By Pamela Cargill
A version of this post was originally published on Chaolysti
As companies expand within and into the U.S., they need to avoid making assumptions about the market. In the U.S., the solar market consists of a tapestry of solar policies, incentives, climate regions, micro-markets, and diverse consumer attitudes. Pamela Cargill helps us understand how to navigate this tapestry.
DTE Energy announces it has selected 84 new solar projects for inclusion in Phase 2 of its SolarCurrents program. Under the program, electric customers get financial incentives for solar PV systems, and DTE gets RECs to help achieve its mandate of a retail supply portfolio that includes at least 10% renewable energy by 2015.
Kilroy Realty has selected renewable energy provider UGE to design and supply a solar energy system for Dropbox’s new LEED Platinum San Francisco office. The custom PV array will offset the electricity used in the new six-story commercial building.
Sugar Bowl Bakery announces the installation of a 1600-panel PV system at its Hayward, California facility. The system is expected to offset 65% of the facility’s electricity usage, and will feature four EV charging stations for employees to use.
SunEdison closes a $160 million lease pass-through fund with Citi and Barclays. This type of fund increases efficiencies for tax equity investors, giving non-traditional investors, like commercial banks, the ability to participate.
As part of its quarterly results report, RGS Energy announces the promotion of Dennis Lacey to CEO and the restructuring of the company into four reportable segments. RGS will refocus on the residential market, where it’s been most successful recently.
Walmart installs a custom solar canopy at their Portland, Oregon location. The structure uses Lumos frameless panels, and can be weatherproofed to protect customers and bicycles from rain and wind.
Texas enjoys abundant sun but not as abundant solar power. That’s starting to change. Travis Moller of Meridian Solar gives us his insights on the Texas commercial solar market and Meridian Solar’s role in moving it forward.
As solar in Massachusetts grows, Nexamp grows with it. The company has acquired a 4.4 MW portfolio of solar projects that produce enough energy to power 650 homes a year.
Denver solar gardens company SunShare contracts with Adams County to provide the regional government with clean, reliable energy from community solar gardens. Colorado is a leader in solar gardens, which allow homeowners, businesses, and municipalities to subscribe to solar power located offsite.
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