Monthly Solar Production – Winter 2012-13 and Loss Due to Snow

The winter of 2011-12 was a complete dream for those of us in New England.  And what I mean by that is there was very little snow. We had one big storm just before Halloween (many towns actually moved Halloween to the following weekend) and then a small storm in March, but that was it. And even better, it turns out that it was a perfect baseline to measure loss of solar panel production due to snow this year. Continue reading

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SREC Opt-In to be Reduced to 8 Years

Currently any new solar panel systems produce SRECs for a period of 10 years.  However, as of June 20th, that period will be reduced to 8 years. This change was written into the original Commonwealth II solar documentation and was triggered by the current oversupply in the SREC market. The state may step in and prevent this change from going into effect, as it did when it changed the SREC requirement, but that is purely speculation – I have not heard anything one way or another. How much this will affect sales of new solar systems after that date remains to be seen.

More information can be found in SRECTrade’s blog post Massachusetts 10 Year Opt-in Term Deadline.

Gary

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Are Solar Shingles Ready for Prime-Time?

Solar shingles have been around for a long time but they’ve only started to gain some significant traction in the marketplace.  DOW has come up with some technological advances recently that is causing their popularity to soar.  But are they ready for Massachusetts residents? Continue reading

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