NRG Home Solar announces NBA legend Bill Walton has signed on as the voice of its home solar solutions. This is just the latest example of solar companies enlisting celebrities to market solar.
The Solar Chicago program offers a discount on residential solar installations in the Chicago area, through a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and Vote Solar. Juhl Energy has been named as lead contractor for the program.
At a talk at Intersolar North America, “21st Century Permitting: Today’s Effort to Modernize Permitting and Slash Soft Costs,” five panelists discuss the necessity of a streamlined solar permitting process. The goal is for permitting to become transparent, quick, less expensive, and all in one place online.
Solar costs continue to decline, but little progress has been made to reduce soft costs. Dr. Christian Hoepfner discusses his research to simplify solar installations at this year’s Intersolar North America.
Bidgely announces the addition of solar disaggregation for utilities to its platform. The software gives utilities and their residential solar customers insights on energy use at a granular level, engaging customers and providing utilities a comprehensive view of the energy demands of all solar and grid-tied residential customers.
By Tina Casey
Originally published on CleanTechnica
A legal ruling in Iowa has implications for the entire U.S. rooftop solar market. By clarifying the regulatory standing of non-utility solar installers, the affirmation of third-party PPAs provides much-needed market certainty for states that don’t currently provide a firm footing for non-utility solar installations.
By John Farrell
Originally published on The Institute for Local Self-Reliance
While solar leasing enables many to go solar who could not otherwise, it means giving up a big share of the profits of going solar. It may also mean more expensive solar for society as a whole, which is why new options for ownership are good news.
Solar advocates herald a win for solar in Maine as a surcharge for solar customers is dropped from a utility proposal. The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to deliberate on the proposal later this month.
The HERO-branded PACE program continues spreading throughout California. The HERO program lets homeowners and commercial property owners pay off solar installations and other energy-efficiency improvements through their property tax bill.
NRG Home Solar expands into Connecticut, bringing not only more solar but also more jobs to the state. Is this another sign that solar is on the rise in Connecticut?
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