- The further we go, the behinder we get
- Virginia utilities won’t sell wind or solar to customers* (*except those with billions of dollars and famous CEOs—see section 14)
- Community solar? Not hardly
- Virginia’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a miserable sham
- Customer-owned generation: for most, the only game in town
- Limits to net metering hamper growth
- Aggregated net metering allowed for farms only
- Standby charges hobble the market for larger home systems and electric cars
- Good news for residential solar: homeowner association bans are largely a thing of the past
- Virginia utilities continue their fight against PPAs; now a losing battle?
- Tax exemption for third-party owned solar proves a market driver
- Dominion “Solar Partnership” Program encounters limited success
- Dominion’s Solar Purchase Program: bad for sellers, bad for buyers, and not popular with anyone
- Dominion’s Renewable Generation tariff for large users of energy finds no takers; Amazon forces a change, with a new tariff in the works that will be available to others
- Dominion moves into utility-scale solar
- Governor McAuliffe promises the state will purchase 110 MW of solar
- Will a Solar Development Authority help?
- Any wind energy yet? Nope, still waiting
- The Clean Power Plan tries to make it better to switch than fight
Working closely with the homeowner, we built a custom agricultural shed using recycled building materials. The shed roof holds 11kW of solar panels.
Once generated, the DC power travels 550 feet underground to the home – where it charges the 48 volt, 811 amp hour battery bank and runs the electrical loads of the house. This system is built to keep its owner in power, from a short power outage to a total grid meltdown.
Interestingly, the owner decided to use high grade US made Deka Unigy II batteries, which have a practical use life of 15 years. Using the 30% tax credit on the first set of batteries helped to justify the higher cost.
Also worth noting is that the customer specified more expensive US made panels and inverters, stating, “I didn’t install the system to make money. I did it because it was the right thing to do.” His good intentions have been rewarded, though: the system has been a very good investment.
This commercial solar installation will provide 100% of the power used in the flower growing operation at Blue Heron Farm in Nelson County, VA. It’s on a smaller scale than some of our other commercial installations, but no less exciting!
Owners Bev and Keith work to protect the environment by using organic practices on the farm. They felt compelled to speak out against the proposed pipeline cutting through their region, and they wanted to make a concrete change in the way they procure energy. They would have installed the system even if the return on investment was not so good. They have also installed a system to generate the electricity used in their home.
“We’ve had a great experience with SunDaySolar. The company did excellent work in maximizing the number of panels for our space, and demonstrated installation skill with our roof type. SunDaySolar expertly guided us through the available incentives, and when one of our inverters needed a reset, they were out there the next day for us. Kudos! and thanks.” – Jeff Kay
This 36kW ground mounted system was the first of four systems we installed for Cedar Park Storage in Verona, Virginia. In total, CPS has over 75kW of installed photovoltaic (PV) solar. They also have a solar thermal system heating the water for the manager’s apartment and office warehouse complex.
The systems were installed using the REAP Grant, which provides 25% of the system cost back to the owner in cash. Return on invested capital for a system owner is above 25%. Business owners, we offer our grant writing service free of charge!
Please note, in all our systems, the panels are plum, level, ….perfect. We take pride in our craftsmanship.