AlabamaAlabama Solar Installers

Unfortunately, as of this writing, Alabama has few incentives for solar installations. There are 21 states in the country with renewable energy portfolio standards, and five states that have renewable energy goals. Alabama is not part of either group.

Alabama does get plenty of sun, and has a small group of dedicated, reliable solar developers and contractors in the state.

And for residents that live within the Tennessee Valley Authority’s network, there is a one-time rebate for installing solar energy at a property.

According to a recent study on the solar industry in America, Alabama ranked 8th for states that would be most helped by increasing solar capacity. So be a part of the benefits. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form, and get an estimate from one of the many installers in the state or look over some of the companies in our network.

ColoradoAlaska Solar Installers

Alaska is certainly the leader in solar phenomena in the U.S. With winters, almost no sun during the day, to summers, almost constant sun, and the Northern Lights, the state is chalk full of activity.

However, because the state is sparsely populated, the energy infrastructure isn’t what it is in the lower 48. But that doesn’t stop Alaska from providing a few choice solar rebates and incentives, among them are the Alaska Renewable Energy Grant and the Golden Valley Alternative Power program.

And where there are incentives, and sun, there are solar installers a-plenty.  So either fill out our short solar inquiry form for an estimate on a home or business solar energy system or peruse our list of Alaska solar installers below. And stay warm out there.

ArizonaArizona Solar Installers

Arizona, like many states in the Southwest US, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Arizona solar installers are among the busiest in the country and is amongst the top states in the country for solar output..

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Arizona solar installation.  Find out more by talking to one of the many Arizona solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix and just about everywhere else in Arizona.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Arizona solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

ArkansasArkansas Solar Installers

For a state without a renewable portfolio standard, Arkansas has some decent solar incentives and rebates. And why not? The home of both HBO’s iconic Bangin’ in Little Rock documentary and, to possibly a bigger extent, our former president, Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton, Arkansas gets about five hours of sunlight per square meter. What’s that mean to you? Well, it means you should take advantage of all those potentially money-saving ultra violets and install a solar system.

Home and business owners who do decide to install solar can pick from a host of solar incentives and rebates offered in the state, such as Arkansas’ net metering program, and the state’s solar and wind rebate program.

So where do you start? Look no further. Either fill out our short solar inquiry form for a free estimate on a solar installation or look at the solar installers in our network, listed below.

California Solar Installers

California

California leads the country in solar installation for good reason. With over 3000 hour of sunshine annually, California is an ideal location for installing solar electric panels and solar heating systems. California solar installers were busy in 2010 installing 194 megawatts of new generating capacity - a whopping 47% increase over 2009. The state has a $3.3 billion plan to install another 3000 megawatts of new solar power capacity by 2017. California solar panel potential is huge. The Global Energy Network Institute has estimated that California has 17 million megawatts of potential photovoltaic solar capacity.

California also has great rebates and incentives for homeowners and businesses that install solar, like the California Feed-in Tariff and California Solar Initiative. These and other popular programs are available to California residents who install solar power systems. To find out more, talk to one of the many California solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Glendale, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento and just about everywhere else in California.

If you don’t feel like undertaking a research project or don’t have the time to make the inquiries yourself, then let us do the work for you. Simply fill out our short inquiry form, we will find you reputable and experienced California solar installers in your area to provide free proposals for you to review.

California losing farmland to solar energy

California farmland going solarSolar developers are swallowing up thousands of acres of productive California farmland to build utility-scale solar installations.

That could be a big problem for California’s agriculture industry if the development is not more carefully monitored, said Ed Thompson with the American Farmland Trust.

There are currently 40,000 acres of California farmland in development or slated for development with solar arrays, Thompson said.

“That’s a lot of farmland,” he said. “Ideally you’d pick areas that are not as good for farming.”

But, he said, a lot of the areas solar developers are targeting are productive farm acres, especially those in the south San Joaquin Valley.

“There’s no way to know what the cumulative impact on farmland is going to be,” Thompson said.

Municipal and county governments are making piecemeal decisions about projects and approving them in vacuums.

“There doesn’t seem to be an overall strategy,” Thompson said.

That’s what organizations like his and others are pushing the California government to tackle. There needs to be an accounting of farmland being developed for solar and some external force pushing solar developers toward less productive farmland. Thompson said there isn’t anything right now other than groups like his urging it.

Developers are just looking for flat ground near power distribution lines.

There is a huge demand for solar installations in California. The state’s renewable energy portfolio standard requires utilities in the state to get a third of their power from renewable sources by 2020. Attempts to build solar arrays in the Mojave Desert have been met with strong resistance from environmental groups concerned with the impact on endangered species there.

Thompson said it’s very hard for farm owners to resist development offers. While agriculture in California is a $40 billion industry, agricultural uses still can’t compete with more urban uses, Thompson said.

“Even in the Napa Valley, where prime wine-growing land can go for $100,000 an acre, it still can’t compete with the price if that land were broken up into housing lots,” he said. “We just keep losing the farmland.”

He said California has lost more than 500,000 acres – a full sixth of its farmland – to development in the last 20 years.

In addition to solar and other renewable energy development, Thompson said a high-speed rail line and oil and gas development is taking up farmland. “There are a lot of competing interests.”

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