Solar Surging: Looking Ahead to the 2013 Solar Year

By Chris Hart, Manager of Engineering & Analytics Despite concerns about the state of the economy and trouble in the solar manufacturing sector, 2012 was a banner year for the solar energy industry.  Looking forward, this momentum seems to be carrying over into 2013, likely propelling solar to its best year yet. Official figures have […]

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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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Key Lesson for Winning in the Commercial Solar Incentive Game: Being Opportunistic Requires Sound Planning and Precise Execution

One of Alta Energy’s premier retail property clients, Westfield Malls, recently announced that it has contracted through @ltaE’s marketplace to deploy ~750KW solar system for its Century City mall in Los Angeles. The system will potentially be producing 1.1million KWhrs of electricity per year, providing both economic benefits to Westfield and adding a substantial renewable […]

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Alta Energy Exhibiting at ICSC Retail Green Conference 2012- Phoenix Nov 27th & 28th

If you are attending the ICSC Retail Green Conference & Trade Exposition, the only retail-focused green real estate conference held on Nov 27-28, 2012 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ, please stop by our booth #215 and find out more about our services and the latest deployment news from our […]

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Alta Energy Exhibiting at Greenbuild San Francisco

Will you be among the 30,000 people in San Francisco this week who are bringing sustainability into their work environment? If so, you will be in good company at  Greenbuild, the world’s premier green building conference and exposition which is taking place in San Francisco from Tuesday, Nov. 12th – Friday, Nov. 16th. The conference […]

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Walmart: Throwing Down the Retail Solar Gauntlet with Their 100th Rooftop System

Walmart recently announced the completion of its 100th rooftop solar installation in California. The San Diego College Avenue store is now one of over 150 solar-powered Walmart properties across the country, totaling nearly 90 MW of installed capacity on Walmart rooftops. And that’s just the beginning; they are planning to have 1,000 retail solar installations […]

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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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