Bringing together industry and the public sector, SolarTech drives the growth of solar energy at the state and local level. We focus on results; our efforts provide best practices and implementation standards that make mass adoption of solar a reality
SolarTech drives six key issues that reduce cost, save money and support innovation: Join one of our six committees today and make an impact in the industry!
- Workforce Development
As a non-profit private/public consortium, our five year action oriented roadmap will achieve a 20% annual reduction in solar energy project deployment times for residential, commercial, non-profit, and government solar energy systems.
- Permitting: Working Group Lead Goal #1 – BACC (Bay Area Climate Collaborative). Partner with DOE’s Solar America Board of Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) on best practices and adoption.
- Performance: Collaborating with the California Public Utilities Commission, NREL, Sandia National Labs and over 50 companies to drive market signals from cost to energy generation based.
- Financing: Developed the first industry standardized Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) contract templates, reducing finance transaction costs and shortening contract negotiations.
- Workforce: Released the industry’s first “Framework for Industry Workforce Development” together with the CA State Chancellor’s Office and IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council).
- Installation: Releasing a site inspection, installation, and quality control checklist through member companies in tandem NABCEP (North American Board of Energy Practitioners).
- Interconnection: Facilitated collaboration by over 100 individuals, companies, utilities, and interstate agencies at July Symposium to pursue optimal solutions at federal, state, and local levels.
- Permitting: Reduce permit times by 50% by 2011, resulting in $1-2,000 saved in reduced cost per install for BOTH cities and solar installers.
- Performance: Make buying solar systems easier with standard performance metrics and energy yield education tools resulting in 25% faster buying decisions.
- Financing: Develop standards and best practices of financing related contracts, resulting in 25% reduction in transaction costs.
- Workforce: Link 2-year, 4-year, utilities, and private workforce training organizations to create an integrated Silicon Valley regional energy job training clearinghouse by 2012.
- Installation: Reduce installation time by 20% by 2011; resulting in $.50/W saved in reduced fees.
- Interconnection: Drive consistency and standardization of PV Solar interconnection best practices / processes resulting in a 50% decrease in interconnection cycle time by 2012.
We estimate there are currently 2,000 to 2,500 workers employed in the solar industry in California. The industry is growing at 35 to 40 percent per year...
Solar power requires steep upfront costs, which are often a deterrent for residents, businesses or utilities, despite the recognized long term benefits of distributed solar energy.
Every solar energy system is different. Engineering excellence, new applications and ever improving modules and components bring with them the promise of superior performance.
The ultimate goal of the industry is for PV to reach parity with traditional forms of electric. In developing industry-wide installation standards...
The broad variation in permitting requirements, both in data requested and time required...
For most solar electric installations, the interconnection to the utility is the final step in the overall process.