California narrowly upholds critical solar policy

NICHOLA GROOM for Reuters:  California, which boasts more than half of the households with solar panels in the United States, on Thursday extended a policy that has underpinned the rooftop solar industry's dramatic growth over the last decade.

The 3-to-2 decision by California's Public Utilities Commission at a meeting in San Francisco to extend net metering was a major victory for the solar industry, including companies like SolarCity Corp, Sunrun and SunPower Corp.

Net metering allows homeowners with solar panels to sell the power they generate but don't use back to their utility at the full retail rate, sometimes giving them a credit on their bill at the end of the month. The 20-year policy has been critical to making solar cost competitive.

But the narrow victory underscored palpable frustrations with the policy, which has been criticized for rewarding solar users while leaving other ratepayers to shoulder the cost of maintaining the electricity grid.

"I will be the first to say that I think we really have a ways to go before we have a really enduring rooftop strategy," said PUC President Michael Picker, who voted in favor of extending the policy.

The PUC will reconsider net metering again in 2019.  Cont'd...

Solar Industry Commends California Public Utilities Commission for Maintaining Net Metering

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AltEnergyMag.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of Solar Power PV Conference & Expo

Solar Power PV Conference & Expo 2016 will be held from February 24th - 25th in Boston. This AltEnergyMag

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A solar-powered home reduces carbon emissions by 3-4 tons annually, equivalent to planting 100 trees every year).

ASES Sponsors Stefan Wilson #ThinkSolar Bid

IndyCar driver Stefan Wilson and the #ThinkSolar campaign team today announced a sponsorship by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) for Wilson's 2016 Indianapolis 500 bid to be the first IndyCar driver with a solar-powered pit crew at the 100th Running of the Indy 500 in May.

Invenergy to Provide Clean Power to Google

Leading Renewable Energy Producer Partners with the Multinational Technology Company to Reduce Emissions Through Wind Power

Siemens receives wind turbine orders for two onshore projects in Ireland

Clean renewable energy for approximately 125,000 Irish households Siemens to supply 36 SWT-3.0-101 and 20 SWT-3.2-101 direct drive wind turbines 15-year service agreements included in both orders

PV Complete and PanelClaw Partner to Lower the Cost of Solar Installation

In the effort to streamline solar project design while reducing the cost of PV deployment, PanelClaw, the leading commercial roof top solar mounting manufacturer, and PVComplete, a leading solar design software provider, have entered into a partnership to collaborate on design solutions that accelerate the design of commercial solar power systems.

SunLink's GeoPro Unveils Additional Product Flexibility in Answer to Diverse Global Commercial and Utility Solar Project Demands

Formerly known as Large-Scale GMS, the product has also been renamed GeoPro to underscore its solve-any-challenge flexibility

PV Conference - Visit EcoFasten Solar at PV Conference & Expo!

EcoFasten Solar will be exhibiting at PV Conference & Expo at the Westin Boston Waterfront February 24th and 25th - Booth #322.

Geli is Named 2015 Global Cleantech 100 Company

San Francisco, CA - January 25, 2016: Geli, a leading provider of distributed energy software solutions, today announced it was named in the prestigious 2015 Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group, whose mission is to connect corporates to sustainable innovation through its i3 Connect platform and global events.

SAKOR TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES MOVE TO LARGER, UPDATED FACILITY

COMPANY'S ACCELERATING SALES GROWTH HAS CREATED A NEED FOR EXPANDED FACILITIES

SolarMax Group develops system solutions for storing solar power

Following last year's successful establishment of its service network in Europe and the start of production in Burgau, in 2016 the SolarMax Group is focussing on the development and launch of its new devices, in particular system solutions involving inverters and storage systems for both roof-mounted and freestanding systems.

SWCC Grants Small Wind Turbine Certification to Pika T701

The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has granted certification to the Pika Energy T701 small wind turbine. Seven small wind turbine models are now fully certified through SWCC to the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard.

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