Author posts: NARC

The Solar Income Tax Credit Extension and Impacts on the Industry

The Solar Income Tax Credit Extension and Impacts on the Industry

July 13, 2016 by
The solar investment tax credit, or ITC, is one of the most important federal policies impacting the solar energy industry. The ITC offers a 30 percent income tax credit to owners or long-term lessees of a solar energy system that meets performance and quality standards. The credit is calculated based on the total cost of Read More »

Energy Department Launches Orange Button Initiative to Standardize Solar Data

May 3, 2016 by
When evaluating the financial risk involved with a solar energy project, many communities rely on fragmented datasets that vary widely in format, quality, and content. This creates a barrier for potential solar providers who seek an accurate understanding of potential markets. To overcome this issue, the Department of Energy recently announced the Orange Button initiative, Read More »

NARC’s Regional Solar Deployment Tools

July 31, 2015 by
As demand for solar energy continues to grow, many local governments look for strategies to spur solar deployment in their communities. Regional planning organizations are in a prime position to provide tools, guidance, and technical assistance to their member governments to help them increase local solar adoption. The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), as Read More »

SunShot Catalyst Seeks Solar Software Solutions

April 6, 2015 by
The Department of Energy (DOE) launched SunShot Catalyst last May to propel the development of products that address problems and challenges seen in the United States solar industry. The program facilitates collaboration among solar experts, software developers, and entrepreneurs, and provides them with access to a multitude of tools, capabilities, and data sets to build Read More »

Solar Roadways Are Paving the Way of the Future

August 15, 2014 by
A few months ago, an Indiegogo online fundraising campaign called Solar Roadways caught the attention of millions of Americans when they exceeded their fundraising goals by a sizable amount. Solar Roadways’ goal was to raise 1 million dollars, but actually brought in more than 2.2 million dollars. The idea of building solar roadways to replace Read More »

Universities Are Going Green

July 23, 2014 by
With colleges and universities constantly expanding and developing, it is a wonder that this academic world hasn’t adopted solar energy sooner. The cost efficiency and environmental benefits provided by solar are now attracting universities to add solar panels to their campuses, or buy solar power from solar farms. Most universities have a large footprint, spending Read More »

Solar on Schools: A Brighter Future for Students and the Environment

April 22, 2014 by
There isn’t a more perfect place for students to learn about solar energy and its multitude of benefits for the environment and communities than on the roof of their own school. U.S. school districts are working with organizations and solar companies to install solar energy on schools, and to complement this technology with solar curriculum Read More »

National Association of Regional Councils Releases New Regional Solar Resources

September 4, 2013 by
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) as part of the SolarOPs team, has created new regional solar resources to assist regional planning organizations and local governments in accelerating solar energy adoption in their communities, including: Podcasts: Join NARC as they learn about solar in rural America, innovative financing strategies, solar plan development and more. Read More »