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2014: The Year of the Solar Installation

2014: The Year of the Solar Installation

Solar panel installations have been gaining ground all around the globe as the drive for a greener world intensifies. The United States is not left out of the solar power revolution, which has also received more boosts with drop in solar panel prices. From all indications, it looks like a bigger boom in solar panel


The White House Goes Solar

During the oil crisis of the late 1970’s, Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar thermal panels on the White House to set an example for Americans. At the dedication ceremony, Carter stated, “In the year 2000 this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy…. A


Cheap Solar Has Arrived!

In a recent landmark deal, solar energy was sold at 5 cts/kWh to a Texas utility company. If you want more details, a lot has been written about this deal, including here, here and here.  At this price level, how competitive is solar as a source of electricity? Subsidies The only subsidies going to this Texas project are a 30% Investment Tax Credit


Solar for Low Income Families

Although solar panels for homes have dropped in price over the last decade, they still require an investment to purchase outright and install. While this is an affordable possibility for many middle class families, especially given the long term energy savings, it may be difficult for low income households to save money and make such


Mosaic Launches Residential Solar Crowdfunding Fund

This morning (FEb. 6) Mosaic announced that it partnered with Connecticut’s green bank, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) and Sungage Financial to fund $5 million in crowdsourced loans for solar installations. Over the past year or so Mosaic has announced numerous projects throughout the U.S., from New Jersey to California and elsewhere, all of


Passive Solar in the Home

While solar power has become prevalent in the mainstream construction business in the past decade, passive solar design has been used around the world for thousands of years. Ceramic tiles and stones walls in the Mediterranean made it possible to keep homes cool even under the scorching heat of the summer sun. Likewise, small window

Entry-level home with integrated photovoltaic system

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


Walmart the Greenwasher

Although Walmart makes regular announcements about its progress toward sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions are growing, not declining. In fact, since Walmart launched its greenhouse reduction effort in 2005, self-reported emissions are up 14%, making it one of the biggest and fastest growing climate polluters in the country, says “Walmart’s Assault on the Climate,” a report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. On the Greenhouse Gas 100 list,

APS Loses Battle Against Solar

The first battle between a large electrical utility and consumers dedicated to choice, competition and clean energy ended this week with a bunt by Arizona Power Services (APS) and the Arizona Corporation Commission.  The commission in  a 3-2 decision opted to lower APS requested rate of almost $7.00/KW/Month to $0.70/KW/Month as a grid maintenance and


Solar Homeowners and The Federal Tax Credit

When most consumers set out to do research about solar panels, they will eventually come across the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit. This tax credit allows you to claim up to 30% of the price you pay to install solar panels, which discounts the cost going solar significantly. The credit has no limit and will