Author Archives: Kira Johnson

Hurricane Safety Tips – Solar

Hurricane Safety Tips for Your PV System As you are aware, Hurricane Florence is a major hurricane heading towards the Carolinas. We understand that during this time you may have questions about your PV system and perhaps this can help to answer some common questions. What happens if the powergrid goes down? If the powergrid… read more

4 Most Attractive Rhode Island Solar Incentives

Rhode Island Solar is Booming The smallest state in America packs a big renewable energy punch! Solar installations increased by 23.4 megawatts (MW) in 2017 and over the next 5 years SEIA projects solar growth to reach 197 MW. Solar power is booming in Rhode Island, mainly thanks to attractive state and local incentives. Let’s… read more

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun and it will stay for a while because it’s the Summer Solstice! It’s the first day of summer (the Summer Solstice) and one of our favorite days to celebrate here at RGS Energy! Why? It’s the longest day of the year with the most sunshine. The word solstice comes from solstitium… read more

Who needs a critter guard?

Unless you’re a Disney princess who relies on cute animals to help clean up the house, you probably don’t appreciate any unwanted critters, especially if they can cause damage. It turns out critters (like birds and squirrels) especially like to hang out under solar panels. Squirrels have a tendency to chew electrical wires, which damage… read more

Connecticut Blocks Out the Sun

By Grace Brown, Research and Policy Specialist at RGS Energy The Lowdown In the wee hours of the morning on May 9th, the Connecticut House voted to approve Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), which passed the Senate earlier that week. The bill is now on the Governor’s desk, and he is expected to sign it… read more

California Mandated Solar

The Golden State Going for More Solar California is poised to become the first state to require solar on most new homes and buildings. What’s Happening A mandate requiring new homes to have solar is expected to be approved today (Wednesday May 9th) by California’s Energy Commission. This mandate would make California the first state… read more

POWERHOUSE™ is Back.

Rethink Your Roof™ Your roof can do more for you. When you think about solar energy, you likely picture traditionally mounted solar panel systems like ground-mount or rooftop mounted systems. But, do you know about roof-integrated solar systems? These are more commonly known as solar roofs, solar shingles, solar tiles, or building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) We’re… read more

Daylight Savings Year Round

Sign & Save Daylight Savings is just around the corner, this weekend to be exact! As we set our clocks ahead, we look forward to the longer sunny days of spring and summer. It’s especially exciting for those have solar panels to convert all of that sunlight into usable energy. Solar panels generate the most… read more

Solar Panel Import Tariff Approved

What You Need to Know   Under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, Suniva (a solar manufacturing company) filed a petition in 2016 with the US International Trade Commission (US ITC) to launch a global investigation into the potential threat of imported solar panels on domestic solar manufacturing. Suniva filed this on the heels… read more

Solar Power on Demand

Time-of-Use Rate & Solar Storage Every year we see instances of utility companies increasing electric rates, across the country. Recently, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) increased their peak cost per kilowatt hour to 52 cents! Time of use pricing was approved for use by the California Public Utilities Commission in order to encourage customers… read more

CT Eversource and United Illuminating Rate Hike

Another Rate Hike In addition to the Massachusetts Eversource rate hike effective January 1, 2018, Eversource and United Illuminating customers in Connecticut will also experience an electric rate hike. Eversource’s residential electric rate will increase from 8.01 cents/kWh to 9.08 cents/kWh. According to Eversource, this will result in an increase of approximately $7.45 per month… read more

Resolve to Go Solar

Happy New Year!  As with any New Year, come new resolutions. From becoming healthier to spending more time with family & friends, it’s all important! We have another important resolution for 2018: resolve to go solar. Own your power, save money, and contribute to making the environment better for future generations this year.  Resolve to… read more

Massachusetts Eversource Rate Hike

Eversource Rate Hike Approved What’s Happening? With the trend of increasing electric rates across the country, we report on yet another rate increase! The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) recently approved a rate hike for Eversource customers in Massachusetts. Effective January 1, 2018, customers can expect an increase of $8.15 on their monthly electric… read more

Sign & Save

Sign Now. Save Now.  I think we can agree it officially feels like winter, especially since the holidays are in full swing! Contrary to popular belief, winter is a great season to start your solar project. Why? Starting your solar project in the winter months means you’ll be first in line for incentives offered in… read more

Customer Appreciation Month(s)

Thank You November is Customer Appreciation Month here at RGS Energy and we’re extending this appreciation into December this year!  So, we want to say thank you! Thank you to all who have chosen clean, renewable solar power with RGS energy.  Solar 365™ To kick off our appreciation months, we launched our customer dashboard and… read more

Mass SREC II Program Closing

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Opportunity Awaits But opportunity won’t wait much longer in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) II program will soon be replaced by the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. What are the differences between SREC II and SMART? Under the Solar Carve-Out II Program, SRECs “represent the renewable attributes of solar generation”. These… read more

Solar Sticker Shock

Wait, how much? One of the knee-jerk reactions to a solar system proposal is sticker shock. It makes sense, any of us would gasp at a price tag in the tens of thousands of dollars! In fact, the average cost of a 5kW solar system before any incentives is $16,800. Most homes require a 5-8… read more

Winter is Coming

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So Are Higher Electrical Utility Bills Brace yourself, winter is coming. Which means in some instances, so are higher electrical rates from your utility company. Nationally, electric rates increase an average of 4% annually. However, effective November 1, 2017, National Grid customers in Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts can expect another increase in their… read more

Beware of Vampire Power

What is Vampire Power? No, it doesn’t sparkle when it hits the light. Or maybe it does? Depends on which vampires you’re used to. October can be a spooky month, but the last thing you want is for your electric bills to be scary. Seems like these days electric rates keep going up and that… read more

Energy Awareness Month

Sustainability, Pumpkin Spice, and Everything Nice It’s October, fall is in the air and everything has officially been pumpkin spiced. Besides pumpkin spice awareness, October hosts another awareness campaign. October is officially Energy Awareness Month. Although, every month is Energy Awareness Month here at America’s Original Solar Company®, we are doing something a little extra… read more