Clean Grid Technology, Codes & Standards, Programs & Policy, Renewables, Uncategorized

Solar Mandate for New Commercial Buildings in Watertown, MA

13 Dec , 2018  

Written by Ryan Pollin, ERS for Zondits, December 13, 2018 The City of Watertown, Massachusetts, has become the first municipality in New England to mandate that all commercial new construction buildings be designed with solar PV. The decision was made by unanimous approval from the town council. The ordinance will also affect retrofits of buildings […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Codes & Standards, Programs & Policy, Regulatory Affairs, Renewables

New California Homes Mandated to Install Solar PV

11 May , 2018  

Residential Efficiency-NREL

Energy Efficiency vs. Home Affordability Written by Radhika Ojha, dsnews.com, May 11, 2018 Long seen as a frontrunner in clean energy goals, The Golden State has done it again by introducing a regulation that will make it mandatory for all new homes to install solar panels starting January 2020. The California Energy Commission recently voted unanimously to […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

Thinking of Going Solar? Solar PV – Paintbrushes and the Poop

23 Jan , 2017  

solar evaluation

Brian McCowan, ERS, for Zondits When inspecting solar photovoltaic (PV) systems we often encounter the typical problems such as excess shading from trees, loose wires, and module or cell physical damage. During a recent evaluation we discovered something unusual that provides an interesting opportunity to consider the effects of partial shading on PV panels – […]

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Building Technology, Whole Building

Builders are Committing to Net Zero Energy Homes

30 Nov , 2016  

HOW BUILDERS ARE MEETING THE CALL FOR NET ZERO ENERGY HOMES Builder, November 9, 2016 With energy codes becoming more stringent in many states, Myers and Thrive are at the vanguard of a growing group of regional and national production builders who are building highly efficient, zero energy ready homes—meaning they’re wired for photovoltaic panels, […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Regulatory Affairs

What’s the Real Outlook for Solar PV in Massachusetts?

5 Oct , 2016  

Manuel A. Fontan, ERS, for Zondits Solar photovoltaic (PV) power is understandably a hot topic in Massachusetts. This kind of energy has a favorable market outlook, along with other renewable sources and efficiency measures, as cities look toward smarter and cleaner power and in many cases compliance with optimistic greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards such […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Regulatory Affairs

Australia’s Z-Net Blueprint

7 Oct , 2015  


Ryan Pollin for Zondits, October 7, 2015. Image credit: suzanne chapman The Australian town of Uralla is taking the direct approach – aiming for a 100% renewable energy town. The town of 6,000-plus will use proven energy reduction strategies to minimize their energy needs, then bring on as much on-site power as they can. A 20% […]

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