Sullivan Solar Power announces its Cash Reward program will expire on December 31, 2013. Through the program, launched at the start of this year, San Diego County residents are offered $0.20 per watt, up to $1,500, cash back for going solar. To date, more than 450 San Diego residents are benefiting from the program, and this year the solar installer is paying out more than $520,000 in cash-back incentives to the participants that have already subscribed to the program.
Originally published on ThinkProgress, written by Kiley Kroh.
New Mexico energy regulators altered the state’s renewable energy law this week, infuriating renewable energy advocates who say the move will stunt the state’s growing solar industry. The changes made by the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) will permit utilities to use less solar energy.
The PV Operations and Maintenance (O&M) market will triple in size by 2017, bringing the worldwide total to 146GW.
The pipeline of solar PV projects awaiting completion within the U.S. has grown by 7% during the past 12 months and now exceeds 43GW, enough to power over six million U.S. households. Whereas large projects in excess of 100MW previously dominated the U.S. PV pipeline, growth is now being driven by smaller projects up to 30MW. This may be due to the upcoming deadline to qualify for the full 30% U.S. Investment Tax Credit.
Duke Energy Renewables begins construction of three utility-scale solar power projects totaling 30MW in Eastern North Carolina. In addition to supplying clean electricity to power 6,000 homes, the solar projects also bring significant community development benefits to the counties.
SolarCity announces the opening of ten new operations centers in California. All are expected to be operational by the end of 2013, nearly doubling the company's locations in the state. The expansion will result in the company having a location within 30 miles of more than 90% of the state's population.
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