IKEA Puts Huge Solar Array on the Roof of its New Store in Pisa, Tuscany


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This achievement means that solar energy is as cost-competitive as any other energy source in Italy and principally, without subsidies. The solar industry is approaching grid parity in an increasing number of places worldwide,” -Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar. Ikea Group along with its developers, Martifer Solar, completed construction on an approximately 2,700 polycrystalline module array installed on fixed structures, the project has a total capacity of 696.15 kWp. That is enough power to run 696 microwaves at the same time each making piles of meatballs every hour. Power generation from this PV project will be at a net rate, which is equal to or less than the price of electricity being sold from the grid....

Warren Buffett Looking to Double $15 Billion Solar & Renewable Investment


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At the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Warren Buffett commented on his already established $15 Billion investment into the Solar & renewable energy sector by responding “There’s another $15 billion ready to go, as far as I’m concerned.” Looking towards the long term growth of his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) Buffett has increasingly invested in regulated, capital-intensive businesses such as railroad BNSF and power companies. He bought control of an energy holding company in Iowa in 2000 and helped bankroll its expansion. The unit, now called Berkshire Hathaway Energy, operates electric grids in the U.K., natural gas pipelines that stretch from the Great Lakes to Texas and electric utilities in states including Oregon and Nevada. Its renewable investments include wind farms in Iowa and Wyoming, as well as solar farms in California and Arizona. Berkshire has been able to plow so much into renewable energy because it can use tax credits to offset profit at other businesses, Abel, the 52-year-old CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, said. Berkshire Hathaway and companies of its size are not the only ones that can benefit from government incentives, rebates & tax credits. You can too and we can help make it easy. Get a free estimate on the value of the sun on your roof and how much you can save with current incentives by filling out the form on the right....

WSJ Reports Homes with Solar Sell for an Average $24,705 More than Homes Without Solar


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The Wall Street Journal reports that research is showing homes with Photovoltaic systems (solar power installs of 3.1 kilowatt in size on average) are selling for an average $24,705 more than homes without solar on their roof. We have always known that solar helps increase a homes value and can decrease considerably the time a house is on the market but with an average value increase of $24,705, a 30% federal tax credit, 25 year warranty on SunUp Solar modules plus increased performance in sun to power conversion using microinverters; the cost and payback time to make profit on the solar you own is smaller then ever before. % Federal Tax Rebate Year Warranty Increase Home...

New York Times Review of Koch Response to Solar Power


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Source: New York Times The Editorial Board APRIL 26, 2014 At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have found a new tax they can support. Naturally it’s a tax on something the country needs: solar energy panels. For the last few months, the Kochs and other big polluters have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which have been adopted by most states. They particularly dislike state laws that allow homeowners with solar panels to sell power they don’t need back to electric utilities. So they’ve been pushing legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less attractive. Oklahoma lawmakers recently approved such a surcharge at the behest of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative group that often dictates bills to Republican statehouses and receives financing from the utility industry and fossil-fuel producers, including the Kochs. As The Los Angeles Times reported recently, the Kochs and ALEC have made similar efforts in other states, though they were beaten back by solar advocates in Kansas and the surtax was reduced to $5 a month in Arizona. But the Big Carbon advocates aren’t giving up. The same group is trying to repeal or freeze Ohio’s requirement that 12.5 percent of the state’s electric power come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2025. Twenty-nine states have established similar standards that call for 10 percent or more in renewable power. These states can now anticipate well-financed campaigns to eliminate these targets or scale them back. The coal producers’ motivation is clear: They see solar and wind energy as a long-term threat to...