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Thursday, September 24, 2009

PV market heating up with new solar incentives: NYSERDA and DOE initiatives will spur investment

The market for solar is heating up. 

NYSERDA has released Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1686 entitled "Competitive Capacity-Based Incentive Program-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State Energy Program." The program is part of NYSERDA’s administration of the State Energy Program (SEP) and is funded by the Recovery Act. Nine million dollars will be made available in awards to selected teams for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems in New York State. NYSERDA is selecting proposals requesting capacity-based incentives for installations in the residential and non-residential market. Funding will be provided as a fixed amount in dollars per kW of PV installed. Teams must propose the installation of multiple individual PV systems that, when combined, are between a minimum block size of 500 kW and a maximum block size of 1,000 kW of PV systems. Proposals are due October 29, 2009.  A summary is available here:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Federal Register notice of a Request for Information on the PV Manufacturing Initiative. The ``PV Manufacturing Initiative'' is intended to coordinate stakeholders and technology development efforts across the solar community to facilitate the development of a strong PV manufacturing industry in the United States. The primary goals of this initiative include supporting the creation of a robust United States-based PV manufacturing technology including infrastructure and supply chain base, developing a highly trained workforce with the critical skills required to meet the needs of a rapidly growing industry, and speeding the implementation of new cutting edge technologies. Learn about it here: