Change in Tax Credit Policy Drives 24% Drop in Residential Solar Price

Date: 16 Dec 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Update: It’s important to note that this refers to the net installed cost.  In other words, the installed cost dropped because residential solar customers were now getting an uncapped federal tax credit. We wrote in this 2009 report about the … Read More

Distributed Solar Power, Analyzed

Date: 14 Dec 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday we discussed the spread of solar carports in California, highlighting the Milpitas School District’s 14 distributed solar PV arrays.  According to a news story, the district anticipates savings of $12 million over 25 years from the projects, which were … Read More

Perverse Policy Makes Distributed Renewables More Expensive

Date: 9 Dec 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We’ve talked previously about the perversity of using tax credits to incentivize renewable energy production, increasing transaction costs and reducing participation in renewable energy development.  But there are other perversities in U.S. state and utility renewable energy policies, especially with … Read More

A Guide to Community Solar

Date: 7 Dec 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you like reading about “what we can do better” in community solar policy, check out our report – Community Solar Power: Obstacles and Opportunities – but if you like a very detailed exploration of how the three major models for community solar navigate the ins and outs of existing incentives and regulations, and a primer on how to set up a community solar project, you can’t go wrong with NREL’s Guide to Community Solar

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How Renewable Incentives Affect Project Ownership

Date: 6 Dec 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In less than a month, solar energy projects will see the stimulus-funded cash grant in lieu of the 30 percent tax credit expire.  The change back to tax-credit-financed projects provides a revealing look at the disadvantages of energy incentives based … Read More

Distributed Concentrating Solar Thermal Power? Yes.

Date: 30 Nov 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When discussing centralized v. decentralized solar power, there’s an inevitable comparison between solar thermal electric power and solar photovoltaic (PV).  But the fact is that solar thermal power – or concentrating solar power (CSP) – can also be done in … Read More

California Utilities Maintain Strong Interest in Distributed Solar PV

Date: 30 Nov 2010 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, alongside Silverado Power, signed today Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Southern California Edison, for 113 MW solar projects.

These 113 MW consist of nine PV projects within close proximity to major utility lines in Southern California. These projects, expected to be concluded in 2013, are primarily located in Los Angeles County and will allow an energy supply to thousands of homes via a 20-year contract with Southern California Edison. [emphasis added]

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