You might think that a northern state like Minnesota wouldn’t be a hot market for solar energy, but solar works great in northern and colder climates. To capture that solar potential, Minnesota recently enacted several policies and incentives to inspire more Minnesota businesses, municipalities, non-profits, and residents to install solar and reduce their energy costs.
After a three-year delay, an Obama administration official recently confirmed that a solar PV system with American-made solar panels are being installed on the White House. But did you know that this isn’t the first time that the White House has used some type of solar power?
If you’re a commercial business with a large plot of land or your location’s roof gets plenty of sun, should you install solar right now? Based on sunlight potential and state policies, there are several particularly favorable markets right now in the U.S. for commercial solar installations.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Greentech Media today released the annual “U.S. Solar Market Insight: Year-in-Review,” showing record levels of solar demand. U.S. businesses, homeowners, and utilities installed 3,313 megawatts of solar in 2012, representing 76% annual growth over the prior year. Cumulatively, more than 300,000 solar electric systems are today online in the U.S.
Despite renewable energy being a wedge issue this past election season, voters support solar and would like to see government do more to support the growing industry, according to national polling conducted in September by Hart Research Associates and commissioned by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
The vast majority of those who have installed solar on their home or business in the U.S. participate in what’s known as "net-metering." Net metering, simply put, is an arrangement with your utility whereby you – as a producer of electricity – are credited for the full retail value of any electricity produced, but not used at the time of generation.
During his first year in office, California Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t just signed the most aggressive renewable portfolio standard in the nation (33% of electricity from renewables by 2020) into law, he’s also called for the deployment of 12,000 megawatts of distributed renewable generation. ‘Distributed’ generation, of course, is typically that which is sited close to energy demand, like rooftop solar.