November 6, 2017 Eric

It’s true that the solar market is a dynamic one — and lots of things often happen that are unpredictable. There are a lot of up-and-down forces pushing and pulling on solar markets right now, specifically in the U.S. Some of them have to do with manufacturing — while others have to do with a…

October 30, 2017 Eric

It’s hard to believe it’s almost Halloween again.   But this year, as the little tykes carve jack-o’-lanterns and figure out which kinds of masks and accessories they want to buy, maybe it’s time to consider dressing your little one up as a solar installer.   That’s right, new numbers out from the Bureau of…

October 23, 2017 Eric

We’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at how solar is booming in the state of Virginia — with the governor’s official seal of approval, and big companies coming in to innovate and drive massive operations with renewables. But sometimes it’s also helpful to look at the broader market and how solar energy is…

October 18, 2017 Eric

You may have heard about a lot of the new solar initiatives across the state of Virginia, but have you heard how Tesla, the electric car maker, is working with four Virginia schools on solar contracts?   Press releases from the summer show the company opening a second store in Virginia with Gov. McAuliffe expressing…

October 11, 2017 Eric

We’ve talked a lot lately about big solar plans by Virginia utilities and energy providers, and some of those big Amazon projects that are adding tons of capacity to Virginia’s solar network, but there are also other very different efforts going on in other parts of the state to help smaller solar systems contribute to…

October 6, 2017 Eric

At Sun Day Solar, we’re closely following advancements in central Virginia utility administration that have to do with enormous potential for the future of solar energy.   Here’s a bright bit of news that shows how big the solar trend is in this area — Dominion Energy, one of the largest utility providers in the…

September 22, 2017 Eric

The concept of setting a tariff on foreign solar infrastructure is making big news this month. But what does it mean for the solar industry?   Some are claiming that China and other Asian countries are flooding the U.S. market with cheap imports that are undercutting prices for U.S. manufacturers. However, a range of solar…

September 21, 2017 Eric

Although we can see solar panels popping up on top of houses and everywhere else, we’re also getting new indicators of the renewable energy boom from other places.   Just this past week, the New York Times ran an interesting op-ed that really constituted a scathing indictment of the coal industry, under the title: “Using…

September 15, 2017 Eric

In the earlier days of solar energy, many of us thought of using natural sunlight to generate electricity as a kind of hippie pipe dream, the kind of thing that Arizona mystics do while they’re out in the desert messing around with crystals.   These days, you’re seeing solar panels on your neighbor’s roof —…

September 14, 2017 Eric

Big news came from the U.S. Department of Energy this week about important benchmarks that the country has met in terms of solar power, and news about ongoing efforts.   One of the big things that a September 12 press release mentions is the Sunshot Initiative, which was an Obama-era plan to decrease the cost…