California Net Metering’s New Alternatives: Now You Can Mix and Match

By Cynthia Clark, Alta Energy – Director of Energy Market Operations The Net Energy Metering (“NEM”) methodology has proven to be a very effective way of facilitating distributed solar generation. NEM compensates solar system owners, in both commercial and residential sectors, at retail electricity rates for the power they produce while allowing them to retain […]

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California Retail Ratemaking Bill is Suddenly in the Spotlight – Why Does it Matter?

By Cynthia Clark, Manager of Utilities & Incentives For several reasons, actually: •It’s not just about California – as an early adopter of solar and a market bell-weather, the outcome is likely to influence policies across the U.S. going forward. •It’s not just about Solar – lessons learned in the developing solar industry are often […]

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It’s Back! 50% Bonus Depreciation for Solar System Deployments Extended Through 2013

By Cynthia Clark, Manager of Utilities & Incentives There will no doubt be winners and losers in the aftermath of the fiscal cliff avoidance deal.  The details are still being parsed, but so far Solar is looking like a winner. Any 1603 treasury grants issued in fiscal year 2013 (well, at least until March 1, […]

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One door closes in California, another opens in Colorado

California’s lead in the solar industry took a blow with the death of Senate Bill 843 last Friday.  The community solar bill would have allowed millions who are currently unable to put solar on their own rooftops to invest in, and reap the savings from, little pieces of larger solar projects located off-site.  This model […]

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Net Metering for Commercial Solar: Will it be a “renewable” resource?

By Cynthia Clark, Manager of Utilities & Incentives Net energy metering programs are the backbone of American distributed electricity generation policy. Regulatory trends that develop as existing capacity limits on these programs are reached will have a significant impact on the future of distributed solar energy. Utilities in New York and Massachusetts are starting to […]

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The Sun Also Rises… in Japan: New Incentive Will Likely Push Japanese Solar Industry to Record Heights

The meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant brought an end to the nuclear energy era in Japan. To address the generation capacity shortage created, renewable energy sectors are being encouraged to fill the gap and are getting a big kick-start from a new national feed-in tariff (FIT) program. Already, this FIT is spurring […]

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Commercial Solar Incentive Programs Reappearing

What do the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and solar incentives have in common? By Cynthia Clark, Manager of Utilities & Incentives Like Bigfoot and Nessie, varied and often-conflicting reports and descriptions abound about solar incentives. They can also be difficult to track — slipping out of your proverbial fingers just when you think you’ve got […]

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