Solar Articles

As climate change becomes more pervasive in the national political conversation, federal politicians are seeking to find tangible paths towards a renewable energy policy that addresses climate issues...
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3/24/2019
New PV system owners will have until the end of 2019 to qualify for the full 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) before its inevitable step-down. The clock is ticking! The ITC is the most impactful...
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2/26/2019
  • Residential Storage Deals
With energy storage installations growing at breakneck speeds (100% growth in US installed capacity in 2016), solar installers far and wide are exploring how to best incorporate energy storage in...
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3/21/2017
  • Proper preparation prevents poor performance with Solar Installation
Solar integrators use all sorts of tools to complete the tasks that keep their businesses moving forward. These include the obvious hand and power tools to install the solar equipment and the less...
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9/1/2016
  • Ballasted solar array
This evolving picture routinely delivers a combination of encouraging and sometimes disheartening developments.  While the industry rejoiced with the extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit...
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3/21/2016
  • Getting the most out of your solar array
  The following is a general breakdown of the ideal tilts to meet the energy demand you are hoping to get out of an array: Year-round loads: Tilt angle equals latitude Winter loads: Tilt angle equals...
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12/14/2015
  • Alternatives to the ITC
Sunnova CEO John Berger broke ranks last week when he sent a letter to Congress detailing his belief that the solar industry is ready for the sunset of the 30% federal ITC.  Not only did Berger...
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12/14/2015
  • Plan to reduce CO2 from generators by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030
Last week President Obama, in conjunction with the EPA, introduced the final rule of the Clean Power Plan. The plan targets the power generation sector which currently accounts for roughly a third...
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8/10/2015
  • Over the course of its tenure the ITC guided the cost of installed solar from $7
  Since the introduction of a solar investment tax credit (ITC) in 2006 the number of solar installations has grown by over 1,600%.  Going beyond encouraging the adoption of residential and...
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6/19/2015
  • Obama Fights to Extend the ITC
Residential and commercial solar benefited from a significant boost with the introduction of a 30% investment tax credit (ITC) under the 2005 Energy Policy Act. Although initially offered for a brief...
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2/25/2015
  • 50% Bonus Depreciation for Solar Projects through 2013
Great news, the fiscal cliff deal that is currently in place will have a significant positive impact on the solar industry. Primarily, the bill extends the 50% accelerated bonus depreciation to...
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1/8/2013
  • Sun Energy Output Solmetric Insolation Tool: Honolulu
Azimuth is the array’s east-west orientation in degrees. In most of the solar PV energy calculator tools, an azimuth value of zero is facing the equator in both northern and southern hemispheres....
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11/24/2010