September 2016 Newsletter

SunHarvest Solar News

SunHarvest owner Brandon Cheshire to head to Las Vegas for solar gala

Last month, we announced SunHarvest Solar as one of Solar Power World's top 500 companies. This month, SunHarvest founder and owner Brandon Cheshire will be heading to the Las Vegas strip to join other solar leaders around the country for the 2016 Top Solar Contractors Gala.  
The Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by   Solar Power World  magazine to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. SunHarvest Solar was thrilled to once again be recognized on this important list! 

Brandon Cheshire's response to Tina Beattie's: The purpose of 'Blue Collar Solar' video

On August 16, 2016 AZ Central published chairwoman of ConservAmerica Tina Beattie's guest opinion, "The purpose of 'Blue Collar Solar' video." To summarize, Beattie suggested that utilities should make sure that solar is available to all customers, not just the wealthiest. You can read her article by clicking here . Below you will find SunHarvest Solar founder Brandon Cheshire's response to the claims Beattie has made. This response was sent to AZ Central for publication but has not been published as of yet.

As the owner of a small, local solar company, I must completely reject the premise of Tina Beattie's blue collar op-ed. I also strongly disagree with her assertion that wealthy solar panel owners/leasers are being subsidized by the poor. We're very much looking forward to seeing the outcome of the Arizona Corporation Commission's Value on Solar docket.  

Read Brandon's whole response by clicking here.

As part of the Green Building and Sustainability Lectures, please join us for a lively discussion and update on rooftop solar, net-metering, evolving solar incentives, milestones, and the future of photovoltaics(PV) in the Desert Southwest.

Brandon Cheshire, founder and owner SunHarvest Solar will be giving his presentation "The Evolving state of Solar: Myths and Facts". 

To register for the event or to learn more, click here.

Calling all SunHarvest customers! What do you think of our products? What about our installers? Tell us in a Google Review. Click the link to leave yours. We'd love to see your feedback!

Arizona News

Arizona regulator wants to revise renewable energy standards

Arizona could have new goals for how much of its energy comes from renewable sources. 

On Monday, Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Doug Little opened a new docket to revise the state's Renewable Energy Standards and Tariff rules (REST).
Little said 30 percent renewables by 2030 should be Arizona's new target. The current goal is 15 percent by 2025. 

Little said the current rules were developed when the technology and markets for wind and solar were in their infancy. But as costs have dropped significantly, he believes the commission needs to reevaluate incentives, including whether a "carve out" for distributed generation still makes sense. 

Solar wins in Arizona and New Mexico

Solar power disrupts the business of existing utility companies. In exchange for being granted a monopoly to generate and distribute electricity in a given geographic area, utilities are guaranteed a certain rate of return. That gives them an incentive to spend more money on power plants and grid expansion. The more they spend, the more money they are allowed earn. That's how the power game is played in the US.

Utility grids are designed to distribute electricity from one or two central locations to many residential and commercial users. But solar customers often feed excess electricity back into the grid from its margins. That cuts into utilities' profits, so they try their best to put up barriers to the practice.

World News

In Uganda, solar power plant amid African bush inspires hope

In this electricity-starved rural part of Uganda, men ride bicycles several kilometers (miles) to the nearest market town simply to charge their phones.

That should change with the construction nearby of one of the largest solar plants in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of the population is without electricity and countries increasingly explore alternative sources of power. 

Frustrated by the slow pace of rural electrification in this East African country of 36 million people, many Ugandans have been investing in their own solar panels to light their homes at night and keep small businesses running. But even the cheapest solar units can cost at least $100, a challenge when Uganda's per capita income is $703, according to U.N. figures.

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Indian government abandons costly solar power, becomes world's largest producer of greenhouse gases

The Indian government is wasting huge amounts of solar power because the panels are too expensive to operate, according to a letter sent to the government Monday by the country's green energy ministry.

The letter explains that the Indian government is shutting down solar panels because they are unreliable and conventional energy from coal plants is almost always cheaper.

"Some load dispatch centres (LDCs) are asking solar projects to back down due to various reasons," Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary of India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy wrote in a letter to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. "This problem has been going on for the past two months. There are shutdowns for up to two hours a day, resulting in daily losses of several [hundred thousand Indian rupees]."

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Energy Tips for September

Let these tips save you some dough!

  • Power it down 
We know how much you love your computer. We love ours too. But when you're done with it for the night, power it down. Leaving it plugged in and on still zaps power even when you're not using it.  
  • Open it up
How many doors do you have in your home? Keeping all of your interior doors open will allow for more air to flow throughout your home, thus keeping it cool. 
"Pay it Forward"
Earn $500 for Every Customer Referred

Share the benefits of clean solar energy to help protect the environment, build a more sustainable future, and save homeowners money by our initiative to "Pay it Forward". When you refer SunHarvest Solar to another customer, whether it be friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers, you can earn $500 per referral.  Learn how to pay it forward!

Power the Positive
Our Charity Initiative

A $250 charitable donation will now be made for every solar system sold by SunHarvest Solar! By going solar with SunHarvest, you can score a triple-win for yourself. One for you,  one for the planet, and one for a non-profit organization that you choose from our list of selected charities.

If you are part of a nonprofit organization, or know of one that may be a good fit, please contact Gary Held to find out how to participate in our program and truly 
power the positive !
As one of the top solar energy companies in Arizona, SunHarvest Solar takes pride in helping residents convert to a greener and cheaper source of energy - the sun! 

Did you know that we are a l ocal , independent, sustainable  solar  contractor? When you support us, you help support your local economy. We are proud members of Local First Arizona.

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