I often hear complaints that solar tradeshows aren’t offering much that is new and exciting—but I beg to differ. Every year I see trends emerging—trends that are often overlooked until months after the show. Intersolar North America was no exception. This … Continued
Intersolar North America 2014: The year of O&M and bankability
Is it rational for the value of solar to exceed existing average retail electricity rates?
The utility and solar industries are in a heated debate about how to compensate customers who have distributed photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on their homes. Net energy metering (NEM) is currently the predominant approach used in the U.S. However, to … Continued
PowerClerk auto-document generation and electronic signature features streamline incentive and interconnection processing
Taking paper intensive processes online can dramatically simplify what formerly would have been manual, time-consuming administrative tasks. For the solar industry, this can help reduce soft costs, which today account for more than 60 percent of the cost of installing a … Continued
Transparency in the value of solar: When 9 cents equals 12 cents
Minnesota’s recently enacted Value of Solar (VOS) methodology was developed with full public vetting, including three public workshops and a review process that enabled stakeholders to actively participate and provide input. The process used to develop the policies behind the … Continued
Just how great was the solar resource in 2013 in California? Record setting!
2013 marked the driest year on record in most regions of California. While this weather pattern led to many brown lawns and thirsty reservoirs, clear skies allowed many locations to experience well above-average PV energy generation potential. To better understand … Continued