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PG&E NEM 2.0 is Around the Corner

Posted by Jama Bond on December 08, 2016

The long-anticipated PG&E NEM 1.0 cap will be reached in the next few weeks. PG&E has been interconnecting about 3-3.5MW per day on average and with 34MW left at the time of this writing, the expectation is that before the end of the year, NEM 2.0 for PG&E will be in place. The only way to ensure you are locked into NEM 1.0 is to have an Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) approval. PG&E will be


Hawaii’s mandate to achieve 100% clean energy by 2045 places the state at the forefront of solar and renewable energy adoption in the United States. Since 2007, REC Solar has been a leader in commercial solar on the islands. Recently, the solar landscape in Hawaii has seen several changes that include the end of the energy buyback program, meaning solar customers can no longer sell excess power back to the utility.


According to data from the Rocky Mountain Institute, the largest non-fixed operating expenses for businesses is utility costs. Other operating expenses include labor, rent or marketing. When a business is looking for ways to improve cash flow and reduce overall operating costs without cutting back on staff, reducing advertising spend or trying to find cheaper rent, energy is “the final frontier” of where brands can conserve. A comprehensive energy reduction plan will include many different types of strategies, such as improving technologies, equipment and processes, as well as investments in onsite or offsite power generation.


Last week saw the bankruptcy of SunEdison, one of the largest solar companies in the world.
This news might make you feel nervous if you are considering a solar installation for your home or commercial space, but worry not – there are some easy steps you can take to ensure you choose a solar company that can provide the service you need for the lifetime of your installation.


The prodigious growth of solar power in the United States has turned what was once a boutique industry into a multibillion-dollar asset class. Cumulative installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the US has exceeded 20 gigawatts, with thousands of projects scattered across the country.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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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