Tesla scores big wins – how will they affect the solar industry?

Over the last few months, Tesla has announced a new solar roof shingle product, debuted a new and improved Powerwall battery, and received approval for its multibillion-dollar merger with Solar City. Not too shabby. So how will these actions affect the solar industry? There could be some very positive response among the residential sector. Solar roof: The aesthetics of solar panels have long been an issue to be overcome with homeowners or their homeowner’s associations. Some also have to contend with special rules like historic zoning. Even the introduction of sleek solar panels with ultra low profiles in modern black and nonreflective designs on rooftops has not completely quelled these concerns. Powerwall 2: At ARiES we believe storage is the next leap forward for the renewable power industry. Tesla’s is not the only suitable home battery, but it may be the most well-known among the average consumer. The new Powerwall battery has several improvements – most notably, it comes pre-packaged with an inverter, unlike the original Powerwall. The set reportedly will cost $5,500. A new version of Powerpack, the business/commercial battery, was also unveiled. SolarCity merger: Elon Musk owned significant stakes in both companies and has made no secret of his desire for them to work closely together. Expect the Powerwall and Solar roof to be just the beginning of the fruits of this $2 billion deal. Want to know more? Business Insider’s Danielle Muoio has a series of “Everything You Want to Know” articles: … about the Solar Roof … about Powerwall 2 … about the Solar City...

Join us in Aiken, South Carolina for a USDA REAP grant workshop Dec. 15

ARiES Solar helped Wampler’s Farm Sausage install a gasification system with a REAP grant ARiES Solar has secured more than $7 million in grants for our clients. Join us in Aiken, South Carolina on Thursday, December 15, 2016 to find out how A USDA REAP grant can provide up to $500,000 for improvements to your rural small business or commercial farming operation. REAP grants can pay for 25% of the costs to install a solar energy system that can save you thousands on utility bills. Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as: High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) Insulation Lighting Cooling or refrigeration units Doors and windows Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor Loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs are also available. These offers can be combined with the 30% Investment Tax Credit on renewable energy as well as other incentives from your state or utility provider. In South Carolina, both SCE&G and Duke offer solar incentives. Check out our list of incentives for more information. The REAP grant application process is highly competitive. Join ARiES and a local USDA representative at Aiken Technical College to learn more about the process and how we can help! You’ll also learn the basics of solar energy including: incentives, installation, warranties, maintenance, financing and more! EXTENDED: Breakfast will be provided, but space is limited. RSVP by December 5  December 9 at...