Author Archives: Spencer Fields

About Spencer Fields

Spencer is the Content & Research Manager at EnergySage, where he writes about all things energy. Prior to joining EnergySage, he spent five years at Synapse Energy Economics, providing environmental, economic and policy analysis for public interest groups. Spencer has degrees in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies from Brown University, meaning when he's not in the office you can find him outside or traveling somewhere to work on his Spanish.

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How do electric meters work?

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Unless you live in an off-grid home, you have an electric meter. Your electric meter tells your utility how much electricity you’ve used over a given time period so that they know how much to charge you on your monthly bill. There are a few different types of electric meters, all of which function in slightly different ways, including net meters that work for solar homes. In this article, we’ll break down the different types of meters, how they work, and why you should care what kind of electric meter you have. 

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Does your battery come with its own inverter?

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While shopping for storage solutions, it can be hard to break down which products come with an integrated inverter, which will need an additional inverter, and how many boxes will be installed on your wall. This is one of the key factors to pay attention to as you’re comparing storage solutions, as it will impact the overall efficiency and cost of your battery setup, as well as how you integrate it into a solar panel system.

Here’s a breakdown of this info for some of the biggest storage companies in the market today:

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Q&A with Enphase: the Encharge

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Installations of energy storage systems are skyrocketing throughout the country over the last couple of years. In fact, residential installs increased 500 percent from 2017 to 2018! A number of different companies are introducing batteries to help meet this increased demand, creating a crowded field of products to choose from.

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Long duration storage: what you need to know 2020

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As states and cities throughout the country embrace the renewable energy transition, setting and committing to 100 percent clean energy targets, one crucial gap remains in ultimately meeting those targets: how do you stretch the production from renewable resources like wind and solar to keep powering the country even when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing? Enter long duration storage, the promising broad category of technologies that can fill this gap.

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Corporate renewable energy procurement: an overview

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In today’s current era of renewable energy targets, action is not just limited to political entities such as the federal government, states or individual cities. In fact, many corporations are getting in on the act by promoting corporate sustainability programs or contracting directly with renewable energy developers to build solar and wind farms specifically for their company. As the solar and wind industries continue to grow, corporate renewable procurement and targets will play a substantial role in driving renewable energy to greater and greater heights.

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What are critical load panels?

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You may have noticed an increase in coverage of energy storage in the news lately, especially here on our blog. Energy storage continues to increase in popularity throughout the country (according to Wood Mackenzie and the ESA, residential storage had its best quarter ever to start 2020), and with good reason: batteries provide myriad benefits, form backup power and peace of mind, to further financial savings. 

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How to claim your SGIP rebate

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One of the best financial incentives for batteries in the US is California’s Self Generation Incentive Program, or SGIP. If you are a home or business owner in California, SGIP provides rebates that help you to significantly reduce the cost of installing an energy storage product. We get a lot of questions from homeowners who are curious about how to best take advantage of this incentive program and to claim their SGIP rebate, so we read through all of the program documentation and compiled the relevant info below. Let us know what you think and, as always, feel free to reach out to one of our Energy Advisors if you have any questions about your specific project.

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Understanding time-of-use (TOU) rates

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Across the country, utilities are beginning to introduce innovative rate structures for residential energy consumers. These rate structures–from time-of-use rates to demand charges to real-time-pricing–all have a common goal: to incentivize customers to consume energy during times when the cost of generating electricity is cheap, and to disincentive energy consumption when the cost of generating electricity is high. As a result, understanding the ins and outs of a time-of-use rate can help you reduce your monthly cost of energy.

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Vehicle to grid charging: what you need to know

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Solar and storage continue to increase in popularity throughout the country, and why not: pairing a solar battery with a solar panel installation provides an affordable, clean, reliable power supply for your home. At the same time, electric vehicles continue to become more and more mainstream: in 2019, the millionth electric vehicle hit the road in the US, and EVs were even heavily featured in Super Bowl ads

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The ConnectedSolutions program: what you need to know in 2020

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Interest in adding batteries to solar panel installations is increasing throughout the country at a rapid clip. In fact, there were 500% more batteries installed in 2018 than in 2017, an upward trajectory that continued into 2019 as well. However, in many states, there are very few rebates and incentives available for homeowners interested in purchasing an energy storage system. 

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