New NREL tool aggregates solar permitting timelines, requirements across all jurisdictions

Distributed solar photovoltaic prices have plummeted over the past decade, but non-equipment “soft costs” like permitting, inspection and interconnection (PII) remain stubbornly high. PII review and approval processes associated with the 20,000 distinct jurisdictions and 3,000 utilities can sometimes add weeks or months to the installation process along with higher install costs passed to homeowners.… […]

Renewable Sector Faces Increasing Losses due to Extreme Weather

Extreme weather events that fall outside of traditionally modeled natural catastrophe (Nat Cat) definitions – including hailstorms, wildfires and extreme cold – are continuing to increase rapidly in frequency and severity, resulting in significant losses in the renewable energy sector. According to a new report from GCube Insurance Services (GCube), an insurer for renewable energy […]

Solar Energy Partners Expands Residential Offerings with Standard Merger

Solar Energy Partners (SEP), a company that offers a ‘white glove’ service in researching, comparing, selecting and installing residential solar panels, has merged with Standard Energy, a California-based solar energy company. The merger is set to accelerate SEP’s growth, enabling the company to expand its footprint into several other states and offer its services to […]

Environment America calls on Walmart to commit to solar on every roof

Environment America Research & Policy Center launched a new campaign Tuesday calling on Walmart to publicly commit to installing solar panels on the roofs of nearly all of its more than 5,000 locations across America — and over the parking lots that surround them — by 2035. “Walmart has built its reputation on getting customers… […]

70% of solar losses in last decade have occurred since 2017, finds GCube Insurance

Extreme Weather events that fall outside of traditionally modeled natural catastrophe (Nat Cat) definitions, including hailstorms, wildfires and extreme cold, are continuing to increase rapidly in frequency and severity, resulting in significant losses in the renewable energy sector. According to a new report from GCube Insurance Services, over 70% of solar losses in the last… […]