Commercial Solar Blog

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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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Yes, we live in a utility grid dominant world right now that is mainly powered by fossil fuels and nuclear power. And yet, more and more microgrids powered by solar and other renewable technologies are coming on line or are under development today. In fact, Navigant Research recently stated that the microgrid is moving into full-scale commercialization and that the global microgrid market will grow from $10 billion in 2013 to more than $40 billion annually by 2020.

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Today’s farmers are increasingly using the sun’s energy to grow more than just fruits and vegetables. Solar power systems have become a new solution for reducing the energy costs of water pumps, refrigeration, vineyard wine processing, and many other energy-intensive agriculture applications.

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If you’re an operations manager of a commercial building or industrial facility, then you probably know that a major portion of your monthly bill can come from so-called “demand charges.” The good news is that installing solar can bite a good chunk off those charges, and combining solar with new energystorage technology can deliver even more savings.

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We have some big news here at REC Solar. As of February 4th, 2014, we’re now focused exclusively on the commercial and large scale solar markets.

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Wal-Mart, the number one retailer in the United States, also turns out to be the number one retail solar brand when it comes to solar installations, but it’s not alone. According to Solar Means Business, an annual report by the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and The Vote Solar Initiative, Staples, Kohl’s, Apple, and many more popular brands and retailers are installing solar on their stores and warehouse facilities, and the number of installations is growing.

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If you’re buying a solar energy system today, one of the most generous solar incentives that you’re entitled to is the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). But not everyone who goes solar is eligible to receive it, and for those who do, there are different ways to calculate it. Below is a FAQ layman’s guide to the solar federal ITC, but please confirm all of this information with your tax advisor.

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One of the myths of solar is that it doesn’t work in cold climates. In fact, solar panels are moreefficient — produce more energy with the same amount of sunlight — in colder climates, such as Colorado and New Jersey, two leading states for solar installations. The downside of winter is that there are fewer hours of daylight, so there are fewer hours of solar production. And then there’s the occasional snowstorm….

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