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IRS Provides Safe Harbor for Solar Contracts with Federal Agencies
On Jan. 19, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-19 (Rev. Proc.) providing a safe harbor for certain alternative energy sales contracts with federal agencies to be treated as service contracts under Section 7701(e)(3). [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: Slippery Slopes — The Trolley Problem, Solar Module Price Choices and Climate Change
Prices for solar wafers, cells and modules took a highflying leap off of the margin diving board in 2016 with the global average decreasing by 13 percent over 2015 from $0.72/Wp to $0.63/Wp and the range of prices widening vastly for a lowest available price of $0.31/Wp and highest available price of $2.50/Wp.  [...]
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Solar Boom: 5 Leading Reasons for the Industry’s Growth
Would you believe that there are now more people working in the solar industry than at oil rigs and gas fields? With a 20 percent increase in size, the solar industry added more than 35,000 jobs — making about 209,000 solar energy employees working in the U.S. alone. [...]
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Listen Up: Ten Rooftop Solar Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes — and I’ve certainly made my share of them. On this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World we will discuss in detail some of the most common homeowner and installer mistakes that I’ve seen over the past 15+ years — as well as the actions we can take to do things right the first time. [...]
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Apple Agrees to Buy Solar Power From Buffett’s Nevada Utility
Apple Inc. agreed to buy the output from a proposed 200-MW solar farm in Nevada to help power a data center in Reno. [...]
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Report: US Solar, Wind Jobs Up; Geothermal Jobs Down
From Q215 to 1Q16, U.S. wind power jobs increased 32 percent and solar jobs increased 25 percent, while geothermal jobs decreased 25 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report. [...]
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Listen Up: Rooftop Solar Potential in the US
At the center of our solar system, approximately 92.96 million miles away, is a nuclear power plant capable of powering the entire globe. We know it by its most common name: our sun. [...]
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Are You Realizing the Full Value of Your Solar Initiatives?
Americans like solar. Study after study has shown that the American public supports solar and wants the country to use more of it. Corporations like solar, too. When a company signs a solar PPA, it in effect locks in lower electricity prices for a fixed timeframe, which is music to the ears of the Chief Financial Officer.  The fact that that energy is clean and renewable is music to the ears of the Chief Marketing Officer or  Chief Sustainability Officer.  All good, right? [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: Off-Grid, Quality, PPA Pricing
Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include an innovative utility program in Vermont, the importance of quality in the renewable energy industry and how low PPA prices for solar projects impact the industry. Check it out. [...]
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21 MW of Solar PV for Emerging Market Community Mini-grids Announced Since April
Since April 2016, there has been 21 MW of new solar PV community mini-grid capacity announced in emerging global markets, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). [...]
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Ten Predictions For Rooftop Solar In 2017
Every year I gaze into my solar crystal ball and make ten educated guesses about the rooftop solar industry. Last year I was pretty lucky, getting 9 out of 10 right. [...]
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Xcel Electric Rates Would Stifle Solar
Increased fixed costs with lower energy prices will make renewable energy and conservation investments less attractive Denver, CO, June 2, 2016 – Members of the public will have a chance to be heard June 9 and 16  at hearings on new rates that will affect everyone who pays an electric bill to Xcel Energy. The utility’s proposal would send price signals that discourage energy conservation and rooftop solar energy. Xcel Energy has mounted a massive PR campaign to convince Coloradans t [...]
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EcoMark Solar: Sales Consultant
Post Date: January 3, 2017 Job Title: Outside Solar Sales Consultant- Front Range, CO Location: Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to maggie.aey@ecomarksolar.com EcoMark Solar is a rapidly growing residential solar company based in Denver, CO. Our mission is to offer every homeowner in Colorado energy independence, financial independence, and a more environmentally responsible lifestyle through solar power. We are se [...]
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Sunsense Solar – Commercial Sales Associate
Post Date: January 5, 2017 Job Title: Commercial Sales Associate Location:  Carbondale, CO Target Hire Date: Immediate To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to katharine@sunsensesolar.com Application Deadline: January 25, 2017 Primary responsibilities will be to support the Commercial Sales Department by implementing a targeted marketing strategy that will include customer pre-qualification, direct outreach, relationship building, event attendance and other peripheral duties pertainin [...]
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Solar Power Colorado 2017 to Explore Innovation in a Fast-Changing Marketplace
Denver, CO, January 04, 2017 — Solar Power Colorado 2017 is shaping up as an invaluable exploration of the growing role of solar energy in a changing political landscape. While solar energy continues its record-breaking growth nationally and in Colorado, the sector faces major uncertainties as the new political order takes shape in Washington D.C., and the conference will be one of the first major professional gatherings of the year to examine what lies ahead. With the theme: Innovation: Maki [...]
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Accurate Solar Energy Forecasting Could Save Ratepayers Millions
A 2015 study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and IBM found that more accurate day-ahead predictions of solar energy generation levels would save ratepayers in California $5 million in avoided costs. Solar forecasts, which integrate weather patterns and solar production estimates to help grid managers predict how much solar energy will be produced across their system on a given day, allow utilities to better allocate resources and avoid the need to ramp up reserve power plants. But gr [...]
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Will Trumping Obama’s Interior Department Help Solar?
The solar industry is large enough to seek U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) regulatory relief, irrespective of any debate over climate change. The President-elect is skeptical of anthropogenic climate change. [...]
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World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind
A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity. [...]
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Comparing Central Inverters and String Inverters in Utility Scale Solar Systems in North America
System designers have more options today than ever before when architecting solar systems. While this may seem like a great advantage, these options necessitate an ever growing number of decision points in the design process. [...]
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These 3 maps show the absurd growth potential of rooftop solar in America
Solar power in America is on a roll. Over the last decade, the cost of solar installations in the U.S. has fallen by more than 70 percent, and every year has had more solar installed than the last.Since 2010, the nation’s solar power capacity has grown fifteen-fold. And employment in the U.S. solar industry recently surpassed 200,000 people – that’s more than the oil and gas extraction industry, and three times more than the coal-mining industry.It’s really just the beginning though. To [...]
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Power Generation Week Attendees View Rooftop and Ground-Mount Solar Arrays
On Monday, attendees of Power Generation Week toured solar arrays both on the roof of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and in various locations around its campus. [...]
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US Army Releases Review Related to Streamlining of Solar Permitting
The U.S. Department of the Army announce in the Dec. 2 Federal Register that it has completed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for construction, operation, and maintenance of solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy projects on Army installations and is making the PEA and a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) available for public comment. [...]
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Listen Up: Solar Under the Trump Administration
Our country had a surprise when Trump was elected as our next President. He takes office in fewer than two months. Compared to his predecessors, President Elect Trump has very different views about energy, manufacturing and business in general. [...]
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Trina Solar Slips as Vote on $1.1 Billion Buyout Offer Nears
Trina Solar Ltd. fell the most in more than 10 months as shareholders prepare to vote on a $1.1 billion deal to take the company private. [...]
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