EnergySage’s Solar Energy News Roundup

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The outlook for the solar industry is getting brighter every day. Find out everything you need to know about solar this week with EnergySage’s Solar Energy News Roundup for the week of November 9th, 2015.

Solar Nonprofit Launches Veteran Training Program

The largest solar non-profit in the country, Grid Alternatives, announced this week the launch of a national solar training initiative for America’s veterans. The Troops to Solar program, supported by a three-year $750,000 grant, was announced the day before Veterans Day at a San Diego solar project that houses wounded veterans. Grid Alternatives will help train and connect 1,000 service members with solar jobs as part of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s effort to employ 50,000 veterans in the solar industry by 2020.

BP Recognizes Success of Solar In New Technology Report

This week, BP published its first Technology Outlook report outlining how the global energy mix will shift between now and 2050. The report publicly acknowledges the growth of potential clean energy systems and makes these predictions:

  • Every time U.S. installed capacity doubles for onshore wind and solar, costs will fall by 14 percent and 24 percent, respectively.
  • Between 2030 and 2040, solar panels will achieve 30 percent efficiency.
  • The cost per kilometer of a medium-sized electric vehicle will fall from 26.2 cents in 2012 to 14.3 cents in 2050.

BP’s energy experts maintain that the rise of clean energy technologies will contribute to a more robust and diverse global energy system in the future. While the Technology Outlook focuses in part on how technology can improve access to oil and gas reserves, it also acknowledges the opportunities presented by renewables and efficiency, with a particular focus on solar.

SolarCity Stands Up to SRP’s Rate Increase

This week, a federal judge in Arizona advanced a lawsuit by SolarCity against public utility Salt River Project (SRP). The Arizona utility raised rates for solar homeowners earlier this year by tacking on a $50 monthly fee to all leased and owned PV systems and reduced net metering credits, a move that SolarCity argues is an attempt to exclude competition and hinder one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. Though SRP attempted to block the case by providing clear business justification for their rate increases, Judge Peter Anderson is allowing the case to move forward.

First U.S. Trade Council for Distributed Energy Launches in Hawaii

In an effort to support Hawaii’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045, six local energy companies in the state recently formed a distributed energy resource council (DERC). The coalition brings together various companies in the solar industry specializing in:

The council aims to offer input from multiple fields of expertise in helping regulators, installers, utilities and policymakers advance with renewable projects in the island state.

Your Weekend Solar Reading

  • In response to the 24 “red” states filing lawsuits to challenge President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), New York State Attorney Governor Eric Schneiderman has announced a new coalition of 25 states, cities, and counties that will defend this effort to protect the planet from the dangers of climate change. Ironically, many of the states in opposition to the CPP are likely to see major economic growth from solar if it survives legal challenges – for example, Texas is predicted to see 50-fold growth in solar by 2050 even without the support of the CPP.

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