Browse Month: February 2019

Solar Energy Update: Do Your Job

Head Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots has a simple mantra for his football team.

Do Your Job.

The mantra has worked well for Belichick and the Patriots. The team has won six Super Bowl Championships this century.

With less than a month of winter left, our rooftop solar panels appear to have done their job for the 2018-2019 season.

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Should PG&E Workers Receive Bonuses?

Embattled utility company Pacific Gas & Electric recently announced it will not award 2018 bonuses to 14,000 employees.

PG&E said it would file for bankruptcy last month. The company thinks it faces $30 billion in potential liabilities associated with California wildfires.

After victims of the wildfires protested bonus payments, PG&E canceled payouts for rank-and-file employees. The company previously announced it would not award executive bonuses this year.

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Are Business Trips Helpful in the Pursuit of FIRE?

Personal Finance

While I am not a frequent business traveler, I usually end up living out of a suitcase for work several times a year.

Last month, I traveled to Florida for an annual industry conference. Given that the temperature when I left my home for the airport was ten below zero, and it was going to be in the 70s when I landed in Florida, I was looking forward to a brief respite from the brutal winter in the north.

When I told colleagues, family, and friends I was headed south for a week, their initial reaction was generally one of envy – “hope you enjoy yourself on the beach while we’re all freezing, slipping on ice, and shoveling snow!”

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Solar Bank Pays Dividends as the Weather Gets Nasty

Financial Independence

The weather in our part of the country was particularly harsh during January.

We were hit by multiple major snowstorms during the month, and the temperature rarely got above freezing, and was often well below zero degrees (F).

One result of the wintry weather was a miniature glacier forming across our rooftop solar panels, which severely limited our energy production during January. Our home solar power system generated essentially no energy for a period more than two weeks during the middle of the month while the ROMT Glacier existed, and our monthly production barely topped 100 kWh – 40% worse than any other month since we went solar!

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