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Energy Currents, 2020-1

Energy Currents:  A million plus and Counting The upcoming Memorial Day Holiday is a special day for our nation. It is an especially meaningful day for veterans and families who have personally experienced the loss of comrades or kin during combat or non-combat related missions. In the East Bay we pay tribute to our veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice ...Read more

Energy Matters, 2020-2

Recently there has been a glut of unappealing solar PV projects installed into my neighborhood, negatively impacting the individual home and the neighborhood’s visual appeal. Per California Law, Home Owner Associations (HOA’S) do have some amount of control over the aesthetic impact of solar PV projects. It may sound strange to the reader that a business owner in the solar industry is seeking more ...Read more

Energy Matters 2020-3

As we move into the next presidential election, there are both nervous and cautiously optimistic energy leaders around our nation and our world. Alternative energy has proven to be a non-partisan issue, and citizens throughout the political spectrum hope that the clean energy revolution will continue on its current path. In terms of energy production, the world IS ...Read more

Energy Matters – July 2016

Article written by Mark Becker for Danville/Alamo/Lafayette Today, July 2016.

Unfortunately, the subject matter of these newspaper articles doesn’t appear out of thin air. This month, while considering ideas, I tapped into the most available resources present at the moment; my two teenage children. My daughter’s response was immediate and specific: “Talk about the basics, you’re always t ...Read more

Energy Matters – June 2016

Article written by Mark Becker for Danville/Alamo/Lafayette Today, June 2016. California’s Net Metering laws, which are very advantageous to an investment in solar PV, have been extended for another 20+ years. Net Metering 2.0 has been regarded as a big win for the average electric consumer and the solar industry. NEM 2.0 introduces a small interconnection fee, an annual cha ...Read more

Energy Matters – May 2016

Article written by Mark Becker for Danville/Alamo/Lafayette Today, May 2016.

Memorial Day is a special day for our nation. It is also an especially meaningful day for veterans who have personally experienced the loss of fellow combatants or service members who have died during non-combat training missions. As an international relations major, green business owner, retired Marine Co ...Read more

Energy Matters – April 2016

Article written by Mark Becker for Danville/Alamo/Lafayette Today, April 2016. Energy Alert! If you’re considering going solar in the near future, I highly recommend you change your PGE electric rate to an E6 “Time of Use” (TOU) rate. This rate will remain in place for seven more years, but it is closing to new customers on May 2nd. The E6 TOU rate provides best arbitr ...Read more

Energy Matters – February 2016

Article written by Mark Becker for Danville/Alamo/Lafayette Today, February 2016. El Niño is officially here, sometimes resulting in torrential rain. Torrential rain is not forgiving on any type of roof that is not flashed or installed properly, or has reached the end of its service life. A roof is one of the most important parts of any dwelling. Water intrusion is the number o ...Read more

Energy Matters – January 2016

Article written by Mark Becker for Danville/Alamo/Lafayette Today, January 2016. The fourth quarter of 2015 was a record-breaking quarter for installation of solar PV systems in the State of California. In November, there were 5,942 solar PV projects completed and approved for interconnection to the grid in PGE territory alone. In last months article, I discussed the factors that are driving ...Read more