Sunday, March 06, 2011

Adjusting Solar Rebates to Changing Markets

This is the way it's supposed to work. Aaron Nathans writes in the News Journal that solar panel rebates in Delaware are being adjusted downwards in response to falling prices:
"This is realistically the next step. As prices continue to drop, we don't need such a big rebate," said Dale Davis, president of CMI Solar Electric and president of the Delaware Solar Energy Coalition, an industry group.

He also sits on the Renewable Energy Task Force that designed the program. The task force, which was charged by the General Assembly with designing a sustainable solar industry in the state, also includes utilities, environmental groups, the solar manufacturer Motech, and representatives of various state agencies.
I am a member of the task force as well, and can testify first hand to the work being done to get the biggest bang for the buck. Task force meetings are open to the public; the next meeting is Wednesday, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Service Commission hearing room in Dover.

I can think of two ways in which support for solar power is helping to drive prices down. First, unit costs are coming down as manufacturers ramp up production. Second, the growing market for solar panels is driving further innovation, making panels more efficient or less expensive to produce.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

Where can I learn about what happens in the task force meetings?

10:03 AM, March 10, 2011  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

Meeting agendas and minutes are posted here:

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/information/Pages/DE_Renewable_Energy_Taskforce.aspx

12:16 PM, March 10, 2011  
Anonymous Mark said...

Thanks!

12:17 PM, March 11, 2011  
Anonymous Mark said...

Actually it's

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/information/Pages/DE_Renewable_Energy_Taskforce.aspx

but I don't see a link to the minutes?

I tried this

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/information/Documents/Renewable%20Energy%20Taskforce/03-09-11%20Renewable%20Energy%20Taskforce%20Meeting%20Minutes.pdf

but maybe the minutes aren't posted yet.

12:27 PM, March 11, 2011  
Anonymous Mark said...

Oh, that's the link you said...still

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/information/Pages/RenewableEnergyTaskForce.aspx

12:31 PM, March 11, 2011  
Anonymous Mark said...

This is getting close...

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/information/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dnrec.delaware.gov%2fenergy%2finformation%2fDocuments%2fRenewable%20Energy%20Taskforce&FolderCTID=0x0120008E04BDC34D35A544A5C90163F5324736

still no minutes for March.

12:34 PM, March 11, 2011  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

My apologies; the web page has moved and been redesigned. The new page is found here:

http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/information/Pages/RenewableEnergyTaskForce.aspx

The March minutes have not been posted, as the meeting was just two days ago.

1:25 PM, March 11, 2011  

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