Since December 2015, solar companies in Nevada have been forced to cut staff and essentially cease operations in the state after the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) announced their decision to eliminate net metering for solar customers. The unexpected and controversial ruling stated that solar customers in Nevada would not be credited for their excess power and those who installed solar before the new rule would not be grandfathered in. Since then, the solar industry has fought to have the ruling reversed and have a fairer rate structure implemented.
Silfab Solar, North America’s number one PV module manufacturer, announced a long-term partnership with Auric Solar, a leading solar installer in Utah and Idaho. Through the partnership, Silfab Solar will supply Auric with all-black, high-quality modules for residential and commercial projects and delivery of 15 megawatts over the next few months through US distributor, Russell Pacific.
The rise of solar energy over the past decade has transformed the electricity industry. With the potential to help move our world toward a clean and renewable source of electricity, Auric Solar is proud to support
Solar power is gaining in popularity, and schools have taken notice. As electricity costs continue to rise and budgets steadily decline, public and private k-12 schools across the nation are making the shift towards clean, renewable energy.
Utah is just beginning to tap into its solar energy potential, ranking No. 5 in installed solar capacity out of all the mountain states of the West. It now has enough solar energy installed to power 5,500 homes; however, more solar development is in the works that will bring Utah closer to its neighboring states like Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, which are already booming with solar activity.
Rooftop solar, and particularly net-metering, is increasingly under attack by many utilities across the U.S. Such entities claim they’re subsidizing solar panels, creating costs that other ratepayer must cover. However, a new report from Environment America and the Frontier Group, Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society, finds that utilities are likely paying less than the value that rooftop solar provides them and their customers.
The solar power industry is in the middle of a spectacular growth spurt in the United States, especially in densely populated areas.
Pushing the idea of solar energy, President Obama said Friday the nation must redouble its efforts to forge new jobs and growth in order to offset a weakening global economy.
“We have had the strongest economy, but we’re impacted by what happens around the world,” Obama said during brief remarks at Hill Air Force Base near Salt Lake City in Utah.
In the waning hours of 2014 it’s time to celebrate solar power in the year. With states across the U.S. seeing major solar gains of all types from installations to new legislation and an anticipated 20 gigawatts of solar power online by the end of 2014—it’s been a good year for the oldest energy source, the sun.
he solar sector is growing in Utah, where residential solar installations in the third quarter of 2014 (Q3’14) were equal to the amount installed in all of last year