Issue Number 12 - September 2010

Hello solar power enthusiasts (and 'Welcome to the club' if you're a new subscriber).

In this edition of the newsletter we'll take a look at:

  • The Summer That Was


  • New updates on

I am writing this edition of the Solar Power Beginner Newsletter on Labor Day (or as we call it in Canada: Labour Day). For all of you international readers, Labor Day is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September and it marks the unofficial end to summertime.

As the summer of 2010 winds down and we solemnly prepare for raking autumn leaves and watching NFL football, we should also take a look back at the solar developments of Summer 2010 (or as I like to call it "The Sizzling Summer Of Super Solar Shenanigans").

My stomping grounds of Ontario, Canada enjoyed its first summer under the microFIT program. This feed-in-tariff pays residents 80.2 cents per kilowatt hour for the electricity produced by their rooftop solar panels.

Implementation of the program did hit a few snags and there was a reduction in the amount paid for electricity produced by ground-mount solar panels, but on the whole the project has been a great success. There has been talk of other regions adopting similar programs to encourage the adoption of solar power and other renewable energies.

Solar Power Beginner also had a great summer. The number of visitors to the site has been increasing at a brisk pace and we recently announced a new partnership with Cooler Planet that will allow visitors to get a free solar quote from a local installer.

What about your summer solar stories?

If you've got any solar news, feel free to get in touch and tell us all about it.

Let's finish up with a look at a new page on LED solar lights we recently added:

You can reach me through our Contact Form if you've got any comments or suggestions.

Good luck in all your solar endeavors!


T. Champagne

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