The Ohio SREC market is a split market at this point. 50% of Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) buyers SREC purchases must be met by in-state facilities. The remaining 50% can be met by bordering state generators (PA, WV, KY, IN, MI) That are registered in the state of Ohio. There is a point when out of state sited SRECs can no longer be accepted by RPS buyers. What this means to non-Ohio sited SREC sellers is that the value of selling in Ohio will be decreased or nonexistent. This is only meant for the short run EY 2010. Future energy years can bring different results.
Ohio Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) buyers can buy 50% of their SRECs from neighboring states. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia SREC sellers can certify their solar systems in Ohio and have the potential to sell their SRECs into a growing Ohio solar market.
However if too many solar generators register to sell their SRECs in a particular state or region an oversupply scenario could occur. Market saturation could diminish SREC demand and depress prices. It is also important to note, that a solar facility generating SRECs outside of Ohio and also registered within Ohio might not receive the same price of an Ohio sited SREC. For more information please click on the application for certification as an Ohio Renewable Energy Resource Generating Facility.
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LOS ANGELES, APRIL 15, 2010 — (Reuters) — Installed solar capacity jumped an astonishing 37% in 2009 following an onslaught of state and federal incentives offered during the recent economic crisis to help prop-up demand for new solar equipment. Grants, subsidies, tax-credits and cash incentives helped push revenue past $4 Billion in 2009, a 36% increase from the previous year.
According to a report released last Thursday by solar advocates it was the fourth straight year of unprecedented growth for the solar photo-voltaic industry here in the United States. This contrasts with the long-standing European solar power industry, which has seen a decrease as it’s mainstay nations ramp-down their incentive programs.
New U.S. solar capacity reached 481 Megawatts (MW) last year, an increase of 130 MW from 351 in 2008. Solar thermal for water heating also rose, but at a more modest 10% on the year. The only decline was seen in solar-pool heating, which saw a 10% decline blamed mostly on the slowdown in the housing sector.
Analysts say that the spike in U.S. growth is also attributed to lower prices of solar hardware, which the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported fell an estimated 40% in recent years. “Despite the Great Recession of 2009, the U.S. solar industry had a winning year and posted strong growth numbers… Consumers took notice that now is the best time to go solar,” says SEIA CEO Rhone Resch. The increase in solar was led by California, with New Jersey coming in second place, followed by Florida, then Arizona.
According to the SEIA, six solar utility projects also came on line in 2009, including both solar PV and solar concentration plants. Despite the increase, solar still remains under 1% of utilities generation within the United States. The SEIA is optimistic for the future however and predicts 17 Gigawatts of solar power down the line, enough to power over 3 million homes.
“Now we’re talking gigawatts of solar, not megawatts,” said Resch.
View the SEIA’s 2009 Industry Year in Review Here:
View the original article from Reuters Here:
(Reporting by Dana Ford; Editing by Marguerita Choy)
olar energy is attracting investment dollars. Competitive returns, lower barriers of entry, state and federal incentives, SREC revenue streams, and progressive Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) are advancing solar to the forefront of renewable energy world. As the solar market evolves, so are the financial structures that are assisting investors in financing and completing projects. This article will examine various financing strategies, the risks and rewards associated with them, and the incentives involved with solar investing.
Many solar projects are contingent on tax benefits, rebates, and long-term SREC contracts. Without these incentives and risk mitigation strategies solar projects can be difficult to finance and pose significant risk to investors. Let’s examine some of the incentives and strategies that are allowing the solar market to flourish.
As the solar markets continue to evolve new and innovative thinking will be the most prized commodity. The emergence of banks, lenders, financial institutions, and new financial structures will be welcomed and as solar makes the transition form a subsidized market to a self-sustaining market.
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Solar energy is gaining momentum in the renewable energy world. It is being heralded as a smart investment due to growth prospects, favorable market conditions, federal and state incentives, and more stringent Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). Individual and institutional investors are committing capital and taking risk because of potential profits and tax benefits that are associated with developing solar. Existing and newfound factors are driving solar energy to become a more mainstream investment. This article will examine these factors and demonstrate how they are contributing to solar energy’s success.
Solar energy is a favored renewable energy source. Solar is easy to install, is a hedge against higher electricity prices, generates a SREC revenue stream, and is beneficial to the environment. So far advantageous market conditions have attracted investors to solar.
However the future of the solar market also comes with challenges and risks. Increased competition could create an overpopulated market. Inexperienced players who are attracted by favorable market conditions could sacrifice engineering and construction quality for short term monetary gains. The reduction of federal and state incentives could make solar less appealing. As the solar market evolves it will be interesting to see if it could sustain itself and emerge as an established renewable energy source.
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August 25th, 2009 The Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority (METRO RTA) has awarded a five year contract for the sale of their Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs). The agreement, adopted on August 25th, 2009 by the METRO RTA Board of Trustees, sets a fixed price of $390.00 per SREC for the next five years, through vintage year 2013. Qualified bidders were informed of the sale via legal notices advertised in the Akron Beacon Journal on July 10th and 17th, 2009. A total of five competing bids were evaluated by the METRO RTA Board of Trustees before the contract was finalized. Below is a summary of the bids received before the July 31st deadline:
|Proposal 4||Commission based sale,
no fixed price agreement.
|Proposal 5||Commission based sale,
no fixed price agreement.
The Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority, is the public transit agency serving Summit County, Ohio and the city of Akron. It operates a number of local routes, and two rush-hour routes into downtown Cleveland. The five year contract is evidence of a growning trend in the Renewable Energy Credit market toward longer term agreements. On October 22nd, 2008, in a unanimous vote, the Ohio legislature passed, and Governor Ted Strickland signed into law, Senate Bill 221 requiring 12.5% of Ohio's energy be generated from renewable sources by 2025. Ohio has followed an ever increasing list of states passing green legislation that requires electric utilities and other pollution-generating entities to implement energy efficiency programs, including alternative energy production and emmissions reduction. Below are current Renewable Portfolio Standards adopted by various states:
|District of Columbia||11%||2022|
*Source: US Department Of Energy
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