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Alberta Residential and Commercial Solar Program

On June 21, 2017 Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced a new Residential and Commercial Solar Program aiming to achieve a goal of 10,000 new rooftop solar installations by 2020.

This program is not Alberta’s first incentive program for solar, although it is the most ambitious one to date, offering significant incentives to residential, commercial, and non-profit customers in the province. It is based on earlier extremely popular solar programs for municipal and on-farm solar projects.

If you own a home in Alberta and are looking to install solar panels, you can now receive 30% off your solar panels system cost up to a maximum of $10’000. The $0.75/watt solar rebate is based on the total installed capacity of your project.

Ground-mount or Rooftop residential solar panels systems are limited to 15kWp DC in size, which equals, for example, to 60 panels of 250 Watts each.

At the same time if you are a business or a non-profit organization in Alberta, your solar panels rebate can reach 25% or $500’000, whichever is greater. Solar farms and arrays are limited to 5 MW in size. Rebate value is set at $0.75/watt as well.

In order to qualify for the program, residential solar system must be energized within 180 days and commercial and non-profit within 365 days of the Part I approval date. After completing installation and connecting your solar panels system, you would have to submit your eligible expenses to Energy Efficiency Alberta.  Approval and allocation of funds will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“The Government of Alberta is positioning the province for the diversification of its energy future by exploring another one of its abundant energy sources – the sun. More Albertan households and small businesses will now be empowered to go solar, strengthening local economies and creating jobs. The government has delivered on their word, and the Canadian solar industry is ready to deliver in return,” says John Gorman, president and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association.

Commercial Solar Panels Installation in Alberta

According to David Dodge, the chairman of EEA, “The Prairies have the best solar resources in Canada, and there are a lot of potential investment opportunities. This is the first of several programs that will help create jobs and diversify Alberta’s energy economy into clean sources of energy.”

Energy Efficiency Alberta estimates that the new rebate program will:

  • Support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta’s solar sector
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 30 per cent for residences
  • Cut solar installation costs by up to 25 per cent for businesses and non-profits
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province by about half a million tonnes—the equivalent of taking 100,000 passenger vehicles off the road

Residential Solar Panels Installation

Rob Harlan, Executive Director, Solar Energy Society of Alberta, applauded the new measure. “Albertans are ready to go solar, with growing demand, a world-class solar resource and an eager and capable solar industry. A sustained government push has been the missing piece for creating local jobs and clean energy in our province.”

The 9th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition

Date: August 16th-18th, 2017
Venue: China Import and Export Fair Complex (Area A)
Website: www.pvguangzhou.com

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PV Guangzhou has been held for consecutive eight years, as the professional platform to boost trading and promote brands for the global photovoltaic enterprises, covering products in all fields of the photovoltaic industry which are mainly the supply of raw material, main and auxiliary materials, mechanical equipment, photovoltaic cells, photovoltaic modules, photovoltaic engineering and photovoltaic application products.

PV Guangzhou, is concurrently held with the new energy events of wind and biomass energy each year. Covering an area of 200,000 square meters, PV Guangzhou has attracted more than 1000 domestic and oversea enterprises and over 300 media at home and abroad. PV Guangzhou has developed as the influential trading service platform for Chinese enterprises to go abroad and oversea enterprises to be introduced in. Owing to the strong support by more than 80,000 professional visitors, PV Guangzhou 2016 had achieved 18,216 visitors and 1916 international purchasers, breaking through a new record ever.

Air Pollution Casts Shadow Over Solar Energy Production

Duke engineering professor Michael Bergin (left) stands with Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar colleague Chinmay Ghoroi (right) next to that university’s extremely dusty solar panel array.

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust.

According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations: China, India and the Arabian Peninsula.

The study appears online June 23 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

Off-Grid Solar Charging Keeps College Students Connected

Solar Charging – Anywhere

Dotted around college campuses throughout the U.S. are students sitting at outdoor tables that include a solar panel canopy. While doing classwork, they can access the internet, recharge their phones and computers and socialize with other students.

These are attractive, extremely durable tables, forged from structural steel with a sleek architectural look. Placed in highly trafficked areas without access to electrical outlets, they make a bold, green statement about a campus or a corporate facility. The tables fit well into the work and lifestyle choices of people who like to get out of the classroom or office and work outside, in natural light and good weather.

Renogy Rethinks Mobile Energy with the Phoenix – an All-in-One Solar Powered Generator Briefcase

Renogy, a leading expert in renewable, non-traditional energy, unveils the Phoenix, a personal solar energy solution that transforms the power of the sun into easy-to-use dependable energy. The Phoenix is designed for mobile, off-grid applications and is ideal for emergencies. A compact, quiet and efficient portable solar generator, the Phoenix is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Phoenix is a compact, lightweight back-up system that combines two highly efficient Renogy 10 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels and can expand up to 120 watts with additional PVs (Photovoltaics). The Phoenix can be charged three ways – the sun, standard home/office 120v outlet or an automobile 12v lighter outlet. Also, with the included replaceable 16Ah Li-ion(NMC) battery, the capability of limitless power is possible. The unit comes with a built-in sturdy and comfortable handle for easy portability and a high-quality LCD panel that shows remaining power and output usage.

Why Go Solar – The Benefits of Installing a Residential Solar Panel System

There are plenty of incentives for households to get excited about. You can acquire free energy from the sun’s rays. You can save on significant utility bills. More and more people are finding this idea appealing. The NREL, or National Renewable Energy Labs has stated that there are now 45 times more households that have solar panels installed in them.

The proliferation of solar panels could be due to a number of reasons. Incentives such as getting tax credit worth around 30 percent of total solar panel installation costs are one. Excellent financing plans that eliminate the burden of startup installation costs on solar panels could be another. Last but not the least, the production of solar panels have been soaring over the past few years, thanks to countries such as China. So, how does one harness the sun’s power to provide electricity? What are the benefits of getting a residential solar system?

Solar Power in India is Cheaper Than the Grid for the First Time

Solar power in India is cheaper than the grid for the first time and companies like Simpa and Orb are first on the ground in these new markets.

Simpa, founded by development economics PhD and former director of Microsoft Network Strategy Paul Needham, is adding 1,500 new customers in rural India each month and accelerating. They’ve created a lease-to-own model that makes it affordable and viable to a rural market that never existed before. They’ve already created over a Gigawatt-hour of clean power — enough to power over 120,000 people in over 25,000 Indian homes and small businesses.

Orb, headed by Damian Miller, is taking the approach from the small business level. In 2016, the company doubled its output and provided small and medium-sized businesses in a hundred small cities with inexpensive and green solar power, and in 2017 it is opening a new solar panel factory in Bangalore.

For more info see news release below and please visit Simpa Networks and Orb Energy.