Commercial Solar Blog

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At first glance, using a ballasted solar racking system seems like an easy choice because there will be no roof penetrations. However, depending on the structure of your roof and other environmental factors such as wind, an attached racking system may be a better choice, and possibly less expensive.

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REC Solar installs commercial solar accross the United States plus Puerto Rico, but our headquarters has
always been in the beautiful central California coastal town of San Luis Obispo on Fiero Lane, just off Broad Street. Why do we love San Luis Obispo so much? Here are our four top reasons:

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Yes, the world has Tesla and the Nissan Leaf, but those cars are only electric cars that run off batteries charged by the grid. But what if a car could drive 1800 miles on pure solar power? They already can.

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REC Solar has been installing solar for over 15 years now, so not much surprises us in the solar news world. However, when we saw these 5 surprising solar facts come across our radar recently, we just had to share:

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After a three-year delay, an Obama administration official recently confirmed that a solar PV system with American-made solar panels are being installed on the White House. But did you know that this isn’t the first time that the White House has used some type of solar power? In fact, President Obama will be the third president to utilize solar energy.

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A very important solar energy policy called “net metering” is being attacked by slick commercials in Arizona and California, and it’s important for solar owners and potential solar customers to know the facts.

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There’s great solar incentive news for Oregon businesses in Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power service areas: Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) has raised its upfront solar electric incentive.

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What’s a Solar REIT?

Posted by REC Solar on September 29, 2013

Recently, the IRS made a so-called “private letter ruling” that—under certain conditions—allowed solar equipment to be a “good asset” as part of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT.) While this ruling is promising news for financing commercial solar projects, it’s not the “Solar REIT” that solar finance people were hoping would be approved.

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A Solar Revolution in New York

Posted by REC Solar on September 26, 2013

Since Governor Cuomo launched his ‘NY-Sun’ initiative last year – seeking to quadruple the amount of customer-sited solar deployed in New York between 2011 and 2013 – businesses, homeowners and utilities have worked to install or develop nearly 300 megawatts of new solar. Indeed, more solar electric systems are being developed since ‘NY-Sun’ was launched in 2012 than in the entire prior decade combined.

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In Part 1 of Top U.S. States for Commercial and Large Scale Solar, we showed how sun potential and progressive solar policies in California, Colorado, and Hawaii made for an excellent environment for commercial solar today. In Part 2, we’ll look at policies in Georgia, New York, and the Mid-Atlantic states.

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