Enphase, leading manufacturer of microinverters for solar energy systems, recently changed their website to a fresh new look. Since the beginning of the microinverter revolution, Enphase has maintained a list of “Reference Systems” that show system monitoring for system owners who have allowed public access. The Reference System page has a cool zoom-enabled mapping feature that shows system throughout the world. Southwest Florida has many Enphase systems installed. We have installed systems in Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Sanibel, Rotonda, Bonita Springs, Estero, Alva, Lehigh Acres, Pine Island, and beyond! Sarasota and Tampa are also hotbeds of Enphase based solar electricRead More →

You may have seen the guy standing with a sign under the Veteran’s Parkway overpass or the truck driving up and down Del Prado Boulevard protesting Cape Coral’s proposed Public Service Tax that will “increase your electric bill by 10%.” Just like other utility electric taxes, you can beat the tax with simple conservation efforts, but also with solar electricity! First to clarify, the tax would not actually raise any bill by 10%. The currently proposed 10% tax would be assessed on the customer charge and base utility rate only, excluding the power cost adjustment and all other taxes and fees. The real impact wouldRead More →

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has issued a Public Notice indicating that Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) has distributed solar modules in Florida that do not meet UL standards, but carry the UL mark. The affected solar modules include Models AP-240PK, AP-245MK and ASP-390M. BlueChip Energy has sold and installed these solar panels in Southwest Florida, and now owners are finding they didn’t get what thought they were buying. BlueChip Energy was crushing the prices we offered two years ago, selling systems priced below our cost! We couldn’t compete. I was sounding the warning bells internally at my company that something was fishy. Early signs of trouble came upRead More →

  The mayor of Bonita Springs, FL, Ben Nelson, and several other dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting for a 75kW Solar Photovoltaic (Electric) System at Patriot Stor-All on March 11, 2013. The system is believed to be the largest privately owned solar electric system in the City of Bonita Springs. Fafco Solar installed the system on three of ten buildings at the site, which provides self-storage space and small business storefronts. Owner Jim Nickerson worked with Fafco Solar’s Dominick Zito to evaluate the facility’s utility bills and come up with a strategy to use the large expanses of roof to the benefit of the owner.Read More →