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Peak Demand

Oct 22, 2019 10:45:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, California, New York, Solar Industry, Solar Cost & Prices, Decarbonize, Power Generation, Fossil Fuels, Coal, Legislation, Solar Plus Storage, Decarbonization, Infrastructure, Climate Change

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What Is Peak Demand?

Peak Demand is when electrical power demand is the highest. A likely time for Peak Demand to come is during a heatwave, when households and businesses across the nation turn on their air conditioning to stay cool. When peak demand occurs, utilities fire up peaker plants, which are able to meet the increased demand for electricity.

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Energy Storage Legislation in Massachusetts

Oct 21, 2019 9:15:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Real Estate, Solar Energy, Solar, Solar Development, Residential Solar, MA SMART Program, Massachusetts, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, Boston, Finance, Distributed Storage, Microgrids, SouthCoast MA, Legislation, Solar Incentives, Solar Plus Storage, Decarbonization, Infrastructure, Climate Change, California Fires

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The Rise of Solar Power

Oct 15, 2019 9:05:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Finance, Utility-Scale PV, Solar Industry, Decarbonize, Power Generation, Fossil Fuels, Legislation, Solar Plus Storage, Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure, Climate Change

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Solar Plus Cannabis Solutions

Sep 3, 2019 10:03:00 AM / by Paul Fischer posted in Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar, Solar Development, Solar Capital, Cannabis, Rooftop Solar, Legislation, Solar Incentives

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The sun is rising on the cannabis industry in the United States. Cannabis is now fully legal in ten states: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, and the District of Columbia. With widespread legalization, the cannabis industry is growing rapidly. Despite its speedy growth, there are two major roadblocks that the cannabis industry faces. Energy costs and limited backing from traditional banks hinder the industry's further expansion.

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How You Can Help #DefendtheITC

Aug 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by SEIA posted in Policy, United States, Legislation, ITC, Investment Tax Credit, Solar Incentives

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We need to build momentum for the Renewable Energy Extension Act and keep the pressure on lawmakers to support solar's #1 federal policy priority. 

Last month, leaders in the U.S. House and Senate introduced companion bills to extend the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for 5 years, a major step on the road to defending this critical, bipartisan policy. 

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Solar Plus Storage Programs and Policies for Northeastern States

Aug 12, 2019 7:05:15 PM / by Paul Fischer posted in Commercial Solar, Massachusetts, Policy, Vermont, Energy Storage, Utility-Scale PV, New Hampshire, New York, Boston, Distributed Storage, Tesla, Governor Cuomo, New York City, Legislation, New Jersey, Solar Plus Storage

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Apollo 11 & the Community Solar Power Summit in Philadelphia

Jul 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in Renewable Energy, Solar Development, Solar Access to All, MA SMART Program, Massachusetts, Utility-Scale PV, Andrew Breiter-Wu, Power Generation, Community Solar, Legislation

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This past week we remembered the incredible achievements of the Apollo 11 team that put the first man on the moon, 50 years ago. CBS, CNN, and other media organizations did a great job covering this with segments throughout the week and specials using the original footage from the historic day/week back in July of 1969. 

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Andrew Breiter-Wu Signs the Solar Industry ITC Extension Letter to Congress

Jul 15, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Andrew Breiter-Wu posted in Policy, United States, Politics, Finance, Andrew Breiter-Wu, Legislation, ITC, Investment Tax Credit, Solar Incentives

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Dear Members of Congress,

 

As some of the nation’s leading solar energy companies, we write to convey the importance of extending the Section 48 and Section 25D investment tax credits (ITC) for solar and other clean energy resources.

 

The ITC has a tremendous track record of spurring clean energy deployment across the country, creating nearly a quarter million well-paying jobs and driving down electricity costs for consumers, businesses and municipalities. It also has generated significant economic activity, accounting for $140 billion in private investment since its inception.

 

As you consider clean energy tax legislation, we urge you to include a multiple-year extension of the Section 48 and Section 25D tax credits before they begin to phase down at the end of this year. The residential and commercial investment tax credits will step down from 30 percent at the end of this year. The credit falls to 26 percent in 2020, 22 percent in 2021, and, in 2022, the residential renewable energy credit is eliminated, and the commercial investment tax credit drops to 10 percent.

 

As a result of these credits and greater competition in the electricity sector, more Americans have access to clean energy than ever before. The greatest solar job growth today is happening in the Midwest and Southeast, in emerging markets such as Kansas, North Dakota, Illinois, Alabama and Florida. More than 240,000 Americans work in solar energy today, a figure that has more than doubled since 2010. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “solar installer” could become the fastest-growing occupation in America.

 

While this recent success has driven 50 percent annual solar growth over the past decade, solar energy can do more for the economy, especially since it accounted for only 2.3 percent of total U.S. electricity generation in 2018 and less than 1 percent of generation in 29 states. Harmful public policy changes could quickly compromise future growth. For instance, the solar industry has experienced $8 billion of cancelled or deferred investments and the loss of 9,000 jobs in the wake of federal policy changes singling out solar. That's why we're asking you to extend the Section 48 and Section 25D investment tax credits for clean energy resources and support the continued growth of solar nationwide.

 

Thank you for your continued work and leadership developing American-made clean energy. We appreciate your consideration of our views and look forward to bringing solar to more of your constituents.



Andrew Breiter-Wu

President

Breiter Planet Properties

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