Policy Updates

By Tracy Fosterling
on 7/8/2019
  • ITC step down
  • solar incentives
  • solar ITC
The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has unquestionably been the most important federal policy mechanism to incentivize renewable energy projects in the US over the last decade and a half. The ITC was originally established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. “Since the ITC was enacted the U.S. solar industry has grown by more than 10,000%” according the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 2/11/2019
A big win for energy storage developers in California. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a decision that will allow customers with energy storage systems to receive credits for any excess energy that is sent back to the grid. In the past, only excess energy produced by solar ... read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 12/6/2018
  • California solar
  • solar contracts
  • solar energy systems
Beginning on January 1, 2019 all residential solar contracts in California must present a one-page cover sheet to customers when selling a solar system. AB 1070 passed last year and is in response to complaints from solar customers and in turn will make things simple and understandable to consumers. This ... read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 9/27/2018
  • California
  • SB700
  • SGIP
SB700 was signed into law in September and extends California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program for another five years, through 2025. The bill will add up to $800 million for energy storage initiatives along with other clean energy technologies for the state. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 5/9/2018
  • California
  • policyUpdate
  • solar panels
  • solar roof mandate
The California Energy Commission approved a plan, in a 5-0 vote, requiring all newly constructed homes to have rooftop solar, going into effect in 2020. The recommended energy efficiency standards will be added to building regulations and requirements at some point this year. This mandate makes California the first state in the United States to require new construction homes to have solar panels, increasing its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. read more...