December 18, 2015

Congress Passes Solar ITC Bill

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 1:39 pm

Clifton Park, NY- December 18, 2015

Today is a big day for the solar industry, as Congress has passed a spending package that includes multi-year extensions of solar and wind tax credits, plus one-year extensions for a range of other renewable energy technologies.

Under the legislation, the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar will be extended for another three years. It will then ramp down incrementally through 2021, and remain at 10 percent permanently beginning in 2022. President Obama is expected to pass the bill into law by the end of the day.

This ITC extension provides stability for longer term plans and allows the industry to ramp up solar in a sustainable way. NABCEP is pleased and excited to announce this major policy development.

December 14, 2015

NABCEP Announces Accreditation of First New York State Residential PV Installation Company

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 9:31 am

Clifton Park, NY (December 7, 2015) –

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is very pleased to announce that Apex Solar Power of Glens Falls, New York has achieved NABCEP Company Accreditation. This company is the first in New York State to achieve this credential. To earn this accreditation, Apex Solar Power had to undergo a thorough and rigorous application and review process that included the submission of procedures and policies and an independent, third party inspections of previously installed systems. The core elements of NABCEP Company Accreditation include: employment of NABCEP certified installation and technical sales personnel, documented and consistent policies and programs as they relate to the operations of the company, ongoing worker training program(s), and a strong focus on worker safety.

The NABCEP Company Accreditation Program was initially funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NABCEP is proud to add a New York State Company to the growing list of companies that have achieved this credential.

“Apex Solar Power is very proud to be the first Solar Company in the North Eastern United States to achieve the highest and most respected Company-wide accreditation in the Solar Industry,” says Co-founder and Owner of Apex Solar Power, Marvin Dobert. “Because of NABCEP training and best practices, thousands of homeowners have received quality installs from Apex that will power their homes from the Sun for the rest of their lives.”

About Apex Solar Power:  Apex has emerged as a leader in the solar industry in upstate New York, serving customers from the Canadian border, to Orange County, to Syracuse New York. Stan Dobert Founded Apex in 2007 as a solar thermal design and installation company. Today, Apex has installed over 8 megawatts of solar electric systems, with combined experience in the installation of over 25MW in solar projects. Apex Solar Power’s installation credentials are diverse, and through installation partnerships with Sungevity, Real Goods (RGS), Posigen, and NRG. We focus on the optimization of each system to best suit each customer’s needs.

NABCEP Announces New Addition to Board of Directors

Filed under: News — Kathryn Casey @ 9:27 am

Clifton Park, NY-  December 3, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Rebekah Hren has been elected to the NABCEP Board of Directors. Rebekah is a North Carolina licensed electrical contractor, NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installation Professional, and PV instructor and curriculum developer for Solar Energy International and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

Rebekah’s focus is PV design, installation, maintenance and Code-compliance inspections for system of all sizes. She has worked as an owner’s representative for utility-scale solar farms since 2009. Prior to 2009 she installed residential-scale PV systems as Vice President of Honey Electric Solar. Rebekah has co-authored two books: “A Solar Buyer’s Guide” and “The Carbon-Free Home”, and frequently writes technical articles for PV trade magazines.

The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that NABCEP offers credentials that are relevant, meaningful, and offer value to practitioners and consumers. Both the NABCEP Board and staff are looking forward to working with Rebekah in her new capacity.