Renewable Energy information and Solar Panel installation updates
Shawn from Renewable Rochester will be at Brocollo Garden Centers Green Drinks event on June 20th. Shawn will be there to help talk about the solar industry and spotlight our off grid lighting package that is currently being used by Broccolo to light there road sign. Other items at Green Drinks will be
• E-scrap collection (sponsored by Sunnking)
• Textile/clothing collection (sponsored by St. Pauly)
• The Garden Center will be open for business, and 10% of any/all sales for the event will go to sponsor our Broccolo Explorer Scout Troop #2059
• Renewable Rochester will be on-site to discuss their newly installed system
• Broccolo has purchased a Chevy Volt (come, check it out)
You can get complete information for the event at the Center for Environmental Initiatives website located at www.ceinfo.org
When: June 20th at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Broccolo Garden Center (2755 Penfield Road)
A Varna couple using one of Renewable Rochesters pole mount solar panel systems was spotlighted in the Ithaca Journal. The video below from the Ithaca Journal shows the home owners talk about renewable energy and the benefits they have seen. You can watch the video below or click on the link to see the full article at the Ithaca Journals website. .
Rochesters Democrat and Chronicle newspaper did a story on the growth of the solar industry in Rochester NY. Rochester is poised to become a solar industry hub with businesses like Renewable Rochester and the addition of Natcore Technology to the area. Many thanks to the Democrat and Chronicle for spotlighting the solar industry growth in Rochester and Renewable Rochester.
You can watch the video below and read the full story at the link provided.
Renewable Rochester in Solar Market Trends 2011 Report
Read more at Solar Market Trends 2011 Report
Renewable Rochester project cover photo of Penguin Bay Vineyard solar project!!
PV capacity for installations doubled in 2011 compared to 2010
Source: IREC Press Release
August 15, 2012
August 15, 2012. Latham, NY – Despite some high-profile negative news stories about solar in 2011, solar markets are booming in the United States, says Larry Sherwood, President of Sherwood Associates, and author of the 2011 Solar Market Trends Report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. Falling photovoltaic prices, strong consumer demand, and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities meant that twice as much photovoltaic solar was installed in 2011, as was installed in 2010.
This annual report compiles and analyzes public data on U.S. solar installations by technology, state and market sector for 2011. It covers solar technologies that produce electricity, including photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP).
“More than 1.8 GWDC of photovoltaic installations were completed in 2011 at 64,000 sites,” said Sherwood. “More utility-scale systems, and an increase in the average system size accounted for this dramatic growth.”
By the end of 2011, there was twice as much PV capacity in larger utility and non-residential solar systems than there had been when the year began. Growth of the total installed capacity of utility and non-residential systems was dramatic, growing by 145% and 132% respectively, compared with 2010. State renewable portfolio requirements are an important reason for the large growth in the utility sector.
In contrast, residential installations grew by 24% on a capacity basis, a much slower, while still healthy, rate.
“IREC’s highly anticipated annual report points to continued growth in grid-connected PV, along with the continuation of the trend of higher growth rates for larger installations,” says Jane Weissman, IREC’s Executive Director.
Solar is continuing to be a more diversified resource in the U.S. While California remains the largest U.S. market, with about 29% of the U.S. capacity installed in 2011, the amount of PV capacity installed in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York in 2011 was at least double the capacity installed in each state in 2010.
“In fact, California’s number this year represents a significant drop in market share from the 68% recorded five years ago, in 2006,” said Sherwood.
Many large solar projects began construction in 2011 in order to take advantage of the 1603 Treasury Grant Program. Most of these installations, both distributed and utility-sector projects, will be completed in 2012 through 2016.
“Since projects that begin construction in 2012 will no longer have the cash grant option,” said Sherwood, “developers will need to find entities, such as banks and insurance companies, with tax bills large enough to take advantage of remaining tax credits.”
This year, Sherwood included three ‘Top 10’ lists:
- The Annual Top 10 ranks states by the amount of grid-connected PV capacity installed in 2011;
- The Cumulative Top 10 ranks states by the cumulative amount of grid-connected PV capacity installed through 2011; and
- The Per Capita Top 10 ranks states by the amount of PV capacity per capita they had installed cumulatively through 2011.
Leading the pack for both installations in 2011 and cumulative installations are California, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. On a per capita basis, Hawaii and Nevada join these top-tier states.
Prices for PV installations fell in 2011, and all indicators point to a continued decline in 2012. Lower PV prices raise the potential for installations in states without state or local incentives. The number of states with strong solar markets is increasing, although Sherwood predicts installations in 2012 will continue to be concentrated in states with strong solar policies.
Over the near term, the prospect for growth in solar installations is bright. Early indicators point to continued market growth in 2012 due to the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC), state renewable portfolio standards, and completion of installations begun by the end of 2011 in order to participate in the 1603 Treasury Grant Program. Companies have announced plans for many large solar electric projects, including both PV and CSP projects. Some of these projects are under construction and will come on-line between 2012 and 2016.
“Reductions in PV module prices, continuation of the federal investment tax credit and strong state Renewable Portfolio Standards will help drive market growth,” said Sherwood.
This is one of the first campsites in upstate New York to install solar panels to help offset costs to the utility. Bristol Woodlands located on the top of Bristol Hill has gone renewable! Campers can now plug in and supply electric to their campers from the sun!
This system features the latest in SunPower solar panels and the new ACPV micro inverters. Each solar panel produces individual power and sends it back to the utility. SunPower continues to lead the way with state of the art technology and the most efficient solar panels in the world!
Our thanks to the owners of Bristol Woodlands Campground, NYSERDA, Town of Bristol and NYSEG for making this project possible!!
Town of Bristol, Bristol Woodlands Campground – Renewable Rochester
Town of Penfield Solar Installation
This is the latest solar panel installation installed by our Renewable Rochester Energy Team. This 9Kw SunPower solar electric system is the latest in SunPower Technology and uses the SPR-225 solar panels. If you want a nice state of the art design, nice looking solar system with the highest power available, then SunPower solar panels are the way to go. Remember that more power equates to more $$$ in your pocket! This system is predicted to save this homeowner over $1,000 per year!
Let the Power of the Sun make you money and reduce your carbon footprint!