The New York State Public Service Commission has voted to triple the net-metering limit for solar and other net-metered technologies in Central Hudson. Carol E. Murphy, executive director of Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), applauded the vote and expressed hope that "the commission will proceed quickly and decisively in its review of the net metering caps of the other major utilities, especially in light of the goals of the NY-Sun Initiative and the renewable portfolio standard".
This week, the New York Green Tech 50 was revealed, a list highlighting the most promising, fastest-growing, and potentially market leading private New York based companies that are focusing their efforts on green technology. Solar Energy Systems LLC was awarded this distinction, chosen from over 200 original nominees.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative recently compiled a report that ranked the top solar users in the corporate world. Topping the list was Wal-Mart with a solar capacity of 65 megawatts. The second corporation on the list was Costco, with a combined capacity of close to 39 megawatts. In an effort to cut costs, corporations around the country have been looking to go solar. According to SEIA, the 42 companies in the report had a combined solar energy capacity of 321 megawatts at 750 locations in 26 U.S. states and in Puerto Rico.
As Solar Power International 2012 closed this week, the annual industry event displayed elements of cooperation and innovation accross the board. With increased competition in manufacturing, these trends emerged as a solution to improve quality and lower costs.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) published a trend report last week, revealing that solar installations in the United States more than doubled in 2011 both for commercial and utility owned systems. The report detailed the market’s growth, showing that installed capacity among utilities grew 145%, and commercial systems capacity rose 132%.