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Solar and Storage Industry Nightmares

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CEO Cinnamon Energy Systems

Barry Cinnamon heads up Cinnamon Energy Systesms (a San Jose CA residential and commercial solar and energy storage contractor) and Spice Solar (suppliers of built-in solar racking technology)....

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Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. Not from a real nightmare, just worrying about external issues affecting the solar and storage industry. We jokingly refer to our industry as the “solar coaster,” characterized by unexpected ups and downs.

The ups are typically expected events — things for which we can usually plan in advance, such as changes to tax credits and incentives, continued unreliability of the electric grid, and increases in electricity costs.

The things we can’t plan for are the solar coaster downs. These are usually unexpected events, coming at us from left field. Over the past 20 years we have managed through the Y2K non-crisis, the silicon shortage in 2004, the housing crisis and recession in 2007, solar tariffs in 2012, and of course the Covid pandemic in 2020-2021.

My biggest nightmare right now relates to PG&E and other utilities trying to kill rooftop solar and storage so they can continue to sell their overpriced, unreliable and profitable electricity. We’re also navigating through a dire shortage of high quality storage batteries, challenges with maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction, and keeping our employees safe when they work on rooftops.

Please join us on this week’s Energy Show Podcast

 

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Matt Chester on Aug 30, 2021

My biggest nightmare right now relates to PG&E and other utilities trying to kill rooftop solar and storage so they can continue to sell their overpriced, unreliable and profitable electricity.

Agreed this is the largest hurdle for non-utility solar-- there's a lot of politics at play and left to play here. Hopefully utilities and regulators keep the customer top of mind, regardless

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Jim Stack on Aug 30, 2021

Very true. Solar and all renewables are great but the policy keeps getting changed by the big power companies. They know the only thing that can slow down renewables and storage is their deadly tariffs and bad policy.

    We need a Federal rule that can fix this through FERC. So far tgey have don't very little to help.  

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