SPI 2015: Tax credit sunset preoccupies a fast-maturing industry

By Herman K. Trabish  for UtilityDIVE:  Solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity is expected to reach 7.7 GW in 2015, up 24% from 2014, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.

From July 2015 to December 2016, the report forecasts the U.S. solar PV marketwill add 18 GW, which is more than the cumulative capacity built by the industry up to the middle of 2014.

But there are some headwinds for the sector. In a sign it has reached a level of maturity achieved recently by the wind industry, solar advocates now face an uphill political battle for the industry's most vital federal incentive

The mandated term of solar's vital 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC), in place continuously since 2008, will end on December 31, 2016. Beyond that deadline, the tax credit provided at the end of a project’s first year of operation will fall to 10% for commercial investments in solar and to zero for residential solar investments.

SEIA is mounting a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign to secure a five-year extension that will get the industry to 2020, when it hopes the Clean Power Plan can take over to help boost growth.  Cont'd...

Microchannel systems could boost future of solar thermal electricity

Could lower costs and lead to a wider deployment of solar energy.

Energy Department Announces $102 Million to Tackle Solar Challenges, Expand Access to Clean Electricity

More than $52 million will support 22 new projects in partnership with companies, non-profit organizations, universities, and national laboratories that aim to make solar energy more affordable and accessible across the nation.

Avian Solar Work Group Formed to Study the Relationship between Birds and Solar Energy

Solar industry, scientists, and conservation organizations collaborate to direct research

UL To Bring New Science To PV Module Material Performance & Reliability

U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Awards UL with Research Funding on PV Module Backsheet Reliability

Ontario Solar Provider flips the switch on Diamond Head solar project

Ontario Solar Provider and Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc., are celebrating the opening ceremony of a 600 kW rooftop solar project in Cobourg, Ontario.

Atlantic Wind & Solar Starts Construction on 320 KW Utility Scale Solar Plant in Burlington, ON

The $2 million commercial rooftop installation, consisting of 1,488 panels, is expected to produce 7,900 megawatt hours of power over the next 20 years.

Booth Spaces at the 12th China International Battery Fair Running Out with 80 Percent Reserved

Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center (SCEC) from May 24-26, 2016

RES Announces Entry into Distributed Energy Market

Offering Integrated Solutions in North America

SunEdison Supplies Battery Storage in Net-Zero Energy Home Pilot Project in Fontana, Calif.

The research institute is leading the project to evaluate how net-zero energy homes that generate and store their own energy impact the local electricity grid.

World-leading UK to host global wave and tidal energy event for first time

Edinburgh to welcome 6th International Conference on Ocean Energy

RoseWater Energy Group Partners with Alpha Technologies

Global company to manufacture 'the most complete intelligent residential energy management solution on the market today'

SPI 15 - FACT SHEET: Continuing to Drive Growth in Solar Energy Across the Country

Administration Announcing More than $120 Million to Scale Up Clean Energy in 15 States

Nordex Inaugurates Its Biggest Wind Farm Developed in-house in France

75-megawatt project with H2air/ French energy turnaround picking up speed

Renewable Energy Group Holds Ribbon Cutting for Grays Harbor, WA Biorefinery

Local leaders welcomed REG to the area business community.

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