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How Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Growth Can Boost Solar

Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), an alternative to traditional utilities, often provide greener power. We explore what their growth means for solar.

Lisa CohnLisa Cohn

What to Know About DTE’s Net Metering Replacement in Michigan

Michigan, like other states, is seeing revisions to solar net metering (NEM) policies. DTE Energy's NEM successor program deals a blow to solar savings.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

SF Commercial Clean Energy Requirement Is a Boon for Solar

A San Francisco policy to require large commercial building owners to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030 bodes well for solar.

Lisa CohnLisa Cohn

How to Optimize Your Solar Designs for New Net Metering Rules

We present new solar design rules of thumb for optimizing savings under different net metering rule changes, based on our recent white paper analysis.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

Solar Policy Round-up: 9 Wins in the First Half of 2019

There have been a number of positive developments for the solar industry in the U.S. in 2019 to date. We explain these solar policy changes in 9 states.

Sunny WangSunny Wang

The 100% Clean Energy Revolution is Here–with Big Solar Opportunities

Over 100 cities and towns in the U.S. are transitioning to 100% renewable energy. These local commitments are not only a key part of the movement to address climate change, they also create business opportunities for solar companies. We explore this trend and how contractors can get involved.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The 2018 State Solar Policy Changes You Need to Know

2018 was a great year for solar with many noteworthy solar policy developments at the state level. States with positive changes included: California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and others. Connecticut, Kansas, and Michigan delivered setbacks.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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

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