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Bill introduced to add energy storage to Investment Tax Credit amid Democrat push to extend ITC timeline

Bill introduced to add energy storage to Investment Tax Credit amid Democrat push to extend ITC timeline

April 8, 2019 at 12:58 pm 1 comment

Legislation was filed by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) to modify the tax code to include energy storage as an eligible technology for the investment tax credit (ITC). Other original cosponsors of the bill include Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who both serve on the House WaysRead More

This Swedish PV production equipment provider is expanding into direct sales of solar roofs

This Swedish PV production equipment provider is expanding into direct sales of solar roofs

April 8, 2019 at 11:22 am 0 comments

Swedish solar energy technology leader Midsummer launched a new energy producing metal sheet roof “Midsummer solar roofs”. This signals a broader effort to expand from mainly selling production equipment for thin film solar panels into the end market for solar panels for various roofs, facades, vehicles etc through in-house productionRead More

POWERHOME Solar to install solar panels at Cleveland Indians’ baseball stadium

POWERHOME Solar to install solar panels at Cleveland Indians’ baseball stadium

April 8, 2019 at 11:04 am 0 comments

Solar energy provide POWERHOME Solar will begin installing solar panels on the aptly named Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, in the upcoming months. The Indians continue to be among the industry leaders in taking a proactive approach to supporting various environmental initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint atRead More

Solar Marketplace Report shows the power of one ITC and the weakness of another

Solar Marketplace Report shows the power of one ITC and the weakness of another

April 8, 2019 at 10:53 am 0 comments

The semiannual Solar Marketplace Intel Report from EnergySage shows that solar system costs continue to fall, despite the Trump tariffs, which so far, have not even produced more domestic module procurement. Here are four takeaways from this latest report, which is based on millions of transaction-level data points generated withinRead More

IHS Markit: Global solar PV market will return to double-digit growth in 2019

IHS Markit: Global solar PV market will return to double-digit growth in 2019

April 8, 2019 at 9:53 am 0 comments

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market is set to bounce back from single-digit growth in 2018 to 25 percent growth in 2019, reaching 129 gigawatts of solar installations, according to global business information provider IHS Markit. This revived growth comes mainly from markets outside of China, which are forecast toRead More

Nevada has turned around its solar industry, led the nation in clean energy job growth in 2018

Nevada has turned around its solar industry, led the nation in clean energy job growth in 2018

April 8, 2019 at 9:25 am 0 comments

Remember when Nevada randomly tried to kill its residential solar industry? Since then, Nevada has reversed course and been a clean energy policy leader. As the Nevada Legislature considers legislation to advance clean energy, including a bill for the state to get half of its energy from renewable sources, aRead More

How Massachusetts is supporting energy storage (and how your state can too)

How Massachusetts is supporting energy storage (and how your state can too)

April 8, 2019 at 9:11 am 0 comments

Batteries are now eligible for state energy efficiency incentives in Massachusetts, and this first-in-the-nation policy should be considered by other states, according to a new report published by Clean Energy Group (CEG). The report details how Massachusetts, a national leader in energy efficiency, recently became the first state to formally incorporateRead More

Standard Solar opens Chicago office to grow its presence in the Midwest

Standard Solar opens Chicago office to grow its presence in the Midwest

April 8, 2019 at 9:02 am 0 comments

Standard Solar Inc., a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, has expanded with a new office located in downtown Chicago. The new solar project financing office supports the increasing need for turnkey solar financing in the Midwest and the demand expectedRead More

Virginia’s Ipsun Solar adds energy storage offering with Tesla certification

Virginia’s Ipsun Solar adds energy storage offering with Tesla certification

April 4, 2019 at 1:31 pm 0 comments

Ipsun Solar, located in Fairfax, Va., is now a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer. The company says sign-ups for the product are already coming in at a brisk pace, which speaks to a desire on the part of D.C. and Northern Virginia homeowners for customized solar-plus-battery solutions. During 2019, the finalRead More

RFP news: Bid for 12 commercial solar projects in Southwest Virginia totaling 2.73 MW

RFP news: Bid for 12 commercial solar projects in Southwest Virginia totaling 2.73 MW

April 2, 2019 at 3:41 pm 0 comments

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia is seeking bids for 12 solar projects totaling 2.73 MW of energy generation as part of its Commercial-Scale Group Purchase Program. The projects to be developed on businesses, nonprofits and local government properties across Lee, Scott, Tazewell, Washington and Wise counties are part of theRead More