Renewable Energy in America, Part 2: Solar Powered Homes
December 26, 2006
By Andrew K. Burger
Across the U.S., both consumers and industry have called on the government to build out an infrastructure for renewable energy sources following the latest run-up in gas prices. Part 1 of this two-part series on renewable energy reviews some of the plans industry participants have outlined to support various “green” power initiatives, along with some approaches to achieve success.
With the introduction of the California Solar Initiative — due to go into effect January 1 — solar photovoltaic (PV) industry firms are scrambling to adjust to changes in application processes, rebate pricing, and energy efficiency and metering requirements.
Some are using California as a test bed for new renewable energy projects, including solar-powered suburban communities and a large job involving California public schools. California’s commercial and residential housing developers form one of the industry’s long-term linchpins. They can consistently provide the demand needed for the development of a sustainable solar PV systems industry comprised of polysilicon and solar PV cell manufacturers, distributors, and large and small scale commercial and residential solar systems sales and installation companies.
Along with a growing number of state governments, the federal government is likewise increasing its support of the renewable energy industry.
More than 610 renewable energy projects will receive over US$800 million in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds recently issued by the IRS. Of that group, 401 are for solar power facilities and a state-high total of 231 are for proposed projects in California. Entire story
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