L.A. to reduce solar-panel rebates in 2011

Los Angeles residents who are considering installing solar panels have an incentive to act quickly: On Tuesday, the city's Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved changes to the Solar Incentive Program that will reduce rebates starting Jan. 1. The Department of Water and Power's present rebate is $3.24 for every watt installed. A 4-kilowatt system, for example, would receive a $12,960 rebate. In 2011, that rate will decline to $2.20. That same 4-kilowatt system will see its rebate drop to $8,800 come Jan. 1. Further reductions -- to $1.50 per watt and, ultimately, to 60 cents -- will roll out as time passes and the utility meets goals for home-generated electricity. The DWP has been deluged with applications for residential solar rebates since 2009, when the U.S. Emergency Economic Stabilization Act kicked in, replacing a $2,000 federal tax credit cap with a dollar amount equal to 30% of the installation cost. The average residential solar system costs between $35,000 and $40,000. L.A. homes generate 22 megawatts each year, far less than 1% of the 25,000 gigawatt-hours used in the city annually. Source: LA Times

Panasonic Invests $30M In Tesla Motors

Panasonic has invested $30 million in Tesla Motors , building upon a multi-year collaboration of the two companies to accelerate the market expansion of the electric vehicle, the companies said. The investment was made through the purchase of Tesla common stock in a private placement at a price of $21.15 per share. Panasonic is a major battery cell manufacturer and a supplier to the global automotive industry. Tesla currently uses Panasonic battery cells in its advanced battery packs and has collaborated with Panasonic on the development of next-generation battery cells designed specifically for electric vehicles. While Tesla's current battery strategy incorporates proprietary packaging using cells from multiple battery suppliers, Tesla has selected Panasonic as its preferred lithium-ion battery cell supplier for its battery packs, the CE manufacturer said.

UMA Solar to Exhibit Groundbreaking Solar Preheat Technology at NAESCO Conference

UMA Solar will exhibit its new MAX G solar preheating technology at the NAESCO Annual Conference, Nov. 9-10, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Ontario and Asia forming green energy partnerships, helping solve megacity growth issues

Ontario Technology Corridor at Eco Expo Asia to advance cooperation on environmental protection technologies and energy efficiency opportunities. Ontario's Plasco Energy and Clearford Industries already engaged in Chinese partnerships on solid waste conversion, wastewater collection and treatment

UMA Solar to Display New Solar Preheating Technology at the GOVgreen Conference and Expo

UMA Solar will exhibit its new MAX G industrial solar preheating technology Nov. 9-10 at the GOVgreen Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

Bentek Solar Installers Announce 25 Percent Cost Reduction with Implementation of the MDSS

Wise Power Systems, Inc., based in Wilmington, DE, has reduced its PV disconnect costs by more than 25 percent with the installation of the MDSS.

GETIS : INTERNATIONAL GREEN GROWTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS EXHIBITION

This international exhibition will be held from 3rd to 5th February at the "Palais des Festivals et des Congrčs" of Cannes, France.

Neptune Renewable Energy Ready for Commercial Deployment of Proteus Tidal Stream Power Generator

Neptune Renewable Energy Ltd has completed in-water tests on the full-scale demonstrator of its Proteus NP1000 tidal stream power generator.

National Manuf. Network installs a low voltage Solar lighting system for the VA Cemetery in W

NMNC was asked to help out with a low voltage Solar lighting system for the VA Cemetery in WI.

Going Solar On Your Shingle Roof? Think Again...

The lifetime cost issue of solar -- and one that many people never consider -- is that rooftop PV systems may have to be removed and reinstalled if the roof needs replacement or repairs, which is almost a certainty with asphalt/shingle roofs. While PV systems typically lose a small portion of their potential output (less than 1 percent each year), the systems can operate for decades longer than the typical residential or commercial roof (10-12 years in Georgia). In other words, roofs are likely to be replaced at least once during the typical life of a PV system.  According to a report from  GRIST.ORG , reinstalling a residential rooftop PV system could cost $6,250 or 25 percent of the installed cost of the system. In our investigation, we found that moving residential PV systems to accommodate a roof replacement could cost as much as 25 percent of the initial system cost (and over 35 percent of the net cost after the application of the 30 percent federal tax credit). Moving systems on a commercial roof was less expensive, on the order of 15 percent of initial installed cost (around 25 percent of the system cost after the tax credit). Source text.

Phillips Service Industries launches POWERTHRU, a new clean flywheel energy storage company

Phillips Service Industries today launched POWERTHRU, a new clean flywheel energy storage company that provides ride-through power and voltage stabilization for power quality and recycling applications.

CALIFORNIA VOTERS REJECT PROP 23 AND SEND MESSAGE: "RENEWABLE ENERGY IS HERE TO STAY"

~Solar Industry Leader Says Validation of AB32 Cements Foundation for Continued Investment and Job Creation in America's Largest Renewable Power Market ~

SGS to Participate in Wind Power Development and Implementation Conference 2010 in Cairo, Egypt

On December 13th and 14th, SGS will attend and sponsor the Wind Power Conference at the Cairo Ramses Hilton Hotel in Egypt. On Conference Day 2 at 10.30 am, SGS will be holding a presentation entitled ‘Increasing Efficiency of Wind Energy Projects; from concept to commissioning'.

OSolar signs MOU for a total of 200MW PV projects with the City of Taubaté

OSolar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 200MW PV projects in Brazil with the City of Taubaté, Săo Paulo.

Missouri Farmer Chooses Corvus Energy's Batteries to Create 100% Eco-Powered Pork-Processing Plant

Sustainable farmer Russ Kremer chooses Corvus' lithium-ion battery technology, scalable to megawatt sizes, to store energy for his off-grid farm and pork-processing plant

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