Utilities across the country are examining new strategies for net metering.
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SEIA and GTM Research webinar covering the highlights of the U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q2 2012. The U.S. solar industry achieved its second best quarter in history in Q2 2012. The industry installed 772 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity, representing a 125 percent increase in deployment over the second quarter in 2011. The utility scale market had its best quarter on record with over 477 MW installed.
A new report from SEIA and Vote Solar shows that solar energy is being deployed on a massive scale by the most iconic brands and best-managed companies in the U.S.
U.S. Solar Market Insight™ is a collaboration between the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and GTM Research that brings high-quality, solar-specific analysis and forecasts to industry professionals in the form of quarterly and annual reports. Released September, 2012.
Solar energy is being deployed on a massive scale by the most iconic brands and best-managed companies in the U.S. in order to help lower operating costs and increase profits.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that solar has the greatest technical potential capacity of all renewables included in it's recent study.
The webinar highlights emerging trends nationally and in some of the top state markets including demand, system and component cost declines and manufacturing output levels. Much of the discussion is framed around preliminary trade case results, the impact of the 1603 Treasury grant program and new state market dynamics.
On June 15, 2012, SEIA filed comments in PUCT Project No. 40268 addressing ERCOT's long-term resource adequacy issues. SEIA explained that solar is an ideal resource to meet Texas's growing electricity needs because it has a high effective peak capacity value, is quick to market, can be located in a geographically targeted manner, is highly modular and scalable, uses little to no water, and has minimal operating and maintenance costs and no fuel costs. SEIA also requested new pricing mechanisms for solar generation to better monetize solar's unique reliability services and the investor risk mitigation it provides.
On April 13, SEIA, in conjunction with the El Paso Solar Energy Association, filed a motion to intervene in Texas PUC Project No. 40094, an El Paso Electric rate case. As part of the rate case, El Paso Electric has proposed a $2.25 per kW charge for solar customers in its service territory for systems installed after December 31, 2012.
On February 6, 2012, SEIA filed reply comments in Texas PUC Project No. 39797, a rulemaking to implement SB 365 and SB 981, which are intended to clarify who may own renewable and natural gas distributed generation and eliminate regulatory hurdles to such ownership.