SolarCity

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In recent years, New Hampshire has seen rapid growth in solar power. With the approaching cap on a solar development incentive known as net metering, though, many in the industry say they can’t expand much more.  We’ll find out what’s going on, and how bright or dim the future might be for solar in the Granite State.

GUESTS:

The nation’s largest solar energy contractor is expanding in New Hampshire. But officials with California-based SolarCity say solar’s future here would be brighter if the state lifts a cap on its net metering program.

SolarCity , whose principal investor is tech billionaire Elon Musk, put up 40 percent of the residential solar panels in the country last year, and has been doing business in southern NH since April.

New Prospects For Solar Energy In N.H.

May 4, 2015
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With the recent announcement that the country’s biggest solar company is coming to New Hampshire, some green energy advocates are hopeful for the industry’s prospects.  We’re looking at how Solar City’s arriving may affect the industry’s prospects here given that today, sun-power represents a tiny percentage of our overall energy mix.

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The biggest residential solar company in the country is coming to New Hampshire.

SolarCity, which in 2014 installed 40 percent solar panels nation-wide, and is the fastest growing solar company in the nation. Their sales have doubled every year since 2010, to the point where last year they installed solar panels on 100,000 homes.

But that’s likely not why you may have heard of them.

“It started 7 years ago, two brothers, Pete and Lyden Rive, who yes are first cousins with Elon Musk,” says Lee Keshishian, SolarCity’s vice president of east coast operations.