We hear a lot about renewable energy programs in the US and all their ensuing controversies. Net metering, unhappy utilities, and even wars between the solar industry and local utilities (most famously in Arizona).
You might be surprised to find out that other areas of the US – outside the 50 states – are experiencing the same issues, but often on a heightened scale due to their isolation and the fact that they are all islands.
The bankrupt American solar panel manufacturer Suniva is requesting an emergency tariff on imported solar panels to protect their business from cheaper panels made elsewhere. What would the Suniva petition mean to the rest of the solar industry if these trade protections are put in place?
On May 25th, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it had initiated a safeguard investigation into the manufacture and import of solar cells. Triggered by the petition filed on behalf of Suniva, the investigation could lead to emergency tariffs on imported solar panels. That would mean higher prices for American solar buyers and a potentially chilling effect on solar development.
The golden age of California solar rebates – the time when homeowners could walk away with $2.50/watt from their utility just for installing solar on their roof – is long gone. Back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, pretty much any homeowner could get some fantastic rebates for going solar. It didn’t matter what utility you had – you could easily get thousands for your mid-sized solar installation.
Today, just 10 mostly small utilities offer rebates for solar installations. You might be wondering what happened? Did we go wrong somewhere? Do we no longer value solar?Continue reading
Interested in ways to drop your total installation cost? Maybe you’ve heard about solar panel grants and are wondering if there’s any you qualify for?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re focusing on grants for solar installations in the United States. Continue reading
Without getting into too many of the nitty gritty details, energy subsidies exist in order to help get new or struggling technologies off the ground and able to compete on their own, and solar power subsidies are no exception. The reason new technologies need help is simple: money.
According to a recent study, energy subsidies have been around since at least 1789, when our country placed a tariff on the selling of any British coal entering America. Since that time, federal money has flowed to industries such as coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, and renewable energy.
In our previous article on going solar in Texas, we noted that Austin might be the most solar friendly city in the whole state. The reasons for this statement certainly haven’t changed – the municipal utility provides excellent net metering incentives and upfront rebates.
San Antonio, however, is giving Austin an all-out run for the money, with local homeowners eligible for incredible upfront rebates from CPS Energy worth thousands of dollars! In fact, San Antonio saw huge growth in solar throughout 2014 and 2015 and ranks 7th in the nation for solar capacity!
If you’re a San Antonio resident and are thinking about installing solar panels, take the plunge since these upfront rebates are some of the best in the country and you can get a solar installation on your roof for just a fraction of the total cost!
For a broader state overview, see our Texas Solar Energy page.Continue reading
California is the biggest market for residential solar in the country. In fact, among the 10 states with the most solar, California alone has more solar than all the others combined! I think we can safely say that in California the solar industry – unlike in other states where solar is only now just catching on – is a matured industry, with a lot of experience and growth under its belt.Continue reading
You’re not alone! The state ranked 17th in the most solar installed in the US in 2015. Not too bad considering Florida lacks many of the incentives that heavily discount the cost of going solar. However, the state sees excellent weather for producing your own renewable energy and homeowners can take advantage of numerous tax incentives to save even more money going solar!
If you’re looking for information on going solar in specific cities in Florida, check out our articles on Going Solar in Orlando, Going Solar in Central Florida, Going Solar in Gainesville, and Going Solar in Ft Lauderdale.
For most of us, moving to a new state because solar panels produce more electricity there or they have higher financial incentives for going solar just simply isn’t going to happen. Even if you’re not moving, it’s good to know what other states offer to compare to your own situation, so you can know how your situation compares to others.
Below, we’ve chosen the best states to install solar using a variety of criteria, with an overall winner (and overall loser…) based on numerous criteria at the bottom.Continue reading