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Watch the Live Stream From Solar Goes Corporate 2016

Watch the Live Stream From Solar Goes Corporate 2016

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GTM Squared is the exclusive live stream provider of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Goes Corporate conference on Wednesday, February 17. Sign up to live-stream the event in the broadcast channel below.

Solar Goes Corporatewill bring together leaders from the corporate, solar, finance, and legal sectors to share insights into successfully…

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California's Solar Industry Adds 20,000 Jobs In 2015

California’s Solar Industry Adds 20,000 Jobs In 2015

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The sun certainly shone on solar jobs last year, with California’s solar industry adding over 20,000 jobs in 2015, up 35 percent from the previous year.

Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association notes that’s more than the number of people employed in the traditional utility sector.

Most of the jobs have to do with…

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ANNOUNCEMENT! NH Research, Inc. joins California Solar Energy Industries Association @CALSEIA Read More:... https://t.co/0d0ZAwGTZo

ANNOUNCEMENT! NH Research, Inc. joins California Solar Energy Industries Association @CALSEIA

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February 5, 2016


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How CA Came Close to Losing Solar Panel Benefits: California Solar Energy Industries Association’s Bernadette Del Chiaro says monopoly utility companies have spent $17 million on campaign contributions to get rid of net metering and consumer benefits. http://dlvr.it/KNjmYg

The U.S. solar market will grow by 25-50% in 2016

The U.S. #solar #power market will grow by 25-50% in 2016 #techblogs

The U.S. solar industry continues to gain momentum. The U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) forecasts that the solar market will grow by 25-50% in 2016. But while growth is surging, margins for solar are increasingly thinning, as a plethora of new regional and national players are entering the market in attempt to gain a slice of the pie.

In an environment of increasing competition,…

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California Votes to Retain System That Pays Solar Users Retail Rate for Excess Power
Regulators extended a policy that has helped the expansion of rooftop solar power, adding fees for future users but rejecting changes sought by big utilities.
By Diane Cardwell

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The decision was closely watched by energy officials and executives across the country, who are grappling with huge shifts in the power industry stemming from the spread of renewable energy.

“States pay close attention to leading markets, and they pay close attention to how changes to policy impacts markets,” jobs, consumer satisfaction and investment, said Sara Baldwin Auck, regulatory director at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, a nonprofit policy group that supports clean energy.

Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, said the decision was an important statement that California would continue to develop microgrids and decentralize energy production.

“It’s a more 21st-century way of generating our electricity,” Ms. Del Chiaro said. “It’s not just net-metering 2.0, it’s grid 2.0 that this decision essentially ushers in.”

Solar executives concurred. “Solar customers have to pay more, but it’s still a viable solution and it will still allow for a growth market in the state, and at the same time provide more benefits to the grid,” said Lyndon Rive, chief executive of SolarCity, the country’s leading rooftop solar provider.

California regulators: Rooftop solar customers keep credit

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California homeowners and businesses installing rooftop solar panels can keep offsetting their energy bills by sending surplus power back to the grid, regulators said Thursday in a decision celebrated by the solar industry.

New guidelines narrowly approved by the California Public Utilities Commission add fees to future solar users, but they fall short of what utility companies sought to charge customers for their use of the grid.

Solar customers will pay up to $150 in a onetime fee for connecting to the grid and up to $10 each month. Existing solar customers aren’t affected by the changes approved by the commission in a 3-2 vote.

Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, said that the ever-dropping costs of solar equipment should offset the new fees.

“At the end of the day, going solar in California will remain a very good economic investment,” Del Chiaro said, adding that Nevada and other states have raised fees on customers, pushing the solar industry out of the market.

“This has been a clear signal that California is building our grid in a different way,” she said.

Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric pressed the commission to charge solar owners heftier fees so the cost of running the grid doesn’t fall on non-solar customers.

PG&E spokeswoman Ari Vanrenen said in a statement that the power company supports the continued growth of rooftop solar in California, but she called the decision disappointing.

There remains a need to reform California’s energy regulation so that it supports a sustainable solar market in California and is fair to everybody, she said.

“PG&E is committed to working with all parties to find the right balance,” Vanrenen said.

Regulators: Rooftop solar customers keep credit

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California utility regulators say that homeowners and businesses installing rooftop solar panels can keep offsetting their energy bills by sending surplus power back to the grid.

The state’s Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved new solar guidelines. They add fees to future solar users, but those fall short of what utilities want to charge customers for use of the grid.

Bernadette Del Chiaro of the California Solar Energy Industries Association praised the ruling. She says the ever-dropping costs of solar equipment will offset the new fees.

She says Nevada and other states have raised the costs, pushing the solar energy out of the market.

PG&E Spokesman Ari Vanrenen says the commission’s decision is disappointing but PG&E is committed to rooftop solar.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the PG&E source’s first name is Ari.

North Carolina Solar Leadership at the Crossroads
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Luis Martinez, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Asheville, North Carolina As a North Carolinian, I can tell you it’s pretty darned amazing that, last year, our state was number 2 in the nation in installed solar capa
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U.S. Solar Market Insight Report

.@SEIA Solar Market Report has good news–again–for solar energy in the U.S.

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SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

Introduction

Solar energy posted another banner year in the U.S. in 2014. Photovoltaic (PV) installations reached 6,201 MWdc, up 30% over 2013 and more than 12 times the amount installed five years earlier. By the end of the year, a cumulative total of 18.3 GWdc of solar PV and another 2.2 GWac of concentrating solar power (CSP) were operating in the U.S. Over…

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Federal Government Forecasts Big Gains for Solar Energy

Federal Government Forecasts Big Gains for Solar Energy

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A new reportissued today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that most new electric generation capacity in the United States through 2040 will come from natural gas and renewable energy. Of the 83 gigawatts (GW) of renewable capacity additions being forecast, nearly half is expected to come from photovoltaic (PV) systems. After reviewing the report, Rhone Resch, president and…

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Among the top 25 corporate users of distributed, solar energy use increased by 33 percent in just one year. The top 25 users of local solar have more than 445 megawatts of solar in place, up from 300 megawatts in 2012. 

Learn more about the top companies on SolarReviews and see which ones you shop at. 

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The American Honda Motor Company is the second auto manufacturer to join the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), demonstrating its ongoing commitment to solar energy and advancing clean, affordable transportation options.

General Motors joined the solar advocacy organization in February of 2013; a move that solar energy experts have called a “game-changer” for the industry.

Solar Power In The U.S. Becoming A More Popular, Cost-Saving Option For Homeowners

Ben Kunz wanted to do “the green thing” and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Connecticut, he leased one.

“I thought it was a pretty good deal,” he said. “I…

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