Uber, Solar & Innovation: How to Drive Virginia’s New Era Economy

Uber is a driver of  innovation

Many of us in the so-called “millennial” generation embrace innovation and disruption of established practices as the wave of solutions to today’s most critical problems. That’s one reason we love Uber, the ride-service springing up throughout the country. And it is also why we have trouble reconciling the rhetoric of policymakers who champion free enterprise with their actions protecting the established industries. Until recently, Virginia banned Uber. With recent relaxation of the restrictions, we are now seeing what economic theory would easily predict: a race by established companies to adapt, and a better, more efficient system of rides and transportation for consumers. As a recent article in the Times-Dispatch reported, the growing popularity of Uber in the city of Richmond has led one taxi company at least to respond. Chris Brevard of Napoleon Taxi explains that it “made us realize as owners of large fleet that if we don’t advance, we are going to be left behind.” Innovation matters, and the receptivity of governments, producers, and consumers, to the risk but also the possibility of new technologies and new patterns determine the kind of future we build for ourselves. “Regulation should never be a weapon used by connected and established industry to …

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University of Richmond to Install Solar on REC Center

Secure Futures and the University of Richmond have reached an agreement to install a 204 kW solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the campus’s Weinstein Recreation and Wellness Center. The agreement will be the first of its kind under the Power Purchase Agreement Pilot Program signed onto law in 2013.

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2014 Solar Year in Review: Business Model Innovation and Consumer Demand Outpace Virginia Policy

Secure Futures was awarded the Solar Innovation Award in November 2014

We wish to highlight the solar industry’s successes in 2014 in developing record-breaking generation capacity nationally and innovative business models serving Virginian’s demand for solar. While Virginia policy still lags well behind consumer demand, Virginian’s have reason to remain optimistic for 2015 and beyond.

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Self-Generation Agreement Wins The 2014 Solar Innovation Award

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The Maryland, D.C., Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association (MDV-SEIA) held its 2014 Annual Conference November 17th-18th in Washington, D.C. Among many successful breakout sessions regarding the state of solar throughout the Mid-Atlantic – including innovative financing methods and post ITC predictions – MDV-SEIA held its first ever Solar Awards – “recognizing people and organizations engaged in solar project development, advocacy, or innovation”.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Install Solar in 2014

With political winds shifting in Richmond – resulting in modest legislative progress for clean energy in 2014 – Virginia holds open a window of opportunity for solar energy customers. The decades-long drop in solar panel prices has brought solar generated electricity even closer to achieving grid parity with electric prices in Virginia. Yet despite these gains, further delaying on installing your solar generation system poses potential risks – here are four reasons why you should consider installing solar today:

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Virginia As A Solar Leader – If The Policy Fits

Recently, GreenTech Media’s (GTM) Stephen Lacey, asked the question many Mid-Atlantic solar developers are hooked on – can a historic coal state like Virginia create a real solar market?

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Utilities Respond to "Disruptive Challenges" by Opposing PPAs

In July, journalist Ryan Tracy, highlighted a familiar dispute in solar development – the ability to sell electricity in territories where incumbent utilities have exclusive service rights to customers. The solar industry has heard this issue before, and in Iowa, the issue is at the heart of a lawsuit, expected to play out this year.

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Solar Panel Prices Reversing Trends

Have the price of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels bottomed out? U.S. and European trade policy and international demand may be reversing the trend of decreasing prices for solar panels in the U.S.

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Virginia To Begin Pilot PPA Program

Virginia shines a glimmer of light on renewables by passing a wind and solar “pilot” program, after a surprising about-face by Dominion Power in supporting PPA legislation in 2013.

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U.S. Solar Installations Increase 76% in 2012

2012 proved to be another great year for solar as installations increased 76% in the United States alone, according to a Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) report released last week in conjunction with GTM Research.

Matt RuscioU.S. Solar Installations Increase 76% in 2012