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[moved] SOLAR LEASING INFO PRESENTATION

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moongraphic
Fri Apr 13 2012, 10:01AM Email Thread Print View

deenibeeni
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Big Bear Alternative Energy Group

The Big Bear Alternative Energy Group will hear presentations by solar installers who want to work with Valley residents to make solar power accessible and affordable through leasing and/or purchase. The first one-hour presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. The meeting is for informational purposes only. There is no charge to attend the meeting, and by attending you will be under no obligation to join the group or to purchase or lease solar power. There will be a question-answer period afterward. For more information or to RSVP, please contact BBAEGroup©gmail.com.f

In 2008 I attended the meeting held by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to hear arguments against a 24% rate increase that had been proposed by Bear Valley Electric (BVE). Many residents attended that meeting and put forth eloquent and strenuous arguments against the rate hike. Nevertheless, an increase of 19% over five years was approved on the strength of BVE's claim that they had to make up for not having raised rates in a decade--and despite the fact that its parent company, American States Water, is a publicly traded and very profitable company.

Since the PUC approved that rate increase, BVE has gotten another "temporary" rate increase, which has yet to be implemented, to cover costs incurred during winter storms in 2010. Now they want yet another 7.9%, effective in 2013.

I have started the Big Bear Alternative Energy Group and have approached several down-the-hill suppliers of solar and wind power about providing solar leasing to the mountain. Leasing makes solar power accessible to many homeowners because there are no up-front costs. Leasing solar power means you do not have to pay for or finance the solar panels and other hardware. You do not have to do any maintenance--this is all included in your monthly payment, which is lower--sometimes significantly lower--depending on your usage. It's like switching utility companies, only better, because your electric bill is lower, you are protected from any rate increases, and you are doing something great for the environment.

Two of the companies I have approached are preparing to do presentations for our group. The first one-hour presentation will be held Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. There will be time for questions afterward. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to BBAEGroup©gmail.com so that we know how many will be present. If you like, you can be put on my mailing list and receive updates and information on the next solar installer presentation. If you forget to RSVP, don't worry! Just show up.

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BootsNBridles
Sun Apr 22 2012, 09:28PM

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Excellent!! That's the way to do it- if you don't like the status quo create a solution! We'll be there!
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cricket
Sun Apr 22 2012, 09:45PM

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Me too! I would LOVE to be able to quit BVES.

Summer will be here soon!
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Oso
Mon Apr 23 2012, 06:34AM
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Beware of free cookies. While solar might work for some folks that have the right location for solar exposure, the boondoogle of companies in the "business" and the leases offered all need to be closely examined. There are any number of articles, both good and bad about install experiences to be found online.

Can solar work? Yes. Can a home owner end up behind the Eight Ball? Sadly, yes too.

And if you have a solar lease and sell your home, that's another layer to be dealt with in escrow, the assumption of the lease, which in some buyer's eyes, might not be a positive.

But it's well worth considering in a valley that has a solar observatory -- and for a very good reason. Lots of sunshine.
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Ernest T. Bass
Mon Apr 23 2012, 09:24AM

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I won't be going solar here, too many trees and they will be here after I'm gone! And wind is out too as it never reaches the ground here as much as my trees move it is calm at ground level.

I don’t need your attitude thanks, I have one of my own!

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BootsNBridles
Wed May 09 2012, 12:18PM

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This is still taking place tonight, correct? We are perfectly suited for solar (or wind). Solar is quieter!
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Mountainlvr
Jul 29 : 05:36pm
Starting to clear

GreatWhiteNorth
Jul 29 : 05:14pm
It is amazing how far smoke from forest fires can travel. Here in central ND we get smoked out from fires in northern Canada several times a summer (700-900 miles north of us). I hope it clears up quickly for you!

93JeepRockCrlr
Jul 29 : 05:13pm
it would have put the fire out by now.. geeze

93JeepRockCrlr
Jul 29 : 05:13pm
Bet Yosemite wishes it could have that water from the water main break down the hill...

93JeepRockCrlr
Jul 29 : 05:12pm
Cough!!! Cough!!!

BootsNBridles
Jul 29 : 05:03pm
Strangely enough it was pretty smoky in Yucaipa today too. High level stuff but you could still smell the smoke. Not sure anyone down there actually NOTICED anything!

robk (K6RBK)
Jul 29 : 04:53pm
They got trolled, that was great.

Ernest T. Bass
Jul 29 : 04:53pm
loved hearing from DWP spokesman Slungpue

Benny (N6BWX)
Jul 29 : 04:49pm
Yeah if you look at the satellite image MGJ put up earlier, [Click Here] there was a northerly flow at the surface all day and you could clearly see the smoke moving south in our direction. Now that our ole faithful westerlies have returned, this should clear in time.

Craig (KJ6BCM)
Jul 29 : 04:42pm
For those on drift smoke: Yes, it is drift smoke from Yosemite and Central California. Both SB County Fire and the USFS have confirmed this. The Tip Top fire was being handled by the USFS. It was a 10 x 10 foot spot and wasn't going anywhere.

Mountainlvr
Jul 29 : 04:38pm
MGJ reported water break before my KFI alert

NShore.Allen
Jul 29 : 04:35pm
I though we were short on water.. what a scene.

Airport Razz
Jul 29 : 04:29pm
Sorry Ben, every now and then I get sucked into the Dallas/ABC7 circus and forget the one that knows our valley the best. Begging forgiveness from our Big Kahuna weather dude.

93JeepRockCrlr
Jul 29 : 04:23pm
WHERES THE FIRE THERE IS NO WAY THAT IS DRIFT SMOKE,, THE WIND IS BLOWING THE WRONG WAY....

deven
Jul 29 : 04:14pm
@marley1

Lol xD


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