New $1B program benefits low-income renters and affordable housing providers
The California Energy Commission’s recent decision to require rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on most new homes has engendered praise from some quarters and criticism from others.
Although California far exceeds all other states in solar electric capacity, it’s falling short in efforts to support community solar programs that can make accessing solar more equitable and allow distributed solar systems to better support the electricity grid.
Generating your own electricity with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels works anywhere in the U.S. year-round. There’s plenty of sunshine for PV, even in winter, although at a slightly lower production level. Germany leads the world in solar power output and it doesn’t have a sunny climate. Its solar radiation is about the same as Alaska’s.
Nationwide, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are being installed in record numbers, with the total solar capacity approaching 50,000 megawatts of power. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, that’s enough solar output to run more than 9 million homes.
DOE invests $21 million in 17 projects to speed adoption and maximize benefits
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $21.4 million to fund 17 projects to help reduce the "soft costs" commonly associated with rooftop solar energy, such as system installation, permitting and interconnection to the grid.