U.S. Photovoltaics, Inc (USPV) joins MDV-SEIA as a Silver Sponsor for the 7th annual Solar Focus Conference. MDV-SEIA is proud to partner on this event with USPV, a company that has been a longtime supporter of the organization’s efforts and an active solar stakeholder in the Mid-Atlantic. We had a chance to catch up with Fred Ugast, who is the founder, to learn a little bit more about his company and get his thoughts on East Coast solar.
MDV-SEIA: Tell us a little bit about USPV.
USPV: We started USPV in 2007 when Maryland passed the solar carve-out to their RPS. It was apparent to us that SRECs would be critical to making solar financially viable but that for most people it added a layer of complexity to the process that needed to be simplified. Today we manage SRECs for more than 1,300 clients.
MDV-SEIA: What markets do you operate in?
USPV: We operate primarily in MD, DC and PA.
MDV-SEIA: What opportunities do you see for distributed solar on the East Coast?
USPV: I think the largest untapped opportunity relates to mid-size projects where economies of scale can keep costs competitive with larger projects and take advantage of behind-the-meter incentives. Also, combining solar configured with other fuels and storage to improve resiliency is a theme I think is only beginning to play out.
MDV-SEIA: What challenges do you see?
USPV: There are always a host of challenges but the two on my mind right now are the struggle to establish longer-term SREC contracts at prices that make sense for both owners and rate-payers and the ascendant issue of establishing the costs and value of solar to the larger electric grid.
MDV-SEIA: Whether East Coast or West Coast, which state/utility level programs or policies do you see as being a good model for others to follow?
USPV: Interestingly, I don’t have a sense that anybody’s got it all figured out but as long as the states are more or less on the path to meet their RPS targets I think it makes sense for them to continue to do what works given their unique political, philosophical and regulatory environments. As frustrating as it is, in some ways the U.S.’s diversity of approaches is not without its benefits.
About Solar Focus 2013
MDV-SEIA’s Solar Focus Conference is the East Coast’s premier solar energy conference. This year marks the 7th anniversary of the event and to celebrate the milestone, we are planning our largest gathering to date of solar energy leaders and stakeholders. Our 2013 theme, The Sun Rises in the East: The Growth of East Coast Distributed Solar, will provide a unique platform to highlight the unprecedented, exponential growth the solar sector is experiencing in markets such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, D.C., North Carolina, and Georgia.
The event, which will be held on November 11th and 12th in Washington D.C., will draw 400 solar leaders and stakeholders. For full conference details and registration, please visit www.mdvseia.org/solarfocus2013.
At USPV, our mission is to Make Solar Simple. Expanding solar electricity generation isn’t just about the technology–it’s about the financing, too. Our goal is to provide current and potential solar PV system owners with the help they need to make their investment as financially profitable as it is globally responsible. The adoption of solar technology by homes and businesses is being driven by a recognition that the age of fossil fuels is approaching its end. The transition to the age of renewables will be as difficult as it is profound–but it will happen.
For more information, please visit http://uspvinc.com/.
Founded in 1984, MDV-SEIA represents the interests of photovoltaic and solar thermal developers, financiers, equipment manufacturers, installers, distributors and component suppliers serving Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Our members design, sell, integrate, install, maintain and finance solar energy equipment for residential, commercial and institutional customers throughout the region.
MDV-SEIA delivers on policy formation and advocacy, market representation, networking, education, and additional benefits to our 100+ members representing more than 2,000 direct jobs in our region. In the last few years, MDV-SEIA’s leadership has resulted in increased state requirements as well as increased penalties for non-compliance, creation of a solar thermal market, improvements to net metering, and game changing gains in the deployment of solar.
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