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Going solar should be no more difficult than getting cable TV

Going solar should be no more difficult than getting cable TV

Americans love solar and recognize that beyond producing energy it powers us toward greater energy independence, combats global warming and lowers our utility bills. Getting a grid-connected home solar electric system up and running shouldn’t be particularly hard or time-consuming. Construction, on average, takes about two days. Yet, a report published recently by the National

Harrop: The sun is rising globally on solar panels

On the average sunny day, Germany’s huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing. Or close to nothing. When the moon hid the sun for a few hours, the backup natural gas and coal plants switched on. The

For all the attractions of solar power, it shouldn’t blight

If one were to draw up a list of the most benign technologies ever invented, it seems obvious that solar power would be near the top. Electricity produced merely by the action of sunlight falling on a silicon panel seems to be drawback-free – no moving parts to go wrong, no combustible materials and most

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The Solar Industry Needs to Let Its Federal Tax Credit Die, Says This CEO

Wind has suffered from its reliance on the whims of Congress. Don’t let solar suffer the same fate, argues Camilo Patrignani. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is arguably America’s most important solar policy. This 30 percent tax credit spurred 1,600 percent annual growth since its implementation in 2007 and turned solar into an economic engine.

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China Solar Tariffs Won’t Help U.S. Jobs

The Barack Obama administration’s decision to put tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese solar panels is almost certainly bad for the planet. It may also be bad for U.S. jobs. The tariffs, announced yesterday, could increase the price of solar products from China and Taiwan by more than 200 percent. The move was prompted by SolarWorld AG,

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Solar power can be the game-changer for inclusive growth

With the positive intent and progressive action from the new government, the country is excited about entering a new era of growth & revolutionary transformation. This can happen faster and more effectively if the whole ecosystem is geared for it. And most important component of the ecosystem are the people, who are the primary beneficiaries


The Best Pipeline is a Pipeline that does not get Built

 Slowing or stopping the building of fossil fuel pipelines is an important part of efforts to decrease emissions. In addition to a series of delays for pipelines originating in Canada, Russia has recently been forced to cancel a major pipeline to Europe. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and ongoing destabilization of the Ukraine has resulted in

Wayne Stroessner: Don’t be fooled by utility rhetoric on solar power

On June 1, 2007, 7.2 kW of photovoltaic panels were installed on our residential rooftop. Seven years and four months later, the photovoltaic array has produced 54,133 kWh of electrical energy, saved our atmosphere from 92,024 pounds of carbon dioxide and prevented 12.5 tons of coal from being burned in We Energies’ coal plants. At

Latinos shouldn’t be pawns in fight over rooftop solar power

The three largest utility companies in California – Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison – have been using Latinos and others who live in middle- and lower-income communities as pawns in a war against rooftop solar. Unfortunately, the longer their war continues, the more harm will come to

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