Friday, September 11, 2015 11:50 PM

Nation’s Biggest Low Income Solar Bill Passes

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. 

To schedule a demo, please contact (408) 712-7228 

Monday, June 08, 2015 03:26 PM


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. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:15 AM

Stand Up for California Rooftop Solar and Solar Jobs – Thursday May 21 (PV Solar Report)

In California, our nation’s top solar state, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is considering changes to net metering. That by itself might not be so worrisome, but according to the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), the utilities in the state are proposing to do away with net metering altogether. When you add that to impending changes to the residential rate structure, solar advocates fear this could have a crippling effect on the solar market. With that market, of course, go solar jobs.

Over 2,000 solar companies in California employ 54,690 people. The state boasts 3 GW of solar installed on schools, farms, retailers, offices, and homes.

In response to the concern about what might happen to the industry in California, a solar worker rally is being organized to tell the CPUC, “Don’t kill my job!” Solar workers in the state are encouraged to participate and make their voices heard.

Thursday, May 21, from 8:45 to 10:00 am

Front steps of the California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Join other rooftop solar workers from around the state for a rally and press conference on the front steps of the CPUC at 8:45 am. After the brief rally, we will go into the CPUC voting meeting to make our presence felt. We will leave the meeting at approximately 10:00 am.

If you have any questions, you can contact Brad Heavner at CALSEIA, or Susannah Churchill at Vote Solar.

If you’re in California, we hope to see you there! You can RSVP here. If you can’t make it, consider signing this petition to save solar jobs.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 08:00 AM

ZBB Energy Announces Agile Hybrid Series Energy Storage for Commercial and Industrial Building Market (Marketwired)

Only ZBB's Agile Hybrid Storage Provides the Cost Effective Versatility Required to Meet the Changing Power and Energy Needs of Commercial and Industrial Building Owners


MILWAUKEE, WI - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB), a leading developer of innovative energy management systems solutions serving the utility and commercial and industrial (C&I) building markets, today announced the introduction of the Agile Hybrid Series, the first energy storage system optimized specifically for high performance, safety, longevity and ability to deliver both power and energy for all available behind-the-meter applications in commercial, industrial, multi-tenant and resort buildings.

Such buildings may have 10 or more different applications for energy storage, ranging from very short UPS type applications lasting seconds or minutes, to "rate or demand shift" type applications lasting several hours and backup applications for longer term outages. To perform all of these applications requires a storage system with versatility. The frequency at which the battery is discharged can range from numerous short cycles per day for applications such as frequency regulation or renewables firming, to a single extended cycle during the day as required for "smart export" or "peak shaving". Some storage technologies are good at short discharge, high frequency cycling and some are good at deep discharge, long duration cycling. There is no battery technology that is inherently optimized for performance, longevity and safety across all potential applications. The Agile Hybrid solution is simple, economical and safe and designed with the versatility required by C&I building owners.

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