“The Town of Manchester is proud to participate in the Solarize CT program, which will make solar panels available to homeowners at substantially reduced cost,” Mayor Leo Diana said in a prepared statement. Homeowners can expect to save 15 percent to 20 percent on the base costs of solar power systems, according to Solarize Connecticut, which announced earlier this month that 175 property owners had signed contracts for panel installation in Bridgeport , Canton , Coventry, Mansfield and Windham . “Each town saw more than twice as many residential solar installations as they had in the last seven years,” according to the organization. Also involved in the statewide effort is SmartPower, a nonprofit organization that organizes community-based clean energy campaigns, and the John Merck Fund, which funds clean energy programs. At the Oct. 3 information session, residents can learn whether their homes are suitable for solar energy.
Initially rediscovered at http://www.courant.com/community/manchester/hc-manchester-solar-0917-20130916,0,7104227.story
Japan Solar Energy PV Industry Reaches 10 GW Milestone
This was helped along by; The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched a subsidy program for residential PV systems as far back as 1994. Initially, the subsidy covered 50% of the cost of PV systems. The budget for FY 1994 was 2 billion Yen. Until 2005, Japan had the largest installed PV capacity of any country in the world. This early leadership position was achieved through a well-managed set of programs, coupled with attractive market incentives.
Initially revealed at: http://theenergycollective.com/joshshill/273976/japan-solar-pv-industry-reaches-10-gw-milestone
Tamil Nadu takes India’s solar power capacity up 30%
RELATED CHENNAI: India’s installed solar power capacity is poised to jump 30% with the Tamil Nadu government close to signing power purchase agreements for 700 megawatts (MW) by the end of October. Once the plants are up and running, Tamil Nadu will have the second largest solar power capacity in India after Gujarat, the pioneer in such projects in the country. India has 1,759.43MW of grid-connected solar power, with close to 800MW coming from Gujarat. The projects are expected to be ready for commissioning next year. As part of TN’s solar power policy, which aims at installing 3,000MW of capacity by 2015, a total of 52 companies will sign agreements with the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) for capacity totalling 698MW at a tariff of 6.48 per unit (with a 5% increase annually for 10 years).
First spotted at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/the-good-earth/Tamil-Nadu-takes-Indias-solar-power-capacity-up-30/articleshow/22642482.cms