Stay up to date with the latest news and trends in solar and renewable energy! Take a look back at the spring 2020 updates here.


H.R.2, otherwise known as the Moving Forward Act, hit the floor of the House of Representatives earlier this month.

The 2309 page bill was originally introduced as a means to boost the infrastructure and transportation sectors in the United States, but has been amended over time to address the growing issue of carbon emissions and “provide renewable energy companies with credits to aid in the development of future projects.”

According to Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), almost 90% of Americans support clean energy policies. If approved, this act would:

Create a grant program for solar installations located in areas that serve low-income and underserved communities

Extend the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources

Extend and modify the existing energy credit


If 2020 has been any indicator of how the world could look in the future, we know what we’re up against. There are few industries that haven’t been affected in some way by the coronavirus pandemic, and with the increasing threat of climate change looming overhead, farming is another area that’s seen a fair share of struggle. Experts expect that many nations will face growing pressures relating to food security.


Small farms in France have already started adopting solar agriculture as a means to “offset energy bills, reduce their use of fossil fuels, and breathe new life into existing operations.” Many trials of solar agriculture have seen positive results in India, Italy, the United States, and other countries. A wide range of crops can be grown in the shade beneath solar panels including swiss chard, wheat, potatoes, tomatoes, and more. These crops not only grow under the solar panels–they thrive. According to a recent study in India’s Maharashtra region, the experimental crop’s yield was reported as 40% higher than usual. That’s due to the extra shade provided by the solar panels, which helped decrease evaporation.


As part of Mayor Bill De Blasio’s goal to reduce citywide emissions in New York City by 80% by 2050, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) are seeking to install solar systems on city-owned facilities.

The schools that were chosen as hosts for these solar systems are located in “racially and economically diverse” communities and were ultimately chosen as technically viable sites for solar installations. This initiative will also help adhere to the statewide goal of having 70% of New York’s energy created from renewable energy sources by 2030.


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Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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