City Becomes First in Country to Pass Resolution Urging Extension of Federal Solar Tax Credit
BAKERSFIELD — The Bakersfield City Council passed a resolution in support of extending the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar energy, requesting that Congress take immediate action to protect local solar jobs and consumer savings. Bakersfield, known for its oil and gas production, is now the first city in the nation to call for congressional support of solar power, highlighting the growing influence of renewable energy throughout the state.
“The federal solar investment tax credit is critical for supporting local jobs and reducing energy bills for Bakersfield homeowners and businesses,” said Councilmember Willie Rivera, sponsor of the city resolution that calls on Congress to extend the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). “I am pleased that the Bakersfield City Council passed by 5 to 1 this resolution urging Congress to extend this credit to keep our local solar economy growing.”
The resolution was first proposed at the September 2, 2015 City Council meeting by Councilmember Rivera, following strong public comments requesting the City’s backing of the extension of the solar tax credit.
The resolution highlights how solar energy spurs local economic development and supports local solar jobs, adding more than $15 billion to the U.S. economy and employing 54,000 Californians statewide. It also emphasizes how long-term policies like the federal solar investment tax credit have helped lower the cost of solar and stimulate the growth of local solar markets.
NEW POLL: OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR ROOFTOP SOLAR POWER AND RELATED POLICIES AMONG CALIFORNIA VOTERS
San Francisco – A new statewide poll of California registered voters’ opinions of rooftop solar power and related policies shows that 90% of Californians favor rooftop solar power as a way to generate electricity, and 88% feel that more should be done to encourage rooftop solar power. The vast majority of voters polled (80%) disapprove of utility proposals to reduce compensation to customers who install their own rooftop solar power systems through a program called net energy metering, and 83% believe utility companies have no business trying to eliminate the competition from rooftop solar panel owners. The poll was conducted as the California Public Utilities Commission deliberates whether to continue the state’s successful net energy metering policy.
“Solar power is the most popular energy resource in California, highly favored for its ability to give consumers choice and control over how to power our homes, schools, and businesses,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), which co-commissioned the poll along with Brightline Defense. “The public is strongly opposed to utilities interfering with consumer access to solar by attacking net metering. They think the state should do more to encourage rooftop solar, not make it more expensive.”
The poll also showed strong numbers of Californians, 82%, see rooftop solar as an important way to reduce the threat of climate change, and 74% see it as a way to reduce the need to build more polluting power plants typically located in disadvantaged communities.
AB 693 (Eggman) Would Create $1 Billion Program to Install Solar on Low-Income Apartments
SACRAMENTO — The California State Legislature passed SB 693 (Eggman), creating the nation’s largest incentive program, totaling $1 billion over ten years, to install rooftop solar systems on low-income apartments. The funds for the program would come from global warming auction revenues and would offset rising costs for low-income ratepayer subsidies.
“Solar power should be enjoyed by everyone in California, not just the wealthiest among us,” said Assembly member Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), author of AB 693. “This bill puts solar in the hands of those who most need the financial savings, creating a more equitable and inclusive clean energy future.”
There are approximately five million low-income ratepayers in the state of California. Many of these consumers live in rental housing making it virtually impossible for them to benefit from the recent boom in rooftop solar. AB 693 would put solar in the hands of low-income renters, breaking down barriers to going solar, and create local jobs and economic development.
California’s solar industry backed AB 693 as a way to break down traditional barriers to going solar for low-income renters.
“Our vision is to make solar as common place as the toaster oven. We can’t get there until it is accessible to all Californians,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director for the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). “This bill is historic in its ability to impact the hardest to reach customers and spread the joy and benefits of solar to all Californians.”
Meet Newest CALSEIA Member Pegasus Solar at Intersolar North America
Pegasus Solar Inc. (Pegasus), has become the newest member of the nation’s largest state solar power trade association, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).
Pegasus’ LightSpeed Mount is the new standard of rail-less mounting systems with one standard tool and 2 SKUs using standard module frames. LightSpeed Mount attaches to rafters, spans up to 6 feet, is compatible with composite and tile roofs, can be oriented in landscape and/or portrait modes, has integrated mesh grounding and backed by robust intellectual property.
LightSpeed Mount is permit-ready with UL 2703, Fire Class A, and PE stamps across 12 states. Their supply chain is optimized for turn-key production and free shipping across the continental US. Pegasus is currently installing systems under their pilot partner program with top contractors and module partners. They have several positions open and especially looking to add another technical product trainer to meet their growing demand.
Meet Pegasus team from 6 to 8 PM at the Midway food station at CALSEIA's Solar Summerfest party on July 14th evening on top of the Metreon. This year’s theme for the premier networking event is Cirque de Solar and Pegasus is looking forward to sponsoring this event. Pegasus has a private demonstration setup at the 32nd floor of the InterContinental during the InterSolar week. Pegasus will be demonstrating the LightSpeed Mount to the public later this year at SPI in Anaheim.
About Pegasus Solar
Founded in 2012, Pegasus Solar designs and manufactures innovative rooftop mounting systems for global solar markets. The company began commercialization in mid-2014 and is currently launching LightSpeed Mount Residential, a revolutionary new rail-less system. Operating from facilities in San Jose, California, Pegasus Solar’s team of solar industry veterans, talented engineers and experienced business executives are dedicated to simplifying solar, speeding up installations and driving out cost.
CPUC AND ENERGY COMMISSION LAUNCH NEW RESIDENTIAL ZERO NET ENERGY ACTION PLAN; VISION FOR ALL NEW HOMES TO GENERATE AS MUCH ENERGY AS THEY USE BY 2020
SAN FRANCISCO, June 8, 2015 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) have joined California industry leaders to launch a New Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan designed to establish a robust and self-sustaining market so that all new homes are zero net energy (ZNE) beginning in 2020. The new Action Plan was developed from input and extensive engagement with home builders, trade associations, California utilities, engineers, and architects throughout the state.