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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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Solar Power on the Rise: Rooftop Solar, Large-Scale PV, CSP, and the Solar Revolution – The Equation
Shining. Soaring. Skyrocketing. Solar is so exciting, we’re running out of adjectives. The what, the why, and the where-to of America’s solar power revolution are the subjects of a new UCS report and infographic. It’s a story worth celebrating. [...]
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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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Sun Roof: Solar Panel Shingles Come Down in Price, Gain in Popularity
Photovoltaic roof shingles, which are tax-subsidized and easier to install than bolt-on panels, have become a viable option for homeowners looking to lower their electric bills [...]
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Calculate Your Solar Panel Payback Period | EnergySage
Learn how to calculate your solar panel payback period, the metric that most solar shoppers rely on to understand the value of solar. [...]
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How much do solar panels cost | Solar Reviews
How much do solar panels cost? This is the big question we all ask when considering whether or not to purchase a home solar power system. [...]
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3@3 on Solar PV: First Solar, Tesla/SolarCity, Residential Market
Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include the First Solar announcement that it is restructuring, laying off its workforce and canceling its Series 5 module; the finalization of the Tesla buyout of SolarCity and the residential solar market in Japan. Check it out. [...]
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Community Solar on the Rise — Tips for Utilities Developing Programs
Utilities across the country are embracing community solar, viewing it as an opportunity to retain customers and compete against the burgeoning self-generation rooftop solar PV market by providing a utility-operated 100 percent solar option. [...]
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Tucson Electric Breaks Ground on 10-MW/2.5-MWh LiB-Solar Energy Storage Facility
E.ON North America on Oct. 31 announced it had broken ground and begun construction of Iron Horse, a 10-MW/2.5-MWh energy storage facility being built for Tucson Electric Power. [...]
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“They thought we were building a death ray:”
In southern Colorado, hand-built coffee roasting rigs take advantage of the sun. Meet Colorado’s solar java roasters. [...]
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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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Colorado Solar Power (In Depth)
Although snowbound in winter, Colorado is also famous for its sunny skies. In fact, Pueblo Colorado ties 7th place as the sunniest US city, according to NOAA’s annual average % possible sunsh… [...]
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Solar Power: Following the first round-the-world solar flight, the Solar Impulse Foundation launches the “World Alliance For Clean Technologies”
The Solar Impulse Foundation launched the World Alliance for Clean Technologies during COP22, as a legacy to the first ever solar flight around the world. [...]
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Zero-net, Low-income Homes Offer Glimpse of Grid Transformation
The zero-net modular homes in Waltham, Vermont — boxy units with almost flat roofs — look nothing like the sleek Hollywood homes with solar tile roofs and Powerwall storage units that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled Oct. 28. And they’ve gotten considerably less press. [...]
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Cheap Ice Energy Storage for Solar Homes
By the summer of 2017, solar homeowners could store surplus daytime solar in an ice-based energy storage unit with a 20-year life, for less than half the cost of a battery storing the same solar kilowatt-hours, according to Ice Energy CEO Mike Hopkins. [...]
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Tesla Seals $2 Billion SolarCity Deal
Tesla Motors Inc. and SolarCity Corp. shareholders approved the electric-car maker’s purchase of the solar installer in a deal that’s poised to test Elon Musk’s vision for a viable one-stop shop for clean energy consumers. [...]
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Rural Solar: A Growing Movement
We thought you might be interested in this article from High Country News: “For fossil fuel-reliant towns, a solar alternative grows: A Rural Solar Movement is Growing, Which Focuses on Local Resilience.” “During his final semester at Delta High School, on Colorado’s Western Slope, Zac Carter enrolled in a new course called Introduction to Photovoltaics, where he could learn the basics of the solar industry. Some of Carter’s family works in the energy industry, and he’s a [...]
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What We Can Do
The sun was shining the morning Donald Trump became president-elect. I checked. Solar continues to be the most cost-effective way of generating electricity, so there is no doubt in my mind that our industry will continue to thrive. [...]
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Solar Power Colorado 2016
With the theme, “Developing New Markets: Solar Leads the Energy Transition,” Solar Power Colorado 2016 – which ran from March 7 to 9 in Broomfield, CO brought more than 550 attendees together to help chart the role of solar in transitioning Colorado’s energy paradigm. The optimism was infectious, so thanks to all our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for providing an enriching three days to motive us all for the coming year. Rebecca Cantwell, executive director of COSEIA, opened th [...]
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New Solar, Wind Competitive Leasing Program to Start for US Public Lands
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Nov. 10 said that the Bureau of Land Management has finalized a rule that creates a new competitive leasing process and incentives for solar and wind energy development on public lands. [...]
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Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – October 2016
The October edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” features KarmSolar, SolarAfrica, Singita, Tesla, Sungrow, Aquion Energy, Blue Sky Utility, Bpi, Luxor Solar, Juhayna, and Alpha Omega Winery. [...]
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Trump’s Win ‘A Disaster’ for Plunging Renewable Energy Sector
Donald Trump’s surprise election victory turned into a bad day for clean energy investors. U.S. solar panel-maker SunPower Corp. had its worst decline in three months on Wednesday, dropping 14 percent to the lowest since the beginning of 2013.  [...]
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COSEIA Praises PUC Approval of Landmark Settlement with Xcel
The three-member Colorado Public Utilities Commission on November 9, 2017 gave oral approval to a landmark settlement between Xcel Energy and two dozen organizations that will provide progress on energy policy for years to come. The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA), which played a key role last summer in negotiating the settlement across three separate dockets, praised the unanimous decision. “Today’s decision will allow Colorado’s vibrant solar industry [...]
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