On April 16, 2013 the New York State Senate Finance Committee panel approved a Cuomo administration-backed bill to extend through 2023 a program that seeks to foster the growth of solar power use in the Empire State and gives tax credits to solar and energy storage manufacturing facilities.
Benicia city officials recently launched its new residential solar incentive program offering residents a rebate of up to $3,000 for installing solar systems. City rebates became available on April 15. The rebates are available until funds run out. Residents can also take advantage of a matching discount of $0.60/watt up to $3,000 from three partnering solar [...]
An Iowa district court ruling March 29 is-our POV- a landmark decision for solar development in Iowa-and possibly the entire US. The court sided with Eagle Point Solar by allowing the company to sell electricity directly to the Dubuque city government to power the municipal building where the panels are located. Previously, the Iowa Utility [...]
Massachusetts, which has the nation’s eighth-highest electricity rates, is seeing their residents turn to solar at a very quick rate. Massachusetts ranked sixth of all states in solar installation in 2012 generating $500-million dollars spent in the solar energy sector. Nearly 4,000 Massachusetts homeowners applied for state tax credits in 2012 after having installed [...]
As we know, more and more Californians are choosing to go solar. However, as a homeowner or installer, there are a few state laws you should be aware of before installation. Under California state law, trees that grow tall enough to block solar panels’ access to the sun can cost their owners up to $1,000 [...]
Increasing the amount of electricity a solar panel produces is one of the most effective ways to reduce the cost of solar power. MIT’s Technology Review reports on a new $2.4 million project funded by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy aims to greatly increase the amount of sunlight that becomes electricity. Harry [...]
Local clean energy advocacy group Energize Vermont has announced the “Power Up Program” which is an unique partnership with American Clean Energy Supply, LLC to bring affordable, high quality solar installations to Vermonters across the state. The new program requires zero investment and monthly rates equal to or less than the homeowners current electricity bill.
The Scientific Journal Reports that Stanford University scientists have developed a thin “peel-and-stick” solar cell that can be attached to almost any surface. The fabrication process included a wafer of silicon, silicon dioxide, sandwiched metal and a film of nickel on which the thin-film solar cells are placed, and then attaching a layer of thermal [...]
The Biggest Challenges Faced by Solar Installers The moment we started becoming involved in Solar marketing and Solar Lead Generation, we noticed there were pretty consistent challenges across the vertical – challenges that don’t exist for other industries in the same sense. Oōtem Advertising created Eco-Leads to help Solar Installers overcome these challenges. Finding [...]
PRINCETON, N.J., May 3, 2012 (via Photonics.com)— New flexible, low-cost solar cells, inspired by the microscopic folds found on the surface of a leaf, offer a 47 percent increase in electricity generation. Engineers at Princeton University got the idea by observing basic leaf structure, which is designed to bend and control sunlight for maximum production [...]