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US Residential PV Market Driven by More than Price

US Residential PV Market Driven by More than Price

US residential PV market adoption In his keynote address at PV American yesterday, the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Rhone Resch observed that Solar is now the number one growth industry in the United States. Market data from the DOE’s Tracking the Sun III backs him up. Released at the end of 2010, this DOE report reveals that between 2002 and 2009 the residential solar PV market alone grew tenfold. The residential market...

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Time of Use Rates Favor Solar PV

Time of Use Rates Favor Solar PV

Energy Security Reminder - Roadblocks at LAX A recent study of load profiles, rate structures and solar insolation for the three major California utilities underscores the beneficial match of PV generation and load demand.  Time of Use rates can stimulate faster adoption of PV systems that will offset peak demand.  Leveraging Time of Use rates, solar PV customers can benefit from higher economic returns and faster payback on their...

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Is the Ontario Solar FIT Program Losing Momentum?

Is the Ontario Solar FIT Program Losing Momentum?

Toronto Horse Palace - Time to Hitch Up the Wagons The Ontario Feed-In-Tariff Supply Chain Forum, bringing together key executives from virtually all industry interest groups on April 19-20, is barely a month away. There will be lots to discuss.   Last week one of the leading solar industry analysts, Travis Bradford, observed that “Ontario has used every procedural trick in the book to slow down the (PV project approval)...

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California Solar Initiative Racing Ahead of Plan

California Solar Initiative Racing Ahead of Plan

California - Palm Trees and Solar Forests Just four years in, the California Solar Initiative (CSI) is racing ahead of its plan. The CSI PV program is already half subscribed and accelerating.   If this pace continues, the CSI PV program could be fully subscribed almost four years ahead of schedule.   Reservations now at Step 8 of 10   Originally conceived as a ten year project, with ten discrete steps, most CSI service territories...

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Commercial Aggregators Allowed Back into Ontario Solar Market

Commercial Aggregators Allowed Back into Ontario Solar Market

Ontario Power Authority Headquarters On Tuesday the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) expanded the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) Program to allow formal participation of Commercial Aggregators. In so doing, the OPA has added another FIT rate class. More importantly, this move makes the microFIT program and its benefits more accessible to Ontario homeowners. When asked for comment on the change, Bernie Li, VP Finance and Co-Founder of PURE Energies,...

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FITs and Starts – Ontario’s Green Energy Growth

FITs and Starts – Ontario’s Green Energy Growth

Toronto Wind Icon By Adrienne Baker, Director, Canadian Clean Energy Conferences  A year and a bit into its ambitious feed-in tariff program, Ontario’s renewable energy industries are growing steadily but political uncertainty and grid expansion plans remain top concerns for manufacturers and developers alike. Since the launch of the FIT program in October 2009, several big wind and solar manufacturers have announced plans to set up or...

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CanSIA Annual Conference – Why Ontario Needs Solar

CanSIA Annual Conference – Why Ontario Needs Solar

 Attendance was way up for the Canadian Solar Industry Association’s (CanSIA) annual Solar Industry Conference last week in Toronto, and was at least double that of last year. Virtually all of the presentations were very upbeat. Major announcements at the Conference included MEMC’s new plans for Ontario-based module manufacturing as well as the launch of CanSIA’s Solar Vision 2025. The mood wasn’t all positive, however. Among...

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