Solar ITC Extension is Close!


GTM reports on the impact of the extension of the Solar ITC which will be voted on by Congress Friday, December 18th: “A five-year extension to the solar investment tax credit (ITC), which is currently included in the omnibus spending bill under consideration in Congress, would result in 25 gigawatts (GW) of additional solar capacity over the next five years — a 54 percent increase over a no-extension scenario.”

Terrific news for for GroundWork: “The impact will be most pronounced in the utility-scale sector, where ITC extension will increase deployments 73 percent through 2020.”


Energy Infographic from WP


Wow! This is going to look at markedly different next year as GroundWork and its clients bring on 1 GW of solar per month in 2016. Check out these maps from the?Washington Post.

“There are?772?solar-powered electric plants in the U.S. They have generated?1 percent?of the nation?s electricity this year.

Sun power is predominantly in the Southwest where the sun shines the most. Thirty-nine states have no solar generating plants. California gets 8 percent of its electricity from solar and Nevada gets 5 percent, followed by Vermont and Arizona with 4 percent each.”


Progress by China and the US to Limit Emissions

As GroundWork participates in commissioning new utility solar plants EVERY WEEK, the US and Chinese administrations continue to make progress towards mandating the reduction on world-wide emissions. As the New York Times reports, California leads by example…

“Last week, Chinese officials met in Los Angeles with top environmental officials from California, which has enacted an aggressive cap-and-trade program. People who attended the talks said they were meant to pave the way for a possible linkage of the Chinese and California cap-and-trade systems.”


Another Energizing SPI!


As GroundWorkers attend SPI annually to meet directly with our clients and future clients, we also?get energized about the growth of the solar industry and its impact on reducing greenhouse emissions. Vice President Joe Biden encourages us to continue to get the word out: ?I really mean this sincerely, the more Americans who understand the possibilities of solar?just imagine what we can do.? Folks, we are on the cusp of something huge here but a lot of folks don?t realize it.?


REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2015 is Positive

We at GroundWork are very excited to play a small part in helping to?stabilize global carbon emissions associated with energy consumption. Highlights from the Renewables Global Status Report 2015 include:

“Solar PV capacity has grown at the most phenomenal rate ? up 48-fold over the 10 years from 2004 to 2014 (3.7 GW to 177 GW). Rapidly falling costs have made unsubsidized solar-generated electricity more cost-competitive, fuelling the record-breaking 40 GW added capacity installed in 2014.”

“the report notes that for the first time in four decades global carbon emissions associated with energy consumption remained stable in 2014, despite a 1.5 percent increase in energy use and 3 percent growth in global GDP.”


Justin Presenting Internationally!

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) invites you to join the upcoming webinar on the topic of: Overview of Best Practices for Solar Resource Measurement, which will be held on May 7, 2015 at 6AM PDT. GroundWork’s Justin Robinson?lead a discussion regarding?solar measurement stations for utility-scale solar operating plants.

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