Tag Archives: Solar Rebates

Study: California solar subsidies are passed through to consumers

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently released a report that looked into whether or not consumers were fully benefiting from the subsidies available to them in the California market. In other words, the researchers wanted to see if some of the subsidies were kept by the installation firms or others in the food chain, thereby […]

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Top 25 residential solar installers in Massachusetts

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From 2010 to April 2014, the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out program has catalyzed a solar installation industry in the Bay State. In that time, over 10,000 residential solar installations were completed by 266 installers. To the benefit of our entertainment for the day, all of this information is listed publicly on the Mass.gov website at the […]

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The California Roots of PACE Financing

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The ECOreport recently published an excellent story on the rise, fall and rise again of PACE programs. Property-assessed-clean-energy or PACE got it’s start in Berkeley, California when the then mayor’s Chief of Staff, Cisco DeVries, put the pieces together for the idea in 2007. PACE is a special tax assessment to help finance solar or other […]

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Comparing the financial return of solar in every state

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Last year, Geostellar put out this comparison of financial returns for going solar in every U.S. State. The chart accounts for 3 major factors in the cost of solar: The cost of installing solar, the cost of electricity that the panels will displace and the state incentives available that help make it worthwhile. According to […]

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Wyoming Utility withdraws solar surcharge after customer backlash

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Black Hills Power, a South Dakota based utility that serves 70,000 customers in South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana recently withdrew it’s proposed a rate change that targeted customers who generate their own alternative energy. This is a battle that continues to be fought between utilities and solar customers who have transitioned away from dirty energy […]

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Long Island Solar Rebate Program Receives Stimulus Funding

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Last month the Long Island Power Authorities (LIPA) residential solar rebate program was suspended but thanks to an injection of $8.3 million in federal stimulus money, the program is back in business. The suspension of the program was a result of demand that simply exhausted LIPAs funding. The $8.3 million in federal stimulus money was redirected from […]

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How do solar leasing companies make money?

How can companies like SunRun, Sungevity, and SolarCity provide a zero down or $1000 down solar lease while charging less per month than a utility company? Here’s a high level overview of how solar leasing companies make money. The first step is project finance. Because there is a 30% federal tax credit for residential solar electricity projects, the leasing companies, […]

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Declining CSI Solar Rebates Offset Price Reductions

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The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is now in its fourth year and is nearly half way through the 1,750 Megawatt goal. Earlier this month, the CSI released the 2009 Impact Evaluation Report, which provides a program update and analysis. According to the report, from 2007 to 2009, the cost of residential solar power systems have declined 5% […]

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Solar Cities – Pasadena

Throughout the U.S. there are towns and cities that are offering amazing solar rebates and incentives on top of the 30% tax credit from the federal government. In this blog series that we are calling “Solar Cities” we are highlighting these towns and cities that are making it easier for their residents to go solar. This week we are […]

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$5 Million in New Funding for GoSolarSF

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The GoSolarSF program just announced an additional $5 million in funding for the July 2010 – July 2011 period. For those who don’t know the GoSolarSF program is run by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and was established to incentivize San Francisco residents to go solar. The program is open to homeowners, businesses, and non-profits. The […]

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