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:

Matt Ruscio4 Reasons Why You Should Install Solar in 2014

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?

Matt RuscioVirginia As A Solar Leader – If The Policy Fits

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.

Matt RuscioUtilities Respond to "Disruptive Challenges" by Opposing PPAs

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.

Matt RuscioSolar Panel Prices Reversing Trends

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.

Matt RuscioVirginia To Begin Pilot PPA Program

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

Summaries of Related Articles

To our readers, We want to develop something new for our blog that will work to further inform and educate. Since not everyone has the time to read the newspaper, blogs, news reports, etc., why not let us do the work for you? This is the inaugural edition of our bi-weekly summary of articles that we have pulled from a large array of sources throughout the our work. The articles are related to energy, solar and climate – information that is easily accesible and fast to read. This edition includes the AG’s report on VA’s energy law, new ways of marketing solar, and how climate skeptics are talking to state legislators. Links to the full articles are attached.

Matt RuscioSummaries of Related Articles

Panels on Park View Mennonite Church

The solar installation at Park View Mennonite Church was completed Friday afternoon – November 9. The 75 solar PV panels took three days to install and will be up and running soon! Below are a few pictures documenting our progress – keep checking our blog for updates!

Matt RuscioPanels on Park View Mennonite Church

New tax revenue for states generated by increasing solar capacity

Some state legislators have voiced concerns that increasing the use of solar power may reduce state and local tax revenue by cutting into collections of utility usage taxes. The more solar capacity generated throughout the state, the less energy”consumption tax,” as it’s known in Virginia, consumers are paying to state government.In an era of declining public revenue, the idea of a potential loss in taxes from an increase in solar capacity can carry a heavy weight and may dampen the enthusiasm of state legislators for solar power. However, increasing renewable power generates jobs and new forms of tax revenue that more than offset the potential loss in electricity consumption tax and sales tax. The Virginia legislature enacted an electricity consumption tax in 1999 as part of the Electric Utility Deregulation Act. Legislators intended the tax to protect incumbent utilities from new competition – to give incumbent utilities a “head start” on the market competition. In 2007, policymakers deemed Virginia’s deregulation experiment a failure, and returned to a regulated monopoly structure, where utilities received exclusive service territories – holding the exclusive right to sell electricity to customers within their given territories. Nevertheless, the electricity consumption tax remained intact. Customers today are …

Matt RuscioNew tax revenue for states generated by increasing solar capacity