Happy New Year! If your New year’s resolution is to lower your carbon footprint – then installing solar panels on your home or office is a great way to accomplish this!

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This is a really interesting article from the Santa Fe Reporter about PNM, New Mexico’s largest electricity provider, and solar energy in New Mexico. Please read the article at www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-6767-pnms-solar-dilemma.html

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Check out the article “Greening Your Home Doesn’t Have to Cost a Lot of Green” at www.ecotrendsource.com, in which BellaSolar is mentioned!

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Recently Sharp broke the solar record as being the most efficient photovoltaic cell on the market, this is exciting news especially since this is the preferred photovoltaic cell of Bellasolar. Bellasolar has been using the Sharp photovoltaic cells since they began installing solar systems.

“Sharp just signaled a bright future for renewable energy as it achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5%, eclipsing its previous record of 36.9% set in November. Sharp shattered the efficiency record with its concentrator triple-junction compound solar cell, which uses a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. This latest breakthrough puts solar power one step closer to grid parity.” For the rest of the article please visit: www.inhabitat.com/sharps-concentrator-solar-cell-sets-43-5-conversion-efficiency-record/

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says New Mexico is among the nation’s leaders in production of electricity from solar power.
The Solar Energy Industry Association says New Mexico ranked fourth nationally last year in photovoltaic solar system installations by residential and commercial customers and utilities. Those projects provided 116 megawatts of power. California, New Jersey and Arizona were ahead of New Mexico.
New Mexico ranked seventh in 2010.
The state Public Regulation Commission attributes part of the growth to New Mexico’s requirements that utilities generate part of their electricity from renewable sources such as solar energy. The federal government also has provided grants and tax credits for solar energy projects.
The PRC said New Mexico ranks first in the nation in amount of installed solar power generation per person.

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This installation is on a residential home in Santa Fe, NM. The system is 4.2 KW, 19 Sharp 220W modules with Enphase 190 micro inverters. It provides about 80% of the homes electrical use, which is amazing!!

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Earth Day is here! Celebrate the Earth this year by reducing your carbon footprint by installing solar panels on your home or business.  Capture the Sun’s energy for clean, eco-friendly energy.

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Energy Production and Peak Power for March 2012

Week Peak Power Energy Produced
03/01/2012 – 03/07/2012 3.78 kW 145 kWh
03/08/2012 – 03/14/2012 3.77 kW 114 kWh
03/15/2012 – 03/21/2012 3.78 kW 150 kWh
03/22/2012 – 03/28/2012 3.78 kW 167 kWh
03/29/2012 – 03/31/2012 3.76 kW 72.0 kWh
March 2012’s Total: 648 kWh
Previous Month’s Total: 504 kWh
Year to Date: 1.67 MWh

Your Carbon Offsets:

Your Enphase system generated 648 kWh of energy during the month of March 2012.

CO2 offsets: 987 lbs
You have offset the equivalent of:
11 Trees

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