Category: Feed in tariff

Massive Solar Rebates for Indiana Residents

Massive Solar Rebates for Indiana Residents

Attention Northern Indiana Residents:

Have you heard of the Feed-in Tariff program from NIPSCO? This program allows homeowners producing renewable energy to sell power back to NIPSCO at some of the highest rates-per-kWh available in the country!

NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company) is currently accepting Participation Request Forms, and Wholesale Solar encourages you to apply!

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It’s high time to go solar in Missouri.

It’s high time to go solar in Missouri.

Missouri ArchesWhy? Right now, Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power & Light, two of Missouri’s largest utility companies, will pay you $2.00 per watt and as much as $50,000 to purchase and install a solar power grid-tied system. What does that mean for you? Take, for example, one of Wholesale Solar’s mid-sized solar power grid-tie packages. It comes with forty 245-watt solar panels, so the system size is 9,800 watts (40 x 245). With a $2.00 per watt rebate, you’ll be eligible to receive $19,600. That’s $4,000 more than the cost of the system!

The 30% Federal Tax Credit will help you further recoup your solar investment. It can be applied to equipment and installation costs without a maximum limit.

See what your utility company would pay you to go solar and read about the 30 Federal Tax Credit here.

Be Prepared April 2nd for the Oregon Solar Feed-in Tariffs. You Could Earn Tens of Thousands of Dollars.

Be Prepared April 2nd for the Oregon Solar Feed-in Tariffs. You Could Earn Tens of Thousands of Dollars.

What you'll Profit when You invest even in one of our midsized systems using even the lowest incentive rates
Even with the lowest incentive, you’d earn tens of thousands of dollars when you purchase one of our mid-sized solar power grid-tie systems.

In the state of Oregon, if you “go solar”, you stand to earn thousands of dollars. This may sound incredible, but it’s true. If you’re a customer of one of Oregon’s investor-owned utility companies—Pacific Power, Portland General Electric and Idaho Power–you can apply for a Feed-in Tariff. If you are accepted, your utility company will pay between 25 cents to 41 cents per kilowatt your solar power system generates. Rates depend on the county you live and the solar power system you intend to use. Look it up here.

Applications are being accepted April 2nd starting 8 am for one day only. Last year’s were fully subscribed to in 15 minutes. This year it’s not gong to be  “First Come, First Serve”. Participating utility companies will be randomly selecting applications via a lottery over a 24-hour period. Those who qualify will get the “jackpot”.  To be safe, however, we recommend, that you submit your application in on the 2nd. Be sure to double check with your utility company regarding deadline.

Read more about the Feed-in Tariffs and other incentives available to Oregonians.

Investing in solar is a no-brainer in Oregon.

Investing in solar is a no-brainer in Oregon.

An Offgrid Solar Power Home in Oregon

Making the decision to invest in solar in the state of Oregon should be a no-brainer. Why? Because it is one of the most supportive states in the nation when it comes to “going green”. If state and federal incentives and tax credits are combined, a home or business owner  can recover as much as 80 percent of their costs!

Financial support varies slightly for the two different types of solar power systems–off-grid and grid-tie. Off-grid and Grid-tie Solar Power Systems can take advantage of:

  • A Personal Tax Credit for residential systems up to $6,000 or up to 50% of equipment costs.
  • A host of energy efficiency rebates and loans. (Reducing your energy needs translates into a smaller system with a better price tag.)
  • Property tax exemptions.
  • The 30% Federal Tax Credit, which can be applied to equipment and installation costs for commercial or residential systems.

Owners of Grid-tie Solar Power Systems also can take advantage of:

  • Net-Metering Programs, which allow owners to sell the excess power their system generates back to their utility company for credits.
  • Rebate Programs with their utility companies
  • Incentive-based compensation. (Some Oregon utility companies pay their customers for the amount of power their systems generate over a ten or fifteen year period.)

Read more about Oregon solar incentives.

The Effect of Shade on Solar Panels

The Effect of Shade on Solar Panels

Just a little shade can affect a solar panel ‘s power output dramatically. Diffuse shade from a “soft” source, like a distant tree branch or cloud can significantly reduce the amount of light reaching a solar panel’s cells. “Hard” sources stop light from reaching solar cells, such as debri or bird dropping sitting on top of the panel. If even one full cell is hard shaded, the voltage of a solar panel drops to half in order to protect itself. If enough cells are hard shaded, the module will not convert any energy and will, in fact, become a significant drain of energy on the entire system over time.

Partial Shading of Cells on a Solar Panel
Partial cell shading that reduce solar panel power by half.

Partial shading of even one cell on a 36-cell solar panel will reduce its power output. Because all cells are connected in a series string, the weakest cell will bring the others down to its reduced power level. Therefore, whether half of one cell is shaded, or half a row of cells is shaded, the power decrease will be the same and proportional to the percentage of area shaded, in this case 50 percent.

When a full cell is shaded, it can use energy produced by the remainder of the cells, and trigger the solar panel to protect itself. The solar panel will route the power around that series string. If even one full cell in a series string is shaded, as seen on the right, it will most likely cause the module to reduce its power level to half of its full available value. If a row of cells at the bottom of a solar panel is fully shaded, the power output may drop to zero. The best way to avoid a drop in output power is to avoid shading whenever possible.

A solar panel affects an array in much the same way a single cell affects a solar panel. In a centralized inverter system, where panels are strung in series, if only one of the solar panels is shaded in an array, the rest of the solar panels’ output diminishes.

When choosing a grid tie solar power system for their home or business, folks often prefer the tried and true technology of a centralized inverter systems. And the price tag on these is pretty good. When you consider the effects of shading, however, it’s easy to understand how microinverter and SolarEdge systems have become so popular.

While using different technologies, both SolarEdge and Microinverter systems allow each solar panel in an array to maximize power output independently, thereby maximizing a system’s power generation. If one solar panel is shaded in either of these systems, the rest of the array’s panels can still operate at full capacity. (SolarEdge provides DC to DC power optimization for each solar panel, while microinverters provide DC to AC optimization at the module level.) Both of these systems allow solar panels to be facing different orientations giving you more design flexibility if part of your installation site is in the shade. A centralized inverter system requires panels to facing the same direction.

Read more about SolarEdge, Enphase Microinverter and Centralized Inverter Systems.


Solar Rebates Play a Balancing Act in New Jersey

Solar Rebates Play a Balancing Act in New Jersey

The pendulum keeps swinging when it comes to Renewable Energy in New Jersey. The state with the most industrial clean up sites in the nation has now become a role model when it comes to solar. That’s because New Jersey legislation mandates that power suppliers get 20 percent of their renewable energy sources by 2020, including 2 percent from Solar. As a part of a carbon offset program, New Jersey allows companies to buy certificates, or credits, from producers of renewable energy, giving producers a source of revenue and an incentive to invest in solar power.

New Jersey Solar PanelsThe success of the program can be seen everywhere in New Jersey. Solar panels are on utility poles, atop parking lots and on rooftops across the state. So much so, that some folks have declared solar panels an aesthetic nuisance and are preventing the power companies from installing them in their neighborhood.

Aesthetics aside, a recent review of the master plan put into motion 20 percent budget cuts for 2016. Governor Chris Christie called for this review, because he believes current renewable energy rules are too strict in light of New Jersey’s weak economy.

Wholesale Solar
called the New Jersey Clean Energy Program office to find out what’s going on with their rebates currently. While renewable credits are still available for 2011, rebates for the year have been used up. We were told October was the best time to check back on their website ( to find out what’s in store for 2012…. Now may be a good time to start planning your solar projects… before the new cuts take effect. Or you could take a gamble to see if the pendulum swings back…

Read more about New Jersey’s Incentives here.