Connecticut Update

Though it isn’t everything we anticipated and hoped for, the Constitution State is on its way to boosting residential solar. Over $7 million of the $40 million fund for residential PV has been approved for a program to install at least 30 MW, administered by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). As our earlier […]

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Will SREC Prices Affect Solar Leasing?

Several forums, including this one, covering residential solar developments have commented on the volatility of SREC markets in some states. But few have yet to note the potentially tremendous impact on solar leasing, and residential solar adoption in general, in those SREC states experiencing severe fluctuations in pricing. You may have read how the New […]

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Connecticut: The Latest Laboratory for Solar Incentives

After establishing one of the first official RPS programs over a decade ago, Connecticut is renewing the hopes of homeowners seeking a solution to install panels on their roofs. After observing developments in rebate programs and markets for PV installations, manufacturing and SRECs, Connecticut lawmakers and the Board of Directors of the Clean Energy Finance […]

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Partnership, Movement in Solar Leasing

Only weeks after a revealing study from NREL documenting the expansion of solar leasing into new income demographics in southern California, Clean Power Finance is reaching outside the west-coast bubble of clean energy innovation to offer financing services for residential solar customers in Colorado, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Though several private equity firms and capital […]

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Solar Leases Are Here to Stay, but Where To From Here?

A very informative and thorough study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) called “The Transformation of Southern California’s Residential Photovoltaics Market through Third-Party Ownership” has rightfully received wide readership for its insight into the trends of residential PV markets moving towards third-party ownership models – particularly, as the study’s evidence demonstrates, in southern California. […]

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NY, Cuomo Pushing Hard for New Incentives

The Empire State continues to step up as an emerging national leader in supporting residential solar, as Governor Cuomo’s recent budget plan includes new provisions that will open more opportunities for homeowners to install panels on their roof. The provisions are just the latest proposed measure to expand access to PV installations and lay the […]

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MassCEC Rebates Continue to Shine

The most recent block for the widely popular Commonwealth Solar II Rebate Program in Massachusetts has just opened. Though the base incentives and “adders” for moderate income and home value have dropped from last year’s levels, administrators in the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) still anticipate funding for this 9th block to fill up quickly. The last […]

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Comparing Solar Leases? Here’s What to Look For

While 2011 may mark the first year solar leasing became a widely accepted option to finance and install residential solar systems, 2012 is shaping to be a year of growth – and differentiation – in the niche industry of providing solar leases. Though the basic structure of a solar lease is similar across the board, […]

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The Solar Lease Mystery Shopper: Part 1

From the guise of an ordinary customer, I did some investigative work on buying solar panels from each of the “Big Three” solar lease companies – Sungevity, Solar City, and SunRun – in San Francisco. Since the city is the epicenter of these leasing companies, it was easy to get quotes for putting solar on […]

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PACE Shows Signs of Life

Communities and homeowners have more reason to be optimistic about solar financing. In the summer of 2010, the Federal Housing Financial Authority (FHFA), which is the regulatory arm of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, unilaterally wiped out PACE financing programs that were just gaining fruition in communities (sometimes state-wide) across the country. With the […]

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