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.
REC Group enters into a supply agreement with Sunrun, similar to its recent agreement with SolarCity. Sunrun will buy a minimum of 50 MW and up to 100 MW of REC's high-quality Peak Energy Series solar panels in 2015.
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.
As SolarCity experiences ups and downs, solar and financial analysts ponder its fate. While no one is making definitive predictions for the company, some concerns have surfaced about the future of its business model. Yet few would bet against Elon Musk.
As rooftop solar faces a threat in Nevada, solar supporters deliver a petition to the PUCN. Over 4300 people signed the petition, urging state leaders to support net metering, an effective policy for enabling rooftop solar and the many economic, environmental, and grid benefits it delivers throughout the state.
Fitch Ratings says new investor classes and alternative financing will further expand the DG market. This will continue to challenge the traditional utility business model, already under siege from energy efficiency and other market dynamics.
Solarize Brookfield is hosting its final workshop to educate community members about the benefits of going solar. By using the Solarize program, homeowners are able to install solar at a greatly discounted cost.
Andalay Solar partners with Highpower International to launch a pilot program that will offer its customers an affordable battery storage system. This will be used in conjunction with Andalay’s PV panels to either take customers completely off-grid, or provide a hybrid system with a grid connection.
Protection 1 enters the solar market with the launch of Brite Energy, which will serve both residential and commercial customers. The company will capitalize on Protection 1’s existing customer base of nearly two million home and business owners.
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