IRS Approves Tax Credit for Community-Shared Solar Project

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ruled that an owner of photovoltaic panels in an offsite, community-shared solar array is eligible to take advantage of one of the primary incentives offered to homeowners adopting solar—the 30 percent federal residential income tax credit available under Section … Read more…

US Installs 1.3 GW of PV in Q1 2015

US Installs 1.3 GW of PV in Q1 2015

The US residential solar market is up a record-breaking 76 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of 2014, with 437 MW of PV installations, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q1 US Solar Market Insight Report. The US … Read more…

US Representative Wants to Extend Tax Credits for Clean Energy

US Representative Wants to Extend Tax Credits for Clean Energy

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) has introduced H.R. 2412, the New Energy for America Act, which would extend Section 25D of the federal tax code for residential energy efficient property, as well as the Section 48 commercial investment tax credits (ITC) through 2021. In introducing his … Read more…

Community Solar Opportunities

Most customer-owned solar systems in the US are distributed generation (DG) projects installed at the site where the customer consumes the electricity. However, many customers do not have sites that are good candidates for solar photovoltaics (PV). To solve this problem, developers have started offering “community solar” … Read more…

Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Hit Milestone

According to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), five million square feet of building-integrated solar air heating collectors are now installed in North America. These systems represent 250 MW of thermal energy. Solar air heating systems work by heating incoming ventilation air before … Read more…

Energy Executive Moves: BuildingIQ, Power Assure, Lime Energy, SEIA, Usource

Energy Executive Moves: BuildingIQ, Power Assure, Lime Energy, SEIA, Usource

BuildingIQ, an energy management software company, named Michael Nark (pictured) as the company’s president and chief executive officer. He succeeds founder and CEO Michael Zimmerman who will assume the role of senior vice president of business development for the company. Nark will also serve on … Read more…

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