A recent statewide poll conducted by Princeton Research Associates and released by the SEIA finds that nearly 70% of Massachusetts voters believe the solar power industry is important to the Massachusetts economy — up 10% from June. Nearly 60% of voters see direct benefits from solar power in their cities and towns, and support Governor Patrick’s decision to quadruple the state’s solar power generation goal from 400MW to 1600MW.
The SEPA releases the Utility Community Solar Handbook: Understanding and Supporting Utility Program Development. The handbook provides the utility’s perspective on leading community solar program development and is a resource for government officials, regulators, community organizers, solar energy advocates, nonprofits, and interested citizens who want to support their local utility in implementing a project.
Real Goods Solar reports the voting results from its annual meeting of its stockholders held this morning. Shareholder proposals passed by wide margins.
The Solar Alliance Foundation helps injured and disabled veterans by providing them free solar systems. They’re asking for year-end donations that will keep on giving to these veterans in need for many years to come.
Solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, and hydropower provided 100% of all new electrical generation placed in-service in November 2013, according to FERC’s latest Energy Infrastructure Update report. In total, 394MW of renewable energy resources were added in November.
Solar Universe releases significant growth numbers solidifying a positive year. The Livermore-based company grew 56% year-over-year, yielding $61 million in 2013.
The 1MW first phase of Tucson International Airport’s 2.5MW parking lot solar canopy becomes operational, offsetting about a fifth of the terminal complex’s total power needs. The Hawaii Department of Transportation announces plans to install 2.6MW of solar PV at 12 of the state’s airports, which will help achieve the state’s 2030 energy-efficiency and renewables goals.
Admirals Bank announces it will work with EmPower Solar to offer residents of Breezy Point, New York financing options to purchase solar systems for their homes. As part of the the Breezy Solar Bank initiative, EmPower Solar will add $200 to a Breezy Solar Bank for each resident of Breezy Point, Rockaway Point, and Roxbury, New York who goes solar. The funds will be used to help finance a solar project at one of their community buildings.
To address the issue of high soft costs, concept3D in partnership with NREL has developed simuwatt Solar, a mobile and cloud-based application that incorporates 3D technology for preliminary site design and estimating, shading analysis, permitting documentation, and bid preparation.
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Glenna Wiseman explains why women are great solar customers. She also elaborates on how solar marketers can benefit by understanding the segments within the market of women consumers.