Category: solar energy

1st Quarter 2023: Mix of all renewables provided a quarter of the nation’s electrical generation

Latest EIA data reveals: U.S. Wind & Solar combined, produced more electricity than coal in the first quarter 2023, and virtually tied nuclear power in March. Brief News Update & AnalysisSUN DAY CAMPAIGN, 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite #340; Takoma Park, MD | Twitter: Follow… Continue Reading “1st Quarter 2023: Mix of all renewables provided a quarter of the nation’s electrical generation”

April Solar Production Was Double Our Home Use

…and that’s just the energy production from our front roof solar panels! Monthly electric bill shows a $13 credit:

Inflated Methane Prices Hit Residential Gas & Electric Bills

Latest Electric Bill  Our 8.97kW rooftop solar panel system produced nearly twice as much electricity as we used in our home -and- approximately 375-miles of Chevy Bolt EV charging, during the 32-day billing period ended 4-27-23. According to the electric company, our average temperature for that… Continue Reading “Inflated Methane Prices Hit Residential Gas & Electric Bills”

EV charging with a home backup battery

Images: Screen captures from our Tesla Powerwall app, with yellow text added to provide further insights. NET METERING Since we have “net metering” with 1:1 “banking” of excess solar energy production, the kilowatt hours we have “banked” with our local utility, West Penn Power,… Continue Reading “EV charging with a home backup battery”

April 2, 2023 – Chevy Bolt EV Report

GM just sent the latest monthly analysis of our 2019 Chevy Bolt… ENERGY EFFICIENCY Data is based on total miles driven since last email report. Meantime, our rooftop solar production was up 3 percent for most of that same period compared to last year,… Continue Reading “April 2, 2023 – Chevy Bolt EV Report”

Solar Energy on Rainy Days

While solar energy production drops on rainy days, that doesn’t mean solar panels quit producing altogether. Let’s take a look at rooftop solar production over the past couple rainy days… THURSDAY MARCH 23, 2023: 9.6 kWh FRIDAY MARCH 24, 2023: 6.5 kWh Compared to… Continue Reading “Solar Energy on Rainy Days”

First Day of Spring Delivers Highest Solar Production of 2023

Monday’s blue skies and cool temperatures resulted in our best energy production yet for 2023! Total solar energy production for the day was 42.7 kWh Out of that amount, nearly half (20 kWh) was sent to the grid. With net metering, those excess kilowatt… Continue Reading “First Day of Spring Delivers Highest Solar Production of 2023”

Next Power Outage

This story caught my eye a few days ago:  Tesla has a home battery to sell you, with or without solar Tesla said this week that it’s now selling Powerwalls separately “in select US markets.” The company hasn’t put out an official list of… Continue Reading “Next Power Outage”

Sunnier Days are here Again!

March has brought a continuation of February’s mild weather in western Pennsylvania, along with more daylight hours, where the sun is ‘riding higher’ in the sky. These factors have all contributed to increased rooftop solar energy production, as we exit the ‘dark days’ of… Continue Reading “Sunnier Days are here Again!”

Bolt Report – March 2023

Monthly savings of over $67 The latest GM monthly report on our 2019 Chevy Bolt indicates a 98 miles-per-gallon-equivalent over 741 miles of winter driving in February. Winter driving consumes more energy in the Bolt due to its use of resistance electricity to maintain… Continue Reading “Bolt Report – March 2023”