Up in Flames- Who Pays for PG&E’s Rise from the Ashes?

California’s largest energy provider has come under fire over the fires that devastated the state this year. A barrage of news outlets on the local and national level have placed an alarming amount of blame on PG&E. The purpose of this memo is not to point the...

A Tale of Two Utilities- Rich Mann & Paul Mann

It is the best of times (if you have solar), it is the worst of times (if you don’t). Here’s a bedtime story we think you’d like to wake up to: Rich and Paul Mann are brothers and next-door neighbors. They’re both married, two kids, two cars, and a mortgage on their...

Utility Futility- Does Your Commute Compute?

Solar is to your energy costs what commuting is to your earnings. With a bit of math, we work out whether or not our daily drive is worthwhile. For example, let’s say housing two blocks from your job is $3000 a month; the cost of getting there is negligible. You find...

Art, Industry & Energy- Why is the Fiddler on the Roof?

           Sunrise, Sunset I don’t usually like musicals, primarily because there’s a deplorable lack of sports in them. So it took some cajoling to get me to watch the ’71 classic ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.  It was and remains magnificent. The celebration of life despite...

Serene Solar- This Won’t Hurt

There’s a British website called Dentalphobia, which is funny for a couple of reasons: 1) That people are so afraid of getting their teeth fixed that a website dedicated to overcoming that fear can fluoride, I mean flourish, and 2) That the site is UK-based, given the...

Ballpark Figures- How Much Does Solar Cost?

In 2016, The Philadelphia Eagles installed 11,000 solar panels at their playing facility, Lincoln Financial Field. They won the Superbowl last year. In 2010, the Golden State Warriors put more than 500 solar panels on top of their practice facility in Oakland. They...

Monopoly Money- Who is ‘EBCE’ & Why Are They Billing Me?

Electric Current & Strange Currency When we travel abroad, the electrical sockets and money looks…foreign. We take note of this so our hairdryer doesn’t explode and we don’t pay $82 for a croissant. Actually, in Paris, that’s not far off. Nevertheless, we’re...

PG&E Logo a Predictor of Rate Hikes?

Stall vs Install- The rhetoric can escalate with the prices, or we can do something. We can do solar. Tell us what you think PG&E stands for. The letters, not the corporation. If you want info on the what that company stands for, click...

Watts for Lunch? You Have Options

Across the street from where you work, there’s a McDonalds. Good-old recognized reliable McDonalds. It’s right there. So you go, despite the long lines, occasionally hostile teenage staff, and assault to your organs & energy. Even though you struggle to take a...

What is Net Metering? Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

The Characters: The Nems = Net Energy Metering, an arrangement whereby the utility company buys the extra electricity your solar system produces at retail, and sells it back to you at wholesale. The Hens = Solar panels The Eggs = Electricity Big Bill the PiGgEe farmer...