Thursday, July 11th, 2013
New York has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. But now more and more New Yorkers are turning to reliable solar to help manage their electricity costs.
Governor Cuomo just announced the latest round of the NY-Sun Competitive PV program, which will support 79 new solar projects totaling 64 Megawatts (more…)
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Rooftop solar rights recently scored another win! This one from Idaho where the state’s major utility, Idaho Power Company (IPCo) had set out to weaken its net metering program and otherwise penalize solar customers by changing their rates. Well, the verdict came out July 3rd, and the Commission stood strong for Idaho’s rooftop solar customers. (more…)
Friday, July 5th, 2013
U.S. researchers have developed a solar shingle made of flexible glass that could emerge as an alternative to conventional roof shingles and drive down the costs of rooftop solar energy systems.
Unlike conventional solar panels, which are bulky (more…)
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Give every American a chance to choose solar – sounds straightforward, right? While the basic concept is a no-brainer, the policy details to make it happen can get pretty complicated. That’s where IREC’s new Model Program Rules for Shared Renewable Energy come in.
Released last week, the updated model rules serve as (more…)
Monday, July 1st, 2013
Less than six months after LA launched its largest-in-the-country feed-in tariff (FIT) program, the city is already seeing results. Last week, Mayor Antonio Villaragosa, LADWP General Manager Ron Nichols and a group of solar supporters gathered on the roof of a multi-family apartment building in North Hollywood to to officially “flip the switch” on the first solar panel (more…)
Monday, June 24th, 2013
Here’s the state of play with the 2.2 GW New York solar bill.
Last week, the Assembly passed their version (5060d), 76-16. Earlier, in April, the Senate passed their version (S2522) unanimously.
The good news: both bills are for 10 year, 2.2 GW solar programs that will transform New York’s solar (more…)
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
The city of Palo Alto (CA) has set a goal of 100% carbon-free power for its municipal utility. To achieve this goal, they are going solar in a big way…and with some mindblowing results.
The utility just signed 80 MW worth of contracts with 3 solar plants (40 MW, 20 MW, and 20 MW) at a (more…)
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
When it comes to evaluating our energy options, policymakers typically perform cost-benefit analyses. That seems pretty uncontroversial, right? Where it gets squirrelly is in the selection of ingredients. What costs to include? Short term costs, or long-term? Include externalities? If a particular technology emits pollutants that threaten life on earth as we know it, (more…)
Friday, June 14th, 2013
Great news from New York. No – it’s not that lawmakers have successfully delivered massive solar legislation to the Governor’s desk (YET!). But almost as great. In anticipation of an explosion of solar growth from Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative, the New York Public Service Commission just approved a decision to triple the state’s net metering cap. More details and the decision (more…)
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Solar power is a renewable source of energy but still can be expensive to use so any cost reduction is good. Solar engineers from UNSW have developed an innovative method to dramatically improve the quality of low-grade silicon, promising to significantly improve electrical efficiency and reduce the cost of solar panels. The UNSW team has discovered a (more…)