fighting for additional fees and increased rates, and most recently, fighting to eliminate requirements to adapt roof top solar as part of its power generating system.

Electrical contractors and roof top solar installers like G&S Electric Inc. are fighting for energy independence. Utilities are fighting for their investors to keep Arizonans dependent on electricity they control. It is vital to the state of Arizona that the benefits of the new solar economy continue to progress. G&S Electric Inc. remains a trustworthy electrical contractor company that promotes roof top solar where appropriate. As a top rated solar contractor and one of the best solar consultants, G&S Electric Inc. wants to be your partner in the fight for roof top solar. Find out if roof top solar is right for your home or business. Keep our economy growing and fight for energy independence.

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APS and the Arizona Corporation Commission Reduce Renewable Energy

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In November of 2013 APS convinced the Arizona Corporation Commission to approve fees and measures that would hinder the growth of Arizona’s roof top solar economy. From an ideological stand point, the citizens of Arizona as well as the governing bodies of Arizona should be doing everything in their power to promote the advancement of roof top solar. The economic benefits range from increased state revenues and higher employment rates to increased sustainability. From an environmental and economical model roof top solar represents only benefits to the state and the people. Their are no risks to the state or to the people in advancing roof top solar.

Their is only one entity that holds a risk analysis, and that is the utilities which manage the power supply. Unfortunately for the people of Arizona, utilities are extremely powerful entities which monopolize regions. They are able to exert control over their profit lines through a regulating body that seems to want to maintain a utility system a century old rather than embrace a new revolution in energy independence.

In the first week of February 2014, APS met with the Corporation Commission to discuss the next push to reduce renewable energy growth. Currently APS is required to have 15% of it’s energy supplied from renewable resources by the year 2025. Part of the requirement includes a provision which states that 4.5% be from roof top solar. Neighboring states have goals set at 20% to 30%. Arizona is uniquely situated in a region of the U.S. which would support much higher use of renewable energy.

APS does not profit from roof top solar. In fact, APS looses revenue due to roof top solar. Therefore, APS is now pushing to have the 4.5% requirement completely eliminated. Not only are they attempting to eliminate the need to leverage roof top solar, they are also attempting to minimize the over all requirement of renewable energy to an embarrassing 10.5%. The future of solar energy growth is now being threatened not only in the roof top market, but also in the solar array and solar power generating station markets as well. APS does not want solar growth for Arizona. The Arizona Corporation Commission has also demonstrated it does not want solar growth for Arizona.

G&S Electric Inc. hopes that this measure will not be approved. We are skeptical that the Arizona Corporation Commission will do what is right for the solar economy and for the state. We urge our customers to take action and contact the Corporation Commission to support renewable energy in Arizona. Additionally, customers can help by supporting solar allies like TUSK and the Arizona Solar Center. G&S Electric Inc. are passionate solar contractors rated as top roof top solar installers. Contact us for a free solar evaluation for your residence or business. G&S Electric Inc. supports an important part of Arizona’s economy, and we need the support of our customers.


How will the Future of Arizona Solar Charge Forward?

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In a disappointing move the Arizona Corporation Commission did make small concessions to APS in their recent media propaganda move to increase their profit lines by adding what most call a tax to the Arizona solar economy. Despite the thousand protestors and great efforts from solar industry leaders like G&S Electric Inc., SolarCity, and TUSK; APS was able to eek out a small victory. As a leader of roof top solar installers, G&S Electric Inc. did its part by attending the open hearing and providing testimony about the negative impacts rate hikes and fees would have on the local solar economy.

The concerns of local roof top solar installers and home owners were not heard. The Corporation Commission awarded a large utility monopoly a small victory. Even knowing that APS spent millions of dollars under the guise of third party ads attacking roof top solar, members of the Arizona Corporation Commission continued to say the rate change and fee increases for residential roof top solar was not high enough! In a recent press release by TUSK, former republican leaders blasted Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce for continuing to call for more rate and fee increases. As a Phoenix solar contractor, G&S Electric Inc. appreciates the excellent coverage TUSK has given to the issues.

As leading solar engineering contractors in Arizona, G&S Electric Inc. wants to ensure the success of the Arizona solar economy by staying aware of new developments and advantages expert solar installers can have over large utility companies. Our best hope is to rely less on the utility grid and more on the efficiencies of complete solar installation systems. The greatest opportunity for improvements in solar array systems is in the storage of solar energy. The more affordable and efficient storing solar energy becomes, the more adaptable residences and businesses will become in switching to complete solar energy design options.

Promising developments in battery technology may help push the future of the Arizona solar economy forward. The move away from large grids to smaller independent fully renewable energy grids or complete off grid solutions will rely on improvements in battery technology. A new start up out of Pittsburg called Aquion believes it has developed a sodium based battery that can be made cheaply, is non-toxic, and will help solve the issues of energy storage for photovoltaic systems like the roof top solar systems installed by G&S Electric Inc. The company has good funding for their technology and hope to develop micro-grids that could rely completely on renewable solar energy. You can read more about their brief case sized batteries here:http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523391/startup-thinks-its-battery-will-solve-renewable-energys-big-flaw/. Local Scottsdale company, Fluidic, is developing new technologies for rechargeable metal-air batteries. They claim to be able to store more energy than traditional batteries and believe the advances they are making in metal-air battery technology will be useful in storing energy from renewable solar energy sources. You can read more about their efforts here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/512206/years-in-the-making-promising-rechargeable-metal-air-batteries-head-to-market/

G&S Electric Inc. are highly reputable solar engineers in Arizona. We are contacted on large scale projects as solar engineering consultants. We work with home owners on solar site evaluations for roof top solar installations. G&S Electric Inc. leans on local merchants and American suppliers as much as possible to support our home economies. It is unfortunate that the Arizona solar economy will feel the impacts of the decisions by the Arizona Corporation Commission. As top solar experts serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and all of Arizona we will continue to look for solutions to grow solar panel installations in Arizona. APS may have been awarded a small victory, and with the current Arizona Corporation Commission it looks like they may be awarded more rate and fee increases in the very near future. It is hard to fight a large utility company. G&S Electric Inc. believes in the future of solar energy. We will continue to discover and offer the best solutions for our solar customers to keep Arizona solar moving forward. Battery technologies and further advances in photovoltaics can make grid reliance a thing of the past. G&S Electric Inc. are leaders in solar installations and are among the best solar contractors. We support our industry, our local economy, and our customers. We hope to have your support as well.

Doing Solar Right

Over the last few months we have focused on how APS is impacting roof top solar in Arizona, and how they aim to decrease benefits to solar consumers. As a top Arizona solar panel installer, G&S Electric Inc. has kept a close eye on the developments and their potential impacts. In looking at current trends in photovoltaic energy, G&S Electric Inc. has found an example of one public utility aiming to bridge the differences between customer owned roof top solar and the way it can benefit grid utilities.

In Sacramento California, the publicly owned utility is looking for ways to store roof top solar energy so the energy can be fed into the grid during peak volumes. Some investor owned utilities in California have made attempts to block solar powered homes from backing up their roof top solar panels with batteries. G&S Electric Inc. installs off grid solar panel systems with battery back ups and we would be disappointed to see any utility attempt to prevent the measure of energy independence.

Using state of the art smart grid technologies the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has created a solar energy storage project that places closet sized lithium-ion battery packs and control systems in the neighborhood. The goal is to use 34 homes with photovoltaic panels installed to balance energy loads for use both on and off the grid.

We at G&S Electric Inc. think turning blocks of communities into solar energy power houses is an excellent balance between a utility and the private solar consumer. As one of the top solar installers in Phoenix and across Arizona, we are strong proponents of creating solar back ups. We treat each solar installation as its own independent project and tailor to the needs of the solar installation. The way SMUD is going about changing how solar impacts the community. We applaud the efforts of SMUD to look for ways to balance roof-top solar and grid utility needs.

G&S Electric Inc. looks forward to the continuing growth of homeowner solar solutions. Solar energy is going to be an ever increasing option for energy independence, and obtaining a roof top solar panel system today, can lead to massive amounts of homeowner energy savings over the next 20 years.


 

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