Smart Solar Flowers are going to pop up like weeds across the country. That’s a great thing for families and businesses who want to save money and go green.
We can bloom into a greener future with the SMARTFLOWER!
Arriving Stateside this month, the portable all-in-one unit mimics the behavior of certain sun-tracking blooms by rotating its solar-module “petals” throughout the day. This format, according to Austria’s Smartflower Energy Technology, allows the system to be 40 to 50 percent more efficient than traditional photovoltaic arrays, which tend to be limited by their fixed tilt. The company claims that a single Smartflower can produce the equivalent of a 4 kilowatt rooftop system, which it hails as a breakthrough for a standalone solar product.
The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the deployment of solar energy in the United States. SEIA successfully advocated for a multi-year extension of the credit in 2015, which provides business certainty to project developers and investors. The ITC continues to drive growth in the industry and job creation across the country.
Quick SOLAR TAX facts
- The ITC is a 30 percent tax credit for solar systems on residential (under Section 25D) and commercial (under Section 48) properties.
- The residential and commercial solar ITC has helped annual solar installation grow by over 1,600 percent since the ITC was implemented in 2006 – a compound annual growth rate of 76 percent.
- The existence of the ITC through 2021 provides market certainty for companies to develop long-term investments that drive competition and technological innovation, which in turn, lowers costs for consumers.
Let’s start with what everyone wants to know: which state is number 1?
The answer to that question is a bit complicated. You see, there’s a three-way tie for first place.
MA,NJ and NY all take home top honors this year. Yes, we know Americans don’t like a game that ends in a tie, but we’ve really got to hand it to these three states. Though each offers a different mix of policy and incentives, they’ve all managed to ensure a future in which home solar power is a big part of the energy picture—where homeowners can count on taking part, rather than simply consuming. These three states are setting the standard for what it means to be solar-friendly.
As for the rest of the states, the buttons below are presented in ranked order. Click to see a state’s 2016 Solar Report Card and read a little about solar there. If you’d like to read more, click on the report card to see in-depth analysis of the state’s solar policy and incentives, and read about solar investment strategies.