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Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

Most people can’t imagine living without smartphones or the Internet, let alone without electricity. But even today — even in the United States — there are still people who live without lights and refrigeration. Many are Native Americans living on tribal reservations. For many, electricity is a luxury; it can even be magical. Derrick Terry

Is Solar Energy right for my house?

How to Know If Solar Energy Is Right for Your House

By the end of 2015, solar panels will be on more than a million homes in the U.S. In over a dozen states around the country, you can go solar with $0 down and actually save money on your electric bill — and more states are coming online regularly. Before you call a solar installer,

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Solar Installations Are Performing Even Better than Promised

Solar is looking pretty resilient, according to research from the National Renewable Energy Lab. Now it’s time for international standardization to accelerate and protect investment and performance. Crunching data from almost 50,000 PV systems pumping out 1.7 gigawatts from 2009 to 2012 — the infamous year of Hurricane Sandy — NREL’s report Reliability and Geographic Trends


Why Solar Panels Are Suddenly Sprouting On Everyone’s Roofs

Have you noticed a lot more solar panels on homes recently? While an increase in solar panel installations can partly be explained by pointing out that people are more aware of energy conservation issues and want to save money, there’s a much simpler reason why there are more panels on roofs all of a sudden:

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SOLAR POWER: Tips for homeowners considering solar panel systems

With solar power growing as an option for homeowners, here’s some things to consider when shopping for a system. INSPECTION BASICS Solar power installation on a home is a permit project. Mike Lara , the director of building and safety for Riverside County, has some tips for consumers: Electrical service panel: Ask if the new system

Grading 10 Companies’ Commitments to Solar

“This is a market-making type of transaction,” prophesied SunPower CEO Tom Werner, after Apple recently awarded $850 million to First Solar for a 130-megawatt PV plant to green its world-beating empire. Let us pray, said the solarizers. We’ll pray with data, of course, in this handy report card on corporate solar progress so far. Apple’s blockbuster deal

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California leads nation in solar installations as world sees 14% increase

California became the first state to generate more than 5% of its electricity from utility solar, according a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). California’s utility-scale (1 megawatt or larger) solar plants generated a record 9.9 million mega watt hours (MWh) of electricity in 2014, an increase of 6.1 million MWh from 2013. California’s

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Here’s How US Commercial Solar Can Bounce Back in 2015

In 2014, the U.S. commercial market segment was surpassed by the residential segment for the first time in decades. According to the most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight report, the commercial segment saw 1,036 megawatts come on-line in 2014, down 6 percent year-over-year. However, GTM Research sees this as just another dip in the tracks of the

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How Apple is making money off of its landmark solar deal

There’s a key aspect of Apple’s high-profile solar deal in California that’s been largely overlooked—until now. When Apple announced to the world last month that it would be spending an eye-popping almost $850 million to buy solar power from a solar farm to be built in central California, clean energy fans naturally cheered. But there was another

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Can Google bring solar power to the masses?

Is there anything better than powering your home with solar? The electricity generation comes with no air or water pollution. There are no carbon dioxide emissions to contribute to climate change, outside of the manufacture of solar panels. Because they’re on roofs, land use impact is basically nil. Solar power generates more jobs per unit of energy than fossil fuels, and

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Solar Power to develop floating photovoltaic projects

Solar Power Inc. said Thursday it signed a partnership to develop 50 megawatts of floating solar photovoltaic projects in California, three other states and Mexico. Floating photovoltaic arrays are relatively new technology for irrigation ponds, reservoirs and water treatment plants. They are getting notice because they don’t take up valuable farmland or expensive real estate. There

Portland Sunnier Than Houston?

The spring equinox is a fine time to celebrate the sun. And, for the solar power lovers among us, it’s a great time to take stock of how much sun is available for rooftop solar across the country. When we do, we find that, over the course of the year, the sun for solar power generation is

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