Commercial Solar Blog

Despite renewable energy being a wedge issue this past election season, voters support solar and would like to see government do more to support the growing industry, according to national polling conducted in September by Hart Research Associates and commissioned by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

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With above-normal summer temperatures and Southern California’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station still offline for repair, California’s utilities and grid operators are closely monitoring peak electrical demand and supplies, and have asked customers to reduce electricity usage especially in the afternoon, when air conditioning typically ramps up demand.

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When it comes to design prowess, operational efficiency and cost control, perhaps no company stands out more than IKEA. So when the world’s leading furniture retailer came to REC Solar looking to partner in the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability, we gladly stepped up to the opportunity. The result was installing expansive solar power installations on the rooftops of IKEA locations around the country.

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NET METERING AT A CROSSROADS

Posted by REC Solar on April 10, 2012

The vast majority of those who haverec_solar_net-metering-at-a-crossroads installed solar on their home or
business in the U.S. participate in what’s known as “net-metering.” Net metering, simply put, is an arrangement with your utility whereby you – as a producer of electricity – are credited for the full retail value of any electricity produced, but not used at the time of generation.

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During his first year in office, California Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t just signed the most aggressive renewable portfolio standard in the nation (33% of electricity from renewables by 2020) into law, he’s also called for the deployment of 12,000 megawatts of distributed renewable generation. ‘Distributed’ generation, of course, is typically that which is sited close to energy demand, like rooftop solar.

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In this time of economic “belt-tightening” many business owners and government facilities managers are trying to find more creative ways to fund improvement projects. The emerging trend insolar carports offers one solution to limited funding through the installation of dual purpose carports. Historically, integrators of solar PV have had to find either a rooftop or open space for an installation. Both of these classical approaches presents its own unique set of challenges for solar.

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When you think of states with a long-term commitment to solar energy, most people tend to think of sunshine, renewable-friendly politics, and expensive conventionally-produced electricity. States like California, Arizona, and Nevada come to mind. It can be sunny and hot in that part of the country, and that makes for lots of air-conditioning (and other power-consuming technologies), steep electric bills, and great solar production.

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WELCOME TO OUR BLOG!

Posted by REC Solar on April 01, 2012

We’ve been working so hard bringing solar to the mainstream over the years that we never took the time to run a blog at REC Solar.

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