As the costs of solar batteries continue to decline, more and more homeowners are adding energy storage to their solar installations: in California, for instance, one in every twenty solar installations now also includes a solar battery. As utilities become more familiar with the benefits of distributed solar + storage on the grid, from added operational flexibility to decreased electricity demand, several utilities in the Northeast are now offering large incentives for home energy storage pilot programs.
The best states to go solar in all have at least one thing in common, and that is beneficial net metering policies. Massachusetts’ net metering policy allows property owners to send electricity generated by their solar panel system onto the grid, and receive credit on future electric bills for excess energy produced by the system.
2016 is the Year of Solar, and with every week that passes, it becomes more apparent that solar is the energy source of the future. The first-ever utility-supported marketplace for home solar, a breakthrough in solar window technology, and a surprising solar financier are all in this week’s Solar News Roundup.