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Commercial Solar Blog

More Businesses Turned to Solar in 2015

January 27, 2016
By Alan Russo, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

The number of U.S. businesses with solar energy installations grew to a new high in 2015. Enterprises ranging from family-run companies to some of the country’s biggest corporations are producing their own energy, cutting operating expenses, and achieving environmental sustainability. 

A recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) provides data and insights into the diverse mix of corporate offices, office buildings, retail, manufacturing, data centers, distribution and logistics centers, and convention centers that have gone solar.


What’s All This Hype about Solar + Storage?

January 14, 2016
By Ryan Park

Combining solar and energy storage can generate significant value for commercial energy customers. Due to technology improvements and cost reductions, installing storage with solar can maximize energy savings potential and, with innovative financing solutions, it can be accomplished without using valuable capex dollars. That’s why REC Solar and Duke Energy recently entered into a partnership with Green Charge Networks to provide commercial energy customers the highest-value and most comprehensive storage and energy management solutions.


REC Solar’s Countdown to 2016

December 31, 2015
By Al Bucknam, CEO of REC Solar

2015 was another record-breaking year for REC Solar. Before we turn our focus entirely to 2016, I’d like to reflect on the path we’ve travelled and recognize those who made it possible.

Here’s my “top 10 list” of reasons we’re thankful and excited for the New Year:



Congress Extends Solar Investment Tax Credit for Five Years

December 18, 2015
By Alan Russo, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Great news for businesses looking to go solar! On the heels of the landmark global climate agreement in Paris, the U.S. Congress today voted to extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar energy investments by five years. The bill now goes to President Obama who plans to sign the bill today. This decision will help thousands of businesses across America achieve savings and sustainability with advanced solar technology.


The Case For Solar in Manufacturing Operations

December 15, 2015
By Mary Adam, Commercial Project Developer

If you work at a manufacturing center, logistics hub, or warehouse operation, the value of installing a solar energy system has never been stronger. Escalating utility rates and decreasing solar system costs, in addition to attractive local and national incentives, have led hundreds of American manufacturers to embrace solar energy to reduce operating expenses, limit cost variability, and demonstrate environmental sustainability.


Winter Is Coming: Operating and Maintaining Commercial Solar PV Systems in Snowy Conditions

December 02, 2015
By Wayne Williford, Director of O&M Business Development

The operations and maintenance of commercial solar photovoltaic systems requires a year-round effort, but performing the necessary O&M tasks on installations located in geographies prone to harsh wintertime conditions presents unique challenges.

A well-constructed commercial solar system is highly resilient to extreme weather conditions; however, heavy snow combined with high winds could dampen the energy production of a PV array and possibly damage a system’s structure and components. A well-organized commercial solar O&M program can help avoid or rectify issues caused by the hands of Mother Nature.


Now's the Time for Businesses to Go Solar & Realize the Full 30% ITC

November 11, 2015
By Laura DiFraia, Vice President of Marketing, REC Solar

Unless Congress acts to extend it, the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial solar energy projects will step down to 10% on December 31, 2016. The ITC has been a major factor in America’s solar industry growth, helping solar installations increase by an average 48% annually since implemented in 2006.

UPDATE 12/2015: The Solar Investment Tax Credit has been extended! Learn more about how changes to the ITC will benefit commercial solar.


What’s COP 21, and How Can Your Business Make a Difference with Solar?

November 06, 2015
By Daryl Zeis

At the end of November 2015, leaders from around the world will gather in Paris at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), with the goal of negotiating a binding, universal agreement on measures to reduce human-caused climate change.

Over 12 days, these world leaders will try to build consensus on measures to bring Earth’s temperatures down to 36 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Though it won’t be easy, the assembled business leaders, policymakers and heads of state believe it’s critical to the survival of the planet that these actions be embraced by every country. While we can’t predict what the outcome of these negotiations will be, it’s clear the United States must lead on this issue—and that’s where your business can act, no matter what happens at COP 21.


Castoro Cellars Pairs Winemaking & Solar Power for a Winning Blend

October 29, 2015
By Ryan Park

California’s Central Coast wine region ranks as one of the top viticultural areas on the planet, with more than 300 wineries spread across the area’s rolling hills and lush valleys. A growing number of local winemakers’ share a commitment to sustainability, which includes investing in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that offset electricity costs with the same clean energy source that gives life to their vineyards. 


What Does Hawaii’s Net Metering Closure Mean for Commercial Solar?

October 26, 2015
By Drew Bradley, Director of Business Development, REC Solar Hawaii

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission issued a ruling on October 13th that brings a halt to new net metering (NEM) applications on the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii’s net metering program was highly successful, and instrumental in fostering the development of our robust solar industry, which leads the country in per capita installed solar capacity. Today, there is roughly one solar panel (312W) installed per resident in Hawaii, which is seven times higher than the national average, according to a recent report by Environment America.