- The 2011 deadline for USDA grants is June 15th this year.
- The 2010 deadline for USDA grants is June 30th this year
instead of July 31st. Click
here for pdf file.
- The cost for
silicon used in the production of solar cells has gone down due to new
factories opening that are capable of producing much larger quantities
of this key ingredient. Look for lower prices on all solar
panels to follow in the very near future.
- The USDA now has
grants for Farms and Small Rural Businesses to install Solar
and Wind products, up to 25% of the costs can be received for your
installation. See here for details (this is in addition to
the income tax credit) Between an USDA grant and the tax credit a rural customer might cover
55% of the installed price of solar, wind or both and still get to
depreciate the remainder of the cost.
- February 17,
2009, President Obama signed the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which
removed the limits to the solar and wind credits. You can now
get a 30% credit for the cost of the entire installation.
There are other components to the bill and this information will be
- October 3rd
2008. President Bush signed legislation, the Emergency
Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, H.R. 1424 (the bank bailout bill),
that includes a new federal-level investment tax credit to help
consumers purchase small wind turbines for home, farm, or business
use. Owners of small wind systems with 100 kilowatts (kW) of
capacity and less can receive a credit for 30% of the total installed
cost of the system, not to exceed $4,000. The credit will be available
for equipment installed from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2016.
For turbines used for homes, the credit is limited to the lesser of
$4,000 or $500 per 1/2 kW of rated capacity. The legislation
passed today also extends and expands a similar credit for the solar
industry that was first passed in 2005. Residential and commercial
solar PV installations can receive a 30% credit, capped at $2,000 for
residential applications in 2008 but uncapped for commercial uses now
and for residential applications starting in 2009. For more
- The EARP program has filled up however, there is a chance of
there being a new and improved program starting up in the fall
of 2011. Sign up for our newsletter to keep updated.
- Consumers Energy announces EARP (Experimental Advanced
Renewable Program). They will pay you up to $0.65 per kWh
for 12 years of solar production if you qualify for the program
and start the program in 2009. This rate falls to $0.525
per kWh in 2010. After 12 years you can then continue with
the standard net metering program. More details of the
program will be coming soon. Detroit Edison has a similar
program that can run 20 years with 25% of the estimated
production advanced up front. If your power company is one
of these two utilities then this program may be for you.
- The new Net Metering rules became effective May 27,
2009. You are no longer required to get a 2nd meter.
Your application fee is limited to $100 (utility can no longer
just charge whatever they want). Your credits if you
over-produce can carry over indefinitely (instead of expiring in
1 year). There are limits to how many can participate and
at what size installations can participate, but for the majority
of installations these limits will not affect them. For
more information go to here
For highlights of the Net Metering Program try this
PDF, The smaller utilities may have different
- September 28th
2008. Greg Nielsen emailed State Representative Geoff Hansen
about House Bill 6006 which is in committee (if passed, would create a
50% tax credit on your State Tax Return for residential energy
installations). He replied that he supports the bill and
hopes it will receive a hearing before the end of this year.
He also attached a copy of the recently passed State Energy Bill (click
here to read it)
which directs all utilities to allow true net metering in Michigan, and
to produce 10% of their energy using renewable sources within 7 years,
and how they will be adjusting their billing to reflect true usage,
meaning lower rates for business and higher rates for
residents. This increase will make residential power
production even more attractive while at the same time make Michigan
more attractive to businesses who may bring jobs to the state.
- July 12, 2011. Shelby Solar and Wind becomes an
authorized dealer of OGW products which include Pramac,
Raum, Enertech, Proven Energy, Mennekes, Bergey, Phillips
Lighting, and any other products available from http://www.ohiogreenwind.com
- June 26, 2010. Shelby Solar and Wind becomes an
authorized dealer for Sunsiaray & Northern Comfort Solar
Thermal (hot air) and their solar hot water products. http://www.residentialsolarenergysystems.net/
- July 31, 2009. Shelby Solar and Wind becomes an
authorized dealer for Smart Home (www.smarthome.com);
Home Automation, X10, Remote Control, Lighting, Wireless Security...
if you need any of their products please contact us to order
(versus ordering direct), we may be able to save you a few
dollars, in addition, some products will be in stock very soon.
- June 5, 2009. Shelby Solar and Wind becomes an
authorized dealer for Ventera
- May 27,
2009. Shelby Solar and Wind becomes a dealer for (and also
joins the affiliate program of) Applied Magnets, a source for magnets
and wire and many other wind industry related products.
26th - August 30th Greg Nielsen completes training
in San Jose, California on partnering with AEE Solar, followed by
Enphase Micro-Inverter products and installation, Quick Mount
PV products and installation, and Unirac products and
installation. Various wind generators and solar modules were
28, 2008 Greg Nielsen completes
online Webinar on AEE Solar Dealership. See the frequently
asked question link above (FAQ) for information on various aspects of
solar and wind energy products, installation, and use. Please
direct any additional questions not covered in the FAQ to us by
visiting the Contact Us link above.
17, 2008 Greg Nielsen completes
online Webinar on Enphase Energy's Micro-Inverters.
15, 2008 Greg Nielsen of Shelby
Solar and Wind becomes an authorized dealer for AEE Solar.
Browse the entire product catalog online by clicking
14, 2008 Greg Nielsen - Licensed
Builder filed a dba with the Oceana County Clerk: Shelby Solar and Wind