Ecolibrium Solar now a preferred supplier for Amicus Solar Cooperative


Ecolibrium Solar just signed an agreement with Amicus Solar Cooperative as a preferred solar racking vendor for its member companies. Ecolibrium Solar was selected based on its successful relationships with Amicus members who use and prefer EcoFoot modular racking and for its strength as a company. Other factors include Ecolibrium Solar’s reputation for simple racking solutions for flat and pitched roofs, streamlined logistics that reduce cost, 25-year warranty, and expert, dedicated customer support from project start to finish.

Founded in 2011, Amicus Solar Cooperative is the first purchasing cooperative in the U.S. solar industry, and currently consists of 43 member-companies that are independent solar PV developers, EPC’s, integrators, and installation companies. Each member company operates under its own brand name in over 60 office locations in 29 states. Amicus Solar Cooperative is 100 percent owned by member companies.

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“Amicus Solar Cooperative is pleased to add Ecolibrium Solar to our group of preferred vendor partners,” says Stephen Irvin, Amicus president. “We’re confident that Ecolibrium’s quality products and dedication to customer service will serve our members and their customers well. We look forward to many years of a productive and mutually-beneficial partnership.”

Under the agreement, Ecolibrium provides Amicus members with its EcoFoot modular technology with its simple, roof-friendly ballasted system. EcoFoot is available in 10- and 5-Degree systems. The new EcoFoot5D High Density 5-Degree Racking was introduced this summer to complement the well-known 10-Degree solution EcoFoot2+. EcoFoot2+ holds an installer-hour rating of 13.5 modules, according to GNV ranking.

For pitched roofs, Ecolibrium provides its EcoX Rail-less Racking, which is the No. 1 universal racking sold in the fast-growing rail-less market, according to market analysis by GTM Research. GTM predicts rail-less will see 64 percent growth from 2016-2022. A new Tile Hook and Metal Clamp solution were introduced in September.

EcoX Rail-less is known for its ability to speed and simplify installation by eliminating rails. It is noted for delivering the beautiful aesthetic that homeowners love.

“Product innovation is the reason Ecolibrium Solar is in business, so you can expect to see additional product improvements soon. Taking cost out by simplifying racking is our ongoing goal, as well as providing superior products and customer support,” says Veague.

— Solar Builder magazine

Details on Momentum Solar partnership with New Jersey Education Association

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Momentum Solar, a top residential solar contractor, formed a partnership with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Hipp Foundation in an effort to increase solar education across the Garden State. As part of the deal, Momentum is donating a portion of their profits to Hipp for every new customer facilitated by the NJEA. The company is also the exclusive solar provider of the NJEA’s endorsed vendor, Buyer’s Edge Inc.

“We’re more than happy to support the Hipp Foundation,” said Glenn Massamillo of Momentum Solar. “Momentum believes in creating a better future for New Jersey and investing in teachers and their families across the state as many transition to a cleaner, more affordable lifestyle. We’re excited to launch this new program.”

Momentum Solar’s donations will be contributing to grant funding for the Hipp Foundation, which will provide support to public school employees in efforts to “promote excellence in education”. The partnership will contribute to a cleaner environment while boosting the economy and helping strengthen public school programs.

“The partnership between Momentum Solar and the NJEA Hipp Foundation is a win-win for our members,” said Dawn Hiltner of the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education. “The generous donations will help us continue to fund grants for educators to bring innovative programs into the schools. Plus, Momentum can help our members take advantage of the great benefits of solar energy.”

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SUNation Solar to handle all service operations for Level Solar

sunation pv installNY-based SUNation Solar Systems, a provider of residential and commercial solar solutions throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, has been chosen to take over all service operations by the Board of Directors of Level Solar, Inc. This includes financial administration, invoicing, billing and all phases of operations and maintenance / service work on all Level Solar installations. This course of action taken by the Level Solar leadership ensures that all their customers will be serviced so that they continue to provide clean, renewable power into the future.

“It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here trying to piece this process together,” explained SUNation CEO and Co-Founder, Scott Maskin. “SUNation will be doing a full court press with emails, social media and any other method of communication to bring information to Level clients. We will also be coordinating with suppliers and building departments to right this ship.”

SUNation Solar Systems has doubled in size year after year with nearly 3,000 of its own systems installed to date.

“SUNation is proud to have added over 20 former Level Solar team members to our existing 100+ person team. These high-quality Level teammates will help to make a smooth transition for Level’s existing customers and we expect to add more former Level employees to our team in the future,” added Maskin. “We are uniquely positioned and fully capable to support this project as Long Island’s largest and oldest full service solar contractor since 2003.”

SUNation Solar Systems has installed nearly 3,000 residential, commercial and municipal systems in the region to date. They have been voted Best of Long Island Solar Business for eight years in a row, as well as Best Green Business and Best Alternative Energy Company for 2017.

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This week’s sign that solar import tariffs are coming: DOE pushes to prop up coal plants

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In our upcoming Nov/Dec issue, we summarize everything about the International Trade Commission (ITC) injury decision and lay out the competing remedy suggestions from the petitioners and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to set the stage as we await the official recommendation on Nov. 13. It’s an interesting exercise to consider the pros and cons of each and hear analysts weigh in on the possible impact of each remedy.

But I can’t shake the feeling that none of it matters. In the end, Donald Trump gets to make a decision independent of any recommendation, and given his administration’s track record of politically motivated decision-making, there is zero reason to believe in a thoughtful outcome. The solar industry’s hope that he will be swayed by “losing 88,000 solar jobs overnight,” assumes he considers that a bad thing. His administration, including the head of the EPA, is on record as having an unfavorable view of the solar industry while coveting coal jobs.

Further proof: After the EPA declared it would roll back the Clean Power Plan, DOE Secretary Rick Perry requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) push through a rule that would guarantee cost recovery for power plants with 90 days of fuel supply on-site — basically a new subsidy for failing, outdated plants — with only a 60-day timeline to implement. The request to extend that was rejected by FERC.

This move came out of left field to many, and runs counter to the insights of the DOE’s own study into this issue. There was an immediate uproar from literally every group you can think of, in a coalition of odd bedfellows: Advanced Energy Economy, American Council on Renewable Energy, American Petroleum Institute, American Wind Energy Association, American Public Power Association, Electric Power Supply Association, Electricity Consumers Resource Council, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Natural Gas Supply Association, and Solar Energy Industries Association.

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Consider the stance taken by the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA), which issued a letter to the U.S. Congress urging it to communicate with the Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to request the withdrawal of the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.

From President IECA Paul N. Cicio:

“IECA has testified on several occasions on the importance of coal and nuclear baseload electricity generation to the manufacturing sector. And, though we remain supportive of both coal and nuclear, we are opposed to providing subsidies that would damage competitive markets.

“As large stakeholders, who consume 26 percent of U.S. electricity and spend approximately $65 billion on electricity each year, the manufacturing sector is very concerned about this proposed rule. The proposal is anti-competitive and if implemented, it would distort, if not destroy, competitive wholesale electricity markets, increase the price of electricity to all consumers, and directly negatively impact the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.

“The proposal would force U.S. manufacturers to pay billions of dollars in subsidies to the owners of uneconomic and obsolete coal and nuclear power plants. The retirement of certain uneconomic power plants represents a normal and efficient functioning of competitive markets and has been ongoing for decades. The owners of these plants have already been fully compensated for their costs.”

Anyway, I’m taking this as just the latest sign that you need to prep for solar tariffs and a big slowdown of solar activity in 2018, regardless of any well-considered ITC recommendation.

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California to standardize disclosures for solar contracts, protect solar customers

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Gov. Brown signed AB 1070 (Gonzalez Fletcher) into law last week. The bill previously unanimously passed the California Assembly and Senate. AB 1070 creates new and important consumer protections measures, including standardized and simplified disclosures, for all residential solar customers.

“CALSEIA greatly appreciates the efforts of Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher to protect consumers and applaud Governor Brown for signing AB 1070,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). “We support this new law because it simultaneously helps eliminate confusion in the marketplace while also reigning the handful of errant contractors. It does this without inadvertently harming the ethical California business men and women who are critical architects of California’s clean energy future.”

AB 1070 requires Contractors State License Board (CSLB) on or before July 1, 2018, to develop a disclosure document that must be provided to consumers prior to sale, finance or lease of solar installation. In addition, the law requires the California Public Utilities Commission to develop standard inputs for calculation and presentation of energy savings to potential buyers.

“We should make it as easy as possible for Californians to use solar power and other clean-energy sources,” added Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, author of the bill. “But it’s very expensive and very intimidating for homeowners to invest in solar power. It’s a challenge figuring out the honest companies from the ones trying to rip you off. The more protection we can provide consumers, the more comfortable they’ll be purchasing solar power at a time when each of us must do our part to combat climate change.”

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Last week, the Governor previously signed two other important consumer protection bills, SB 242 (Skinner) and AB 1284 (Dababneh), which provide additional consumer protections for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing of clean energy projects. SB 242 mandates PACE providers call homeowners to ensure they understand the terms, and AB 1284 requires the Department of Business Oversight to regulate PACE providers and that PACE lenders to ensure borrowers have the ability to repay their loans obligations.

Since solar investments are independent, voluntary choices made by consumers, consumer protection is considered the cornerstone of the solar industry. With the signing of these three strong bills – AB 1070, SB 242 and AB 1284 – California took major steps to increase protections for consumers in the 2017 legislative session.

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