Economy/Politics

New law raises the roof on solar

SB21-261 removes the former limit on total capacity of roof-top solar. The limit, now gone, was 120% of the power consumed by occupants of that building. More important, the bill authorized a new concept called virtual net-metering to customers of Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy. This will allow a company to do business in one location and own solar panels elsewhere.

What to expect in the franchise sector

With employment on the rise, many franchise systems will hire employees to meet the pent-up demand from consumers who are ready to venture out to their favorite restaurants and retail venues again despite stricter mandates. Here are two predictions of trends in the franchise industry that will continue through 2021 and beyond.