When EnergySage CEO Vikram Aggarwal looked at the results of his company's solar-homeowner survey conducted earlier this year, he was happy to see they validated his instincts. In one question, the 4,000 homeowners who participated were asked where they got the idea to buy solar. Only 30 percent of them said they were influenced by an advertisement or solar company salesperson. The other 70 percent said they started their solar journey through an internet search, social media, news stories, personal recommendations or a community event.
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As the number of solar homes grows, solar agreement transfers will become business as usual. Until then, it’s important that everyone involved take time to understand how they work. Most importantly, realtors, buyers and sellers should be on guard against sensationalized accounts of difficult transfers. The fact is, selling and buying a solar home is easy. Resources include the Solar Energy Industries Association's Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power.
Sunrun has been awarded a Change Prize by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and will participate in the SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar. The competition launches Sept. 22 with a goal to motivate local governments, communities, solar companies and electric utilities to shorten the time it takes to get solar on a home to one week. Over the next 18-months, Sunrun will compete with four other teams to cut the permit-to-plug-in time for small PV systems up to 100 kilowatts.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is overseeing a pilot project to build nine net-zero energy homes in Fontana, California. SunEdison will supply advanced battery systems for the endeavor. Also partnering on the project are national homebuilder Meritage Homes, which is constructing the houses, the California Public Utilities Commission and local utility Southern California Edison. The research institute is leading the project to evaluate how net-zero energy homes that generate and store their own energy impact the local electricity grid.
WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed new regulations under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the United States, by 30 percent by 2030. After that announcement was made, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
U.S. Residential Solar PV Installations Exceeded Commercial Installations for the First Time in Q1 2014
Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) Q1 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 232 megawatts of residential PV, exceeding the non-residential (commercial) market’s 225 megawatts for the first time in the history of the report.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a comprehensive report, “Cutting carbon emissions: The case for expanding solar energy in America.” The report offers a detailed, point-by-by point case as to why states should take advantage of clean solar energy as part of their efforts to comply with Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after reviewing the Department of Energy’s new report, “2014: The Year of Concentrating Solar Power,” which profiles five utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plants and calls 2014 a “significant milestone in the history of American solar energy.”
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today concerning efforts to expand the use of solar energy nationwide by using real estate investment trusts (REITs) as a source of funding for clean energy projects
The Silicon Valley born and backed solar installer is raising money to compete in a quickly consolidating market.
San Francisco-based Swinerton Builders has created a new division based on its System Operations Live View (SOLV) utility-scale solar monitoring platform.
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With yet another multi-billion-dollar acquisition in the works, SunEdison isn't just strengthening its position as one of the world's top renewable energy developers -- it is on a mission to become one of the largest energy companies in any sector.
Approximately 300 students from 17 California school districts are participating in this summer's SunPower Solar Science Academy, a work-based learning program provided by SunPower.