Solar Bill HB 57 & Solar Power Update

Solar Bill HB 57 has unanimously passed both the Georgia House and Senate. Georgia homeowners and business owners will now have the choice to install solar systems on their property without upfront costs. Southface worked with the utility, solar industry and other clean energy advocates to get this historic legislation passed. The use of free-market tools, not previously available in Georgia, greatly expands the solar options for Georgia consumers. It is a new day for rooftop solar in Georgia.

Solar Power Southeast
Southface is a proud partner of Solar Power Southeast, a one-and-a half day regionally-focused event that will address forward-looking and in-depth discussions on policy, regulatory and technical topics facing the industry in the Southeastern United States, with a particular focus on Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. The event will be held on May 7-8 in Atlanta.

To register for this event, please go to: Solar Power Events and enter discount code SPSE15SF to receive a 15 percent discount. Registration prices increase this Friday, April 3, so register today!

Southface Update: SART tomorrow

Atlanta is the number two metropolitan market for electric vehicles (EVs) in the nation, largely due to state subsidies above the national average, electric power prices below the national average and access to carpool lanes on congested highways. Georgia Power’s $12 million “Get Current” program, which incentivizes property owners to construct new EV charging stations, is contributing to further market expansion. 

As the market for EVs continues to expand, so does the need for standard practices and protocols among EV drivers. Join us to discuss the market for EVs in Georgia as well as how we can foster EV driver behavior that will help the market flourish.  

To register for this event, please go to:  SART Tomorrow

The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

Carvalho & Associates, P.C. recently went “solar” with our Massachusetts Coastal Office.  As a result, we are often asked about the financial considerations associated with this initiative.  Here is a great article from NPR discussing leasing versus purchasing solar panels.  Please contact us if you’d like to discuss using solar in your home, office or commercial property.  

Read more: The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

Carvalho & Associates, P.C. Goes Solar

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA – Carvalho & Associates, P.C.’s Massachusetts Coastal Office is now solar powered. In late 2014, Atlanta-based Carvalho & Associates, P.C., a law firm specializing in environmental, energy and real estate matters, installed a 14,000 kWh photo-voltaic (PV) solar system at the firm’s Massachusetts Coastal Office in the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea. The system, consisting of 40 ‘Signature Black’, high efficiency PV panels and dual inverters manufactured by SunPower, was connected to the grid in January 2015 and will supply the law firm’s daytime electrical power needs. The system is backed up by a natural gas fired high efficiency backup generator, and remains connected to the grid through net metering. “PV solar power makes sense for a lot of reasons”, says the firm’s President and Founder, Michael P. Carvalho, Esq. “We hedge future energy costs by using domestically produced energy, contribute to local job creation, enjoy tax incentives and reduce our contribution to global warming. It looks cool, too,” says Carvalho. The system was designed and installed by Colorado-based Independent Power Systems.