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Soft Costs: The Most Expensive Part of Solar Install

Soft Costs: The Most Expensive Part of Solar Install

With the precipitous drop in prices to manufacture solar modules – down 75% over the past four years, so-called “soft costs” are now the most expensive part of installing residential solar systems – 64% of the total price. Previous research pegged soft costs at 50% of the total price for installing a solar system. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) conducted that research in


Solar Parity: Arriving by 2025

The idea of parity for solar power, the day when power from solar panels costs as much as other electric generation sources like coal or natural gas, is coming closer, but when exactly will we hit that mark? The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative seeks to reach that point by the end of this decade—and


50 GW Solar Production: A 2014 Reality?

For the first time, the amount of solar photovoltaic modules manufactured across the world could break the 50 gigawatt barrier. That’s according to NPD Solarbuzz’s PV Equipment Quarterly report, which predicts that PV production will rise 10 gigawatts higher than last year’s  production of 39.7 GWs. The report also found that the production of multicrystalline-silicon


Solar PV and Energy Storage The Time is Now

June 16th, 2013 was a big day for renewable energy in Europe. On this sunny, windy Sunday afternoon in the summer, solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind peaked at over 60% of Germany’s electricity demand between 2 and 3 PM. The same afternoon, Italy’s hydroelectric, PV, biomass, geothermal and wind plants met the nation’s entire electricity


Top 4 Current Solar Industry Trends

Solar Power International is in full swing in Chicago, complete with the flurry of merger and acquisition announcements, product releases, and, my favorite, study and analysis presentations. Greentech Media Research Senior Analyst Nicole Litvak delivered a presentation earlier this week reviewing her evaluation of the trending in residential solar. The most exciting results show an


India Throws $10 Billion at Smart Grid

India has a power grid that is ripe for renovation and transformation. More than a third of the nation’s grid electricity is lost to power theft and inefficiencies, and that doesn’t include the half of the population that has no grid electricity at all. For those who do, daily blackouts are a common occurrence, and


Top 25 U.S. Companies by Installed Solar Capacity

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar) released the annual Solar Means Business report, identifying major commercial solar projects and ranking America’s top 25 companies by installed solar capacity. The report found that Walmart remains America’s commercial solar leader with 89 megawatts (MW) at 215 locations. The Top 25


Shared Renewable Energy Program Welcomed in Orlando

America has long questioned whether or not customers would be interested in renewable energy as a source of energy. This question has found its answer as all around the nation as utility companies and consumers rework the grid to add in more renewable energy sources. Florida is famously known as the “Sunshine State”, so the


PV Industry Recovery: Is It Happening?

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has been struggling for almost two years. Massive over-capacity and slower-than-anticipated market growth caused by changes in European feed-in tariffs led to a collapse in prices and consistently negative margins across the value chain. This in turn led to a number of insolvencies, layoffs and acquisitions, particularly in Europe.


Apple’s New Nevada Datacenter is Solar Powered

Apple’s newest datacenter, under construction in Reno, Nev., plans to take advantage of the sun with an 18 to 20 megawatt SunPower C7 Tracker photovoltaic array, according to reports. The Ft. Churchill Solar Array will likely be the biggest yet for SunPower’s relatively new tracker system and the first under NV Energy’s new Green Energy


Fat Subsidies for Fossil Fuels

The next time that someone complains that solar energy is tooexpensive and will never be competitive with coal, oil or natural gas,throw a few of these numbers their way: $72 billion – that’s how much money the US government spent between 2002 and 2008 on subsidies for fossil fuels according to a report by the

National Clean Fuels to Develop Solar iPhone App

National Clean Fuels says its newly acquired subsidiary, China National Solar, is developing a new iPhone application called SolarGenie, which willenable consumers interested in solar energy to determine what electricutilities in their area purchase user-generated power and what thenet-metering rates are for their local area. The company says the app will help consumers determine whether