Posts Categorized: Industry News

The most efficient solar panel on the market is now available for home power generation. Avoid squandering roof space with a lesser solar panel. With an efficiency of over 22%, SunPower’s X22 360 watt panel offers more solar energy generation per square foot. The new X-Series residential panels convert more sunlight to electricity producing 38%… Read More

Tony Boniface, here. I was recently sent a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece with a unique perspective on the rooftop solar industry. Author Brian H. Potts argues that residential solar systems cause an unfair shift of wealth towards solar owners. He particularly highlights the effects on utility companies and how their increased costs get put… Read More

Take a minute to digest these important updates from the MREA on what is happening with net metering in Montana and help preserve the incentives for switching to clean energy. Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 3:24 PM Subject: Montana Senate Considering Repeal of Clean Energy Tax Credits Ask your Senator to preserve these widely used… Read More

Montana solar has been running into some legislative obstacles. The Montana Renewable Energy Association explains in this email to their members: Date: Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 4:32 PM Subject: [mrea] net metering policy update MREA Members–This week the House Energy committee voted down two of MREA’s priority bills to expand net metering. The votes… Read More

Let your voice be heard! NorthWestern Energy has declared their plans to roll back net metering in 2015. In an op-ed published last month, NorthWestern vice president John Hines said, “In the upcoming state legislative session, NorthWestern will be working to improve the net metering model.” Of course, the word ‘improve’ can mean many things,… Read More

There’s no better time than now to take another look at using the sun to power your home. The costs of installing a solar power system have decreased dramatically: about 50% since 2007. At the same time, electricity prices continued to rise, sometimes as low as 2%, to as high as 10% per year. If… Read More