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If you haven’t had the chance to get acquainted with Cinnamon Energy Systems and their enlightening talk show, The Energy Show, we encourage you to give it a try! Each week, the host, Barry, delivers a concise and informative 30-minute talk show that delves into a wide range of energy-related subjects. These topics encompass the evolving political landscape influencing the future of energy generation and consumption, as well as valuable money-saving advice for trimming your energy use in both residential and commercial settings.

Without anymore delay, we’d like to share the most recent episode with you…


Unfortunately, this is the new normal for most of the U.S. In other words: SNAFUThis situation will not change. It’s a little-known fact that utilities use our money to influence politicians to maintain their monopoly. To the tune of $18m in California just in 2022. Government regulators are supposed to ensure that utilities provide inexpensive, reliable and safe power. However, this poorly regulated capitalism is not working. Just look at your electric bills over the past few years. Count the number of blackouts you’ve had. Heard about any wildfires recently?Solar is the cheapest way to generate electricity, and batteries are a cost effective and reliable way to keep that power flowing. But ONLY when you own those solar panels and batteries. In spite of all the solar and battery investments made by utilities, our rates keep going up. We’re experiencing record numbers of blackouts. And wildfires are becoming commonplace.The electricity game is rigged. New electric rates in California are cheapest in the middle of the day when there is abundant solar generation. But at night rates are more than double. So ordinary solar customers are forced to sell power back at low rates during the day, and buy power at high rates at night. Buy high. Sell low.You can beat the utilities at their own game if you have rooftop solar combined with a battery. Or two. Store your own solar-generated electricity in your battery, and then use that electricity at night. Buy low. Sell high. Plus you’ll have backup power during the next blackout. You don’t need an MBA to figure that out.Please tune into this week’s Energy Show for more details about California’s new electric rates — and how you can save money by adding a battery to your solar system.To learn more about how Investing in solar and storage delivers more than just keeping the lights on, please watch this episode of The Energy Show.
Barry Cinnamon has been blogging about the Solar Industry since 2007.Every week Barry hosts The Energy Show, a 30 minute informative talk show that covers a broad variety of energy related topics spanning technology, economics, policy, and politics that are shaping the future of how we generate and consume electricity, along with practical money-saving tips on ways to reduce your home and business energy consumption. Barry heads up Cinnamon Energy Systems (a San Jose residential and commercial solar and energy storage contractor) and Spice Solar (suppliers of built-in solar racking technology). After 10,000+ installations while at the helm of Akeena Solar and Westinghouse Solar, he’s developed a pretty good perspective on the real-world economics of rooftop solar — as well as the best products and services for homeowners, manufacturers and installers. His rooftop tinkering led to the development of integrated racking (released in 2007), AC solar modules (released in 2009), and Spice Solar (the fastest way to install rooftop solar modules).If you live in Silicon Valley and want solar and battery backup storage for your home, click HERE