Solar

Massachusetts’s Solar Program is Flawed

Solar advocates and nonprofit organizations have voiced their concern about the Baker administration’s new Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The advocates acknowledge the positive move by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to create a good program. But, according to them, in its current state the program doesn’t offer solar savings to most affordable housing projects.

According to Mark Sandeen, co-founder and president of MassSolar, “We are concerned that the SMART program as currently proposed, may impose administrative hurdles and set compensation rates so low that continued development of low-income solar will become impossible.”

“SMART could be a positive development for solar, but without a program that expands sharing and offers a fair compensation for solar production, many in our communities, especially the low income tenants we serve, will be left behind by the solar revolution,” according to said Gail Latimore, Executive Director of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation in Dorchester.

 

 

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Environment

Park Recycling Bin Grant Program Provides 41 Grants

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful are funding 914 new recycling bins in public parks across the country. This is the fifth year of the Park Recycling Bin Grant Program.

According to Vicki Draughn, VP corporate affairs for Dr Pepper Snapple Group “As communities continue to improve their infrastructure to support recycling at home and at work, this program helps address a persistent challenge, which is improving recycling opportunities for people on-the-go.”

According to Brenda Pulley, senior VP/recycling, Keep America Beautiful “Our partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group has placed bins in hundreds of parks across the U.S., in the process giving nearly 1 million people convenient access to new recycling opportunities.”

Solar

Trina Solar Offering Bifacial PERC Module

Trina Solar has launched its bifacial solar module DUOMAX Twin at Clean Energy Expo China (CEEC Expo) 2017 in Beijing. The company is involved in the development of PERC cell technology and production. DUOMAX Twin uses both the front and back sides. The back side uses scattered and reflected light. The module can deliver up to 25% more than traditional modules.

According to Rongfang Yin, VP of Global Sales & Marketing at Trina Solar, “Going forward, Trina Solar will put additional effort into product segmentation, which will allow our customers to choose products uniquely suited to their distinct project environments.”

Wind

CIP Hires E.ON for 196 MW Texas Project

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has contracted E.ON Energy Services (EES) for its 196.7 MW Bearkat I wind farm in Glasscock County, Texas. E.ON will provide a range of services including construction management, on-site supervision, transition support, balance of plant management, asset management, and energy management.

Christian Skakkebæk, Senior Partner at CIP, said “Bearkat I is our second wind project under construction in the U.S. and it is great to have experienced players like E.ON to work with.” Patrick Woodson, Chairman of E.ON in North America, said “E.ON is pleased to be working with such an experienced and professional team at CIP.  We want to help facilitate their growth in the U.S. market as they continue to expand their investment portfolio,”

Electric

Tax Credit Cuts a Negative for the Electric Vehicle Market?

If tax incentives for electric vehicles (EVs) are taken away, companies such as Tesla and GM will struggle to meet their sales goals for these vehicles, according to research by Edmunds. The research is based on analysis of the Georgia market after expiration of their EV tax credit program.

“It will take a significant rise in gas prices or stricter government mandates to drive sales of EVs at high volume,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis for Edmunds. “People want a car that makes their lives easier, and given the infrastructure challenges and battery limitations, right now EVs don’t do that.”

According to Edmunds, sales of all EVs increased in Georgia while the tax credit was available. Sales of the Nissan Leaf decreased sharply after expiration. Tesla Model S sales also decreased, but then quickly rebounded. Lease payments on EVs became much higher without the credits. For example, the Leaf’s average payment rose from $132 to $290. Forty one percent of EV buyers made over $150,000 a year.