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Friday
Jul242015

NHDP - ICYMI: Union Leader On Ted Gatsas Blocking Manchester Solar Project 

 

 

 

 

Concord, N.H. – Yesterday, Chris Sununu and Joe Kenney – apparently at the direction of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas – blocked a solar project that would have saved taxpayer dollars and had the support of the Manchester board of aldermen.
 
Click here for the full Union Leader story or see excerpt below:
 
On a 3-2 vote, the Executive Council shot down a plan for a solar array to generate electricity for Manchester city government.
 
… Under the proposal, the city would purchase electricity at a rate just below 6 cents per kilowatt/hour, which would result in $26,500 in savings in the first year of the project, according to the developers’ calculations. The city would also receive an annual tax payment of $5,000. The savings in future years would rise based on the increase in electricity rates.
 
Manchester Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig... said the project had support of a majority of city aldermen.
 
“We had a board vote and I voted to support it,” said Craig. “It was my understanding that this was the first phase, and the project could be expanded in the future.”
 
“This should have went through,” said Manchester Alderman Keith Hirschmann, who represents Ward 12 where the landfill is located. “The full board voted for this. I know the mayor didn’t vote for it, but the full board did, and now our constituents won’t benefit from it.”
 
Hirschmann said he felt it was wrong that Manchester wouldn’t benefit from the state’s renewable energy trust funds.
 
“This would have been the largest solar project in the state,” said Hirschmann. “Instead we have a landfill that will sit dormant, while other communities benefit from the renewable energy trust funds.”
 
Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, D-Manchester, noted there is board support for the project, with the only reservation that it could be larger.
 
… Pappas and Van Ostern voted in favor of the Manchester project, but Sununu, and councilors David Wheeler, R-Milford, and Joe Kenney, R-Wakefield voted against the project.
 
Kenney voted with Pappas and Van Ostern to award a $580,757 renewable energy grant to Milford Town Solar LLC to place solar panels on that town’s landfill.
 
Kenney said Gatsas does not support the project, preferring the earlier, larger project, while the Milton selectmen unanimously supported that project.
 
“Councilor Kenney cited Mayor Gatsas’ opposition to the project,” said Craig. “I think it’s a lost opportunity for the city.”
 
Click here for the full Union Leader story.

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Sunday
Jun282015

Watchdog.org - Sunset of solar subsidies shadows SolarCity  

Friday
Jun262015

Watchdog.org - Will SolarCity survive without taxpayer money?  

 

Sunset of solar subsidies shadows SolarCity

The federal grants that SolarCity relied on to maintain viability as a company are drying up, and the company sunk into the red last year. Critics say this highlights the danger of a business model built on taxpayer money.
 
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The cost of responsibility-free government

 
A recent study of Michigan homes found it cost twice as much to make houses energy-efficient as the actual dollar value of the energy savings. But is anyone in the media paying attention?
 
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And they shall admit the truth

 

Wisconsin's vote to become the nation’s twenty-fifth Right To Work state sent a clear message to unions across the country: the right to work movement is gaining ground.

 

 

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How will trucking industry ‘keep rolling’ under new EPA rules?

 
New EPA fuel-efficiency standards will drive up costs for trucking companies, which could put many owner-operators out of business.
 
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Bad teachers: New bill puts poor performers in the crosshairs
 
Pennsylvania is one of a few states in which teacher performance does not factor into layoff decisions. But a new bill would eliminate these “last-in-first-out” policies.
 
 

 

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FCC seeking public input to subsidize broadband
 
The FCC wants your input: should we subsidize high-speed Internet access through the "Obamaphone" program?
 
 

 

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Ruffled feathers: Larger wind turbines bad news for birds, groups say
 
The U.S. Department of Energy wants to see bigger wind turbines built across the country, but the American Bird Conservancy says that would make them even more deadly for birds.
Tuesday
May192015

SEIA - New Analysis Shows Huge Growth in Solar Over Past Decade 

 

WASHINGTON, DC - From the end of 2004 through the end of 2014, the deployment of solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate, according to a new video report, Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

According to a detailed SEIA analysis, in 2004, there were 500 megawatts (MW) of solar energy installed nationwide. But by the end of 2014, there were 20,000 MW – enough to power more than 4 million homes – with 97 percent of that capacity added after passage of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Over the same time period, the cumulative investment in installed solar installations in the U.S. soared from $2.6 billion to $71.1 billion.

“Our new video report is not only filled with important information, but it tells solar energy’s tremendous success story in a fun and visually-interesting way,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.  “Did you know that in 2004 only two states had 10 MW of installed solar capacity, yet a decade later, 35 states had topped that threshold – and 20 states had more than 100 MW?  But here’s the best news of all: we expect to double our total capacity in the next two years alone.”

Here are some other key takeaways from SEIA’s analysis:

  • In 2004, approximately 15,500 homes had solar photovoltaic (PV) installations across the U.S. Through the end of 2014, that number had grown to 600,000.
  • From 2004 to 2014, the number of utility-scale solar projects in the U.S. – both PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) – increased by more than 10-fold, growing from 100 projects to nearly 1,100 projects spread across 30 states.
  • From 2004 to 2014, the amount of installed utility-scale solar capacity in the U.S. increased by more than 30 times, from 365 MW to 11,440 MW.
  • In 2004, the U.S. had 58 MW of total solar capacity. In 2014, 14 states installed that much solar or more, with a record total 7,000 MW coming online nationwide.
  • Over the 10-year period studied, the average price of an installed residential PV system dropped by more than 60 percent, and utility-scale prices plummeted by more than 73 percent.
  • In 2014, for the first time in history, each of the three major U.S. market segments – utility-scale, commercial and residential – all installed more than 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar PV.

“Most importantly, the tremendous growth of solar energy in the United States has translated into tens of thousands of new jobs,” Resch said.  “In 2004, there were less than 20,000 people at work in the U.S. solar industry.  Through 2014, that number had soared to 174,000 – with new jobs being added every day.  Without question, effective, forward-looking public policies, like the solar ITC, Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), are helping to drive solar energy’s remarkable growth.  Because of these polices, we should be generating enough clean electricity to power more than 8 million American homes by the end of 2016, benefitting both our economy and environment, while providing homeowners, businesses, schools, nonprofits and government officials at all levels with real choices in how they meet their electricity needs in the future.”


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About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.
Friday
Apr242015

SEIA - Solar Industry Makes Commitment to Employ 50,000 Veterans by 2020 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of Joining Forces, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to rally support for U.S. service members, veterans and their families, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today committed to having 50,000 veterans working in solar by 2020. The First Lady shared the news at an event this afternoon in Manassas, Virginia, which was part of a commitment made by several high-growth sectors of the U.S. economy, including solar. Among those attending the event were SEIA Board Chairman Nat Kreamer, who also serves as president and CEO of Clean Power Finance.

“As an industry, we are completely committed to hiring more veterans,” said Kreamer, who is a veteran himself, having served in the Special Forces in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star. “Today, America’s solar energy companies already employ twice as many veterans as the average U.S. business. We hire veterans because they come trained, ready and passionate. The solar industry is filled with people who are motivated to build our economy, improve our environment and strengthen our national security.”

As examples of veterans working to build a stronger solar industry in America, Kreamer pointed to Colonel Thom Besch (Ret.) and Captain Michael Baskin (Ret.). Former Army Captain Baskin is working with military bases across the nation to certify service members under guidelines established by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). This rigorous program is considered the “gold standard” for PV and solar heating installation certification.

Earlier this year, the first classes of NABCEP-certified veterans graduated and started jobs in solar. Colonel Besch is one of those putting veterans to work in solar. He retired from the U.S. Army, after serving for 30 years, and took a job leading solar installations for a New England solar integrator. After a few years, he started his own company – Veteran Solar Systems (“Still Serving: Country, Community, and You”) – where he sells and installs distributed solar systems in upstate New York.

“We salute the efforts of Colonel Besch, Captain Baskin and many others like them,” Kreamer continued. “Solar, like the military, is not just about the paycheck; it is also about working for something larger than oneself.”

Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America, with more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity – enough to power more than 4 million homes – and those numbers are expected to double by the end of 2016.

“We’re very excited about bringing more and more veterans into our ranks, and applaud the efforts of First Lady Obama, Dr. Biden and Joining Forces,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.  “Today, solar employs 174,000 Americans nationwide – including veterans from all branches of the U.S. military – making solar one of the fastest-growing industries in America.  This remarkable growth is due, in large part, to smart and effective public policies, such as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).  By any measurement, these policies are paying dividends for our economy – and our military veterans.”

 


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About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.