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Massachusetts Net Metering

Posted by REC Solar on October 06, 2014

The Red Sox may not win the Pennant again in 2014, but there’s still some good news if your business or municipality wants to install solar in Massachusetts: In a last-minute legislative compromise with utilities, the state’s net metering cap has been raised to 5% of grid capacity for government entities and 4% of grid capacity for private businesses.

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EC Solar recently participated in a webinar onRenewable Energy World that invited several experts to discuss the U.S. landscape for solar PV with microgrids, and energy storage for business.

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If you’re a business or a non-profit, your utility rate can be a crucial factor in your overall annual savings from installing solar. Now, thanks to a recent settlement between solar advocates and the Southern California Edison (SCE) utility that should be finalized by January 2015, commercial businesses and non-profits that go solar in SCE territory will once again be able to select the financially advantageous “Option R” Time of Use (TOU) rate that has been limited.

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On July 26, 2014, REC Solar and the KIUC Utility held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 12 MW solar power project on the island of Kauaʻi. A 6 MW lithium-ion battery system will also be installed alongside the array to store and distribute energy when clouds reduce the solar installation’s output.

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It’s hot in Bakersfield, California, especially during the summer months when temperatures regularly hit 110 degrees. But as The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport is discovering, the sun also has its advantages for reducing utility costs and increasing customer acquisition and satisfaction when the hotel goes solar.

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How much your business saves over the 25 to 30 year lifetime of a typical commercial solar system depends on many factors, including how youfinance it, federal and local incentives, your utility rate, and the amount of sunshine available on your commercial rooftop.

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The first is from IKEA’s southwestern US distribution center in Tejon, California. The 1.8 MW DC system covers 216,000-square-feet of the expansive rooftop, and produced 3.05 million kWh of electric power in 2013, over 110% of expected yearly production.

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SB 594, a law that went into effect in PG&E utility territory February 2014, now allows property owners to aggregate the electricity load of multiple utility meters scattered throughout a single parcel or multiple continuous parcels and credit the bills with a single “Net Metered” installation.

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You can never truly predict what legislation will actually pass through Congress and get signed by the President. Nevertheless, there are several expiring solar tax benefits in the EXPIRE Act of 2014 that we hope will get extended and continue to benefit commercial solar installations.

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You might think that a northern state like Minnesota wouldn’t be a hot market for solar energy, but solar works great in northern and colder climates. To capture that solar potential, Minnesota recently enacted several policies and incentives to inspire more Minnesota businesses, municipalities, non-profits, and residents to install solar and reduce their energy costs.

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