AlabamaAlabama Solar Installers

Unfortunately, as of this writing, Alabama has few incentives for solar installations. There are 21 states in the country with renewable energy portfolio standards, and five states that have renewable energy goals. Alabama is not part of either group.

Alabama does get plenty of sun, and has a small group of dedicated, reliable solar developers and contractors in the state.

And for residents that live within the Tennessee Valley Authority’s network, there is a one-time rebate for installing solar energy at a property.

According to a recent study on the solar industry in America, Alabama ranked 8th for states that would be most helped by increasing solar capacity. So be a part of the benefits. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form, and get an estimate from one of the many installers in the state or look over some of the companies in our network.

ColoradoAlaska Solar Installers

Alaska is certainly the leader in solar phenomena in the U.S. With winters, almost no sun during the day, to summers, almost constant sun, and the Northern Lights, the state is chalk full of activity.

However, because the state is sparsely populated, the energy infrastructure isn’t what it is in the lower 48. But that doesn’t stop Alaska from providing a few choice solar rebates and incentives, among them are the Alaska Renewable Energy Grant and the Golden Valley Alternative Power program.

And where there are incentives, and sun, there are solar installers a-plenty.  So either fill out our short solar inquiry form for an estimate on a home or business solar energy system or peruse our list of Alaska solar installers below. And stay warm out there.

ArizonaArizona Solar Installers

Arizona, like many states in the Southwest US, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Arizona solar installers are among the busiest in the country and is amongst the top states in the country for solar output..

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Arizona solar installation.  Find out more by talking to one of the many Arizona solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix and just about everywhere else in Arizona.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Arizona solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

ArkansasArkansas Solar Installers

For a state without a renewable portfolio standard, Arkansas has some decent solar incentives and rebates. And why not? The home of both HBO’s iconic Bangin’ in Little Rock documentary and, to possibly a bigger extent, our former president, Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton, Arkansas gets about five hours of sunlight per square meter. What’s that mean to you? Well, it means you should take advantage of all those potentially money-saving ultra violets and install a solar system.

Home and business owners who do decide to install solar can pick from a host of solar incentives and rebates offered in the state, such as Arkansas’ net metering program, and the state’s solar and wind rebate program.

So where do you start? Look no further. Either fill out our short solar inquiry form for a free estimate on a solar installation or look at the solar installers in our network, listed below.

California Solar Installers

California

California leads the country in solar installation for good reason. With over 3000 hour of sunshine annually, California is an ideal location for installing solar electric panels and solar heating systems. California solar installers were busy in 2010 installing 194 megawatts of new generating capacity - a whopping 47% increase over 2009. The state has a $3.3 billion plan to install another 3000 megawatts of new solar power capacity by 2017. California solar panel potential is huge. The Global Energy Network Institute has estimated that California has 17 million megawatts of potential photovoltaic solar capacity.

California also has great rebates and incentives for homeowners and businesses that install solar, like the California Feed-in Tariff and California Solar Initiative. These and other popular programs are available to California residents who install solar power systems. To find out more, talk to one of the many California solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Glendale, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento and just about everywhere else in California.

If you don’t feel like undertaking a research project or don’t have the time to make the inquiries yourself, then let us do the work for you. Simply fill out our short inquiry form, we will find you reputable and experienced California solar installers in your area to provide free proposals for you to review.

ColoradoColorado Solar Installers

Over 300 days of sunshine a year makes Colorado solar energy a plentiful resource and makes installing solar panels to generate electricity or to heat water, a great choice. Coloradans recognize their solar bounty and last year, the state legislature increased the renewable energy standard - the percentage of renewables (including plentiful Colorado solar energy) that large utilities must have in their energy portfolio, to a whopping 30 percent by 2020. No other state in the lower 48 has a higher renewable energy requirement.

Colorado also has generous incentives and rebates for homeowners and businesses that install solar - an example is the Recharge Colorado Rebate for residential solar electric (photovoltaic) systems offered by the Governor's Energy Office which rebates $1.50 per watt for up up to 3 kilowatts. This and other popular programs are available to Colorado residents who install solar power systems. To find out more, talk to one of the many Colorado solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Greeley, Grand Junction and just about everywhere else in Colorado.

If you don't have time to research Colorado solar panels and installers or just don't want to make the inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Colorado solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

ConnecticutConnecticut Solar Panel Installers

Connecticut, like many states in the New England United States, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Connecticut solar installers are among the busiest in the country and the state ranks fourth in the country for solar output according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In 2010 Connecticut installed over 54 megawatts of solar power, more than doubling the 21 megawatts installed during 2009.

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Connecticut solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Connecticut solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk and just about everywhere else in Connecticut.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Connecticut solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

DelawareDelaware Solar Installers

Delaware, like many states in the Northeastern States United States, has abundant sunshine which makes it a great location to install solar power. Delaware solar installers are among the busiest in the country and the state ranks fourth in the country for solar output according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In 2010 Delaware installed over 54 megawatts of solar power, more than doubling the 21 megawatts installed during 2009.

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Delaware solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Delaware solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Dover,Newark,Wilmington and just about everywhere else in Delaware.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out oura short solar inquiry form  and we'll find you reputable and experienced Delaware solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

FloridaFlorida Solar Installers

Florida is the Sunshine State but it is only the sixth sunniest in the country.  That still makes it however a great place to install solar power.  Florida is unique in that a great many of it's solar installers not only install PV but solar hot water and/or solar pool heating as well. Florida  ranked 14th in the country for solar capacity installed in the first quarter of 2012 according to the Solar Energy Industries Association

Great incentives and rebates are available to home owners and businesses for Florida solar installation. For example, SRP has set aside funding for a total of 4.5 megawatts of residential solar electric installations through April 30, 2012. The incentive is offered at $1.00 to $1.35 per watt, for up to 5 kilowatts. Find out more by talking to one of the many Florida solar installers in our network today. We have solar installation professionals servicing Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, Hialeah, Tallahassee and just about everywhere else in Florida.

If you are like many people who don't have time to do the research or make inquiries yourself, then let us help you. Simply fill out our short solar inquiry form and we'll find you reputable and experienced Florida solar installers in your local area and put you in touch with company representatives who can evaluate your needs and provide proposals for you to review. It’s free, easy, and there is no obligation.

Rooftop solar winning battles with utilities

Rooftop solar winning battles with utilities

The rooftop solar industry has had a triumphant couple of weeks in its defensive battles with utility companies over net metering policies.

Just this month, Utah, Washington, Louisiana and Vermont legislatures and regulators have chosen rooftop solar system owners’ interests over those of the utilities.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbyist group that claims to advocate for the free market, has backed nearly a dozen bills aimed at knocking the wind out of the rooftop solar industry’s sails in various states around the country over the last two years. All of the bills have tried to reduce or eliminate the benefits of net metering, which allows homeowners who overproduce with their solar systems during the day to sell excess power back onto the grid, usually at the retail rate.

“ALEC has lost every one of the verdicts so far,” said Bryan Miller, president of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) and vice president of public policy for Sunrun. “That’s not a great track record if you’re investing in the results.”

The recent victories for rooftop solar came on the heels of some creative and uncharacteristic attacks, Miller said.

 

Washington

“Washington State was a particularly interesting permutation,” Miller said.

If a Washington utility offered leased rooftop solar, no one else in the utility’s jurisdiction could, according to HB 2176, which was defeated this week.

“This really shows the utilities’ true motive,” Miller said. “They’re saying rooftop solar is fine and there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with it as long as they’re the only ones who get to sell it.”

 

Utah

Utah was another unusual target for anti-solar legislation – largely because the state has very little rooftop solar installed.

The state is notoriously conservative and Miller said TASC believes ALEC’s strategy was to pick a state where it thought it could score an easy win and gain political momentum even though the legislation would have little impact there.

“And the bill still failed,” Miller said.

The legislature voted to launch a study of the costs and benefits of solar net metering, but didn’t otherwise support any change to net metering policies.

 

Vermont

Vermont, which is one of few states where utilities pay more than the retail rate for rooftop solar net metering, was on the cusp of hitting its net metering cap.

The legislature voted last week to expand the state’s net metering program, nearly quadrupling the cap from 4 percent of generation to 15 percent.

 

Louisiana

Anti-solar lobbyists attempted to ambush the solar industry and push a previously rejected piece of legislation designed to gut net metering through congress within a week.

“It failed again,” Miller said. “That’s four decisions over the last week.”

 

New and recycled battles

There’s proposed legislation in Massachusetts, a state that has seen rapid solar growth in recent years, that would reduce the benefits of net metering.

“That’s a very progressive state, so the utilities are having to operate under the cover of darkness,” Miller said.

Arizona made major headlines in 2013. The conservative state legislature imposed a maximum $5 per moth fee on rooftop solar customers. The solar industry declared the fee a victory because it was a fraction of the $50 to $100 Arizona Public Service requested.

The legislature has recently been debating a bill that would levy a steep property tax on leased solar equipment. The AZ Cap Times reported this week that lawmakers say APS has lobbied them to vote for the bill even as the utility denies having any position in or involvement with the legislation at all.

After the story came out, legislation solidifying tax exemptions or solar equipment started moving through congress again.

 

Contradictions

There are many peculiar hypocracies about the fight against rooftop solar, Miller said. ALEC is supposed to support the free market and is instead lobbying to prevent competition to established utilities from rooftop solar. And Arizona, a devoutly anti-tax state, is considering a new and aggressive tax.

“It’s just wild flailing and throwing punches to see where they land,” Miller said. “In the long run, utilities are on a Whack A Mole mission with net metering.”

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