: New California Law Hopes For Dramatic Expansion of
New California Law Hopes For Dramatic Expansion of Solar Hot Water Systems The California Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007 (AB 1470), creates a 10-year program aimed at installing 200,000 solar water heaters in homes and businesses using a $250 million fund. The law authorizes the California Energy Commission to ?impose the surcharge at a level that is necessary to meet the goal.." The surcharge will be applied to natural gas consumption on a per Btu basis and is estimated that it will cost the average residential natural gas user an additional 13 cents per month. The bill was signed into law on October 12, 2007.
The rebates for the systems established by the Commission ?shall decline over time" providing early adopoters with larger incentives. Similar to California's incentives for solar electric projects, the declining incentives are structured in an effort to increase demand and drive down the cost of the solar water heating technologies. The payments are paid out as a performance-based incentive basis so that they are earned based on the actual energy savings, or on predicted energy savings as established by the commission.
The state level program is modeled after the San Diego Solar Water Heating Pilot Program approved by the California Public Utilities Commission in February of 2007. In San Diego's 18-month program the solar incentives are calculated in two ways: The Prescriptive Method, used for smaller businesses and residential systems, evaluates each solar water heating system based on performance and is capped at $1,500; and, The Area Method, used for larger more innovative systems, calculates incentives based on a "per square foot of collector" and is capped at $75,000.
AB 1470 will lower the upfront costs of purchasing these systems and allow for a quicker payback period on these systems. The average residential system costs from $3,000-$6,000. Depending on how much natural gas consumption is avoided and what the cost of that fuel is, paybacks could range between 5-10 years.
Analysis by Environment California shows that all natural gas consumers stand to gain from the solar program. In their publication, ?Solar Water Heating: How California Can Reduce Its Dependence on Natural Gas,? they conclude that the program will help California reduce its current natural gas consumption by 5.1% and reduce the wholesale price of natural gas by 27%-37%.
The market for solar hot water systems is robust. Since 2000, about 9.2 million new water heaters are installed on average each year across the United States, with over half using natural gas.
California - Solar Power on New State Buildings This law required the Department of General Services, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to ensure that solar energy equipment is installed, no later than January 1, 2007, on all state buildings and state parking facilities where feasible, as specified. More... California - Solar Hot Water Incentive Program The Calilfornia Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007 (AB 1470), creates a 10-year program aimed at installing 200,000 solar water heaters in homes and businesses using a $250 million fund. The law authorizes the California Energy Commission to ?impose the surcharge at a level that is necessary to meet the goal of installing 200,000 solar water heating systems..." More... California - Solar Initiative Program In 2006, California enacted a "Million Solar Roofs" law. The bill reiterates and supplements the California Public Utilities Commission's $2.9 billion California Solar Initiative. The new law extends the PUC solar energy incentives initiative to publicly-owned utilities - municipal and cooperatives. Including the publicly-owned utilities, the PUC must limit the cost of the California Solar Initiative to $3.35 billion over the next 10 years. New Jersey - Renewable Portfolio Standard In April 2006, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) issued new regulations that as a whole requires 22.5 percent renewable energy by 2021. Most interesting is a requirement for photovoltaics to meet 2.12 percent of the state's cosumption - representing about 1,500 MW by 2020. More... Nevada - Reneable Portfolio Standard On June 8, 2001, Nevada enacted the country?s most aggressive renewable portfolio standard at the time. The law required that 15 percent of all electricity generated be derived from new renewables by the year 2013. Five percent of the RPS must be from solar energy projects. In June 2005, Nevada raised the requirements of the RPS to 20 percent of sales by 2015. The bill also allows certain energy efficiency measures to qualify for up to one-quarter of the total standard in any particular year. More... Oregon - Solar Power on New or Significantly Renovated Public Buildings Effective January 1, 2008, Oregon now requires that all construction of new "public buildings" or major renovations comprising more than 50% of the existing building?s total value ?contain an amount equal to at least 1.5% of the total contract price for the inclusion of appropriate solar energy technology in the public building. More... Washington - In-State Preference for Renewable Energy Systems Two proposals were signed into law in 2005 in Washington. The new laws put distributed generation and renewable energy on the fast track in the state. The first bill (SB 5101) establishes a renewable energy production incentive that is larger if the equipment comes from in-state manufacturers. The second bill (SB 5111) provides corporate tax breaks for solar energy businesses in the state based on their sales. More...
San Francisco's Rewewable Energy Initiative In November 2001, voters in San Francisco cast their ballots in favor of becoming a world leader in solar electricity. Seventy-three percent of voters approved of Proposition B to allow San Francisco to issue $100 million in revenue bonds to finance enough renewable energy to supply about 25 percent of the government's needs. If fully implemented San Francisco will become the largest single producer of solar energy in the U.S. More... West Hollywood, CA - Green Building Requirements and Incentives for Private Development Ordinance This ordinance applies a suite of energy conservation and renewable energy requirements to both residential and commercial development. Some provisions apply to new building projects while others apply to remodeling projects at existing buildings. One of these is a requirement to prepare the building for the installation of future photovoltaic systems. More...
TrendSetter Solar Products, Inc. is a quality manufacturer of solar hot water heating and storage systems in the United States. TrendSetter's solar hot water systems and storage tanks are uniquely positioned to serve the residential and commercial market. The Company offers a comprehensive range of solar water heating solutions, including solar radiant floor heating options, which are rated and qualify for the new federal energy tax credit program. A standard residential hot water heater emits approximately one and a half tons of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. TrendSetter's solar hot water heating and storage systems are emissions free. As global warming and alternate and renewable energies become more of a concern, TrendSetter's products are one of the answers. TrendSetter competes in financial markets for capital to support its operations. The financial markets are competitive, particularly for companies that are in their early growth stage. The financing terms have been, and may be expected to continue to be, dilutive. Additional information can be seen at the Company's website www.trendsetterindustries.com.
October 11 - TrendSetter Solar Products, Inc. Updates Shareholders on NOVA Designs + Builds Project
TrendSetter Solar Products, Inc. (OTC:TSSP) recently announced that it has completed delivery of equipment and engineering for two of the homes in the Red Apple Ranch Project in Murphy, California.
In March of this year, TrendSetter reported that the Company had signed a Letter of Intent to supply $1,250,000 of solar thermal hot water systems to NOVA Designs + Builds for their seventy-five home Red Apple Ranch project over the next sixty months.
TrendSetter management, Dirk Atkinson (CEO), Norm Ehrlich (CTO) and Jim Holmes (CFO), recently visited the project in Calaveras County, California to inspect the first two homes that are nearing completion. "These homes are perfect examples of how solar thermal technology can be utilized in engineering and qualifying homes for the EnergyStar program," stated Dirk Atkinson.
The Red Apple Ranch Project is located just outside the historical gold mining town of Murphy, California. These homes will serve as a retirement and vacation community principally for the San Francisco Bay Area population. Nova Designs + Builds designed and built these homes with comfort in mind. These first two modern designed houses were built using metal framing and roofing; while insulating materials and renewable energy systems were employed to make them highly energy efficient.
The energy systems of these homes implement "Thin Film" Photovoltaic collectors for electrical, TrendSetter solar hot water systems for domestic hot water and heating as well as whole house fans to cool the super-insulated houses. The homes will be highly efficient no matter how hot or cold the temperature becomes. On the first floor, the open interior floor plans sport stained concrete floors with radiant floor heating; the second floor utilizes radiant duct heating. Clearly, these homes impart the designer's touch.
TrendSetter Solar Products, Inc. provided HERS certification, consulting and design services that have allowed the developer to register the project as an EnergyStar development. This service entitles NOVA Design to the maximum federal tax credits, as well as state and utility rebates. Additionally, the project has allowed the developer to train its crews to meet the stringent verifications required by the EnergyStar qualification process.
TrendSetter CTO and founder, Norm Ehrlich, took a great deal of time to help design the energy systems for these first two model homes, while training and qualifying the Nova Design Builds teams. Now that the first two homes near completion, TrendSetter is preparing to deliver the solar hot water equipment for the next houses in the Red Apple Ranch Project development, which is soon to break ground.
: Schwarzenegger signs another Lanmark Solar Bill
SCHWARZENEGGER SIGNS ANOTHER LANDMARK SOLAR BILL
For Release: October 12, 2007 Contact: Bernadette Del Chiaro, 916-765-3224 x 103 Zur Veröffentlichung: 12. Oktober 2007 Kontakt: Bernadette Del Chiaro, 916-765-3224 x 103
AB 1470 Promotes Solar Water Heating, Cutting Natural Gas Demand and Global Warming Pollution
Sacramento ? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed yet another landmark solar power bill today, The Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007 (AB 1470), authored by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (Marin) and sponsored by Environment California. At a celebratory event at the CAL EPA headquarters, supporters of the bill touted its promise of creating a mainstream market for solar water heating technologies by offering $250 million in rebates for California consumers over the next ten years.
Asm. Huffman speaks at bill signing announcement event and Environment California's Bernadette Del Chiaro thanks Huffman for his outstanding leadership, as well as Gov. Schwarzengger for signing AB 1470. (more photos below)
?By signing this bill into law, Gov. Schwarzenegger is placing yet another solar power technology in the spotlight, harnessing for it California?s growing demand for renewable energy,? said Bernadette Del Chiaro, Clean Energy Advocate for Environment California. ?This bill is another way California can become a Saudi Arabia of the sun.?
The new law launches the nation?s largest solar water heating program and promises to bring a number of benefits to the state including reduced global warming pollution, stabilized energy prices and lower utility bills. A report by Environment California Research & Policy Center showed that a mainstream market for solar water heating could cut 6.8 million tons of global warming pollution per year, while cutting natural gas demand in each home by 50-75%.
?Solar power represents a significant energy resource for California,? said Assemblymember Jared Huffman (Marin), author of AB 1470. ?California can achieve greater energy independence, fight global warming, and save homeowners and businesses money by encouraging a mainstream market for solar water heating.?
AB 1470 is the follow up to the Million Solar Roofs bill (SB 1) signed into law by Schwarzenegger in 2006, which creates incentives for solar electric technologies. The rebate fund would come from a 13 cent per month surcharge on gas bills and would result in the installation of over 200,000 solar roofs. The program will be implemented by the California Public Utilities Commission and individual municipal utilities.
?Solar power can play a starring role in California?s effort to solve global warming by enabling homeowners and businesses to take concrete action right here, right now,? said Del Chiaro. ?Harnessing the sun is a no-brainer, and we applaud the Governor and the legislature for their vision and support of big, bold solar initiatives like this.?
CEC's BB Blevins was the event?s emcee
Asm Ruskin celebrates passage of AB 662, along with AB 1470 and other bills
NRDC's Victoria Rome speaks to benefits of energy efficiency and renewables
DTSC Director Maureen Gorsen speaks to need to save electricity and reduce toxics chemicals from lightbulbs
TrendSetter Solar Products, Inc. is a quality manufacturer of solar hot water heating and storage systems in the United States. TrendSetter\'s solar hot water systems and storage tanks are uniquely positioned to serve the residential and commercial market. The Company offers a comprehensive range of solar water heating solutions, including solar radiant floor heating options, which are rated and qualify for the new federal energy tax credit program. A standard residential hot water heater emits approximately one and a half tons of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. TrendSetter\'s solar hot water heating and storage systems are emissions free. As global warming and alternate and renewable energies become more of a concern, TrendSetter\'s products are one of the answers. TrendSetter competes in financial markets for capital to support its operations. The financial markets are competitive, particularly for companies that are in their early growth stage. The financing terms have been, and may be expected to continue to be, dilutive. Additional information can be seen at the Company\'s website www.trendsetterindustries.com
: Steigerung der Auftragslage.Mehr Mitarbeiter
Ich denke, dass die Auftragslage sich noch in diesem Jahr ganz schön zuspitzen wird. Da wirds bald drunter und drüber gehen..... Mehr Mitarbeiter werden eingestellt, die Firma vergrößert, Umsatz geht explosionsartig in die Höhe..... und es wird mächtig Gewinn eingefahren... und das alles schon 2008.
Da hat Poki schon Recht..... 2008 wird unser Glücksjahr. Ich bleibe eh long, denn 2009 gehe ich dann in Rente.....