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Re: “Arrival of SolarCity in Pittsburgh reflects the ongoing solar-energy boom

Ever wonder why the solar leasing companies never post their pricing on their websites and why they insist on sending a high pressure salesperson to your home to convince you to sign their long term contract? The answer is simple.

Solar leases, power purchase agreements and solar leasing company loans are agreements are three of the most expensive ways to have solar on your roof. Simply add up the 20 years worth of escalating lease payments on a solar lease and you'll typically find that you'll pay up to three times what it costs to purchase a system outright.

Today a name brand grid tie solar system with American made solar panels can be purchased and installed for less than $1.90 per Watt after applying the 30% federal tax credit. That's less than 7 cents per kWh with a 4 to 5 year return on investment in many parts of the country. So why on Earth would anyone want to rent or purchase a solar system from a solar leasing company for 10 to 20 years and pay their much higher $12 cents to $16 cents per kilowatt hour rate ?

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Posted by Ray Boggs on 06/16/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Arrival of SolarCity in Pittsburgh reflects the ongoing solar-energy boom

having to "legalize" community solar is about as stupid
as having to

"legalize" marijuana,

Solutions should never be illegal in the first place

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Posted by NOAM_CHY on 06/15/2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “John Stolz warns of danger when past, present drilling practices collide

Would love to get Dr. John's update on this and get his attention on Ñorth Beaver Township, Pa before it is too late! The area is home to the historic Bessemer Oil Field, which more than once kept the States oil production numbers from declining off previous years records. It is home to over 2500 orphaned and abandon oil and gas wells drilled at the turn of the last century and numerous coal mines. In March of 2014 Hilcorp Energy was fracking 2 miles away in the Utica Shale layer in Poland township, Ohio. They caused 77 earthquakes before ODNR shut them done with a 5 mile ban on fracking because of a previously unknown fault line. Not to be deterred Hilcorp merely stepped acrossthe stateline and continued operations where ODNR has no authority and where PA DEP stands for Dept of Energy Protection or Production, your choice.! This past April Hilcorp once again caused 6 more earthquakes a mere 3 miles from the 2014 frackquakes! How is it that they knew there was gas in the shale but could not detect the fault? Once the fault was detected why isn't DEP protecting the environment and the citizens of the Commonwealth? There have been 2 major incidences of land subsidence, taking roads and farm fields down into old coal mines, all within a couple of miles of the epicenters of these quakes. Some one, anyone please step up to the plate and help deal with the greed and stupidity pervasive in the area! The Lawrence County Commissioners have turned a deaf ear, appealing to DEP is futile. No one has the right to enrich themselves while poisoning the community! This is not a Boom it is a total BUST!

Posted by Maggie Henry on 06/03/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The Fort McMurray wildfire was yet another climate-change wakeup call few noted as such

Using clean technology to rid Pollution & Smog doesn't require a Bogus theory.

The government's approach to the environment places an expensive and unnecessary tax on ordinary citizens and businesses around the world.

Exploiting a political theory to extract revenue from the population is unacceptable.

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Posted by Hillary Assad on 05/25/2016 at 9:19 PM
Posted by Dude on 03/28/2016 at 1:55 AM

Re: “Divested Interests

The divestment movement is alive and well in Pittsburgh. See .

Posted by Greg Kochanski on 01/10/2016 at 8:23 PM

Re: “John Stolz warns of danger when past, present drilling practices collide

This article points out several important issues that the public is unaware of. Water is not comprehensively tested. It is tested for a handful of chemicals, not for all the contaminants that have been found in independent tests paid for by homeowners whose water smelled or looked discolored. There have been several fracking spills at the Beaver Run Reservoir which provides drinking water for tens of thousands of residents, yet IUP students tested only for a few elements.

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Posted by Jan Milburn on 12/15/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “John Stolz warns of danger when past, present drilling practices collide

We at Friends of the Harmed, publishers of Shalefield Stories have been collecting first hand testimonials from people all over the country who have had water contamination due to fracking related incidents. The industry will tell you "not one confirmed case of contamination from Fracking" which is how they get away with it. The fracking process itself may not cause the contamination but, spills, leaking well casings and illegal dumping have been the cause of hundreds of water contamination accidents. It is a major problem wherever fracking is being done. I would like the readers to think about what it would be like if they could not use the water coming out of their taps for drinking or bathing! We hear about so many organizations helping third world countries solve potable water issues for people when in fact right here in America, thousands of families are living without potable water as a result of oil and gas activities. Here in PA HUNDREDS of families have been affected, yet our legislators and our governor are still promoting this toxic industrial process. Why? because of $$ in campaign contributions, and other financial donations to communities from the O&G industry. The O&G industry has contaminated our environment, health and our democracy. Rich Fitzgerald is a perfect example. Check out the $$ he had been given and the PG articles when he was running for County Executive. People have no idea what's at risk when it comes to fracking. The worst part, many of these families have been without water for more than 6 years now. Read and hear first hand from many of those families.

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Posted by Briget Shields on 12/14/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “A state law requires recycling old TVs — but doesn’t make it feasible to do so

One thing I would have liked to see addressed in the article is how people who do not have cars are supposed to recycle their old TV sets.It's one thing to say Best Buy and the PRC will accept them, it's another for people without cars to figure out how to get them there.

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Posted by Tom Wolper on 11/18/2015 at 12:48 PM

Re: “A century ago, Pennsylvania stood almost entirely stripped of trees

At least trees can grow back as opposed to destruction of our historic buildings which once demolished are gone forever. Please help and save our historic Old Stone Tavern. See

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Posted by Lorraine Forster on 08/23/2015 at 1:57 AM

Re: “A century ago, Pennsylvania stood almost entirely stripped of trees

Beware the biomass energy industry, in Pennsylvania and beyond. Cutting down our forests and burning trees for fuel is not the solution to climate change. It is filthy. It is not carbon neutral. Taxpayers should not be subsidizing this industry.…


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Posted by Vince Vespa on 08/20/2015 at 12:02 AM

Re: “New research raises more alarm about hormone-mimicking chemicals

I've grateful to have the City Paper.

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Posted by Jack Wolf on 03/25/2015 at 10:48 AM

Re: “How fast can we transition to renewable energy?

WindJammer Generators built by WindJammer Energy will change everything! WindJammer Energy needs funding!

Posted by Greg Wilson on 02/24/2015 at 1:13 AM

Re: “How fast can we transition to renewable energy?

This is such an important discussion! It is quite clear that we have the ability to build wind and install efficiency as fast as Dr. Jacobson suggests. I don't agree with the $100 trillion figure. In the United States it will take about $2 trillion over 20 years, but the entire investment will cost less than attempting to meet our energy needs with conventional fossil fuels. Already in many states efficiency program savings are much larger than renewable program costs.

The big problems come in two areas. First, we need more efficient buildings, to get about 20% of the savings, and it simply isn't possible to rebuild our building infrastructure that fast. It may prove possible to substitute renewable electricity for heat and air conditioning, but look to this area to be one big problem.

The second problem area is petroleum substitution. Although we can raise efficiency and produce electric vehicles the potential for biofuels is highly constrained. We're already diverting grain from food to fuel, and it isn't cost-effective. Much can be done with urban redevelopment to produce communities that are designed to facilitate mass transit use.

The key to making this happen is to envision a future with abundant electricity - maybe 50% more in twenty years than we are presently expecting. This vision is needed to provide financial institutions with confidence that lending money to renewables factories is a safe investment. It is cheaper than what we do today for electricity and natural gas. It will create a huge economic boom, and it will stop global warming.

I don't want to post anonymously, but the automatic link to facebook isn't working, so I'm Ned Ford

Posted by Ned Ford on 02/21/2015 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Narrative Arks: We need help envisioning a sustainable future

thanks, Emily

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Posted by Bill O'Driscoll on 11/19/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Narrative Arks: We need help envisioning a sustainable future

Nice article! Telling the story of a transition to a green economy is something we've also been thinking a lot about -- thought you might find this interesting:

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Posted by Emily Benson on 11/19/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Watt's New: There's more to choosing an electric company than just the price.

In 2014, Ambit Energy has expanded into 13 states, has over 1 million customers, has surpassed $1Billion in revenue, and ranks No. 1 in customer service....and it's just getting started.

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Posted by Lori Richardson on 10/07/2014 at 4:03 AM

Re: “Clashing Over Carbon

400,000 people made the effort to attend the Peoples Climate March in NYC, including hundreds and hundreds from Pittsburgh. We all share a deep concern that our government is not doing enough to protect the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. (The PA Heath Department fracking scandal is strong evidence of this). These EPA proposals represent only a fraction of what needs done to prevent utter catastrophe. Indeed, climate change is now irreversible, and we can only hope that emissions cuts will prevent it from making a grim situation even worse. It's a gift for polluters and represents the bare minimum that should be done. Polluters should take it while the offer is still there. They may not be so lucky after the next climate calamity hits.

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Posted by Jack Wolf on 09/24/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Ashes to Ashes: New plan to deal with Mansfield plant's coal residuals isn't much of an improvement

"How can a substance containing toxic metals be beneficial?" Almost everything in your house has "toxic metals" in it. Your daily multi-vitamin has "toxic metals" in it. The key is keeping the metals in places where they won't get into you in quantities that can cause harm. Using coal ash in products like concrete and wallboard keeps ash out of giant disposal ponds next to rivers. That's beneficial and even the U.S. EPA agrees The best solution to coal ash disposal problems is to quit throwing it away.

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Posted by John Ward on 08/21/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Carbon Nation: Pittsburgh will host hearings on EPA's emission-reduction plan

I wouldn't downplay this rule. Some states are complete laggards when it comes to doing anything about cutting carbon emissions. California on the other hand will always be ahead of any rule that comes from the EPA. For 100 straight years our carbon emissions and electricity consumption has grown so it is still a relatively new phenomenon to see a reduction in carbon emissions in the US and a large part of the reason for the reduction in carbon emissions was the recession of 2009. We must get this rule implemented. When it is in place we will work on further cuts. I will be at the EPA hearings in Pittsburgh on July 31st and you should be there too because "America will take bold action to cut carbon pollution!"

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Posted by Fred K on 07/24/2014 at 3:25 PM

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