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 – Building on the progress of the White House’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced last week that it would make an additional $4 billion worth of loan guarantees available for renewable energy and energy efficient projects. Reacting to the news, Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement:
Saying it would create jobs and spur investment in Illinois, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded the signing of House Bill 2427, which puts $30 million towards purchasing solar power to meet a portion of the state's electric power needs.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will give the keynote address Monday at 4 p.m. during the general session of PV America 2014.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a comprehensive state budget today, which included a provision that extends the existing solar property tax exclusion until January 1, 2025. Afterward, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement:
Teaming up with more than 30 leading environmental and energy groups, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced its participation in the National #PutSolarOnIt Day of Action this Saturday.
The company’s entire module production will be running at an average efficiency of 16.2 percent by the end of the year.
Sunrun Inc. priced its initial public offering at $14 a share late Tuesday, in line with expectations, according to people familiar with the deal.
As SolarCity looks to expand internationally, it’s facing increased competition and consolidation in its home market.
President Obama’s mandate, issued Monday, requiring even steeper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, will put a greater focus on renewable energy, including solar power, just as the SolarCity’s Buffalo factory is ramping up to full production in 2017.
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