Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:56 AM

Nonprofit goes solar through community based crowd-lending campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – ODC, the San Francisco-based contemporary arts institution will be generating more than applause in the coming years. They will be generating their own electricity. Through a new crowd-lending campaign with CollectiveSun®, ODC has raised nearly $200,000 from their community for a solar power system.  The community investors will be repaid at a 4.8% interest rate over 10 years.

Berkeley-based Sun Light & Power installed the 140 Canadian Solar, Inc. panels with 3 SMA Inverters on ODC’s two buildings in the Mission district: ODC Theater and the ODC Dance Commons. Lee Barken, Chief Community Officer at CollectiveSun® said  "Sun Light & Power is a natural partner for CollectiveSun® as we reach out to communities to support solar power for nonprofits. Since Sun Light & Power is committed to making a positive difference in the world, we were delighted to see them selected by Oberlin Dance Collective for their project in San Francisco's Mission District. Sun Light & Power has gone above and beyond to make this project a success."

Monday, April 20, 2015 01:30 PM

Register Now to Attend Intersolar North America

More Than 70 Educational Sessions, Workshops and Special Events Offer Visitors First Access to Unparalleled Insights During the Continent's Most-Attended Solar Exhibition and Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, PRNewswire -- Attendee registration is now open for Intersolar North America, the most-attended solar industry exhibition and conference dedicated to the North American market. Year after year, the event brings together 18,000 solar executives, policymakers and advocates, as well as 1,500 conference delegates from around the world, to get the first look at new technologies and forge valuable business connections. 

GTM Research predicts that the quickly growing U.S. solar market will be one of the world's three largest PV markets in 2015, which has generated much buzz among industry observers. As the first major U.S. solar event this year, Intersolar North America offers visitors dynamic discussions and unparalleled insight into the latest trends shaping the marketplace. 

The exhibition floor and conference program will once again highlight innovations across the solar value chain, from both emerging start-ups and established market leaders. During 45 educational conference sessions, Intersolar North America's more than 200 distinguished speakers will provide unmatched insight into the technologies, policies and financing models driving down solar costs and expanding the market. The conference will be held from July 13 to 15 at the InterContinental Hotel, located at 888 Howard Street. Registration information and the schedule are now available online. Early-bird rates are available until June 5

On the exhibition floor, visitors can see the products and services shaping the North American solar industry from 500 solar exhibitors and 50 energy storage companies. This year's exhibition, held from July 14 to 16 in San Francisco's Moscone Center West, features six dedicated exhibition segments, including the U.S. debut of special exhibition ees™ (electrical energy storage) the ideal platform for all stakeholders in the rapidly growing energy storage market. The exhibition will also host a variety of training sessions and installation workshops on behalf of Intersolar North America exhibitors and partners like the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), Solar Energy International and the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). 

Exhibition registration is free before May 8 and grants access to both Intersolar and ees™ North America (West Hall), as well as the premier event for the global microelectronics industry, SEMICON West (North/South Halls). Intersolar is co-organized by SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industry.

Monday, April 20, 2015 10:15 AM

SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for First Congregational Church of Sonoma

North Bay Church Makes the Switch to Solar

Sonoma, CA — Sonoma and Novato-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 13.2 kW solar panel system at the First Congregation Church of Sonoma in Sonoma, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay church’s system will reduce their carbon footprint and offset almost 90% of their PG&E usage. 

The solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted on the west facing roof of the Church’s Burlingame Hall and consists of 48 LG 275-watt solar panels.   The solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 17,969 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing up to $4,700 in utility savings every year.  Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

Friday, April 17, 2015 12:25 PM

Study Says Solar Rebates Not as Effective as Just Giving Units to Low-Income Folks (AllGov California)

The researchers found that while economic incentives might not influence people to get units, behavior by neighbors does. They found that the more solar units in a neighborhood, the more likely a person was to get one.

That strategy would provide a lot more cheap power and toss in a little income redistribution on the side.

Solar industry folks were, not surprisingly, a tad skeptical of the study. Bernadette del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, told the Desert Sun in Palm Springs that the report was “absolutely laughable” and predicted that policymakers “are not going to take this seriously.” 

The report is scheduled to be presented in May at the Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. It was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, according to the Desert Sun.

Monday, April 13, 2015 10:36 AM

California solar rebates not effective, study finds (The Desert Sun)

new study from Vanderbilt University and Sandia National Laboratories, set to be published next month, argues that peer influence has been a much greater factor than financial incentives in fueling California’s solar renaissance.

But while it’s long been accepted that people are more likely to go solar if they see other solar panels in their neighborhood, rooftop solar advocates are skeptical — to say the least — about the study’s conclusions.

Bernadette del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, a Sacramento trade group, called the study’s conclusions “absolutely laughable.” Policymakers, she said, “are not going to take this seriously, because the rebate program has been undeniably successful.”

“To say that the California rebate program had little to no effect on the adoption rates is absurd,” del Chiaro said. “There is no other state that has seen the deployment of solar like California, and the deployment began with the beginning of this program.”

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