Policy


Policy and energy issues are closely linked. We realize that you are spending your time running your business day to day. Our goal with these articles is to keep you most up to date about policies that will impact your business.

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Why This Long-Time Solar Advocate is Having So Much Fun

“We are at the leapfrog stage in renewable energy. This is a paradigm shift. This is the answer, the holy grail,” says Christopher LaForge, co-instructor of two new courses from Heatspring, Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Storage 101 and Utility Scale Commercial & Industrial Storage 201.

For more than 30 years, advocates like LaForge have tried […]

Marc Shackelford-Rowell Awarded Genius Grant for Speeding Up Solar Permits in Philadelphia

Please join us in congratulating Marc Shackelford-Rowell, the third Genius Grant award recipient for 2021. Marc identified a problem when he joined the solar industry – the residential permitting process takes too long. So what did Marc do? He helped make it faster.

HeatSpring Genius Grants are cash payments with no strings attached. We recognize renewable […]

How to Get into the Renewable Energy Industry

Jack Bishop of Portland, Oregon recently graduated from Tulane University with hopes of entering the renewable energy industry and doing his part to address environmental challenges.

While he had taken numerous courses related to the industry, he didn’t know where to start looking for a job.

Bishop is not alone in his wish to enter a field […]

New Free Course: Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Financing

PACE financing (property assessed clean energy financing) is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades, disaster resiliency improvements, water conservation measures, or renewable energy upgrades to buildings through property taxes.

This free 12-minute lecture: “Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Financing” is for contractors (large and small), the sustainability community, and anyone looking for a new way […]

Driving Down Solar Costs: A 70% Reduction in 5 Years

Launched by the Department of Energy in February 2011, the SunShot Initiative was designed to make solar energy cost-competitive by 2020. In 2010, the cost of one solar watt was $3.80. The SunShot project was attempting to reduce solar costs to $1 per watt or $0.06 per kilowatt-hour, an almost 75% decrease in the 2010 cost. Many perceived […]