Solar energy supporters, utilities spar over Indiana legislation

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The building received a Solar Incentive Program refund check for installing one of the largest solar panel projects in Los Angeles. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/File View Caption Of the total surface area in a typical city, 35 to 50 percent is pavement, according to research conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory . Of the total pavement, about 50 percent is parking lots and 40 percent is exposed parking lots. Researcher Haley Gilbert at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory said that these percentages result in an environmentally damaging cycle of heat energy. Its amazing how hot these pavements get and how weve let them cover most of our urban surfaces, because dark pavements absorb almost all of the suns energy, the pavement surface heats up, which in turn also warms the local air and aggravates urban heat islands. But there is a solution: covering parking lots with solar panel roofs. Such technology would reflect heat from the sun and use the suns energy to power buildings and electric cars.
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Researchers may have found the most ingenious way yet to generate solar power – Yahoo News

Solar energy is definitely taking off and now researchers may have come up with the absolute best way to generate cheap solar power by installing solar panels in public parking lots. [pmc-related-link href= https://bgr.com/2014/07/09/solar-vs-coal-power/ ; type=RELATED: target=_blank]Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia[/pmc-related-link] The Washington Post reports that solar power proponents are increasingly turning their eyes toward Americas parking lots as the perfect locations for mass solar panel installations. The reasons for this are easy to understand: Parking lots taking up huge chunks of our landscape and absorb a ton of heat in hot weather. Why not put them to good use by installing solar panels over them? The one big issue, the Post says, is that such solar panel installations are very expensive right now, much more expensive than your typical rooftop installation. Its the most expensive type of system to build, TruSolars Chase Weir, who rates financial risk for solar projects for a living, tells the Post. A lot more engineering, a whole lot more steel, more labor, and therefore, its a relatively small percentage [of solar power] but it is growing, and the cost to install a solar canopy today is less than the cost to install a rooftop just a few years ago. Even so, the potential is dazzling.
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The measure would amend Indiana’s so-called “net metering” law under which electric customers are charged only for the net amount of power they use and get credit on future bills for excess power they generate and send back into the electric grid. Power companies currently charge and credit such customers at the same rate per kilowatt hour. Republican state Rep. Eric Koch of Bedford says his bill’s purpose is “to promote and grow net metering.” However, Democratic Rep. Matt Pierce of Bloomington says the bill “would effectively end net metering” by reducing the credit solar panel owners would receive.
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Lafayette Solar Power Expert Joule Solar Energy Says 2015 Tax Credits Available – Yahoo Finance

Joule prides itself on assisting sustainability-minded homeowners and businesses save money, while at the same time reducing consumption of coal, nuclear and petroleum-based electricity. Solar energy systems are low maintenance and a a long-term investment, with most home solar power systems expected to last between 25 and 35 years. After the initial installation cost, which is deeply offset by subsidies and rebates, some customers are able to have their monthly electric bills eliminated. As an extra incentive, customers with solar systems are paid by electric companies for any excess energy they generate, usually in the form of a credit to current or future electric bills. Joule offers a number of financing options to homeowners and businesses. The monthly payments are lower than the savings generated from the solar system so the client is making money from day one.Essentially, it’s as if you were given an option to buy electricity for less than someone other than your current utility. While the costs and benefits of each approach vary, the range of alternatives provided makes it so that financing issues are rarely an issue for converting to solar electricity. 0% to 2.99% APR financing options allow Joule Solar Energy to offer the lowest interest rates in solar financing. About Joule Solar Energy Joule Solar Energy has a track record of quality service, boasting an “A” rating on Angie’s List and by the Better Business Bureau.
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