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Builders Offering Solar as a Standard Option

September 17, 2013

Are Solar Panels the Next Granite Countertop for Builders?

Justin Doom, Bloomberg

September 12, 2013

NEW YORK CITY — Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets.

At least six of 10 largest U.S. homebuilders led by KB Home include the photovoltaic devices in new construction, according to supplier SunPower Corp. Two California towns are mandating installations, and demand for the systems that generate electricity at home will jump 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.“In the next six months, homebuilders in California and the expensive-energy states will be going solar as a standard, and just incorporating it into the cost of the house like any other feature,” Jim Petersen, chief executive officer of the PetersenDean Inc., the largest closely held U.S. roofing and solar contractor, said in an interview.

See below for full article at:  RenewableEnergyWorld.com

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/09/are-solar-panels-the-next-granite-countertop-for-homebuilders

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Solar Energy – The Best Choice for Our Future!

March 30, 2011

The earth’s natural resources are getting scarcer everyday and we need to look for environmentally safe alternatives that are plentiful and cheap. I can think of no other than Solar Energy. Solar energy produces no negative by-products that effect the environment like coal or nuclear and is not in short supply.

Best of all it’s free to everyone. For example home owners can harness the abundant energy from the sun by installing solar panels on their roof or an open space that is exposed to the rays of the sun. Solar panels easily capture the sun’s energy and coverts it to electricity to be used to run everything from your hot water heater to your TV. Even in areas of the world where the sun’s rays are unavailable or insufficient everyday, powerful battery technology can store the surplus when the sun is shining and use it when needed.

With the demand increasing expect to see many breakthroughs in solar energy technology over the next few years. This will no doubt create a huge demand for certified solar trained professionals in many different positions around the world. When considering solar training look first to eRenewable Resource Institute Providing ISPQ Accredited* Hands-On Solar Installation Training located in sunny Phoenix Arizona. All eRenewable students qualify for ARG STAFFING’s free “green staffing machine,” services that include assistance with job placement and career enhancement. Classes are limited so call today, visit the website, http://www.eRenewableResouce.com, for a complete list of available classes and dates. *ISPQ accreditation, issued by The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, is not a recognized accrediting body by the US Department of Education

The Future of Solar Energy

March 21, 2011

All of us have felt the blistering heat of the summer sun. We run from one air-conditioned building to another trying to avoid the heat. We lather our bodies with sunscreen and avoid the harmful rays of solar radiation.

But have we really thought about what it would mean if we could harness the power of the sun? Just think, no more costly summer electric bills, no more vehicle pollutants, no more fear of the threat of nuclear disaster.

From the dawn of civilization, humans have used the sun’s energy for light, heat and a wide range of ever-evolving technologies. Now more than ever are we all as a planet pulling together to solve the worlds energy needs.

The U.S. is in the forefront of solar energy technology and plans are underway to develop technology that can harness solar energy from space.

Space-based solar power (SBSP) is a system for the collection of solar power in space, for use on Earth. SBSP differs from the usual method of solar power collection in that the solar panels used to collect energy would reside on a satellite in orbit, often referred to as a solar power satellite (SPS), rather than on Earth’s surface. In space, collection of the Sun’s energy is unaffected by the various obstructions which reduce efficiency or capacities of Earth surface solar power collection.

Solar energy reaching Earth’s orbit is 144% of the maximum found on the surface of Earth, and includes wavelengths that don’t even reach the surface due to the atmosphere. The length of time the solar collection panels can be exposed to a consistently high amount of solar radiation is also much longer in orbit: For most of the year, a satellite-based solar panel can collect power 24 hours per day, whereas a terrestrial station can collect for, at most, 12 hours per day. Collection at Earth’s poles can take place for 24 hours per day, but not consistently, and only for 6 months 

Space-based solar power (SBSP) is a system for the collection of solar power in space, for use on Earth. SBSP differs from the usual method of solar power collection in that the solar panels used to collect energy would reside on a satellite in orbit, often referred to as a solar power satellite (SPS), rather than on Earth’s surface. In space, collection of the Sun’s energy is unaffected by the various obstructions which reduce efficiency or capacities of Earth surface solar power collection.

Solar energy reaching Earth’s orbit is 144% of the maximum found on the surface of Earth, and includes wavelengths that don’t even reach the surface due to the atmosphere. The length of time the solar collection panels can be exposed to a consistently high amount of solar radiation is also much longer in orbit: For most of the year, a satellite-based solar panel can collect power 24 hours per day, whereas a terrestrial station can collect for, at most, 12 hours per day. Collection at Earth’s poles can take place for 24 hours per day, but not consistently, and only for 6 months

U.S. Solar Market to Double in 2011

February 10, 2011

U.S. Solar Market to Double in 2011

According to a recent study conducted by GTM Research the United States PV market is expected to double within the next year. The falling prices of solar coupled with the domestic economy resurgence see a bright future for solar here in the U.S. While Germany, the current top solar market, will soon land in second place thanks to a thriving solar and green initiative push by the United States government. GTM Research projects new projects in 2011 will provide at least 50,000 new jobs and over $6.1 billion in annual investment growth in the U.S.

GTM Research also estimates that demand for PV installations will grow by roughly 50 percent annually to between 1.5 Giga Watt (GW) and 2 GW in 2012. This growth could support at least 50,000 new jobs and over $6.1 billion in annual investment, and it will allow 1.5 million homes to enjoy clean, reliable solar energy.

Despite the recession, the report argues that 2009 is a record year for the U.S. PV Market. Installed projects will reach 440 Mega Watt (MW) in 2009, up from 320 MW in 2008. By 2011, demands will more than double to reach 1,212 MW.

Arizona is positioned to be one of the top producers of the solar energy industry due to state incentives and huge savings offered to residents and companies through Arizona’s Energy providers, APS and SRP. Arizona is gaining on California’s lead thanks to these initiatives. With these new opportunities, it is more important than ever to understand the complex mix of incentives and regulations that govern renewable energy growth in these new state markets.

With this demand for skilled workers, now is the time to get trained in all areas of solar. Arizona has one of the best nationally recognized schools in Phoenix, eRenewable Resource Institute (eRRI).  eRRI provides ISPQ Accredited* Solar Installation training and are NABCEP approved providers.

Combined with their partnership with ARG Staffing, the ‘Green Staffing Machine”, eRenewable Resource Institute creates career paths into the renewable energy industry that are sought after.

Classes are limited so courses fill up fast – so don’t wait.  For more information visit their website www.eRenewableResource.com or register directly online.  

 The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is the North American Licensee for the ISPQ Standard for Accreditation & Certification of renewable energy Continuing Education Providers.

*ISPQ accreditation, issued by The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, is not a recognized accrediting body by the US DOE.

Arizona Needs Certified Solar Professionals Today

January 24, 2011

Arizona has more than just perfect weather and inspiring sunsets, it also boasts three hundred days of sunshine a year making solar technology ideally suited to Arizona’s climate. Arizona is rapidly becoming the hub for Solar Technology with the world’s largest Solar Plant, Solana, under construction in Gila Bend and ready to power more than 70,000 homes in 2011. Spanish for “sunny place,” Solana will not emit greenhouse gases and will provide APS with more solar electricity per customer than any utility in the U.S.!
Salt River Project, another one of Arizona’s foremost power provider, will be examining its green energy portfolio and soliciting public input on potential changes. SRP is the state’s second largest utility and has set goals of having 15 percent of its power provided by sustainable sources by 2025.
With all these new solar projects and conversions Arizona doesn’t have enough skilled professionals to accommodate the demand for solar skilled installers and designers today.
Displaced workers and employed professionals can get NABCEP certified right here in Arizona. eRenewable Resource Institute, the only free-standing solar school in the state of Arizona, provides ISPQ Accredited* Hands-On Solar Installation Training that prepares you to get your certification.

The NABCEP PV installer certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which PV installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving them a credential for judging the competency of practitioners.

Make it your goal for the New Year to get certified and into the ‘Green’ with a job in renewable energy.

Classes are limited so visit the website, www.eRenewableResouce.com, for a complete list of available classes and dates.

*ISPQ accreditation, issued by The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, is not a recognized accrediting body by the US Department of Education

Finance Your New Career with eRenewable Resource Institute

September 22, 2010

eRenewable Resource Institute is proud to announce that we now offer financing for professionals who want to break into the solar industry.

According to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, jobs in Arizona’s green industries grew faster than overall state employment over a recent 10-year period so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Today you can get your career on track and funded in as little as 1 week with beginner and advanced classes offered through eRenewable Resource Institute is the first and only licensed Private Post-Secondary Education School in the state of Arizona.

Solar is our business both as educators and when it comes to helping our students launch or enhance their green careers.  All aRRI courses provide eligibility for a paid internship through our staffing partner, ARG Staffing and all students qualify for ARG Staffing’s  free “green staffing machine,” services that include assistance with job placement and career enhancement.

It’s never been a better time to jump with both feet into a new career in solar and it’s easier than ever to get trained with our simple financing options.

Call to find out how to apply for financing now (480) 446-0400 or contact us at, www.eRenewableResouce.com.

Get Paid to Train in Solar Now!

September 22, 2010

The time is now for green jobs and trained workers are in higher demand than ever. Arizona is on board as one of the key states working hard to make solar energy and renewable energy readily available with the building of the largest solar power plant in the world, Solana, as it has been named, in Gila Bend.

 
All three eRenewable Resource Institute programs are approved by the AZ Workforce Connection which provides funding for under or unemployed workers who want to break into solar industry. 

These programs include:  

Pv100 – Solar Design & Installation

This is your entrance into an exciting entry-level career in the growing renewable energy industry.  Students develop basic trade knowledge of photovoltaic (PV) systems, designs and safe installation of residential and commercial solar-electric systems.

Pv200 – Advanced Solar Design & Compliance

This classroom oriented session expands upon PV100. It focuses on the National Electric Code (NEC), including grid interface calculations, grounding considerations and wire sizing. Participants evaluate system performance under various operating conditions. Commercial system design elements, including inter-row shading, inverter selection, and data monitoring solutions, are covered.

 

Pv101 – Residential Solar Installation Lab

This hands-on workshop offers three (3) days (8am-5pm) of supervised installation practice on solar-electric systems. This workshop focuses on how to safely install, test and commission solar-electric systems. Hands-on labs for installation of source electrical including: disconnects ac/dc, inverters, meter base, combiner boxes, utility interconnects. Osha safety training integrated in program.

All of these courses provide eligibility for a paid internship through our staffing partner, ARG Staffing. All our students also qualify for ARG Staffing’s  free “green staffing machine,” services that include assistance with job placement and career enhancement.

Don’t hesitate to get into the well-paying, secure field of solar design and installation. It’s easy with eRenewable Resource Institute!

Classes are limited so call today or visit their website for a complete list of available classes and dates.

www.eRenewableResouce.com or Register by Phone at (480) 446-0400

Cash Back for Business Owners Training Green

September 22, 2010

If you are a business owner looking to add solar installation and design to your services you may be eligible to get up to 90% of your training costs reimbursed. Depending on the size of your company the funding can range from 50% – 90%!

In 1998, President Clinton signed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a federal law designed to improve the quality of the U.S. workforce, enhance the competitiveness of the nation, and reduce welfare dependency.

The WIA helps business owners, like you, get the trained workers you need, when you need them. Not only does the WIA help you, but it also strengthens economic development, while building the states program. Unemployed and dislocated workers can get re-skilled through this program and back working, which not only helps the individual but the state, and ultimately our U.S. economy as a whole.

The eRenewable Resource Institute of Arizona offers solar programs approved by the AZ Workforce Connection with all classes qualifying for Arizona’s State Fund TUITION REIMBURSEMENT through the WIA. As a licensed post secondary solar school and industry approved renewable energy institute, they can help you, or your employees become experts in solar with funding from the state of Arizona. 

We also take the leg work out of filing by assisting you with completing the form to acquire funding and getting it to the State Department for approval within a week.  If you are looking at sending workers for training, you only need to file once to secure AZ State Funding for all your employees for any of our classes. 

Visit www.eRenewableResouce.com or contact them by Phone at (480) 446-0400 to get the workers you need to take advantage of the high demand for solar installation and design.

AriSEIA Members……

July 6, 2010

At long last, we have a decision from the Arizona Corporation Commission that will allow companies that use the Solar Service Agreement model for financing photovoltaic systems to move forward with projects without the need for regulation by the ACC.  This long awaited decision will allow many projects that have been placed on hold to proceed.  The day long meeting of the ACC saw two competing amendments introduced to overturn the Administrative Judges Recommended Ruling and Order that solar companies should be regulated by the Commission. The first amendment was drafted by Commissioner Gary Pierce, who sought early industry input on the proposed amendment to insure that the language did exactly what the solar industry needed it to do.  The second amendment was drafted by Commission Chairman Kris Mayes.   Commissioner Mayes amendment was ultimately adopted and approved with a unanimous vote.   Despite urging from the industry, the decision only covers companies installing solar systems for schools, government and nonprofits.  The next step is to determine how we can best work at the ACC to include private companies wishing to enter into Solar Service Agreements.   Although one of the amendments did cover private companies, Commissioner Mayes expressed concerns that the decision was too broad and some parties who agreed the ALJ’s order might file suit to overturn the Commissions ruling.   

SSA Article:   http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2010/07/04/20100704biz-regulators-allow-solar-companies-sell-electricity0704.html#comments

Feed in Tariff

Commissioner Kris Mayes has issued a draft Feed in Tariff rule and is looking for comments from the industry by July 9th.  AriSEIA will be forming a FIT Task Force to review the document and put together AriSEIA’s comments to the Commission.  Since time is short, we will be holding a conference call in the next few days.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Task Force, please review the Draft Rule.  Please let us know your desire to participate in the Task Force via email to Lee Feliciano by the end of business on Tuesday, July 6th.   LFeliciano@carbonfreetechnology.com.  We will then inform you of the details of the conference call.

Other News

Finally, after a great deal of hope and speculation, President Obama announced the federal governments backing of a $1.45 billion loan guarantees for the building of the 280 megawatt Solana Generating Station, in Gila Bend, by Abengoa Solar.  Arizona Public Service will purchase the power. 

Abengoa Article:       http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2010/07/03/20100703biz-abengoa0704-ONL.html#reply20530897

If you have any questions comments on any of the above, feel free to contact me.  Thank you for your support

Michael Neary

Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association

solar-guy@cox.net

623-587-6432

602-708-1497

Good News for the Phoenix Residential Solar Market

April 29, 2010

The renewable energy market in Arizona just keeps getting  greener and greener! If you live in the Phoenix valley and have been looking to invest in a PV system for your home, there may be some good news for you in the press release below.  .  . And if you’re finally ready to make the move to a career in solar, keep reading!

Adam Capital, Solar Solutions Close $500k Renewable Energy Loan Agreement

(Click here for the original article on renewableenergyworld.com)

Adam Capital offers collateralized loans between $250,000 and $3 million to commercial scale renewable energy developers of Solar, solar Thermal, Wind, Waste to Energy, and Biofules.

SONOMA, Calif.,

Adam Capital Clean Energy Asset Finance, the leading collateral-based lender serving distributive commercial renewable energy developers, today announced the closing of a $500,000 loan with Arizona-based Solar Solutions. Solar Solutions plans to use the loan to install approximately 100 kW of residential solar systems in the Phoenix area.

“The agreement with Solar Solutions is a prime example of Adam Capital’s unique lending model of securing a renewable energy loan primarily by federal grant payments made in lieu of tax credits,” said Adam Boucher, founder and CEO, Adam Capital Clean Energy Asset Finance. “By leveraging federal payments and local utility incentives as a source of collateral and repayment for renewable energy loans we are able to provide small energy developers like Solar Solutions with a reliable source of capital to move forward with project installations.”

“The agreement with Solar Solutions is a prime example of Adam Capital’s unique lending model of securing a renewable energy loan primarily by federal grant payments made in lieu of tax credits,” said Adam Boucher, founder and CEO, Adam Capital Clean Energy Asset Finance.  “By leveraging federal payments and local utility incentives as a source of collateral and repayment for renewable energy loans we are able to provide small energy developers like Solar Solutions with a reliable source of capital to move forward with project installations.”

Most of the rooftop solar systems to be installed and financed with the Adam Capital loan will power all of the homes’ or building’s electrical usage using a net metering agreement with the local utility.  Net metering allows the system to store daytime energy on the grid. The homes’ meter runs backward drawing on the surplus energy stored.  The homeowners pay for any energy used above what has been stored via the net-metered system. Each homeowner pays a nominal $3 to $10 per month for the net metering service.

Adam Capital offers collateralized loans between $250,000 and $3 million to commercial scale renewable energy developers of Solar, solar Thermal, Wind, Waste to Energy, and Biofules. Adam Capital offers developers the ability to provide Internal Financing and Internal Leasing to their clients with 10-200 kilowatt (kW) systems in rebate-rich West Coast markets.  By loaning against a new class of assets—the credits and rebates available for renewable energy production in the federal government’s energy incentive package, combined with existing incentives offered by states such as California and Arizona—Adam Capital can, in many cases, finance up to 100% of the hard costs of a renewable energy project.

eRenewable Resource Institute can get you trained and ready for a new career in renewable energy now as soon as May 24th – when the next PV100 course begins.

eRenewable Resource Institute is the first licensed Private Post-Secondary Education School in the state of Arizona, in partnership with Rio Salado College; a registered-provider of the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam, providing specialized training in Photovoltaic design and installation.

Visit their website for a complete list of available classes and dates.

www.eRenewableResouce.com or Register by Phone at (480) 446-0400


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