Policy Updates

By Tracy Fosterling
on 12/6/2018
  • California solar
  • solar contracts
  • solar energy systems
Beginning on January 1, 2019 all residential solar contracts in California must present a one-page cover sheet to customers when selling a solar system. AB 1070 passed last year and is in response to complaints from solar customers and in turn will make things simple and understandable to consumers. This ... read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 9/27/2018
  • California
  • SB700
  • SGIP
SB700 was signed into law in September and extends California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program for another five years, through 2025. The bill will add up to $800 million for energy storage initiatives along with other clean energy technologies for the state. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 5/9/2018
  • California
  • policyUpdate
  • solar panels
  • solar roof mandate
The California Energy Commission approved a plan, in a 5-0 vote, requiring all newly constructed homes to have rooftop solar, going into effect in 2020. The recommended energy efficiency standards will be added to building regulations and requirements at some point this year. This mandate makes California the first state in the United States to require new construction homes to have solar panels, increasing its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 3/28/2018
  • residential solar
  • solar tax credit
  • utah
Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a new bill into law (SB 141) that grants an extension to the state’s solar tax credit. The bill extends the cap on the maximum credit each residential solar system can claim under the 25% solar tax credit by two years. This bill provides stability for the Utah solar market as it adapts to changes to rate structures and net metering. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 3/8/2018
  • energy storage
  • investment tax credit
  • IRS
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a private letter ruling (PLR) related to tax credit eligibility when retrofitting an energy storage system onto a home with an existing solar PV system. The PLR determined that a retrofitted storage system would in fact qualify for a 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC), “under code 25D(d)(2) as a qualified solar electric property expenditure”, assuming that the battery charges entirely from the solar system. read more...