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In the radiant world of solar innovation, First Solar stands as a beacon of commitment to excellence and sustainability. At First Solar, our mission is twofold: to produce the industry's finest thin film PV modules and to foster a safe and secure environment for our dedicated associates. Our groundbreaking manufacturing process sets us apart, as we seamlessly transform a simple sheet of glass into a fully functional solar panel in a mere 3.5 [...]

  • Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • Vietnam, United States, Australia

Creating a world sustained by clean energy requires education, transparency, and trust. At SolarCellz USA, we invest in business solutions to reduce customer risk and the partner education that empowers their decision-making. We’re building smarter customers and a smarter marketplace.

  • MPPT Charge Controller, Solar Battery, Solar inverter, Grid Tie Inverters, Mobile Inverters, Solar Panel
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Phocos is a leading innovator in sustainable power technologies. At Phocos, we specialize in cutting-edge solar charge controllers, inverters, and energy storage systems that empower businesses and communities to exploit the full potential of solar energy. Our commitment to reliability, efficiency, and environmental responsibility sets us apart in the renewable energy landscape. Phocos is in the movement toward a greener future, where innovation [...]

  • Charge Controllers
  • United States
  • Germany

SEPCO, the Solar Electric Power Company, stands as a trailblazer in the realm of commercial solar LED lighting and remote power systems. Founded in 1994 by Mr. Steven R. Robbins, who remains actively involved to this day, SEPCO has carved a niche for itself in providing unparalleled solutions where traditional power sources are either inaccessible or economically impractical. What sets SEPCO apart is not just its cutting-edge products but a [...]

  • MPPT Charge Controller, Gel Battery, Solar Generator, Solar Street Light, Solar Flood Light, Solar Traffic Signs
  • United States
  • United States

Atlantic Clean Energy Supply, LLC (ACES), is a clean energy equipment supplier and an engineering consulting services provider. By working with industry-leading companies around the world, we can offer industry-leading Photovoltaic Panel(PV), PV testing & measurement instruments, LED, and other clean energy and energy conservation products. All our solar panel factories are vertically integrated manufacturers with combined over 30 years of [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Source Energy Developers is a full-service, solutions-based green energy company that services companies and households nationwide. We are headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and have over 30 years of experience in green energy solutions. An engineering agnostic approach gives us a wide range of expertise from installation, maintenance programs, inspections, and efficiency. We are proud to state our scope can withhold any size facility no matter [...]

  • Solar Battery
  • United States

For over 15 years, Prism Solar Technologies has been at the forefront of the solar industry, making waves since its founding in 2005. A true pioneer in bifacial solar technology within the U.S. market, the company's passion for innovation remains unwavering even after nearly two decades. While the initial focus was on bifacial technology, Prism Solar has continuously evolved, achieving remarkable strides in product design, long-term reliability, [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

LA Solar, established in 2019, stands at the forefront of renewable energy innovation as an Armenian company dedicated to the production of cutting-edge solar modules. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our strategic partnership with the Swiss Meyer Burger system, widely recognized as one of the finest in the world. This state-of-the-art system is integral to the manufacturing of our modern generator equipment, ensuring that LA Solar [...]

  • Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • Armenia

Dahlstrom Roll Form manufactures OEM metal roll formed parts, as well as decorative metal mouldings for architecture. We provide custom and standard roll formed shapes for both markets. Our solutions include a huge catalog of made-to-order standard shapes and vendor managed inventory services. Solidify your supply chain with our: 99.5% on-time delivery rate Quarterly reviews & forecasting Best-in-class PPM defect rate If you can’t [...]

  • Mounting System, Ballasted Mounting Solar System, Flexible Mounting System, Ground Mount Systems, Rail Mounting System, Roof Mount Systems, Solar Carport Racking, Solar Tracker
  • United States
  • United States

Amerisolar, also known as Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA Co., Ltd, is a distinguished solar module manufacturer boasting 28 years of industry experience since its establishment in 1993. This company has not only excelled in the production of top-quality solar modules but has also positioned itself as a global provider of technical services for solar power plants, catering to both on-grid and off-grid systems. Amerisolar offers a [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to our premier destination for transportation and automotive products! If you're in search of high-quality, reliable products to enhance your vehicle or streamline your transportation needs, you've come to the right place. Cautop.com is dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of top-notch transportation and automotive products, catering to enthusiasts, professionals, and anyone with a passion for vehicles. CAUTOP is a technology [...]

  • Battery Chargers, Solar Flood Light, Solar Traffic Signs, Solar Water Pump
  • United States
  • United States

Schletter Mounting stands as a global leader in the manufacturing of cutting-edge photovoltaic mounting systems crafted from aluminum and steel. Our expertise lies in developing mounting solutions for roofs, façades, and solar farms, complemented by the provision of advanced PV planning tools. With a widespread network of production, distribution, and service companies, the Schletter Group operates in key international markets. At the core of [...]

  • Mounting System
  • United States
  • United States
  • Ballasted Mounting Solar System, Flexible Mounting System, Ground Mount Systems
  • United States
  • United States

Savant Power System delivers the ultimate solution for smart energy management. Monitor production and usage trends, control circuits at the distribution panel, and manage solar, battery, or generator backup sources all via the award winning Savant App. Our systems scale to meet the needs of any site from single family homes to large installations. Offset peak utility rates, keep stored power flowing to where it’s needed during grid outages, [...]

  • Solar Battery, Lithium-Ion Battery, Solar inverter
  • United States
  • United States

We are a designer, manufacturer and supplier of professional, commercial grade, solar LED lightings systems. We offer many different types of lighting fixtures including solar street lights, solar sign lights, solar parking lot lights, solar billboard lights, solar bollard lights, and much more. We also offer custom lighting solutions and solar power systems too. Offices and warehouses in the USA and United Kingdom. Worldwide shipping available.

  • Solar Generator, Solar Street Light, Solar Flood Light
  • United States
  • United States
  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

First Sunergy LLC committed to do our best to provide the best quality solar products for our customers and have very competitive pricing and the best customer service for our customers. We know our product manufactures and our customer's needs. Our solar panel manufacture is a top notch in the solar industry manufacturing from ingots, wafers, cells and all the way to the solar panels; It has world class teams of R&D and have a high prestige [...]

  • Solar inverter
  • United States
  • United States

In a world grappling with the dire consequences of traditional energy sources, Sundial Energy emerges as a beacon of hope. Our planet faces the imminent threats of air and water pollution stemming from coal and gas-fired energy production, posing severe health, safety, and environmental risks. The insatiable demand for fossil fuels is pushing us towards an unsustainable future, jeopardizing both our well-being and the security of nations relying [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

At the forefront of innovation and perfection, S-5! emerges as the undisputed leader in the metal roofing attachment solutions industry. Founded on a culture of unwavering commitment to excellence, our company's ethos is encapsulated in the mantra "The Right Way®." This isn't just a slogan; it is the guiding principle that defines every facet of our business, from business ethics and customer service to the exceptional quality of our [...]

  • Mounting System
  • United States
  • United States

eIQ Energy, Inc. uses unique power management technology to make solar energy more effective and affordable. The company’s Parallel Solar technology, built around the vBoost DC Parallel System, reduces overall system costs and enables a true parallel architecture, benefiting system designers, installers and operators. eIQ Energy was founded in 2007 with the principal goal of improving the performance and the return on investment for clean [...]

  • Microinverter
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to the world of KB Racking, where innovation meets sustainability in the realm of solar energy solutions. Established in 2010, KB Racking has emerged as a trailblazer in the industry, specializing in the provision of ballasted and anchored solar racking systems tailored for flat roof commercial projects. In addition, we take pride in offering bespoke solutions crafted for metal roofs, showcasing our commitment to versatility and [...]

  • Mounting System, Ground Mount Systems, Rail Mounting System, Roof Mount Systems
  • United States
  • United States

Introducing Solaria, a testament to relentless innovation and a beacon of sustainability in the energy landscape. A part of the groundbreaking solar DNA of Maxeon Solar Technologies, Solaria emerges as a distinctive force, pushing the boundaries of what solar technology can achieve. Since its spin-off from the esteemed SunPower Corporation in 2020, Solaria has embarked on an independent journey, shaping the future of clean energy with a global [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Founded in 2008, Sunergy is located in Feidong economic development zone. It is a high-tech enterprise engaged in research and development, production, sales and service of solar modules, photovoltaic power generation systems investment, operation, maintenance, design and procurement of photovoltaic power station. At present, the company has an annual production capacity of 3GW components and an annual installation capacity of 1GW power [...]

  • Mono
  • United States
  • China

American Solar Wholesale vertical manufacturing insures strict quality control. We manufacture poly and mono ingots, wafers, cells, and modules, with both ARRA and regular product lines. Our vertical integration insures one of the lowest claims rates in the industry, with no warranty claims in both 2010 and 2011, and only 3 modules total claimed under our warranty in 2012!

  • Mounting System
  • United States
  • United States

OMCO Solar, a division of OMCO Holdings, Inc., stands as the foremost custom roll former in the United States, proudly holding the position of the largest supplier of roll-formed products to the utility-scale segment of the solar industry. Our journey in the solar landscape began in 2008, and since then, we have emerged as a reliable force, delivering over 8 gigawatts of PV module mounting structures to diverse regions such as North America, [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to Solar Support, where we redefine the way you harness solar energy. Our focus extends beyond traditional rooftops, delving into the often overlooked potential of solar carports and shade structures. We believe in transforming untapped areas into power hubs, simultaneously offsetting energy bills and creating functional, shaded spaces for customers, employees, and homeowners. At Solar Support, our mission is more than just providing [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Chilicon’s power inversion and monitoring system technology maximizes PV system production, lowers installer operational cost, and promotes end-user satisfaction.

Our Microinverters and Gateway are designed and manufactured in California.

  • Microinverter
  • United States
  • United States

At Borrego O&M, we are more than just a service provider — we are stewards of a mission to address the global energy challenges that define our time. Our commitment is deeply rooted in maximizing the performance and ensuring the continuous operation of commercial and utility-scale solar assets. As a premier third-party O&M service provider, we take pride in our extensive experience and the crucial role we play in the industry. Our [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

At Solar Shade Structures, our story is rooted in the essence of family values and a three-decade legacy within the steel industry. As a proud family-owned and operated business, we have seamlessly woven our collective expertise and passion for quality into the fabric of our company. Over the course of 30 years, we have honed our understanding of our clients' unique needs, allowing us to tailor our solutions to perfection. Our commitment goes [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Introducing Solar Roof Jack, where collaboration meets innovation under the powerful network of Powerin2.Com. In a world where diversity propels success, Solar Roof Jack unites the services of its members to illuminate a path of collective prosperity. Imagine a platform where your friends and customers effortlessly amplify your message, creating a ripple effect that spans seconds, not days. With Solar Roof Jack, the benefits are as radiant as [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to the next generation of solar technology. Here at SolarTech Universal, we strive to deliver nothing but the best. Optimized with the latest technology in manufacturing, we partnered with industry leaders to establish a unique and exciting production line and deliver consistently efficient premium solar panels.

  • Solar Panel, Solar Roofs
  • United States
  • United States

Solar Mounts stands as a seasoned leader in the solar industry, dedicated to crafting innovative solutions for utility-scale and large commercial solar projects. With a decade of unwavering commitment, Solar Mounts LLC has earned its reputation as a premier solar racking and carport manufacturer, ensuring that our designs not only meet but exceed the longevity requirements of each solar endeavor. At the heart of our offerings lie diverse solar [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Solar Foundations USA (SFUSA) stands at the forefront of innovation in the solar energy industry, constantly pushing the boundaries of design, engineering, and product development in the realm of ground mount structures. With nearly a decade of experience spanning the entire east coast, SFUSA has evolved to meet the dynamic needs of the solar energy community. Adaptability is a cornerstone of our philosophy. Recognizing the evolving demands for [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

FLEXRACK, a pioneering venture under the umbrella of Qcells, stands as a trailblazer in the integrated solar solutions realm. Born out of a demand for innovation within the alternative energy sector in the early stages of 2009, FLEXRACK emerged to address the dissatisfaction among customers with existing solar racking systems. Fueled by a commitment to excellence and a track record of developing inventive solutions for intricate projects, the [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

NorthStar Battery is proud to unveil an enhanced line of high rate AGM thin plate pure lead batteries, complemented by a comprehensive warranty. Our goal has always been to lead the industry with innovative solutions that exceed the demands of our customers and reduce their operating costs. We were the first to launch a battery cooling solution with energy-efficient active cooling, keeping batteries at optimal operating temperatures to extend [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

The company was founded in 2014 by Mathias Muther. Specialized in the production of aerodynamic substructures for the photovoltaic industry, the company grew rapidly. The company focused on the manufacture and sale of PV racking for flat roofs without direct connection and the Aerotool design software, which is available online free of charge for every customer. Fastening solutions for pitched roofs or ground-mounted systems now round off the [...]

  • Mounting System, Ballasted Mounting Solar System, Roof Mount Systems, Tile Roof Mounting System, Solar Panel
  • United States
  • Austria

JOBCO Manufacturing & Steel Fabrication, LLC is a reputable steel fabricating shop nestled in the picturesque region of Western Pennsylvania. Our location in Ambridge, just 12 miles north of Pittsburgh, places us strategically on the banks of the Ohio River, with easy access to essential railroad tracks. This prime location grants us the advantage of efficiently receiving materials and economically shipping our final products. To further [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Kern Steel Fabrication, Inc. is a company committed to the art of steel fabrication and the science of precision project management. We take immense pride in our work and our unwavering dedication to our customers. For us, a project is not just a one-off task; it's an opportunity to foster lasting relationships. We believe that the foundation of any successful project lies in trust, transparency, and mutual growth. At Kern Steel Fabrication, our [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Lean Solar is a dynamic company that specializes in the development, manufacturing, and installation of innovative modular ground-mount solar systems designed specifically for industrial applications. Our core mission is to offer turnkey solutions that empower our clients to dramatically reduce their energy costs and embrace sustainability. We pride ourselves on delivering projects that yield impressive payback periods, typically within 3 to 5 [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Solar Connections International stands at the forefront of the global solar industry, specializing in the design and manufacturing of cutting-edge mounting solutions for solar panel installations. With a rich heritage derived from our sister company, Sno Gem, a prominent player in the snow retention sector for over two decades, we seamlessly blend experience and innovation in our solar product lines. Our comprehensive range of products offers [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

ICellpower is a world leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of inverters,deep cycle batteries for the alternative energy market. With our R & D team in Hong Kong and production line in Shenzhen, we are constantly working towards pioneering cutting edge technology for alternative energy solutions. ​ ​ We manufacture high Inverters,deep cycle batteries .   ICellpower Inverter/chargers are available for various [...]

  • MPPT Charge Controller
  • United States
  • United States

Magerack is a pioneering company specializing in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of cutting-edge solar mounting systems tailored for the rooftop photovoltaic installation market. Our flagship product, the Magerack Solar Mounting System, stands as a testament to our commitment to excellence. This solution is not only reliable and user-friendly but also exceptionally cost-effective, making it the go-to choice for contractors and [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

MT Solar, a pioneering force in the solar industry, stands at the forefront of designing and manufacturing cutting-edge solar mounting structures tailored for modules and arrays of all scales. Since our inception, our unwavering commitment has been to create unparalleled Pole and Ground Mount solutions that cater to the diverse needs of installers and end-users alike. At MT Solar, we envision a world where solar system installations are not only [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Nuance Energy Group Inc. stands as an emerging force in the renewable energy sector, already leaving an indelible mark with its quality products that have garnered a devoted and rapidly expanding fan base across 46 U.S. states and five countries. Since our inception in 2017, our unwavering mission has been to revolutionize the renewable energy landscape by designing, engineering, and distributing innovative solar racking systems that not only [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Step into a world of innovative solar solutions with Precision Solar Technologies. As pioneers in the solar industry, we take pride in being the creators of SolarTrak® Sun-tracking control technology, a groundbreaking advancement that has solidified our position as leaders in the active sun-tracking sector. Our controllers and trackers have left a lasting impact in over 28 countries, delivering precision and reliability to single and dual axis [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

ack10 Solar is at the forefront of innovation, providing cutting-edge solar mounting solutions designed to harness the power of the sun efficiently. Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our exceptional products, with a focus on cost-effectiveness and performance. Introducing the Rack10 Shark Series, an ingenious flat roof ballasted mounting system that delivers unparalleled value with costs as low as $0.08/watt. At the heart of the [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Terrasmart, the distinguished renewable energy arm of Gibraltar (NASDAQ: ROCK), stands at the forefront of the industry as a premier provider of cutting-edge solar racking technologies, electrical balance-of-system products, installation services, and advanced project optimization software. The essence of Terrasmart lies in its unwavering commitment to delivering a comprehensive and seamless project experience, coupled with best-in-class [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to RapidRack, where innovation meets efficiency in the realm of racking solutions. At RapidRack, we take pride in setting a new standard for clean and efficient energy infrastructure. One of our key differentiators lies in our commitment to eliminating the chaos of messy wires. Through the incorporation of built-in wire management, RapidRack ensures the cleanest and most organized racking solutions in the industry. While competitors [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

With a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1873, Joyce/Dayton Corp. has solidified its position as a premier manufacturer of Screw Jacks, Actuators, and Lifting Equipment in North America. Our steadfast commitment to continuous operation and the production of high-quality products distinguishes us in the industry. The tenured Joyce Engineers bring a wealth of expertise, enabling the development of innovative solutions that cater to [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

At Shoals®, we are not just a company; we are a collective force of engineers and solar enthusiasts, a community of inquisitive minds and collaborative spirits. Within our team, optimism fuels our drive to challenge conventions and support each other in the pursuit of designing, developing, and delivering solutions that harbor the potential to transform the world. As proud recipients of the Balance of Systems Winner at the PV Magazine 2019 [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

United States

The Solar Potential of USA

According to a 1998 report by the United States Department of Energy, it has been discovered that available domestic solar energy, including biomass, was technically accessible regardless of cost amounted to 586,687 Quadrillion BTUs (Quads). Of that number, 95% was biomass. Coal represented the second largest resource, with 38,147 Quads. Predictions of how much solar power was economically possible to collect added up to 352 quads, compared with 5,266 quads from coal.

All the estimations that were used in the report were based on a prediction that the price of a barrel oil would become $38 in 2010. Additionally, they were also based on multiplied annual renewable resources by 30 for comparison with non-renewable resources. In 2007, the total annual energy consumption of the United States was about 100 Quads, which was less than 0.5% of what is theoretically available from sunlight.

Moreover, in 2012, a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) described the technically available renewable energy resources for each state. In addition to that, the report estimated that urban utility-scale photovoltaics could supply 2,232 TWh per year, rural utility-scale PV 280,613 TWh per year, rooftop PV 818 TWh per year, and CSP 116,146 TWh per year. All these amounted for a total of almost 400,000 TWh per year, which was 100 times the current consumption of 3,856 TWh in 2011. For comparison, at the time, onshore wind potential was estimated at 32,784 TWh per year, offshore wind at 16,976 TWh per year, and the total available from all renewable resources was estimated at 481,963 TWh per year.

 

United States Government Support

A complete list of incentives can be found at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE). A lot of solar power systems are grid-connected and use net metering laws to allow the use of electricity in the evening that was generated during the daytime. New Jersey is the state with the least restrictive net metering law while California is the one that has the most number of homes that have solar panels installed.

Many were installed because of the million solar roofs initiative, which entails a vision introduced back in 2007 where solar PV panels are to be installed on an additional million rooftops of home or businesses in the state of California by 2018.

In some states, like Florida, solar power is subject to legal restrictions that discourage its use.

Federal Tax Credit

The federal tax credit for solar was extended for eight years as part of the financial bailout bill, H.R. 1424, until the end of 2016. It was predicted that this will create about 440,000 jobs and 28 GW of solar power. Additionally, it was also predicted that this will lead to a $300 billion market for solar panels. This prediction did not take into account the removal of the $2,000 cap on residential tax credits at the end of 2008.

Moreover, a 30% tax credit is available for residential and commercial installations. For 2009 through 2011, this was a 30% grant instead of a tax credit, and at the time, it was known as the 1603 grant program.

The federal Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, an income tax credit on IRS Form 5695, for residential PV and solar thermal was extended in December 2015 to remain at 30% of system cost (parts and installations) for systems that are put into service by the end of 2019, then 26% until the end of 2020, and then 22% until the end of 2021. This applies to a taxpayer’s principal and/or second residences, but this can’t be applied to a property that is rented out. There is no maximum cap on the credit, and the credit can be applied toward the Alternative Minimum Tax. Any excess credit (greater than that year’s tax liability) can be rolled into the following year.

The solar industry and utilities clashed extensively on renewal, but the solar industry won. The renewal is expected to add $38 billion of investment for 20 GW of solar.

Section 1603 Grants

President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill in 2009 created a program known as Section 1603 grants. This program was designed so as to give federal grants to solar companies for 30% of investments into solar energy. Since 2009, the federal government has given solar companies $25 billion in grant money through this program. However, the Section 1603 grant program expired in 2011.

The United States Treasury Department has been investigating solar companies for potential fraud since 2013. The department promised a report by June 2015, but the report had not been released as of 2016.

Solar America Initiative

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced on September 29, 2008, that it will invest $17.6 million, subject to annual appropriations, in six company-led, early-stage PV projects under the Solar America Initiative’s “PV Incubator” funding opportunity. The PV Incubator project is designed to fund prototype PV components and systems with the goal of moving them through the commercialization process by 2010. The 2008 award is the second funding opportunity released under the PV Incubator project. With the cost-share from the industry, which is at least 20%, up to $35.4 million would be invested in these projects. These projects would run for 18 months and are subcontracted through DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Most of the projects were to receive up to $3 million in funding, except Solasta and Spire Semiconductor which would receive up to $2.6 million and $2.97 million, respectively. Some of the projects under this initiative include:

  • Massachusetts-based 1366 Technologies developing a new cell architecture for low-cost, multi-crystalline silicon cells, which will enhance cell performance through improved light-trapping texturing and grooves for self-aligned metallization fingers
  • California’s Innovalight using ink-jet printing to transfer their “silicon ink” onto thin-crystalline silicon wafers so as to produce high-efficiency and low-cost solar cells and modules
  • Skyline Solar, also in California, developing an integrated, lightweight, and single-axis tracked system that reflects and concentrates sunlight over 10 times onto silicon cells
  • Solasta, in Massachusetts, working on a novel cell design that increases currents and lowers materials cost
  • Solexel, another California-based company, commercializing a disruptive, 3D high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon cell technology that dramatically reduces manufacturing cost per watt
  • Spire Semiconductor in New Hampshire developing three-junction tandem solar cells that better optimize the optical properties of their device layers. This company is targeting cell efficiencies over 42% using a low-cost manufacturing method.

The PV Incubator project is part of the Solar America Initiative (SAI), which plans to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015 (grid parity).

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology Program (SETP) will achieve the goals of the SAI through partnerships and strategic alliances by focusing mainly on four areas. These are:

  • Market Transformation: activities that address marketplace barriers and offer the chance for market expansion
  • Device and Process Proof of Concept: R&D activities addressing novel devices or processes with a potentially significant performance or cost advantages
  • Component Prototype and Pilot-Scale Production: R&D activities emphasizing the development of prototype PV components or systems that are produced at pilot-scale with demonstrated cost, reliability, or performance advantages
  • System Development and Manufacturing: collaborative R&D activities among industry and university partners to develop and improve solar energy technologies

Another thing that is a part of the Solar America Initiative is the Solar America Showcase. For this activity, preference is given to large-scale, highly visible, and highly replicable installations that involve cutting-edge solar technologies or novel applications of solar.

SunShot Initiative

Announced by the Department of Energy in 2011, the SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the cost of solar power by 75% from 2010 to 2020. In great detail, this initiative’s goals are as follows:

  • Residential system prices reduced from $6/W to $1.50/W
  • Commercial system prices reduced from $5/W to $1.25/W
  • Utility-scale system prices reduced from $4/W to $1/W (CSP, CPV, and PV)

Additionally, the Department of Energy announced a $29 million investment in four projects that would help advance affordable and reliable clean energy for American families and businesses. The $29 million would be separated into two investments:

  • $21 million investment over five years to design plug-and-play PV systems that can be purchased, installed, and operational in one day
  • $8 million investment in two projects to help utilities and grid operators better forecast when, where, and how much solar power will be produced at U.S. solar energy plants

Other projects under the SunShot Initiative are the following:

  • Fraunhofer USA’s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts developing PV technologies that allow homeowners to easily select the right solar system for their house and install, wire and connect to the grid
  • North Carolina State University leading a project to create standard PV components and system designs that can adapt simply to any residential roof and can be installed and connected to the grid quickly and efficiently
  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Armonk, New York leading a new project based on the Watson computer system that uses big data processing and self-adjusting algorithms to integrate different prediction models and learning technologies

All these projects are working with the Department of Energy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to improve the accuracy of solar forecasts and share the results of this work with industry and academia.

State and Local

There have been numerous instances throughout the years that showcase the efforts that state and local government officials have undergone to make solar possible. The following are the most well-known of these instances:

  • Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring California’s utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of 2030.
  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed solar incentives of up to $6,000 for homeowners and up to $10,000 for businesses. Applications for the program started on July 1, 2008. In April 2016, they passed a law that requires all new buildings below 10 stories to have rooftop solar panels. This made San Francisco the first major U.S. city to do so.
  • In 2008, Berkeley initiated a revolutionary pilot program where homeowners are able to add the cost of solar panels to their property tax assessment and pay for them out of their electricity cost savings. In 2009, over a dozen states passed legislation allowing property tax financing. All in all, 27 states offer loans for solar projects.
  • The California Solar Initiative has set a goal to create 3,000 MW of new, solar-produced electricity by 2016.
  • New Hampshire has a $3,750 residential rebate program for up to 50% of system cost for systems less than 5 kWp ($6,000 from July 1, 2008, until 2010).
  • Louisiana has a 50% tax credit up to $12,500 for the installation of a wind or solar system.
  • New Jersey law provides new solar power installations with exemptions from the 7% state sales tax and from any increase in property assessment (local property tax increases), subject to certain registration requirements.

Feed-in Tariff

According to experience, a feed-in tariff is both the least expensive and the most effective means of developing solar power. This is because investors need certainty, and a feed-in tariff definitely gives them that.

California enacted a feed-in tariff that began on February 14, 2008, while Washington has a feed-in tariff of 15¢/kWh which increases to 54¢/kWh if components are manufactured in the state. Hawaii, Michigan, and Vermont also have feed-in tariffs.

In 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) ruled that states were able to implement above-market feed-in tariffs for specific technologies.

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates

In recent years, states that have passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) or the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) laws have relied on the use of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) to meet state requirements. They have achieved this by adding a specific solar carve-out to the state RPS. The first SREC program was implemented in 2005 by New Jersey. Soon enough, this program has expanded to several other states, including Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

SREC offers many advantages, but one of its major problems is the lack of certainty for investors. A feed-in tariff provides a known return on investment, but an SREC program provides only a possible return of investment.

Power Purchase Agreement

In 2006, investors started offering free solar panel installation in return for a 25-year contract. They also began offering a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which is a contract between two parties — one which generates electricity (the seller) and one which is looking to purchase electricity (the buyer).

By 2009, over 90% of commercial PV installed in the United States were installed using a PPA. About 90% of the PV installed in the United States is in states that specifically address PPAs.

New Construction Mandates

In March 2013, Lancaster California became the first U.S. city to mandate the inclusion of solar panels on new homes, requiring that every new housing development must average 1 kW per house.

PACE Financing

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades, disaster resiliency improvements, water conservation measures, or renewable energy installations of residential, commercial, and industrial property owners. This innovative financing arrangement lends money to a homeowner for a solar system, to be repaid via an additional tax assessment on the property for 20 years. This kind of financing arrangement allows the installation of the solar system at “relatively little up-front cost to the property owner.”

The principal feature of this program is that the balance of the loan is transferred to the new owners in the event the property is sold, and the loan is paid for entirely through electric bill savings. Unlike a mortgage loan, no funds are transferred when the property is sold — only the repayment obligation is transferred.

PACE programs are currently operating in eight states, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. Additionally, they are on hold in many other states.

Current Status of Solar Power in the United States

Published on June 2019, the report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, a market research group, have discovered that the first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the U.S. solar industry’s history. A total of 2.7 GW of solar capacity was added to the grid at this time.

Aside from that, new solar installations should grow 25% from 2018, thus amounting to 13.3 GW. This bounceback — after solar installations dipped 2% last year — was driven by larger-scale utility solar projects, which account for 61% of the first quarter’s growth.

This development is a remarkable change from what was expected last year when President Trump announced that he was putting tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. During this time, the industry was worried that the tariffs would hinder solar. However, solar installations shot past the 2-million mark this year instead.

Moreover, the industry expects this growth to continue well past 2019. A number of U.S. utilities have solar projects in the works, and they should be a reality by 2024. And both residential and non-residential solar markets have grown tremendously over the years. Overall, solar power in the United States is currently on an uphill climb.

Solar Projects in United States

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Advanced Energy Storage Solutions

Smart Energy Gap is embarking on a project to develop and deploy advanced energy storage solutions tailored for both commercial and residential applications. The project focuses on creating high-performance, eco-friendly batteries and intelligent energy

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Behrs Buildings

Behrs Buildings specializes in custom steel structures that come in a variety of colors and sizes. Our extensive collection comprises premium-grade steel that is suitable for buildings such as carports, garages, enclosed storage spaces, sheds, and more. Behrs

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GES Solar Double Glass Successful exports to the US market

Thanks to our GES Solar Team great efforts, our GES double glass high efficiency solar modules successful export to the US

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512KW solar energy storage in USA

Howell had supplied 200pcs 51.2V 100Ah lifepo4 battery for solar energy storage in

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Case study: Bifacial Carport Installation in Tucson, AZ with >20% Bifacial Gain

A bifacial system was deployed as an East-facing carport installation in Tucson, AZ (Lat.=32.25, Long.=−110.75). The system consisted of 36 Prism Solar Bi60-343BSTC bifacial modules with a bifacial ratio of 90% and a 270W STC rating, a Sunnyboy

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Case Study: 250 WM Solar Project in Nevada

The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is a 250 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar project located on approximately 2,000 acres on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada. Capital Dynamics is the project owner and constructed the

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Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project

Project Overview The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is a 250 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar project located on approximately 2,000 acres on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada. Capital Dynamics is the project owner

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The Solar Potential of USA

According to a 1998 report by the United States Department of Energy, it has been discovered that available domestic solar energy, including biomass, was technically accessible regardless of cost amounted to 586,687 Quadrillion BTUs (Quads). Of that number, 95% was biomass. Coal represented the second largest resource, with 38,147 Quads. Predictions of how much solar power was economically possible to collect added up to 352 quads, compared with 5,266 quads from coal.

All the estimations that were used in the report were based on a prediction that the price of a barrel oil would become $38 in 2010. Additionally, they were also based on multiplied annual renewable resources by 30 for comparison with non-renewable resources. In 2007, the total annual energy consumption of the United States was about 100 Quads, which was less than 0.5% of what is theoretically available from sunlight.

Moreover, in 2012, a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) described the technically available renewable energy resources for each state. In addition to that, the report estimated that urban utility-scale photovoltaics could supply 2,232 TWh per year, rural utility-scale PV 280,613 TWh per year, rooftop PV 818 TWh per year, and CSP 116,146 TWh per year. All these amounted for a total of almost 400,000 TWh per year, which was 100 times the current consumption of 3,856 TWh in 2011. For comparison, at the time, onshore wind potential was estimated at 32,784 TWh per year, offshore wind at 16,976 TWh per year, and the total available from all renewable resources was estimated at 481,963 TWh per year.

 

United States Government Support

A complete list of incentives can be found at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE). A lot of solar power systems are grid-connected and use net metering laws to allow the use of electricity in the evening that was generated during the daytime. New Jersey is the state with the least restrictive net metering law while California is the one that has the most number of homes that have solar panels installed.

Many were installed because of the million solar roofs initiative, which entails a vision introduced back in 2007 where solar PV panels are to be installed on an additional million rooftops of home or businesses in the state of California by 2018.

In some states, like Florida, solar power is subject to legal restrictions that discourage its use.

Federal Tax Credit

The federal tax credit for solar was extended for eight years as part of the financial bailout bill, H.R. 1424, until the end of 2016. It was predicted that this will create about 440,000 jobs and 28 GW of solar power. Additionally, it was also predicted that this will lead to a $300 billion market for solar panels. This prediction did not take into account the removal of the $2,000 cap on residential tax credits at the end of 2008.

Moreover, a 30% tax credit is available for residential and commercial installations. For 2009 through 2011, this was a 30% grant instead of a tax credit, and at the time, it was known as the 1603 grant program.

The federal Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, an income tax credit on IRS Form 5695, for residential PV and solar thermal was extended in December 2015 to remain at 30% of system cost (parts and installations) for systems that are put into service by the end of 2019, then 26% until the end of 2020, and then 22% until the end of 2021. This applies to a taxpayer’s principal and/or second residences, but this can’t be applied to a property that is rented out. There is no maximum cap on the credit, and the credit can be applied toward the Alternative Minimum Tax. Any excess credit (greater than that year’s tax liability) can be rolled into the following year.

The solar industry and utilities clashed extensively on renewal, but the solar industry won. The renewal is expected to add $38 billion of investment for 20 GW of solar.

Section 1603 Grants

President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill in 2009 created a program known as Section 1603 grants. This program was designed so as to give federal grants to solar companies for 30% of investments into solar energy. Since 2009, the federal government has given solar companies $25 billion in grant money through this program. However, the Section 1603 grant program expired in 2011.

The United States Treasury Department has been investigating solar companies for potential fraud since 2013. The department promised a report by June 2015, but the report had not been released as of 2016.

Solar America Initiative

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced on September 29, 2008, that it will invest $17.6 million, subject to annual appropriations, in six company-led, early-stage PV projects under the Solar America Initiative’s “PV Incubator” funding opportunity. The PV Incubator project is designed to fund prototype PV components and systems with the goal of moving them through the commercialization process by 2010. The 2008 award is the second funding opportunity released under the PV Incubator project. With the cost-share from the industry, which is at least 20%, up to $35.4 million would be invested in these projects. These projects would run for 18 months and are subcontracted through DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Most of the projects were to receive up to $3 million in funding, except Solasta and Spire Semiconductor which would receive up to $2.6 million and $2.97 million, respectively. Some of the projects under this initiative include:

  • Massachusetts-based 1366 Technologies developing a new cell architecture for low-cost, multi-crystalline silicon cells, which will enhance cell performance through improved light-trapping texturing and grooves for self-aligned metallization fingers
  • California’s Innovalight using ink-jet printing to transfer their “silicon ink” onto thin-crystalline silicon wafers so as to produce high-efficiency and low-cost solar cells and modules
  • Skyline Solar, also in California, developing an integrated, lightweight, and single-axis tracked system that reflects and concentrates sunlight over 10 times onto silicon cells
  • Solasta, in Massachusetts, working on a novel cell design that increases currents and lowers materials cost
  • Solexel, another California-based company, commercializing a disruptive, 3D high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon cell technology that dramatically reduces manufacturing cost per watt
  • Spire Semiconductor in New Hampshire developing three-junction tandem solar cells that better optimize the optical properties of their device layers. This company is targeting cell efficiencies over 42% using a low-cost manufacturing method.

The PV Incubator project is part of the Solar America Initiative (SAI), which plans to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015 (grid parity).

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology Program (SETP) will achieve the goals of the SAI through partnerships and strategic alliances by focusing mainly on four areas. These are:

  • Market Transformation: activities that address marketplace barriers and offer the chance for market expansion
  • Device and Process Proof of Concept: R&D activities addressing novel devices or processes with a potentially significant performance or cost advantages
  • Component Prototype and Pilot-Scale Production: R&D activities emphasizing the development of prototype PV components or systems that are produced at pilot-scale with demonstrated cost, reliability, or performance advantages
  • System Development and Manufacturing: collaborative R&D activities among industry and university partners to develop and improve solar energy technologies

Another thing that is a part of the Solar America Initiative is the Solar America Showcase. For this activity, preference is given to large-scale, highly visible, and highly replicable installations that involve cutting-edge solar technologies or novel applications of solar.

SunShot Initiative

Announced by the Department of Energy in 2011, the SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the cost of solar power by 75% from 2010 to 2020. In great detail, this initiative’s goals are as follows:

  • Residential system prices reduced from $6/W to $1.50/W
  • Commercial system prices reduced from $5/W to $1.25/W
  • Utility-scale system prices reduced from $4/W to $1/W (CSP, CPV, and PV)

Additionally, the Department of Energy announced a $29 million investment in four projects that would help advance affordable and reliable clean energy for American families and businesses. The $29 million would be separated into two investments:

  • $21 million investment over five years to design plug-and-play PV systems that can be purchased, installed, and operational in one day
  • $8 million investment in two projects to help utilities and grid operators better forecast when, where, and how much solar power will be produced at U.S. solar energy plants

Other projects under the SunShot Initiative are the following:

  • Fraunhofer USA’s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts developing PV technologies that allow homeowners to easily select the right solar system for their house and install, wire and connect to the grid
  • North Carolina State University leading a project to create standard PV components and system designs that can adapt simply to any residential roof and can be installed and connected to the grid quickly and efficiently
  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Armonk, New York leading a new project based on the Watson computer system that uses big data processing and self-adjusting algorithms to integrate different prediction models and learning technologies

All these projects are working with the Department of Energy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to improve the accuracy of solar forecasts and share the results of this work with industry and academia.

State and Local

There have been numerous instances throughout the years that showcase the efforts that state and local government officials have undergone to make solar possible. The following are the most well-known of these instances:

  • Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring California’s utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of 2030.
  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed solar incentives of up to $6,000 for homeowners and up to $10,000 for businesses. Applications for the program started on July 1, 2008. In April 2016, they passed a law that requires all new buildings below 10 stories to have rooftop solar panels. This made San Francisco the first major U.S. city to do so.
  • In 2008, Berkeley initiated a revolutionary pilot program where homeowners are able to add the cost of solar panels to their property tax assessment and pay for them out of their electricity cost savings. In 2009, over a dozen states passed legislation allowing property tax financing. All in all, 27 states offer loans for solar projects.
  • The California Solar Initiative has set a goal to create 3,000 MW of new, solar-produced electricity by 2016.
  • New Hampshire has a $3,750 residential rebate program for up to 50% of system cost for systems less than 5 kWp ($6,000 from July 1, 2008, until 2010).
  • Louisiana has a 50% tax credit up to $12,500 for the installation of a wind or solar system.
  • New Jersey law provides new solar power installations with exemptions from the 7% state sales tax and from any increase in property assessment (local property tax increases), subject to certain registration requirements.

Feed-in Tariff

According to experience, a feed-in tariff is both the least expensive and the most effective means of developing solar power. This is because investors need certainty, and a feed-in tariff definitely gives them that.

California enacted a feed-in tariff that began on February 14, 2008, while Washington has a feed-in tariff of 15¢/kWh which increases to 54¢/kWh if components are manufactured in the state. Hawaii, Michigan, and Vermont also have feed-in tariffs.

In 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) ruled that states were able to implement above-market feed-in tariffs for specific technologies.

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates

In recent years, states that have passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) or the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) laws have relied on the use of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) to meet state requirements. They have achieved this by adding a specific solar carve-out to the state RPS. The first SREC program was implemented in 2005 by New Jersey. Soon enough, this program has expanded to several other states, including Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

SREC offers many advantages, but one of its major problems is the lack of certainty for investors. A feed-in tariff provides a known return on investment, but an SREC program provides only a possible return of investment.

Power Purchase Agreement

In 2006, investors started offering free solar panel installation in return for a 25-year contract. They also began offering a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which is a contract between two parties — one which generates electricity (the seller) and one which is looking to purchase electricity (the buyer).

By 2009, over 90% of commercial PV installed in the United States were installed using a PPA. About 90% of the PV installed in the United States is in states that specifically address PPAs.

New Construction Mandates

In March 2013, Lancaster California became the first U.S. city to mandate the inclusion of solar panels on new homes, requiring that every new housing development must average 1 kW per house.

PACE Financing

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades, disaster resiliency improvements, water conservation measures, or renewable energy installations of residential, commercial, and industrial property owners. This innovative financing arrangement lends money to a homeowner for a solar system, to be repaid via an additional tax assessment on the property for 20 years. This kind of financing arrangement allows the installation of the solar system at “relatively little up-front cost to the property owner.”

The principal feature of this program is that the balance of the loan is transferred to the new owners in the event the property is sold, and the loan is paid for entirely through electric bill savings. Unlike a mortgage loan, no funds are transferred when the property is sold — only the repayment obligation is transferred.

PACE programs are currently operating in eight states, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. Additionally, they are on hold in many other states.

Current Status of Solar Power in the United States

Published on June 2019, the report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, a market research group, have discovered that the first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the U.S. solar industry’s history. A total of 2.7 GW of solar capacity was added to the grid at this time.

Aside from that, new solar installations should grow 25% from 2018, thus amounting to 13.3 GW. This bounceback — after solar installations dipped 2% last year — was driven by larger-scale utility solar projects, which account for 61% of the first quarter’s growth.

This development is a remarkable change from what was expected last year when President Trump announced that he was putting tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. During this time, the industry was worried that the tariffs would hinder solar. However, solar installations shot past the 2-million mark this year instead.

Moreover, the industry expects this growth to continue well past 2019. A number of U.S. utilities have solar projects in the works, and they should be a reality by 2024. And both residential and non-residential solar markets have grown tremendously over the years. Overall, solar power in the United States is currently on an uphill climb.

Manufacturers

In the simplest terms, manufacturing is the process of producing actual goods or items/products through the use of raw materials, human labour, use of machinery, tools and other processes such as chemical formulation. This process usually starts with product designing and raw material selection, turning them into an actual product output. 

Solar Products Manufacturers and Factories

In terms of solar, manufacturing encompasses the fabrication or production of materials across the solar market chain. The most common product being manufactured by solar companies are the solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are made with several subcomponents such as solar wafers, cells, glass, back sheets, and frames. Before a solar panel comes into life, it will undergo a lot of processes, from designing, modelling, choosing what raw materials to use and then assembling them all to make the final product.

More Than Just Solar Panels

Aside from the solar panels, solar companies have many other manufactured products that are required to make solar energy systems work smoothly, like solar inverters, batteries, combiner boxes, and racking and tracking structures.

Having a solar manufacturing sector makes a big difference in supplying affordable solar energy in different areas. Aside from maintaining the rising domestic and global demand for cleaner and renewable energy, they also help the economy grow, particularly the solar industry. If you are in search of a reliable solar manufacturing company, checking out our solar outsourcing company, SolarFeeds, would help you get easy access to reliable information, news, data and a list of solar manufacturers that can help you with solar products.