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Will Hegman activates a Charge Point Electric vehicle charging station at Old Capitol Inn, Jackson, MS

         Did you purchase an electric vehicle charging Station in 2012-13, if so, we have some great news. The recent fiscal cliff deal that Congress passed included a broad set of tax extenders for all electric vehicle charging stations and installations.

 

         The Section 30C credit* for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property includes a credit of up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of a charging station for personal use. Additionally, Section 30C includes a 30 percent credit, capped at $30,000 for business/investment use per site. So spread the word and pass on the savings.

Text Box: - 1Mende Alford, owner, Old Capitol Inn and John Garza, driver of the Nissan Leaf, charging at the Old capitol Inn, Jackson, MS

Please visit:

US CODE: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/30C

And download 2011 IRS FORM: 
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8911.pdf

Photos of MSsolar installed EV charging stations (from Clipper Creek & ChargePoint), for more information, contact us here

 

 


A look at MS solar potential and what peak sun hours mean.

 

          Yes it does, based on a study of “Peak sun hours” compiled by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) using 40 years of National Weather Service (NWS) data. This study is the basis for comparing and projecting solar energy potential for various locations both nationally and internationally. A “peak sun hour” is a constant, thus its value and how NWS measures it is the same in Jackson and Meridian as it is in the other 49 states as well as internationally.

 

          A “peak sun hour” equals 1,000 watts (1 kilowatt) of solar power hitting a 1 square meter surface for 1 hour (peak sun hour = 1000 watts/ square meter). It is a constant used to compare solar potential around the world in a standardized way (apples to apples). A “peak sun hour” in Mississippi is the same as Pennsylvania.  Just as an electrician considers 1 HP = 746 watts, or a surveyor 1 acre = 43,560 square feet, a solar designer projects solar production on the equivalent “peak sun hours”.

 

Peak solar represented here by the squares throughout the day (left). The square’s size is constant, but the dimensions change (right).  Courtesy of jsolarllc.com


          In Mississippi, NREL determined that the amount of usable solar energy available during the total daylight hours on a daily basis was equivalent to 5.1 “peak sun hours.” This average takes in consideration differences between daylight hours in summer & winter, humidity (air mass density), cloudy days etc. This translates into 5.1 kWh per day average solar potential per square meter of solar installed. A properly designed system with today’s technology will perform at between 70-80% of this potential after system de-rates or between 3.6 & 4.1 kWh production per sq. meter per day.

          The point is that all computations originate from a constant, “peak sun hours”. Unless Mississippi has adopted a modified perhaps “baker’s dozen peak sun hour”, it is abundantly clear that Mississippi has more solar potential than the majority of states. Mississippi ranks last in solar production compared to our sister states, yet has one of the highest potentials.

 

Jackson, MS                    5.1 hrs

Atlanta, GA                      5.1 hrs

Little Rock, AK                 5.0 hrs

Baton Rouge                    5.0 hrs

Memphis, TN                   5.0 hrs

Nashville, TN                   4.9 hrs

Huntsville, AL                  4.8 hrs

New Orleans                    4.7 hrs

Chattanooga, TN             4.7 hrs

Knoxville, TN                  4.7 hrs

Lexington, KY                 4.5 hrs

Desoto County, FL          5.5 hrs

 

 

 

 

 

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Mississippi Solar is receiving an approximate 45% increase in solar requests for strictly  off-grid solar systems.  Most of these requests are coming from customers who are currently  on grid.   

Having lived  off grid for much of my adult life and with many friends & associates in the solar business currently living  off-grid, it is important for customers to understand that living completely  off-grid requires a lifestyle change and for now at least is much more expensive than living  on grid. 

There are advantages to  off-grid systems. Remote cabins and lodges for hunting & fishing or homes where utility access is unreasonably expensive are well-suited for an  off-grid system.  

Please find owner comments from one of our customers, they recently installed a 3 KW off-grid systems.

 

"We purchased our cabin approximately 2 years ago which had an existing do-it-yourself (diy) off-grid solar system already installed. It quickly became apparent that the existing system was not properly installed and was “pieced” together using various mail-order components yielding little power to operate basic appliances in the cabin. My spouse, Linda and I decided to learn more about solar energy and environmentally friendly options to not only provide power to our cabin but a lifestyle change from what we had grown up accepting as being the norm.

After struggling to operate and utilize our existing solar system for 6 months we contacted Will Hegman with MS Solar to learn more about solar systems and possible options for powering our cabin. The first thing we learned from Will was that the technology which we feared would be too complex for us to understand and operate was much more straight-forward than expected. Secondly, we learned how to manage our energy consumption as well as purchasing energy efficient appliances. Will provided us with guidance on what type of system would be appropriate for our requirements and match with our budget.

Once we determined our energy requirements we then set about selecting a system type and capacity. Our system was installed in a very professional and timely manner. We have been extremely pleased with MS Solar’s quality of workmanship, assistance in planning and on-going support. Our solar system provides for all our primary energy requirements; however, we also had MS Solar install a back-up propane generator for those times when there may be little to no sun for many days. Another key learning of ours was to make certain that the front-end usage planning is one that meets your short and longer term power requirements allowing you to match the system with your need. We can truly say that our investment in solar energy has been one of our best financial investments for our future."

Linda & Stan Bulger

 

 

4.8 kW system was commissioned by Dixie Electric Power Association which is a member of the South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA).

 

 

 

Nate Bender: "Shrinking our carbon foot print while extending the life of our roof!"

 

 

 


A look at MS solar potential and what peak sun hours mean.

 

          Yes it does, based on a study of “Peak sun hours” compiled by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) using 40 years of National Weather Service (NWS) data. This study is the basis for comparing and projecting solar energy potential for various locations both nationally and internationally. A “peak sun hour” is a constant, thus its value and how NWS measures it is the same in Jackson and Meridian as it is in the other 49 states as well as internationally.

 

          A “peak sun hour” equals 1,000 watts (1 kilowatt) of solar power hitting a 1 square meter surface for 1 hour (peak sun hour = 1000 watts/ square meter). It is a constant used to compare solar potential around the world in a standardized way (apples to apples). A “peak sun hour” in Mississippi is the same as Pennsylvania.  Just as an electrician considers 1 HP = 746 watts, or a surveyor 1 acre = 43,560 square feet, a solar designer projects solar production on the equivalent “peak sun hours”.

 

Peak solar represented here by the squares throughout the day (left). The square’s size is constant, but the dimensions change (right).  Courtesy of jsolarllc.com


          In Mississippi, NREL determined that the amount of usable solar energy available during the total daylight hours on a daily basis was equivalent to 5.1 “peak sun hours.” This average takes in consideration differences between daylight hours in summer & winter, humidity (air mass density), cloudy days etc. This translates into 5.1 kWh per day average solar potential per square meter of solar installed. A properly designed system with today’s technology will perform at between 70-80% of this potential after system de-rates or between 3.6 & 4.1 kWh production per sq. meter per day.

          The point is that all computations originate from a constant, “peak sun hours”. Unless Mississippi has adopted a modified perhaps “baker’s dozen peak sun hour”, it is abundantly clear that Mississippi has more solar potential than the majority of states. Mississippi ranks last in solar production compared to our sister states, yet has one of the highest potentials.

 

Jackson, MS                    5.1 hrs

Atlanta, GA                      5.1 hrs

Little Rock, AK                 5.0 hrs

Baton Rouge                    5.0 hrs

Memphis, TN                   5.0 hrs

Nashville, TN                   4.9 hrs

Huntsville, AL                  4.8 hrs

New Orleans                    4.7 hrs

Chattanooga, TN             4.7 hrs

Knoxville, TN                  4.7 hrs

Lexington, KY                 4.5 hrs

Desoto County, FL          5.5 hrs

 

 

 

 

 

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We have some exciting news for you guys! There's a great financing opportunity for your renewable energy projects!


FINANCING for Your Renewable Energy Project

  • 100% financing for up to $40,000
  • Up to 20 year payback period
  • Funds available for solar systems, roofing, generators & more
  • On-Line pre-qualification in minutes
  • No equity or appraisal requirements
  • No prepayment penalties
  • Tax deductible interest


Steps to maximize your renewable energy investment.
 

1.       Schedule a solar site survey to determine energy production potential for your home.

2.       Agree on system size, components and price for your future system.

3.       Complete installation agreement (subject to loan approval) and make refundable down-payment ($1,000).

4.       Contact lender and complete online application (pre-qualification in a few minutes).


For more detailed information contact Will Hegman here

1016 Saxton-Airport Road, Suite 118 Philadelphia, MS 39350 601-656-6161

Headquarters

Mississippi Solar, LLC
211 Popes Road
Carthage, MS 39051
Phone: 601-656-6161

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Mississippi Solar
1016 Saxton-Airport Road, Suite 118
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Phone: 601-656-6161