Policy Outlook 2012: Don’t Expect Much From Washington in 2012

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We hope you have the time to read this article, written by Meg Cichon, Associate Editor of  RenewableEnergyWorld.com, it discusses “Looming deadlines, expiring credits and a turbulent election — renewables have a challenging year ahead in North America as 2012 is set for policy change.”  And, you can make a difference by emailing your reps. (Details on how to contact your Federal reps and find out who makes the decisions at your state or County level are shown in main body of this post.)

“…Political turmoil has enveloped 2011, and it is expected to set the scene for the coming year. The late-August Solyndra bankruptcy news cast a dark mark on the Department of Energy (DOE) loan program, which is fueling an already fiery Washington D.C. climate. The heated political atmosphere has already affected a biofuels industry facing a $6 billion cut in tax breaks for ethanol producers. It also is poised to impact debates on the set-to-expire 1603 cash grant and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for the wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass industries.

So what does this all mean for 2012?”

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Top Six Questions about Solar Lighting and Solar Products during Winter Months

Four SeasonsWe get a lot of questions about solar lights during the winter months that we don’t get during the spring, summer and spring.

Here’s answers to the top six questions we get the most often.

For more information on getting the most out of your solar products year-round, please see our Solar Tips & Information.

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From Solar Lighting to Green Houses, Winter Means Deals for Your Spring Garden

get deals on garden equipment in deep winterYou may not be thinking about gardening right with short days and cold weather.  But, if you’ll want new landscape lights, outdoor furniture, compost equipment or even greenhouses in the spring, the darkest weeks of winter are great times to get great deals on these items!

It’s not really related to the holiday, it’s more an issue of supply and demand.  In most areas, the  gardening season starts in late March, although those lucky enough to live in warmer climates can garden much earlier.  Other people start to indoor seedlings plant seedlings as early as January for spring crops and flowers.

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“How Tariffs Could Impact Solar Industry,” from RenewableEnergyWorld.com

How Tariffs could Impact Solar Industry, is time running out?

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There is currently a trade complaint against China, which alleges illegal practices in selling solar products, particularly “dumping” products to the US and Europe markets, at “unfair prices.”

Many solar manufacturers (designers and engineers) in the US and European believe that their strives in solar products are based on quality innovations for better solar products, China’s goal is simply to dominate the world market. Continue reading