Is there a point to Solarcoin?

When I bought SolarCoin at $0.20, I couldn’t tell if I overpaid or what actually happened. I had to use BitRex and Coinomi  and SolarCoin and something else… all with passwords of lengths I’ve never thought before. Some of the wallets I used are no longer available for download so… it’s a process to get SolarCoin into a SolarCoin wallet without being a solar owner.

If you have need for a Block Chain, it’s a good platform to consider. As a continuing education company, we use the SolarCoin BlockChain to record Certificates of Completion. Our public signature is secured, while allowing third parties to verify our attendees without the need of a login.

Yesterday I put up a Google Form which offered free SolarCoin registration for anyone with a solar array. As a result, I met two solar array owners in Africa, both whom own <1kW solar arrays powering their off-grid AGM rigs. One in Benin, the other in Bloemfontein. Now if you want to buy Renewable Energy Credits from Africa, we can do that.

SolarCoin counts production, a problem in the United States as well as developing countries. Any use for SolarCoin creates an incentive to get this micro-generation data counted.

State Engineering Continuing Education Requirements

Our course qualifies for continuing education in 41 states. Check engineering professional development requirements here:

StateRequirementDue DateReportingSpecial Instructions
Alabama15 PDH / yearEnd of YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Alaska24 PDH / 2 yearsEnd of Year OddSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Arkansas15 PDH / yearEnd of YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Delaware24 PDH / 2 yearsJune 30th Odd YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.We can break out our program into 3 hours ethical, 3 hours business, and 12 hours technical on request.
Florida18 PDH / 2 yearsFeb 28th Odd YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Georgia30 PDH / 2 yearsEnd of Year EvenSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Idaho30 PDH / 2 yearsNo special instructionsSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Illinois30 PDH / 2 yearsNov 30 Odd PE Nov 30 Even StructuralSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Indiana30 PDH / 2 yearsJuly 31 even yearsSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.Be sure to chat with the instructor while taking the class, as distance learning only qualifies for up to 15 hours.
Iowa30 PDH / 2 yearsDecember 31 Even/OddSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Kansas30 PDH / 2 yearsApril 30 Even A-L Odd M-ZSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Kentucky30 PDH / 2 yearsJune 30 Even M-Z Odd A-LSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Louisiana30 PDH / 2 yearsMarch 31 and September 30 based on the year of licenseSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Maine30 PDH / 2 yearsEnd of Year OddSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Maryland24 PDH / 2 yearsCheck with licensing boardSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Minnesota24 PDH / 2 yearsJune 30 EvenSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Mississippi15 PDH / yearEnd of YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Missouri30 PDH / 2 yearsEnd of YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Montana30 PDH / 2 yearsJune 30 EvenSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Nebraska30 PDH / 2 yearsJan 1 A-K Even, Jan 1 L-Z OddSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Nevada30 PDH / 2 yearsCheck with licensing boardSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
New Hampshire30 PDH / 2 yearsEnd of Birthday Month based on license yearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
New Jersey24 PDH / 2 yearsNo special instructionsNot yet approved for engineering continuing education
New Mexico30 PDH / 2 yearsDecember 31 Even or Odd based on license number endingSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
New York36 PDH / 3 yearsEnd of Birthday Month based on license yearNot yet approved for engineering continuing education
North Carolina15 PDH / yearJune 30thNot yet approved for engineering continuing education
North Dakota30 PDH / 2 yearsEnd of YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Ohio15 PDH / yearEnd of YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Oklahoma30 PDH / 2 yearsEnd of Month LicenseSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Oregon30 PDH / 2 yearsDecember 31 Odd A-F Even G-ZSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Pennsylvania24 PDH / 2 yearsNo special instructionsSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
South Caronlina30 PDH / 2 yearsJune 30th EvenSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
South Dakota30 PDH / 2 yearsBased on licenseSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Tennessee24 PDH / 2 yearsBased on licenseSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Texas15 PDH / yearMarch 31, June 30, September 30 or December 31 based on licenseSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Utah24 PDH / 2 yearsDec 31 EvenSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Vermont20 PDH / yearNo special instructionsSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Virginia16 PDH / 2 yearsEnd of Year OddSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
West Virginia15 PDH / yearJune 30thSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
Wisconsin30 PDH / 2 yearsAugust 1 EvenSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.Please be sure to chat / interact with the instructor during class, otherwise the class may only count for 13 hours.
Wyoming30 CPC / 2 yearsEnd of YearSelf-reporting, but we provide a publicly-viewable receipt stored on the SolarCoin Block Chain.
CaliforniaNo CEU Requirement
ArizonaNo CEU Requirement
ColoradoNo CEU Requirement
ConnecticutNo CEU Requirement
HawaiiNo CEU Requirement
MassachusettsNo CEU Requirement
MichiganNo CEU Requirement
WashingtonNo CEU Requirement
Rhode IslandNo CEU Requirement

Community.Solar makes not guarantee regarding the accuracy or completeness of this data. Please verify all information with your State Board.

This utility has the nation’s best voluntary renewable energy…

In our community solar class, we shed light on  discuss the voluntary renewable energy credit market. But we also give credit where credit is due. Indianapolis Power and Light has the best renewable energy policy in the country, and should set the standard for what every utility in the country should be following in terms of voluntary renewable energy sales.

According to Rider 21 on their rate schedule, RECs are sold to residential customers at $0.001/kwh. This is roughly 95% below the average market price of RECs to voluntary retail customers. Why is IPL’s price so low?

Perhaps they feel that a voluntary renewable energy buyer’s money should go to the project, and not fund utility overhead.

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The Commerce Clause, ZECs, and neighbors who smoke…

The Commerce Clause is a longstanding USA policy that leaves to State governments to regulate what the federal government doesn’t regulate abroad. It’s a long-winded way of saying each State has the right to its own electric policy, provided that policy doesn’t conflict with Federal environmental regulations.  It also explains why so many Federal renewable energy policies are like the Paris Climate Agreement, sometimes lofty yet with baby teeth.

The Commerce Clause plays a large role in USA renewables, touching items such as net-metering, renewable portfolio standards, and other kinds of green energy transaction standards. This article by StatePowerProject.org details a process by which nuclear power “ZEC” purchases are mandated in the state of Illinois and New York.  In our community solar course, we cover Renewable Energy Credits, called RECs, used to conduct green energy accounting. The downside of this virtual exchange is that it works just as well for any form of energy, and in these cases, the states have similarly mandatory nuclear power purchasing laws on the books using ZECs.

Differences aside, we see the impact of the commerce clause, with out-of-state power generator plaintiffs arguing that these laws suppress the price of nuclear power (as the generators can also profit from the ZEC revenue), to the point of suppressing out-of-state electricity pricing while keeping that value for itself, as ZEC revenue.  This is what happens when an interconnected grid crosses state boundaries.

If ZEC markets have a higher price than REC markets, then we should have a serious debate on the value of renewables vs. nuclear against climate change, and the role of the Federal government to collect that revenue. Such a performance incentive is proven to distribute money back to its citizens, as evidenced by almost 50% of German solar being owned by individuals, whereas residential solar ownership in the USA is about half that.

Instead, we’re debating an emergency import tariff to save a few dozen jobs in manufacturing, at the expense of tens of thousands in installation. Cancun sure sounds nice.

Here’s the link: https://statepowerproject.org/illinois/

China’s Floating Solar Covers the Sins of its Coal…

According to a July 28th, 2016 Sixth Tone article, Huainan Mining Industry Co. operates one of the largest coal mines in Asia in the same area a 40MW floating solar array was recently installed. As the Indy100 article states, a local official stated “The [floating solar] plant not only makes full use of this area, reducing the demand for lands – but also improves generation due to the cooling effects of the surface”.

Images of a “flooded coal mining town” might be reminiscent of the United States hydroelectric dam projects, built by the Corp of Engineers as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1944, to manage flood water and provide electricity. In the United States, coal miners must allocate funds for land reclamation. But according to the article, critics state that China’s similar law is vaguely worded and hardly ever enforced.

Here are some facts:

  • Extracting 5 million tons of coal a year has caused the rural villages to sink
  • The “lake” comes from underground water disturbed by mining activity
  • 20,000 persons have lost their homes,
  • About 15% of Huainan City’s 2+ million residents have foundation problems associated with the coal mine
  • Chinese coal mining profits are down 90% since 2011
  • The impacted rural farming families have not received adequate compensation to maintain their previous quality of life
  • The World Bank paid $100 million of $170 million budgeted towards reclamation of the land
  • The land is being developed into fish farms, with no mention of any groundwater contamination

This is not to say that floating solar isn’t a good solution for the farming real estate that has been utterly destroyed by the Chinese coal industry and its government’s lack of environmental policy enforcement. Floating solar might seem odd to some, but it offers many water reservoir treatment benefits in addition to the generation of clean energy.

But the costs are borne by the public, not the coal companies responsible for the damage.