Commercial Solar Blog

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Great news for businesses looking to go solar! On the heels of the landmark global climateagreement 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 solarphotovoltaic (PV) systems that offset electricity costs with the same clean energy source that gives life to their vineyards.

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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 isseven times higher than the national average, according to a recent report by Environment America.

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