Solar Thermal Rebates added to the Mix for DC residents

With the new 20% DC rebate, the accessible 30% Federal tax credit, and also the solar renewable energy credits (srecs) that it is possible to market — the 3 subsidies will pay for a big chunk of the body.  Your electricity savings from reduced hot water or space heating will quickly let you rapidly recoup your investment.

Because of the prior DC rebate structure, many residents opted to go for solar photovoltaic panels first (or rather of solar thermal).  For those that have accessible room left on your roof, now’s the chance to go out solar thermal.  What I’ve been told from the Department of the Environment is that approximately $150,000 of the $2 million available for solar energy refunds in 2012 will be carved out for solar renewable.  This could finance about 75 residential jobs (less if funding goes to larger commercial projects).  Hopefully, this can be the beginning of more rebates to enter future decades.

Based on DDOE officials, even when you have recently installed a solar thermal system, then you may nonetheless be eligible for a rebate – so do put your name on the waiting list.  DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN) and the Capitol Hill Energy Coop are operating on some solar thermal pilot projects now, and more information will be available around these installations shortly.  To find out more, below is the info sent by DDOE, together with a hyperlink to the program site at which you could put your name to the waiting list.  Before moving forward, you may want to look within the newest solar thermal program manual .  Furthermore, be certain to examine the listing of documented, licensed installers (obtaining numerous bids is always a fantastic idea).   In case you have questions, experiences to share on solar thermal installations, comments, or ideas on the way DC SUN can leverage mass purchases for solar , please do join our discussion forum. 

Mike Barrette

DDOE email communication regarding atomic thermal rebates

The District of Columbia’s Renewable Energy Incentive Program Solar Thermal Incentive For 2012

Powerful, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, and also in accordance with the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008, the District Department of the Environment Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP) will provide financial incentives to eligible applicants at the District to help set up Solar Thermal systems.

Eligible projects can include, but aren’t restricted to, the installation of systems on single and multi-family dwellings as well as commercial buildings and institutional organizations.

Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and/or biomass can help to reduce dependence on a shrinking source of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.     

We encourage you to apply to the application. Please see for more information.

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Abu Dhabi home to world’s largest solar power plant

The United Arab Emirates is growing a reputation for renewable energy. It’s reassuring to find the world’s biggest solar energy plant presently.  John Parnell describes in an article on the Forbes web site.

It’s also possible that the subsequent planet’s -largest-solar-plants might also be constructed not a million miles apart from the current title holder.

The Noor Abu Dhabi project, which isn’t state-financed is the job of a consortium that includes Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, Japan’s Marubeni Corp and also Chinese solar producer Jinko Solar.
The 870 million project was the result of a competitive tender process which will see electricity from the site sold to the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) for around 2.4 cents per kWh, a record at the time of this auction along with a listing for any completed solar project. It was constructed by the firm Sterling & Wilson with 3000 people working during the peak of action on site.
As the Managing Member of the undertaking, Marubeni will lead to the UAE Energy Strategy through the project’s operations period and we promise to contribute to the international energy industry as a leading energy solutions supplier. ”
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Earth ’s Largest Solar Power Plant Switched On

A framework agreement is in place for 2.6GW of solar power in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. With financial stability, growing demand for power, lots of distance and much more sun, the Arabian Gulf may well hold onto this record for a short time.
Records in the solar industry have a habit of falling fast. Having a 2GW job set out to tender by EWEC earlier this year, this one might not be moving very much at all.
As of now, the Noor Abu Dhabi job with a total capacity of 1,177MW is the biggest operational single website solar project on the planet. All these are essentially areas of land ear-marked for solar and frequently with ready-to-go grid connections, where multiple jobs will be built under the identical banner, but created and financed individually.


“Noor Abu Dhabi will generate renewable energy and will enable us to improve the use of our natural resources,” said Othman Jumaa Al Ali, CEO, EWEC. “The fact that a project of such scale was successfully completed on time and on budget highlights our commitment to ensuring sustainable energy to the long run and it is a true testament of the Emirate’s delivery capabilities to execute world-class energy projects. ”
That is a headline you may well read in the next several years.

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DC SUN Holding Forum on Solar Hot Water

DC residents have really embraced solar photovoltaic systems – over 500 systems have gone up through the District.  There is information out there concerning solar energy hot water – although by most reports, solar hot water might be a much greater investment than solar PV.  Will soon be coming together place residents in touch with hot water installers, also to talk about their experiences.  The meeting is June 26th at Headquarters DC, Tuesday, 528 F Street Terrace SE, Washington, DC 20003 – . I expect you will have the ability to join others of DC SUN and the Capitol Hill Energy Coop — the 2 organizations sponsoring this discussion.  Please be aware that the DC government has opened a window for obtaining thermal rebates, so if you’re considering it, now’s the opportunity to educate yourself.  More information and a map are at the link… 

On the program is a discussion by Joanna Kendig and Gene Imhoff concerning the solar hot water system they’ve had for several years.  Andy Kerr will go over the economics and revival for solar hot water.  Matt Carlson of Sunnovations will go over the technology of hot water, and then two contractors, Solar Energy Services and Clean Currents will discuss their own capacities and discounts which will be available to co-op members.  This meeting is available to the public without a pre-registration is needed. 

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