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.

ColoradoColorado Solar Installers

Over 300 days of sunshine a year makes Colorado solar energy a plentiful resource and makes installing solar panels to generate electricity or to heat water, a great choice. Coloradans recognize their solar bounty and last year, the state legislature increased the renewable energy standard - the percentage of renewables (including plentiful Colorado solar energy) that large utilities must have in their energy portfolio, to a whopping 30 percent by 2020. No other state in the lower 48 has a higher renewable energy requirement.

Colorado also has generous incentives and rebates for homeowners and businesses that install solar - an example is the Recharge Colorado Rebate for residential solar electric (photovoltaic) systems offered by the Governor's Energy Office which rebates $1.50 per watt for up up to 3 kilowatts. This and other popular programs are available to Colorado residents who install solar power systems. To find out more, talk to one of the many Colorado solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Greeley, Grand Junction and just about everywhere else in Colorado.

If you don't have time to research Colorado solar panels and installers or just don't want to make the inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Colorado 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.

ConnecticutConnecticut Solar Panel Installers

Connecticut, like many states in the New England United States, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Connecticut solar installers are among the busiest in the country and the state ranks fourth in the country for solar output according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In 2010 Connecticut installed over 54 megawatts of solar power, more than doubling the 21 megawatts installed during 2009.

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Connecticut solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Connecticut solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk and just about everywhere else in Connecticut.

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 Connecticut 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.

DelawareDelaware Solar Installers

Delaware, like many states in the Northeastern States United States, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Delaware solar installers are among the busiest in the country and the state ranks fourth in the country for solar output according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In 2010 Delaware installed over 54 megawatts of solar power, more than doubling the 21 megawatts installed during 2009.

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Delaware solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Delaware solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Dover,Newark,Wilmington and just about everywhere else in Delaware.

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 oura short solar inquiry form  and we'll find you reputable and experienced Delaware 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.

FloridaFlorida Solar Installers

Florida is the Sunshine State but it is only the sixth sunniest in the country.  That still makes it however a great place to install solar power.  Florida is unique in that a great many of it's solar installers not only install PV but solar hot water and/or solar pool heating as well. Florida  ranked 14th in the country for solar capacity installed in the first quarter of 2012 according to the Solar Energy Industries Association

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Florida solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Florida solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, Hialeah, Tallahassee and just about everywhere else in Florida.

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 Florida 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.

SunShot Initiative on its way to investing $457 million to cut costs of solar

SunShot Initiative on its way to investing $457 million to cut costs of solarThe Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative will invest $457 million into solar technologies in a bid to reduce the cost of solar to $1 per watt over the next ten years.

Most recently, DOE announced up to $112.5 million in grants over the next five years to support development of advanced solar photovoltaic manufacturing processes throughout the United States. The money will go to industry- and university-focused development.

This is the second round of funding being made through the SunShot Initiative. In February, DOE announced $20 million in funding to support photovoltaic projects underway at 1366 Technologies, 3M, PPG, Varian Semiconductor and Veeco, and $7 million to support the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as part of its Photovoltaic Incubator program.

“The whole proposed budget, $457 million, is going through the congressional appropriation process,” said Ramamoorthy Ramesh, program manager for the SunShot Initiative and Solar Energy Technologies Program. This and the February announcements are just the first two that the money has been made available for. “The way it works is it’s made up of different funding opportunities,” he said.

Under this round of funding, SunShot made three awards. The Bay Area PV Consortium, managed by Stanford University and the University of California, will receive $25 million to develop and test new materials, device structures, and fabrication processes in an attempt to achieve cost-effective PV modules in high volume production.

SVTC Technologies in San Jose, Calif., will receive $25 million to create a fee-for-service PV Manufacturing Development Facility (MDF). The facility will help startups, materials suppliers, and other solar innovators to eliminate upfront capital and operating costs during product development and pilot production, according to DOE.

The U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, a partnership of SEMATECH, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the State University of New York at Albany, and the University of Southern Florida, won a total of $62.5 million. They will use the funding in an attempt to reduce the costs of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film photovoltaics.

“We think we can accelerate that goal and achieve it in the 5- to 10-year time period.” said CNSE Vice President for Clean Energy Programs Pradeep Haldar.

“The premise is, what the secretary called hubs. After 5 years of government funding, they’re to become independent,” Ramesh said. “This is more focused on developing the expertise on manufacturing to become more competitive.”

So far, the rounds of SunShot funding have focused on manufacturing, which makes up about half of the installed costs of solar. The other half is the balance of system costs, according to Ramesh.

“It’s something we are sweating a lot on,” he said. “We have a complete effort to speed up permitting processes.”

Somewhat echoing concerns from solar investors earlier this week, Ramesh said the U.S. is suffering from lack of a cohesive permitting process.

“Because we don’t have a streamlined process, we don’t do it as well as we can,” he said.

Just the permitting costs for a home photovoltaic system can cost as much as $2,500 because a proposed system has to be inspected by numerous people, like fire, electric and roofing inspectors.

“It can be done a lot more efficiently. If you bring [those] costs down, the penetration will become much bigger,” he said.

To address those expenses, the DOE is holding a competition to speed up the process, according to Ramesh.

The DOE is asking cities and municipalities to submit their permitting process and time to completion to see which is the fastest.

“The winner will get a big prize. In the process of doing it, we will get a whole lot of information,” Ramesh said.

The DOE will use the information to help develop a national unified process.

“That is the biggest focus of one of the teams within the program,” he said.

Pictured: A prototype inverted metamorphic multi-junction PV cell, courtesy of DOE.
 

 

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