Brentwood, NH --- Business NH Magazine has named ReVision Energy its Business of the Year in the construction and engineering category.

The honor marks the first time a solar company has won the prestigious award. 

“We care deeply for our people and our planet, and we’re grateful to our thousands of customers who have partnered with us to accelerate the clean energy transition,” said ReVision Energy employee-owner and outreach specialist Christina Zlotnick. “This award is evidence that our emphasis on customer satisfaction and technical excellence is paying dividends. This year marks our 15th year in business, and this honor is also a reflection of the fact that the clean energy sector is a robust economic force.”

ReVision Energy is one of eight companies named 2018 Businesses of the Year. Each award winner is listed in the May issue of Business NH Magazine. The companies were chosen for their outstanding civic contributions and exceptional performance within their industry sector.

We at SEBANE are proud to have ReVision as a member company of our solar community!  

SunPower Invests in American Solar Manufacturing

Agreement to Acquire SolarWorld Americas and Deploy SunPower's Performance Series (P-Series) Manufacturing Technology

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SunPower Corp. 

Apr 18, 2018, 08:30 ET

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new chapter in American solar panel manufacturing is set to unfold with SunPower and SolarWorld Americas announcing SunPower's agreement to acquire 100 percent of the Hillsboro, Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas. A long-time solar industry pioneer, SolarWorld Americas is the leading American manufacturer of solar panels. Consistent with the desire to revitalize the U.S. high-technology manufacturing sector, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) plans to inject fresh capital into the SolarWorld Americas facility and implement leading-edge, high-efficiency P-Series solar panel manufacturing technology.

"We are thrilled to announce this agreement to acquire SolarWorld Americas, one of the most respected manufacturers of high-quality solar panels for more than 40 years," said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and chairman of the board. "The time is right for SunPower to invest in U.S. manufacturing, and SolarWorld Americas provides a great platform for us to implement our advanced P-Series solar panel manufacturing technology right here in our home market. P-Series technology was invented and perfected in Silicon Valley, and will now be built in SolarWorld Americas' factory, helping to reshape solar manufacturing in America."

"SunPower is the solar industry technology leader," said Jürgen Stein, CEO of SolarWorld Americas. "We are delighted that SunPower has agreed to inject fresh capital and their industry leading P-Series technology into SolarWorld Americas operations here in Hillsboro. Our hundreds of long-time employees are excited to be part of this next chapter in SolarWorld Americas' long history. We are thrilled about this acquisition as it means quite simply, that our company can look forward to redoubled strength as it continues to innovate and expand into the future. This outcome is ideal for SolarWorld Americas and its employees."

SunPower plans to ramp SolarWorld Americas operations to capitalize on strong U.S. market demand. The company will invest in factory improvements and increased working capital, while retrofitting a portion of the facility to produce P-Series solar panels, in addition to continuing to produce and ship SolarWorld Americas' legacy products. Like SolarWorld Americas, SunPower has spent decades perfecting its technology and manufacturing processes, and this announcement marks the company's return to U.S. manufacturing. The agreement is subject to necessary U.S. and German regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. At closing, which is expected in the next several months, SunPower will become the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

About SunPower

As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit www.sunpower.com.

Massachusetts DOER Publishes Final SMART Program Guidelines and Informational Materials

April 26, 2018

Dear Solar Stakeholder,

Following its review of public comments on the draft Guidelines it released in late January, the Department of Energy Resources has posted the final versions of the following SMART Program Guidelines:

  • Definition of Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units Guideline
  • Definition of Brownfield Guideline
  • Land Use and Siting Guideline
  • Low Income Generation Units Guideline
  • Statement of Qualification Reservation Period Guideline

Additionally, DOER has posted an updated PowerPoint presentation that covers details related to program design and implementation and reflects changes and updates made since the January 31, 2017 stakeholder presentation that was previously available on the website.

Lastly, DOER has created a value of energy and incentive calculator for Behind-the-meter Solar Tariff Generation Units. This calculator is intended to be a practical tool to calculate the Value of Energy and fixed incentive compensation rate for behind-the-meter systems. The calculation is based on project type, size, distribution company service territory, customer rate class, and capacity block. This workbook does not necessarily reflect the final tariff value a system will be qualified for, but is meant to be a tool to understand and estimate the value that a particular customer may receive under different scenarios.

All of these documents can be found on DOER’s website.

DOER continues to evaluate written comments received on the draft Energy Storage Adder Guideline and the drafts of its Customer Disclosure Forms, which have also been released for public comment. DOER hopes to finalize its review of these documents and post final versions soon.

If you have any questions regarding these documents, please direct them to DOER.SMART@state.ma.us.

Regards,

Michael Judge

Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy Division

Department of Energy Resources

Joint Statement on Eversource Rate Case Highlights Poor Policy Decision by Massachusetts DPU

In January 2017, Eversource filed its first complete rate case in many years. After a lengthy proceeding, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved four major proposals from Eversource that are bad for ratepayers and move us away from a future with consumer control and widespread local clean energy.

On April 9, 57 organizations released a statement urging the Massachusetts Legislature to undo these counterproductive decisions, and ensure that similar steps are not taken in the future.  

Reposted from Acadia Center

SEBANE partners with IAEI, MassCEC, and CED Greentech in Hosting Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code Training

MARCH 2, 2018

SEBANE in partnership with the IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors), CED Greentech, and MassCEC (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center) hosted the most up-to-date professional training available on Photovoltaic Systems and the 2017 National Electrical Code on March 1, 2018.  Solar manufacturers and installers, electrical and building inspectors, electricians, distributors, developers, and other solar professionals gathered at CED Greentech for a great day of presentations and panel discussions.  

Leading experts Bill Brooks, P.E., Brooks Engineering, and Matt Piantedosi, The Cadmus Group joined us again for a deep dive into major changes in the new 2017 code, including rapid shutdown, interconnection, and solar + storage, along with compliance statistics one year into the code cycle in Massachusetts, and changes to the code we can expect in 2019 and 2020.  This year, the program was enriched by the addition of local electrical and building inspectors and solar product manufacturers to our speaker and panelist line-up. 

Peter Diamondacting President of MEIA-MA and RI,  and Town of Norfolk Electrical Inspectorand Bruce Dempsey, Town of Lexington Building Inspector, shared detailed insights and perspectives on inspector requirements and installer preparation.  Premiere solar manufacturing sponsors IronRidgePanasonicSolarEdgeLG, and Solar-Log, showcased how their products can be used to design code compliant photovoltaic systems.  

A SINCERE THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT, AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MATT PIANTEDOSI/CADMUS GROUP AND RICK D'AMATO/IAEI FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND LEADERSHIP IN CURATING AN OUTSTANDING PROGRAM.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER AGAIN!  

 

Joint Comments Submitted on SMART Guidelines

February 23, 2018

SEIA, SEBANE, CCSA, NECEC, and VoteSolar submitted commentary today to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, seeking changes the following key issues: 

A. Remove impractical barriers to dual-use adoption under the Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units Guideline.
B. Optimize the potential of Energy Storage Systems by revising the Energy Storage Adder Guideline to allow ESS participation in the ISO-New England capacity and ancillary services markets.
C. Align the Land Use and Siting Guideline with local zoning and sensible real estate practices.
D. Support program integrity by ensuring transparent, objective standards for Statement of Qualification Applications and sensible treatment of Compensation Rate Adders.

A copy of the letter can be accessed here.

Solar Leaders Urge Governor Baker to Stand Up for Massachusetts Solar Industry

February 7, 2018

National Report Shows State’s Solar Industry Lost Jobs for Second Straight Year

BOSTON, MA (February 7, 2018) - As the Commonwealth’s solar industry continues to fend off attacks at the state and federal levels, a report released today by The Solar Foundation notes that Massachusetts solar jobs saw a double-digit decline in 2017, marking the second year in a row of solar job losses.

In response, six industry organizations and leading advocates representing Massachusetts’ 488 solar employers are joining forces to call on Governor Baker to redouble his commitment to the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy by taking measures to protect the state’s solar industry from federal tariffs on imported solar products, supporting legislation to reverse new solar surcharges on Eversource customers, providing relief from net metering caps (limits on the credit solar energy system owners receive), and ensuring the state Solar Massachusetts Renewable Targets (SMART) program enables all sectors of the Commonwealth’s solar industry to thrive. These steps are critical to orient Massachusetts back toward clean energy progress.

“The undersigned organizations, representing thousands of Massachusetts workers and customers and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, urge you to take action to address the headwinds facing Massachusetts’ businesses by reaffirming the commitment to the solar industry that your Administration has cultivated over the last several years,” states a letter delivered to the Governor today and signed by leaders of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Vote Solar, the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC), the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and MassSolar.

In addition to federal solar tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration, which SEIA estimates will cost 23,000 solar jobs nationally and nearly 700 in Massachusetts, the letter singles out as particular threats Eversource’s imposition of new charges on solar customers, and net metering caps that have maxed out in 230 communities - effectively stalling hundreds of projects.

The advocates’ letter outlines threats facing Massachusetts’ solar industry and ways the Commonwealth can protect hundreds of solar companies and the nearly 15,000 full-time solar workers building the clean energy economy in Massachusetts.

At the federal level, President Trump’s new 30 percent tariff on all imported solar modules and cells, which goes into effect today, along with recent federal tax changes, have created uncertainty around the financing of solar projects, costing thousands of American jobs and billions of dollars in industry retraction across the country.

The Solar Foundation’s 2017 jobs census shows Massachusetts has again lost solar jobs on a year-to-year basis, in part due to the uncertainty surrounding the President’s actions on tariffs. There are now 11,530 solar jobs in Massachusetts, a 21 percent decline from 2016.

In its letter, the coalition is asking the Governor specifically to act on two areas:

  1. To direct the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to consider measures to modify the draft SMART tariff to fix several serious flaws prior to Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approval, and facilitating a smooth, on-time opening for the next 1,600 megawatts of home-grown solar power;
  2. To work with the Legislature to act on, and to sign, legislation to reverse the Eversource solar charges and provide much needed relief from net metering caps.

The letter notes that, in our current political climate, state-level solar policies are more important than ever to continue the Commonwealth’s strong record of solar job creation. Leading states like Massachusetts stand to lose the most if immediate action is not taken.

“We Bay Staters take great pride in our state’s leadership on many fronts, including in our commitment to building a modern, job-creating clean energy economy,” said Sean Garren, Northeast Senior Director at Vote Solar. “Sadly, that leadership is being thwarted by a number of attacks on solar. We need Governor Baker to get the Commonwealth back on track by standing up to President Trump’s tariffs, reversing Eversource’s solar tax, and removing arbitrary limits on residents who can enjoy the benefits of solar through net metering.” 

“Now it is more critical than ever to redouble our efforts to ensure Massachusetts maintains its leadership in community shared solar,” said CCSA Executive Director Jeff Cramer. “Thanks to the support of the Baker Administration, we have made significant strides in developing a robust solar industry and expanding solar access to thousands of Massachusetts consumers. However, with approximately two-thirds of Massachusetts’ households and businesses still unable to access solar, we still have a long way to go to ensure all energy consumers across the state have the option to choose local, clean, and affordable solar. We urge the Governor to support the solar industry and help us ensure solar access for all.”

“We are a national leader in solar; now is not the time to change course” said Mark Sylvia, President of SEBANE. “A united solar industry calls on the Baker Administration to take action to protect us from the negative effects of the new federal tariff and Eversource solar charge. Together, we created 15,000 good paying, sustainable jobs, generated millions in savings to Massachusetts citizens and helped tackle climate change.   We’ve made progress together, let’s not go back.” 

“Eversource’s proposed demand charges are complex, confusing and create extraordinary uncertainty for residential customers. Their cumulative impact will add between $4,000 and $12,750 to the cost of going solar, effectively doubling or tripling solar’s cost for smaller customers, and potentially much more if demand charges rise over the next 20 years,” said Mark Sandeen, President and co-founder of MassSolar. “We need to be accelerating our transition to a clean energy economy, not putting the brakes on.”

“It is more important than ever for states to stand up in support of the jobs, investment dollars and consumer opportunities that the solar industry provides communities across the country,” said Sean Gallagher, SEIA’s Vice President of State Affairs. “Massachusetts has been a long-time clean energy leader and that trailblazing progress and job growth can resume with smart policies in place.”

"With mounting headwinds for solar at the federal level and in recent state decisions, it is critical for Governor Baker to take corrective action to ensure continued growth in the Commonwealth's solar industry," said NECEC Executive Vice President Janet Gail Besser. "Massachusetts policymakers have the opportunity to ct and protect the Commonwealth's solar workforce from further declines through action on the SMART program tariff, the net metering caps, and undoing the poorly designed MMRC charge on new solar customers."

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Reposted from NECEC

DOER Announces SMART Incentive Rates

On Thursday, January 11, 2018 the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources released the results of the SMART competitive procurement, setting base incentive rates for the new solar program which is anticipated to start in May or June of 2018.

Regarding the results, Sylvia commented that “SEBANE appreciates the straightforward, market-driven SMART competitive procurement process that resulted in a set of workable base incentive rates announced today by the Department of Energy Resources. Although we are still reviewing the results of the procurement and the associated base incentive rates, we are encouraged by what has been released and applaud the Department of Energy Resources, the Baker Administration and the utilities for a well-managed, fair process that was developed with stakeholder input.”

PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR FIRST MEMBER MEETING OF 2018 ON FEB 5, 5:15-7pm WEBSTER ROOM AT THE WESTIN WATERFRONT HOTEL.   Mike Judge, Director of Renewable and Alternative Energy Development at DOER will be joining us for a Q&A on SMART.  See the announcement on our main webpage for more details.