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Hawaii Sets Goal of 100% Renewable Energy by 2045

Paradise is about to get a whole lot more… paradise-y. Hawaii Governor David V. Ige just signed some exciting new pieces of legislation that will ensure Hawaii gets a top spot in next year’s SPR Solar Power Rankings report. The most important of these laws, HB623 sets Hawaii up to generate 100% of its electricity […]

Last modified: March 4, 2019

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 10 – Solar Sales Tax Exemptions

When states give you a sales tax break on solar, we notice. You should too. The chart above provides a simple reference for you to see if your solar investment is exempt from sales taxes. You’ll know you’re dealing with a shady installer if they include taxes on your system when there is no need! […]

Last modified: January 18, 2019

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 9 – State Loans for Solar

Loans for solar! Yes, these are the details on state loan programs available for those of you who do not have piles of disposable income lying around. While private financing is readily available in juicy solar states, many times the state loan options available cannot be beat. If you find yourself short on cash, but […]

Last modified: March 4, 2020

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 8 – Property Tax Exemptions

About this section of the report While rated at just 3% of the overall report card summary grade, property tax exemption status is a very important consideration when putting together your solar investment information. The availability of a property tax exemption for solar energy was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and […]

Last modified: March 4, 2020

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 7 – State Tax Credit Overview

About the chart above: While state tax credits do not account for a huge chunk of the overall solar incentive pie (4% of the overall report card), they can be an important factor consider, especially if you have some personal tax liability. In certain circumstances, state tax credits can provide a very powerful incentive for […]

Last modified: January 18, 2019

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 6 – State Rebate Details

About the chart above: Here’s the state by state listing of solar rebates for 2010. In the left column, we list the expected amount of rebate for a 5kW residential solar energy system installed by state. Rebate program details were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency in August of 2010. […]

Last modified: January 18, 2019

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 5 – Yearly Solar Performance Payments

What are solar performance payments? Performance payments represent a big chunk of the financial rationale for going solar, and in many instances they make your decision a wise one. For certain states, if you’ve got solar panels on your roof, not only will you be cutting your electric bill down to size, but you’ll be […]

Last modified: March 4, 2020

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 4 – Solar Incentive Summary Grades

About the chart above: Here’s this year’s solar incentive summary breakdown by state. The incentives portion of the report is worth 50% of the total overall report card grade (See the green sections of the weighted pie chart). The graded sections are described in detail here and the weights used for scoring are in parenthesis. […]

Last modified: January 18, 2019

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 3 – Renewable Portfolio Standards by State

What is an RPS? State legislatures pave the way for strong solar energy incentives to flourish. How? By stipulating standards for renewable energy generation within their territories. Those standards are called the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). If utility companies do not meet these standards, they must pay alternative compliance fees directly to the state. […]

Last modified: January 18, 2019

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SPR Report Card 2010 – Part 2 – State by State Summary Grades

About this report card: Over the past 20 years, best practices have emerged for connecting to the grid. There’s no need for a particular state to reinvent the wheel. Some states simply need to get their butts in gear and adopt best practices. To hold them accountable, we created a state solar report card last […]

Last modified: January 18, 2019

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