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House Clean Energy Tax Package Includes 5-Year Extension of Solar ITC, Storage Incentives

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 19, 2019 10:29:11 AM

Today the House Ways and Means Committee released a comprehensive clean energy tax package that includes a five-year extension of the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and new incentives for energy storage.

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the tax package:

“This is a positive development for everyday Americans who want access to affordable clean energy. The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) enjoys bipartisan support in the House and is responsible for making solar energy an American economic success story. An ITC extension will create thousands of jobs, add billions of dollars in private investment to the economy and reduce emissions. These benefits will be further accentuated with the inclusion of storage in a clean energy tax package.

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Using Residential Solar Panels to Power Electric Cars

Posted by Rob Appelhof, Guest Columnist

Oct 8, 2019 1:51:37 PM

Can a solar panel system charge your electric car without draining power from the electricity needed to run appliances?

People are buying more electric cars than ever. According to the newsletter ARS Technica, in 2018 – the most-recent full year for which records are available – some 200,000 electric cars were sold in the United States. Tesla sold the most, accounting for about 10-percent of the total. In all, electric vehicles account for roughly eight-percent of the total number of automobiles sold in America. As impressive as this might be, the number still is dwarfed by the total sales of gas and diesel cars each year. But as more car buyers go electric, as a solar panel installation company in Minnesota we are receiving a growing number of calls from people asking whether their solar panel system will be able to charge their electric car without draining power from the electricity needed to run appliances, the air conditioning, computers and other energy-consuming products that are a part of everyday living.

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U.S. Utility Solar Pipeline Soars to 37.9 GW, A New Record

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 18, 2019 11:16:38 AM

The U.S. solar industry now has the largest pipeline of utility-scale solar projects in history, signaling promising future prospects for solar energy development.

According to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the contracted pipeline has ballooned to a record 37.9 gigawatts (GW), the highest in the history of U.S. utility solar photovoltaics (PV). This follows record-high procurement of 15 GW in 2018. More than 6 GW of solar capacity were added to the five-year forecast since last quarter because of the uptick in utility-scale deals.

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SOLAR 2019 Conference “Race to Renewables”

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 15, 2019 11:08:15 AM

Race against time to take urgent climate action through the use of renewable energy.

The American Solar Energy Society believes that supplying 100% of America’s electricity with renewable energy is not only possible but urgently necessary.  As attendees at the SOLAR 2018 ASES conference heard, we need to decarbonize our economy by the middle of THIS century in order to have any chance of constraining the global temperature increase to less than 2 °C, which in itself will be disruptive to humankind.

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New Solar Permit Software to Reduce Costs and Expand Residential Markets

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 8, 2019 10:47:36 AM

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation are joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), several national residential solar companies, and other nonprofit organizations to develop new automated permit software for distributed solar and storage, reducing the cost of solar installations and saving resources for local governments and taxpayers.

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Green Remote Energy for Finnish Apartment Buildings

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 28, 2019 10:41:19 AM

The STARDUST’s Lighthouse city of Tampere, Finland will host the first residential area in Europe powered by a remote photovoltaic plant.

The City of Tampere, partner of the European project STARDUST, will be home to a new residential area in the Ilokkaanpuisto district. The peculiarity of this area is that energy will be provided by a photovoltaic power plant located 25 km away and owned by the local residents themselves. This concept, based on the so-called “remote energy production”, is new to both Finland and the rest of Europe.

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New Analysis of 1,500 Scientific Studies Details Threat to Health and Climate

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 24, 2019 1:36:38 PM

A comprehensive analysis of nearly 1,500 scientific studies, government reports, and media stories on the consequences of fracking released Wednesday found that the evidence overwhelmingly shows the drilling method poses a profound threat to public health and the climate.

The sixth edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (the Compendium), published by Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York, found that "90.3 percent of all original research studies published from 2016-2018 on the health impacts of fracking found a positive association with harm or potential harm."

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New Survey Reveals 70% of Americans Support Nationwide Solar Panel Mandate on New Homes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 21, 2019 4:33:48 PM

A new survey reveals American adults are eager to harness the sun's energy, with 70 percent saying they would support a nationwide mandate requiring solar panels to be installed on all newly built homes. The survey,* conducted by CITE Research on behalf of  Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, also revealed significant others and environmental experts are the most influential when deciding to install residential solar for the good of the environment, while politicians are the least influential by far.

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Huge Florida Solar Project To Rise in Shadow of Nuclear Power Plant

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 20, 2019 11:15:12 AM

The $150 million solar facility will cover 1,000 acres of an old quarry near Crystal River, just a stone's throw from a soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear plant.

Editor's Note: What's not discussed in the article excerpt from today's Chronicle is the back story on how this region currently gets its electricity. Duke Energy spent $1.8 billion building a new natural gas-fired power plant in a complex nearby about five years ago. This replaced two coal plants and an aging nuclear plant which is supposed to undergo decommissioning starting in 2020. One concern we have with this planned decommissioning is Duke Energy's plan to contract with an outside party to handle the decommissioning. This company will own the "dry cask storage system assets, including the used nuclear fuel assemblies." While the NRC people feel confident that these on-site canisters are safe, even in high-risk flood and hurricane zones, we're not as confident. We'd like to see them moved somewhere that's not 4 ft. above sea level.

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Multifunctional Renewable Energy

Posted by Claudio Rocco, Guest Columnist

Jun 19, 2019 11:17:05 AM

Researchers are developing a device that stores and uses solar energy to provide hot water and mechanical ventilation for houses.

Moreover, an app linked to the machine monitors the users’ energy consumption Nowadays households wanting to switch to solar energy have to deal with variability over time. In addition, if they are part of a condominium, the ability to store solar energy in an apartment without taking up significant living space is a big issue.

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