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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

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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

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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Are Residents With Solar Panels ‘Makers’ Or ‘Takers’?

One of the more recurring disagreements before the legislature’s energy committee Tuesday centered on whether residents with solar panels are really paying for all they get from the power grid. It is called cost shifting, a phrase that echoed through the hearing room in the Legislative Office Building during conversations on bills that would expand

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Critics question SRP’s solar-energy payments

Several critics of Salt River Project’s recent decision to charge higher fees to solar customers accused the public utility of “profiting” from the solar power it gets from rooftops and sells to other customers. Several of the people who attended SRP’s public meetings on the rate changes asked for a full accounting of the surplus

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SolarCity offers DIRECTV customers a new solar channel

SolarCity and DIRECTV are teaming up to make affordable solar power even more accessible for homeowners in major cities across the country. The two companies announced the first-of-its-kind program at DIRECTV’s California Broadcast Center facility today in Long Beach where SolarCity recently installed a one-megawatt solar system. Under the new service relationship, DIRECTV technicians visiting customers’

What Is Holding Solar Back?

For years, solar energy has been widely viewed as a promise of clean, abundant energy that simply can’t be kept because of its inefficiency expense. But research into solar panels has advanced to where their cost can be subdued and their efficiency improved. Yet even if solar energy eventually becomes a major substitute for fossil

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In-Depth Analysis Of Solar Project Completion Timelines Released By NREL

Data from more than 30,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations throughout the United States has been compiled and analyzed by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as part of a new study to explore the relationship between interconnection regulations and actual project completion timelines. The quick takeaway here? Interconnection process delays are fairly common —

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Why solar panels are becoming a middle-class commodity

This was adaptated from a blog post first published on EDF’s Energy Exchange blog. The price of solar panels has fallen by 80 percent since 2008, contributing to a surge in solar home systems in the United States. Incentives such as net metering and solar “leasing” programs have also broadened the market. Today, middle-income and working-class homes are driving investments in roof-top

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