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In May, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved the nation’s first commitment to putting solar on qualifying new home construction starting in 2020 – a move that’ll be good for our cost-of-living and our climate alike. Building solar on new homes is consistent with California’s zero net energy goals for new buildings, and it’s a great way of getting rooftop solar built cheaply for customers. When solar PV is installed at the time of construction, you get economies of scale and save big on non-hardware costs like customer acquisition, permitting and financing. Assuming modules are 40 cents/W and the other… [more]View Insight
Last year, some U.S.-based solar manufacturers filed a complaint, leading the U.S. Commerce Department to conclude that Chinese solar panel manufacturers received unfair subsidies from the Chinese government. Consequently, Chinese solar products were priced artificially low, giving them a competitive advantage in the global market. To address this issue, the U.S. government will be imposing a tariff on Chinese solar products ranging from 2.9% to 4.37%. The aim is to increase the prices of these products and create a fairer market for U.S. manufacturers. In here, it is worth noting that the implementation of tariffs may have an impact on… [more]View Insight
[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.] Solar energy is currently a good renewable solution for peak usage period (which are usually the hottest hours of the day). The policy should focus on: Extend the federal incentives for the next 10-15 years. The current short term regulation creates instability for the investors and slows down the development of solar solutions. Incentives should be technology neutral. Investors need stability and predictability. The current renew/don’t renew political episodes every… [more]View Insight