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Residential Interest in Solar is on the increase

The following is an article from the Shelton Group, a company involved in (among other things) market research in the renewable energy industry.


Energy Pulse: Home Solar Power Given Vote of Confidence

by Pat Lorentz Senior Insight Planner

The push for energy independence is stretching beyond our politicians’ call for natural resource collection on North American soil. In fact, it’s a push that is becoming more popular in homes throughout the U.S. as many homeowners seek to better control their home’s energy consumption and utility costs. What was once seen as an optimistic, yet just-out-of-reach and futuristic source of clean energy, solar power is now being viewed by many homeowners as a legitimate option.

For most, the high costs associated with having a system installed have been a deal breaker. Our recent Energy Pulse™ study, however, shows that a growing number of homeowners are viewing the benefits of solar as outweighing the costs.

For instance, over 30% of our survey respondents said they would be interested in buying their own solar energy system, even if the associated costs reached $30,000. Furthermore, if these same respondents were offered a lease-purchase option, the number that said they would be interested in buying a system for their home increased to 60%.

What isn’t new here is the public’s interest in home solar power. Since the advent of home-based solar collection systems, many – including myself – have stood out in the blazing sunshine of a summer day and wondered why solar panels have yet to be installed on the rooftops of homes, schools and businesses across the country. In the face of terminal supplies of natural resources and the increasing demand for energy independence, a truly renewable and clean source of energy just makes sense.

What is new is the fact that people are increasingly willing to absorb the up-front cost of solar, especially if it leads to assuaging their concerns of energy independence, and helps control their home energy consumption and utility costs.

This is where utility companies have a golden opportunity to work together with their customers who are asking – clamoring, even – for solar. Communicating that there are payment options available that will help alleviate customers’ up-front costs is key. Furthermore, messaging related to the controlled energy consumption and utility costs that come with a home solar energy system will further pique the interest and action of consumers.

Utility companies that act should not be surprised when their customers follow them out into the sun.


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Is the wind tax credit really dead?


Talk of a Wind Subsidy ‘Phaseout’


The wind industry, fighting to hold onto a generous tax credit set to expire in December, has been arguing that it does not need the support forever – just a little while longer, until it can compete with fossil fuels on its own.

The tax break subsidizes wind power by 2.2 cents a kilowatt hour to bring its cost closer to that of conventional fuels, and it has periodically been renewed by Congress with support from both parties. But like other subsidies for alternative energy, it has been tarred in some people’s eyes by the government’s investment in the failed solar company Solyndra and has become a wedge issue in the presidential contest. President Obama wants the credit extended, while Mitt Romney has urged that it expire as scheduled.

But while campaigning on Friday in Iowa, a state with a lot of wind business, Mr. Romney seemed to be opening the door to a different position — or at least allowing himself some wiggle room should a compromise be found. “We will support nuclear and renewables but phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet,” he said, without offering more specifics.

Opponents of the tax credit say the wind industry is looking for a never-ending hand-out, but some Republicans support extending the credit as long as it includes an explicit phaseout over a set number of years. One of those Republicans is now pressuring the wind industry to propose a detailed schedule.

“It is clear to me that many of my colleagues have become increasingly skeptical of the industry’s claims that wind needs ‘just one more extension,’ to become competitive,” Representative Ann Marie Buerkle of New York wrote last week to Denise Bode, president of the industry’s main trade group, theAmerican Wind Energy Association. “I believe that my colleagues will only support an extension if there is a timely phaseout of the credit.”

Although the association says it is discussing different ways to restructure the credit, it has avoided endorsing a phaseout, saying the industry needs a one-year extension just to stay afloat. Any wrangling over the terms of how the credit might diminish over time should be part of the more comprehensive tax reform effort Congress is to take up next year, said Peter L. Kelly, a spokesman.

“We’ve always said wind energy won’t need a tax credit forever,” he said. “We’re committed as an industry to looking at options for the future of the production tax credit next year during corporate tax reform, when all energy incentives will be on the table.”

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Annual Meeting – New Date: November 17th

Annual meeting date has been set! Join your energy colleagues and learn of the Indiana Renewable Energy Association’s progress for calendar year 2012 as well hear from a cast of exciting speakers! Early bird registrations must be received by Saturday, November 10, 2012. A boxed lunch will be provided and the cost is included with your registration fee.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Where: Indiana Community Action Association (Free Parking) 1845 West 18th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Registration & coffee from 9:00-10:00am)
Cost, Early Bird: $20.00 per participant for InREA members; $30.00 for non-members

After 11/10:  $25.00 per participant for InREA members; $35.00 for non-members
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