Archive for January 24, 2012

Local TN Chapters

We are excited to announce that our new board of directors are setting up chapters of TSEA in their local regions!

We will have 3 local chapters: East TN, Middle TN, and West TN.

New pages on our website will show local news and events happening in your area.

Citizen’s Voice: Solar energy fuels new jobs in Tennessee

Data from the recently released Tennessee Solar Value Chain: A Workforce Development Needs Assessment from the Tennessee Solar Institute, reveals a rapidly growing industry and a genuine economic development opportunity. To read more about how solar can save thousands of TN’s jobs please follow this link: Solar Jobs in TN

New Solar Shingle Mount Requires No Trimming

As the most durable and reliable mount for installing photovoltaic (PV) panels on composition shingle roofs, the TTi Flat Jack now requires no shingle trimming or sealants, reduces labor costs and protects roofs. To find out more about this shingle mounted solar roof please follow this link: Solar Shingles

Political Battle Between Economy And Environment “Nonsense”

Mark Vachon, vice president of GE’s successful Ecomagination program is calling the political battle between economy and environment “nonsense.” “There’s this theory that you have to pick one: economics or environmental performance. That’s nonsense. Innovation is the way you can have both,” said Vachon. GE started the Ecomagination program in 2005 and has since invested more than $5 billion renewable energy, efficiency and smart grid technologies. The company saw such a powerful business case for clean technologies, it plans to double investments in the sector to $10 billion by 2015. According to Vachon, the $85 billion in revenue from cleantech has doubled the performance of the rest of the company’s portfolio.

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Simple Long-Term Feed-In Tariff Makes Financing Projects Less Expensive

Why? The average price of an installed solar system in Germany came to $2.80 in the third quarter of 2011. In the U.S., it was about $5.20 in the third quarter. Germany Installed 3 GW of Solar PV in December — The U.S. Installed 1.7 GW in All of 2011. Germans have a much more mature solar market. The country’s simple, long-term feed-in tariff makes financing projects less expensive, and has created a sophisticated supply chain that allows companies to source product, generate leads and get systems on rooftops efficiently.

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