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Solar Investment Tax Credits extended!

HR 2029 has passed the US House of Representatives (316-113) and the US Senate (65-33). This means that the Omnibus funding bill goes to the President for signature which is expected to be signed without delay. This is a great day for you and our 2 year fight to extend the ITC. On a personal note, the SolarWakeup community started pushing for this in January of 2014, it is a good day for us all! Together, we brought the solar industry to a united front and made it happen!

Here are the details that you are looking for regarding the solar ITC:

  • 3 year extension of the ITC at 30% ending December 31, 2019
  • Drop down to 26% in year ending December 31, 2020
  • Drop to 22% for year ending December 31, 2021 
  • Each year that a step down occurs has a start construction clause
  • 10% ITC for each year after

SMA Solar Technology AG again voted most preferred inverter brand in the world

We certainly agree with the majority of knowledgeable inverter customers in preferring SMA brand inverters.  In fact, we use them in nearly every installation!

How SMA "String Inverters" Handle Shade

You may already know that microinverters like Enphase handle shade very well, by optimizing the power out of each individual module on the roof, but you may not know that well-designed string inverters tolerate shade nearly as well, yet still offer daylight emergency backup (what SMA calls Secure Power Supply), longer life by being located off the roof, and are more future-proof due to preserving the capability of utilizing DC solutions rather than only AC.

Forbes

Ways to fight upcoming attempts by utilities to penalize rooftop solar production owners.

Dailylocal

Consumer Reports answers several critical questions about solar power.

Sunedison

Researchers from Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory found that buyers were willing to pay a premium of $15,000 for a home with the average-size solar photovoltaic system (3.6 kilowatts, or 3,600 watts), compared with a similar home without one. Put another way, that translates to about four additional dollars per watt of solar power. That is a better return on investment than any other home improvement, by far.

HiQ 3-phase Inverters for Commercial Applications

Promising new inverters for 3-phase power, found in commercial buildings, have no capacitors!  Capacitors are the most likely electronic device to fail in an inverter, so HiQ inverters should have an even longer life than other inverters. This inverter has many other advantages as well. We are waiting for a 208 volt model – common in schools and office buildings – that is scheduled for release this fall.

SolarStrap flat-roof racking without penetrations

The SolarStrap™ is a result of 13 years designing solar on roofs and the solution to overcome engineering and market challenges. The SolarStrap™ uses no ballast or penetrations that prevent owners from going solar. It is ten times stronger than ballast and comes with a 20 or more year roof manufacture warranty on TPO roofs. The SolarStrap™ is being used on many roofs, including the largest roof in the history of Los Angeles, 5.1 MWs.


Your Energy Footprint

Patterns of energy use vary dramatically around the world, and within the United States. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has produced a series of graphics depicting the flow of energy for the entire United States, as well as for each of state alone. Here are figures for the entire United States, and for Utah.

Editorial: PSC should encourage a clean-power future

At the prompting of the Utah Legislature, the Public Service Commission is undertaking a detailed analysis of net metering, the system by which residential power customers generate their own electricity, usually from solar panels, and sell the excess back to the power company.

The PSC regulates Rocky Mountain Power, which provides power to most of Utah. RMP has asked the state to allow it to charge net-metering customers a monthly fee to compensate for the fact that the power company still has to maintain the common electrical grid for all customers. RMP argues that regular customers are essentially subsidizing net meterers' grid costs.

Here’s the full story.

Utah Applied Solar Energy, LLC  2015