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How do States Make a Successful Solar Program? It’s a Combination.

How do States Make a Successful Solar Program? It’s a Combination.

States across the country have and are implementing programs that help homes, businesses and utilities go solar. Some, like California, Massachusetts and Hawaii have already seen huge successes in increasing the amount of clean solar, wind and other forms of renewable power in their states, while others, like New York and North Carolina are in

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In This State: Leigh Seddon’s 35 years in the solar power biz

Leigh Seddon, you could say, made hay while the sun shone. For 35 years he has been a solar enthusiast, visionary, entrepreneur and consultant – in short, one of Vermont’s chief proponents of harnessing sunshine to create electricity. He has seen solar grow in Vermont from the simple photovoltaic systems installed by off-grid back-to-the-land types

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Will New Technologies Give Critical Boost to Solar Power?

Promising new technologies, including more efficient photovoltaic cells that can harvest energy across the light spectrum, have the potential to dramatically increase solar power generation in the next two decades. But major hurdles remain. Today, despite recent progress, solar power accounts for about one percent of the world’s energy mix. Yet the International Energy Agency

solar storage

Energy Storage Is Going Primetime in 2015

The electricity grid is set for a major transformation – arguably one of its biggest since the inception of the grid – and energy storage is going to play a center stage role. The radical pace of innovation is driven by governments, utilities and energy companies whose understanding and acceptance that the way energy is

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Xcel hopes new ‘gardens’ will grow MN solar power

The new community solar program Xcel Energy will launch on Friday could mean a big boost in solar electricity for the utility. Xcel has about 14 megawatts in its system right now. The Solar Rewards Community could add 100 megawatts in 2015, or about enough to serve 25,000 homes, said Xcel Senior Vice President Laura

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Why Sun-Drenched Arizona Is Crushing Solar Power

When it comes to energy and how you power your home… fear not, the government has you covered. That is, until it’s no longer financially beneficial to do so. Take the solar industry, for example. With all the tax credits, subsidies, and risky government-backed loans to solar companies and consumers, you’d think the government wants

who pays for the grid?

Should Solar Panel Homes Pay To Maintain The Electrical Grid?

The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners’ rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics


First Solar teams with Clean Energy Collective to expand community solar

First Solar, Inc. and Clean Energy Collective (CEC) have announced a partnership to develop community solar offerings to residential customers and businesses — including those who rent, live in multi-tenant buildings, or whose rooftops are not suited for solar panels. According to First Solar, they will look for opportunities to provide affordable community solar. The

1/3 of new electricity is solar-generated.

Over one-third of new U.S. electricity came from solar this year

For the first three quarters of 2014, more than one third (36 percent) of the new electricity capacity built out in the U.S. came from solar systems, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association. During the first three quarters of 2013, a bit less than a third (29 percent) of new electricity

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Corporate America Is Turning Its Rooftops Into Solar Panels

Rooftop space is among the most wasted space in the country, but solar energy is quickly changing that. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, if all of the residential and commercial rooftops were covered with solar panels the U.S. could produce 819 TW-hr of electricity annually, or about 22% of what’s consumed every year.


No, cheap oil will not kill solar power

Solar energy investors seem to be running for the doors, fearing that cheap oil will erase demand for alternative energy. But it won’t, say industry analysts. Oil and solar serve two different customers. Oil dominates energy demand in transportation fuels, but solar power customers are primarily of two types: public electric utilities and large corporations. Neither of

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US solar producers cannot satisfy domestic demand, ITC hearing told

Witnesses from SolarWorld, Trina, Yingli, SunEdison, Gintech and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) gave evidence in Washington on Monday as the US-China trade row approaches its conclusion. An International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing today will see evidence for and against the imposition of anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties as both sides debate whether Chinese imports

Q3 2014 solar growth

US Solar Growth Continues: 1.3 Gigawatts of PV Installed in Q3

This U.S. solar market continued its strong growth in Q3, installing 1,354 megawatts* of solar photovoltaics in Q3 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year. The numbers come from the latest edition of GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released today. According to the report,