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Tax Credits for Home Battery Systems Come With Asterisks

Tax Credits for Home Battery Systems Come With Asterisks

Home battery storage is currently a small part of the overall home solar market, but it’s growing fast. According to the most recent data from GTM Research, the market for residential storage grew over 200% in 2017 compared 2016. And, thanks to news from the IRS, that growth could accelerate even more. Earlier this month, the agency published a letter that could open a pathway for homeowners to claim the 30% Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit for batteries added to existing home solar power systems...

#TrumpTariffs, Financing, and the Value Proposition for Home Sol

#TrumpTariffs, Financing, and the Value Proposition for Home Sol

To assess the impacts of the #TrumpTariffs, it’s essential for homeowners to understand what goes into the cost of going solar. Just as the price of a new car includes a lot more than just the cost of steel, solar modules are just one component of the final cost of a home solar power system — and it’s a lot smaller portion than one might think...

What Tax Reform Means for Home Solar

What Tax Reform Means for Home Solar

Following weeks of intense speculation, headlines, and tweets, the Republican tax reform bill - known as the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2017 - was signed into law by President Trump just days before Christmas. Given the massive scope of the legislation and the accelerated schedule of its development, it’s no surprise that the numerous impacts of the bill on taxpayers in 2018 are still very much in the process of being unpacked - or, perhaps, unwrapped...

The 9 Brightest Solar Stories of 2017

The 9 Brightest Solar Stories of 2017

2017 was a wild ride for everyone, the solar industry included. On one hand, we saw a continuation of all the positive trends that have buoyed the U.S. solar boom in recent years, including record-low solar prices, record-high levels of consumer interest in going solar, and the steady growth of solar finance. On the other hand, our industry faced unexpected political headwinds — and the biggest total solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly a century — and came together to show our strength...

Speaking Out Against a Backdoor Solar Tax

Speaking Out Against a Backdoor Solar Tax

The U.S. solar boom is one of the great American success stories of the 21st century. It was the #1 source of new electricity capacity in the U.S. last year, and rooftop solar is helping families become more energy independent, save money, and support the environment and economy in their communities. That’s why 89% of all Americans want to see the solar boom continue according to a recent Pew poll, with overwhelming support from members of both parties...

Academic disputes and posturing politicians can’t stop clean energy

Academic disputes and posturing politicians can’t stop clean energy

The president is promising an economically impossible coal renaissance while proposing draconian cuts in renewable energy spending. So it’s not a great moment for a high-profile dust-up among academics who disagree on exactly what counts as clean energy and just what the best pathways to a clean-energy future might be...

California Touches 50% Renewable Energy — Is 100% in the Future?

California Touches 50% Renewable Energy — Is 100% in the Future?

It was unthinkable, not long ago. For those that still can’t quite believe we could move our country, or our world to renewable energy, note that California, our nation’s most populous state and the world’s 6th largest economy… is getting there. Remarkably, resolutely, even ahead of schedule, if you will...

S-Town, Red States, and Clean Energy

S-Town, Red States, and Clean Energy

You don’t have to be interested in clean energy and climate change to have gotten hooked on the mesmerizing new podcast phenomenon S-Town — but it certainly adds another layer to the story. Without giving too much away, the show tells the story of John B. McLemore, an eccentric horologist in rural Alabama. He has a deeply conflicted relationship with his hometown for many reasons, but one of his most consuming frustrations is the local lack of awareness of climate change and the need to reduce the use of fossil fuels — for both environmental and economic reasons...

Cities and States Stepping Up — Way Up — On Clean Energy Ambitions

Cities and States Stepping Up — Way Up — On Clean Energy Ambitions

After weeks of speculation, President Trump has finally issued his Executive Order to roll back the Clean Power Plan, the core component of President Obama’s strategy to reduce greenhouse emissions from utility-scale power plants. While the ultimate fate of this rule (or its replacement) won’t be determined for months or even years, we should say right off the bat that it likely won’t have any significant impact on the home solar industry one way or another: homeowner adoption of solar is all about economics, not regulations, and there’s a truly massive amount of solar potential in states where that economic case is already strong today...