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How Have Solar Tariffs Impacted the Industry–and What Can We Learn?

In 2018, the solar industry has been buffeted by three solar tariffs affecting the prices of imported solar components. We explain each of the tariffs and David Dunlap, VP of Operations at distributor Baywa r.e. Solar Systems, shares his perspective on how the tariffs impacted on solar contractors.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

California’s Solar Mandate for New Homes: What You Need to Know

California made history in May 2018, when it became the first state to mandate solar PV systems on all new homes. This decision creates huge opportunities for the solar industry. Learn the key policy requirements of California’s solar mandate for new homes in this overview.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The 2018 State Solar Policy Changes You Need to Know

2018 isn't even half over, but there have already been many noteworthy solar policy developments at the state-level. California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Utah have all advanced positive solar policies, but Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Michigan delivered setbacks.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Understanding the “Commence Construction” Clause of the Solar ITC: What You Need to Know

Solar contractors need to have a firm grasp on the IRS's “commence construction” policy to know whether a solar project will qualify for the Investment Tax Credit and at what level. This will allow you to give customers an accurate understanding of the true cost of their system.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

SEIA President & CEO Abby Hopper on Solar Policy Priorities and More

In this conversation with Abby Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), we discuss SEIA's advocacy priorities, changes in solar markets around the country, opportunities for increasing diversity in solar, and more.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

How a Shift in Chinese Solar Policy Is Shaking Up the Industry

A shift in China's solar policies announced this month is making waves around the world. A significant reduction in solar demand from China is expected to lead to a global oversupply of solar panels and significant cost reductions. We explore likely winners and losers of these developments.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

California’s New Smart Inverter Requirements: What “Rule 21” Means for Solar Design

California is the first U.S. state to require the use of smart inverters in solar systems. We explain 'Rule 21' and how your solar projects can comply.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

How Virtual Net Metering Opens New Markets of Solar Customers

Virtual net metering makes solar energy accessible to groups that have largely been left out to date. We explain what it is and how it serves these groups.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Community Solar Is Essential to Expanding the Solar Market—Here's How It Works

For nearly half of households and businesses in the U.S., installing solar is not an option. Community solar provides a way to bring solar to these customers.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

NEM 2.0 Arrives in SCE Territory - Here’s What You Need To Know

California's revised net metering policy, NEM 2.0, now applies to new solar customers of all the major California utilities. Here's what you need to know.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong