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What is a Green Bank?

What is a Green Bank?

By Stewart Lawrence The DC Clean Energy Omnibus bill of 2018 established the creation of a “Green Energy Finance Authority,” or more commonly referred to as a Green Bank. That sounds interesting, but begs some questions: What is a Green Bank? What is its purpose and...

Big Federal LED Rebate for Commercial Buildings: 179D

Big Federal LED Rebate for Commercial Buildings: 179D

LEDs have revolutionized lighting. They can produce a wide range of color temperatures using 50% to 90% less electricity than previous generations of lighting. Also, because they last 5-6 times longer than incandescents and fluorescents, you save a considerable amount...

Recession Tips for Property Managers

Recession Tips for Property Managers

Following declaration of a global pandemic over the COVID-19 virus and subsequent crash of the stock market, many of us feel like we live in a different world than we did a week ago. In fact, we do not. It’s the same world, I swear! We still have the same...

Take Action for Solar in Virginia!

Take Action for Solar in Virginia!

By Bobby Monnacella @ Ipsun Solar Please help us support two important solar bills currently moving through the Virginia legislature. The Solar Freedom bill and the Clean Economy Act are both important for the future of solar in Virginia, and we need to make sure our...

What to do about Stormwater Fees?

What to do about Stormwater Fees?

Rainstorms cause flooding and damage properties in areas with high densities of impermeable surfaces in DC. Much of our infrastructure also combines stormwater with sewage, which overflows in our rivers during storms. Stormwater fees are used to help DC avoid this. Clients ask us if Honeydew offers help in controlling DC’s increasing stormwater costs, and we do!

Case Study: SREC Broker Comparison for Washington, DC

Case Study: SREC Broker Comparison for Washington, DC

Honeydew Energy Advisors put together a case study for a client in Washington, DC who wanted to compare their current SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Certificate) broker, Flett Exchange, with a local competitor, Sol Systems. Here is what we found:     Flett...

When Energy Suppliers Go out of Business

When Energy Suppliers Go out of Business

Before we delve into the question begged by the title of this article, let’s take a step back and consider what an “energy supplier” is. Most ratepayer’s utility bill is divided between distribution and supply costs. The utility uses distribution fees to maintain and...

What is Pepco’s Plan to Support Solar in DC?

What is Pepco’s Plan to Support Solar in DC?

Community solar, or Community Renewable Energy Facilities (CREF) was introduced to the District of Columbia in the Community Renewable Energy Credit Rate Clarification Amendment Act of 2016. Since this time, solar companies attempting to develop CREFs have had to...

Rise of the Climate Sloths

Rise of the Climate Sloths

In the ‘90s and the early part of the 21st century, the biggest enablers of climate change were the climate deniers. They insinuated that scientists are motivated by money to lie about the science and liberal politicians used this as a cudgel to gain power. Of course...

Dorian’s Impact on Natural Gas Pricing

Dorian’s Impact on Natural Gas Pricing

Energy commodity prices are notoriously difficult to predict. Unforeseen weather and political factors can dash the conclusions of the most thoughtfully orchestrated economic forecasts. We at Honeydew do not pretend to be experts at economic forecasting. Instead, we...

NEM vs CREF Solar PV Systems

NEM vs CREF Solar PV Systems

Net Metered or NEM systems are the most common grid-direct (no batteries) solar PV system. These systems feed power to a single meter. Currently in DC, the total amount of energy the system produces may be no more than the meter consumes over the course of a year. If...

What is the DC ‘Solar for All’ Program?

What is the DC ‘Solar for All’ Program?

Many critics of the American approach to renewable energy deployment correctly point to its regressive nature. Specifically, the beneficiaries of federal and local subsidies to solar energy systems tend to be wealthy. After all, until recently, you need to own the...