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German Company To Build Cutting-Edge Solar Module Recycling Plant

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent Easily lost amidst the excitement and thrill of building more solar capacity is a real concern: What do we do with the solar modules after the typical 25-year lifespan of a particular project? Fortunately, thanks the the European Union, a German manufacturer is on the case and…

Old Face, New Face: SEIA Adds Two New Members To Its Executive Team

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has returned to full strength, adding two members to its executive team: one who saw the association through some tough trade times and one outsider to bring a new perspective to the association as it looks to navigate the near-term and…

Farmland Protection Built Into New Solar Bills In Illinois

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent The latest solar bills in Illinois – an emerging market thanks to the Future Energy Jobs Act – hopes to balance farmer concerns about land use with the development of large-scale ground-mounted utility and small commercial projects. Under the legislation signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner…

The Energy Show: Upgrading Your Solar System

By Frank Andorka The Energy Show: By Barry Cinnamon Over a million buildings in the U.S. have rooftop solar. These systems are extremely reliable: solar panels are guaranteed for 25 years, and inverters are guaranteed for 10-25 years. Our experience as a contractor since 2001 bears out the terrific reliability record of rooftop solar. Nevertheless,…

Could Oklahoma Be A Solar Boom State? New AG Opinion Says Maybe

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent Baby steps. That’s what you could call the Oklahoma Attorney General’s recent opinion that says third-party solar contracts – PPAs, leases and loans – would not result in solar installers or consumers being considered utilities. This is a debate that has swept the country, and most recently…

California Assembly Considers SB 100, Should Pass It Posthaste

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent California’s Assembly has a huge opportunity before it right now, and they should seize it posthaste. Before them is a bill to move the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 100% by 2045. It would match the most aggressive RPS in the nation (Hawaii) and put the…

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