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Revolution Expected for Residential Solar Economics in US

Residential solar economics are becoming attractive for a growing number of cities around the world. Energy Self-Reliant States released a solar grid parity map a few months back that is really helpful in conceptualizing what’s going to happen over the next few years. For example, the follow maps shows those cities in the US that are expected to achieve solar grid parity by 2024. 

Solar Grid Parity in 2024

Is your city ready for a rooftop revolution? There’s a new report that talks more about the rapidly changing economics of residential solar. As it shows it the graph from that publication, nearly 100 million Americans could install over 60,000 megawatts of solar at less than grid prices – without subsidies – by 2021.

Residential Solar Potential

Solar leases and PPAs are becoming the norm in the US

In 2011, more homeowners chose a lease or power purchase agreement (PPA) than buying solar panels. Companies like SunRun are making serious headway using these third-party solar financing arrangements…

PV America West 2012 in T-2 weeks!

Sponsored by SEIA and SEPA, PV America West 2012 in San Jose, California, gets underway in less than two weeks. From March 19th to the 21st, the premier event for the solar energy industry in the western U.S. will convene over 4,000 professionals and 150+ booths for the conference and expo. 

Beyond the general plenary and trade exhibition, I’ll be looking to attend the finance track of the workshop series which include the following sessions:

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Mon. Mar. 19: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mon. Mar. 19: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tue. Mar. 20: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Tue. Mar. 20: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tue. Mar. 20: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wed. Mar. 21: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
California Solar Initiative has Big Plans for PV

Did you know that the California Solar Initiative (CSI) has a budget of $2.17 Billion for achieving its goal of deploying 1.94 MW of new solar photovoltaics by 2017? The two incentive pathways for consumers are: Expected Performance Based Buydown (EPBB) or Performance Based Incentive (PBI). Below is the innovative solar inventive schedule developed for the CSI:CSI Rebate Pathways

Sungevity CEO Danny Kennedy explains how important it is for local governments to make the permitting process easier in order to deploy more solar projects around the country