Archive for December, 2010
Federal Solar Grant For Commercial Projects Extended One Year
Great news. Last week the federal government extended the Treasury Grant program in lieu of tax credits for commercial solar installations for one more year. It was signed into law last Friday as part of the bipartisan Tax Cut Bill.
The federal 30% tax credit for commercial solar projects has been in place for several years now, however it is only relevant if there are profits to apply the credits to. The government converted the credit into a grant as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act so that companies could access the funding even during the economic downturn when profits were lower.
The grant program provided a critical boost to the solar industry over the past two years. Getting the program extended until December 2011 is an important victory for the solar industry and the economy at large.
For more information please read here: http://www.seia.org/cs/news_detail?pressrelease.id=1181
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EmPower Solar Installers attend SunPower Training
Recently members of EmPower’s solar installation team traveled to Malta, NY to attend SunPower installation training. The 2-day course featured a mock residential installation with a focus on best practice techniques for novices and experts. This course is part of SunPower’s comprehensive online and in person workshop training offering for installers, engineers and sales professionals. After successfully completing the courses and exams, employees can earn certificates. At this time Empower employees collectively hold 18 SunPower Certificates in the areas of Installation, Sales, and Design.
EmPower routinely sends its staff to outside training, and we also conduct weekly in-house technical training sessions. EmPower’s deep commitment to training and professional development exists because it is our mission to empower clients with the highest quality, longest lasting solar power systems possible. It’s the EmPowering Way.