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What Does the Future of Residential Solar Look Like?  — The Motley Fool
The industry will take a path similar to home construction or roofing today, with local contractors doing most of the work to install solar modules. The role of the large solar company will be to provide solutions and sales leads. And in that sense it's less clear who will take market share and create value for investors. [...]
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5 Reasons Why Drones Are Going to Work for Solar Asset Managers
With the potential to reduce inspection times from weeks to hours, it’s no wonder drones are becoming an integral part of the solar asset manager’s toolkit. [...]
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The world’s smartest solar solution | smartflower
With smartflower, you get a beautifully designed, easy-to-setup solar solution fully integrated with smart features for nearly effortless ownership. [...]
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These 3 maps show the absurd growth potential of rooftop solar in America
Solar power in America is on a roll. Over the last decade, the cost of solar installations in the U.S. has fallen by more than 70 percent, and every year has had more solar installed than the last.Since 2010, the nation’s solar power capacity has grown fifteen-fold. And employment in the U.S. solar industry recently surpassed 200,000 people – that’s more than the oil and gas extraction industry, and three times more than the coal-mining industry.It’s really just the beginning though. To [...]
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Summer, Solar, and an Iceberg of Excuses: Why I Don’t Have Rooftop Solar (and Why I’m Wrong) – The Equation
I’ve got a confession to make: For all the talking I do about solar and the solar revolution underway, I haven’t thrown my hat in the solar ring. An iceberg-sized collection of excuses stands between me and Solardom, and my homeowner-ship is hesitant to steam past them. But here’s why my excuses might just be hogwash, and how that iceberg might just melt away under the summer sun. [...]
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How to Calculate Your Solar Panel’s Payback Period
Did someone say free solar energy? Well, yes the Sun is blasting out an inconceivable amount of free energy every second, but to harvest all this golden wealth, you’re going to need solar panels for your home. You have a couple of options if you’re looking to get a solar power system on your roof … [...]
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Tesla’s new solar shingles could be the spark needed to ignite the industry
Tesla on Friday announced its solar shingle and tile roofing line. The nascent solar shingle industry has struggled to catch on, and Tesla's entry may be what's needed to take it mainstream. [...]
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Elon Musk just showed us the grand unification of Tesla: Fast cars, big batteries, and a stunning solar rooftop.
On Friday evening as the sun descended over the old Hollywood set of “Desperate Housewives,” Elon Musk took to a stage and fired up his presentation about climate change. It was a strange scene, with hundreds of people crowded into the middle of a subtly artificial suburban neighborhood. It wasn’t until about a minute into the speech that Musk casually let the crowd in on Tesla’s big secret. “The interesting thing is that the houses you see around you are all solar houses,” Musk said [...]
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Solar shingle/ – Wikipedia
Solar shingles, also called photovoltaic shingles, are solar panels or solar modules designed to look like and function as conventional roofing materials, such as asphalt shingle or slate, while also producing electricity. Solar shingles are a type of solar energy solution known as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). There are several varieties of solar shingles, including shingle-sized solid panels that take the place of a number of conventional shingles in a strip, semi-rigid designs con [...]
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The Hole in the Rooftop Solar-Panel Craze
Brian H. Potts on the hole in the rooftop solar-panel craze: Large-scale solar plants make sense, but panels for houses simply transfer wealth from average electric customers. [...]
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Solar Power And How To Calculate Your Return On Investment
Contributing less to pollution and more to sustainability are great reasons to buy a solar energy system. And let’s face it, seeing a return on your investment is a pretty nice incentive too. But how quickly can solar panels pay themselves off and how do you work it out? Let’s find out. To calculate your return on investment, there’s four main things your need to know: [...]
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Solar Panel Prices, Solar Growth, and the Incredible Valley of Life – The Equation
One graphic says so much about how far solar has come, and how bright its future looks. A friend and former colleague—my business partner from when I worked in solar—recently shared a graph showing the drop in the prices of solar panels and the growth in worldwide installations of solar. [...]
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The problem with rooftop solar that nobody is talking about
For zero down, leading residential provider SolarCity would install panels on his roof. The company would own the equipment, and he'd buy the power it produces for less than he had been paying his electric utility. Save money, fight climate change. Sounds like a deal. [...]
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Rooftop photovoltaic power station/ – Wikipedia
Rooftop mounted systems are small compared to ground-mounted photovoltaic power stations with capacities in the megawatt range. Rooftop PV systems on residential buildings typically feature a capacity of about 5 to 20 kilowatts (kW), while those mounted on commercial buildings often reach 100 kilowatts or more. [...]
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Colorado approves Xcel Energy’s landmark solar settlement
The agreement allows Xcel to roll out two time-of-use rate pilots and acquire more than 300 MW of on-site solar and community solar gardens.  [...]
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Discover how you can power your home with clean and affordable solar power energy.
Save money and the environment. SolarCity can help you generate your own clean, affordable solar power. Simply pay for your power by the month, just like your utility bill, only lower. [...]
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Home | Xcel Energy
We are a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. We serve 3.5 million electricity and 2 million natural gas customers, and have a leading portfolio of renewable resources. Learn more. [...]
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Xcel Energy – Solar*Rewards Program | Department of Energy
Note: The Solar*Rewards Program has capacity limits that are allocated on a monthly basis for the Small Program and quarterly for the Medium Program. These allocations typically fill quickly when the application windows open. Check the program website for the latest information on available capacity remaining and other program updates. [...]
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Xcel SOLAR Rebate program CLOSED | Go Green Electric Inc.
Xcel Energy closes the Solar Rewards program after they lower the rebate amounts [...]
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Xcel Energy Solar Rewards
Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards reimburses its customers for approximately half the cost of installation of a solar system. Reimbursement is in the form of $2 rebates for every watt installed and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). [...]
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DSIRE
The customer's system capacity may not be more than 120% of the customer's on-site annual energy consumption. Each year for the 5 years of the program (2014-2018), $5 million will be allocated from the Renewable Development Fund for the production incentive. Participating customers must complete program forms and pay a $250 engineering fee; Xcel Energy will begin accepting online payments for the fee on or before January 1, 2017. If, prior to the completion of an engineering review, the applicat [...]
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Xcel Energy wants to rewrite your electricity bill
Xcel Energy wants to rewrite your electricity bill and change the way you pay for energy. The first step in that effort is now before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, one of at least five … [...]
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Programs & Rebates | Xcel Energy
We offer a number of program and rebate options to our residential and business customers, and even offer a rebate finder tool. Learn more. [...]
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Colorado Solar Incentives | CO Solar Tax Credits | Sunrun
Colorado solar rebates and incentives allow you to save on your electric bill. Sunrun takes care of the paperwork for you. See if you qualify today. [...]
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