Private households and small businesses demand for Solar-Photovoltaik-(PV) and solar hot water systems grew so quickly in Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2010, that the State ran from discount $100,000,000 PA sunshine solar program money.
With the program "waiting list" State legislators are now taking an invoice mode for August 2011, the acceleration would the rate with which the utility solar power undertakes, ability, add their distribution systems in an effort to "boom, bust to avoid are, boom cycle", the York daily record is Stephanie Reighart reported.
Pennsylvania 2004 alternative energy portfolio standards Act set a solar power target of 41 MW for the year 2012. With 2012 here found Pennsylvania with 150 MW of installed solar power capacity for solar installer I need solar President Mike Barnes, from which comes most of net metered residential solar-PV plants.
Steadily solar market conditions: HB 1580
Pennsylvanians nor installation of solar PV and solar hot water systems, but at a rate significantly lower than that, what have been the case if the rebate program was active. Also is the value of the alternative energy credits (AECS), also known as solar renewable energy credits (SRECS) under the alternative energy portfolio standard (AEPS) drops out. This, combined with the suspension of the PA sunshine solar rebate program, has those who have installed solar systems us with longer payback periods, in some cases 10 years or so as far as 15, according to the York dispatch.
The PA sunshine programme continue to discount applications while on the waiting list mode, but the State to accept solar energy company, with ramped up to the increase in demand to be, now hurt. "The increased intake flooded the market and now as a country is so cloverleaf," Barnes said Reighart.
In an effort to increase the demand for solar energy, the Pennsylvanians will legislature House Consumer Affairs Committee in the face of House Bill (HB) 1580, a bill by House Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester), which would increase the speed at which the State electrical proposed useful solar power capacity, their distribution systems to the York dispatch report.
Speed passed in 2004 requires the alternative energy portfolio to purchase standard all Pennsylvania utilities up to 0.5% of its annual electricity generation from solar energy until 2020. HB 1580 would up the process by increasing the financial statements solar power goals utilities needed to meet.
Energy policy as political fodder
Pa. Governor Tom Corbett and House Committee chair Rep. Bob Godshaw (R-Montgomery) both oppose HB 1580, concerned about increasing consumers’ electricity bills. The proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s AEPS included in HB 1580 would add only 4 cents to residential ratepayers’ monthly electric bills, according to Ron Celentano, president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA). The Pennsylvania chapter of MSEIA puts the number of solar PV installations in the state at 5,500, with a total capacity of more than 130 MW. There were around 300 in 2009, the year the PA Sunshine Solar program was established. The state’s solar power capacity today is already more than 3x that of what’s required by the AEPS in 2020. The price of AEPS solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) has plummeted 90%, which has “drastically slowed down new project installations, and has caused hundreds of Pennsylvanian jobs to be lost in just the last few months,” according to PSEIA.
n addition HB includes a CAP, which increases would limit cost a mechanism not 1580 part of AEPS act against each other. It would also expand SRECS qualified solar hot water systems, a further reduction of the costs for the taxpayer, explains PSEIA.
The trade off to HB 1580 adopted seems worthwhile. Pennsylvanians would keep for more 4 cents per month, is both the drive to replace polluting fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy and the emergent solar / renewable energy jobs.