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Going Solar Should Be No More Difficult than Getting Cable TV

April 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Installation Efficiency

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.[read more]

500 GW for Global Solar Energy in 5 Years, With 30 GW in India

March 31, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Solar in India

According to the researchers at IHS, global solar might hit 500 GW in total installed capacity by 2019. This year, 2015, global solar demand is projected to increase to 75 GW alone, a 66% growth rate against 2014. In 2014, the largest markets were China and Japan.[read more]

'One Million Solar Homes,' Tanzanian Style

February 23, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Tanzania and Solar

Tanzania, in an effort led by Off-Grid Electric, along with the support of the international development community, just set a goal of having “One Million Solar Homes” by the end of 2017. The campaign hopes to furnish solar electricity for 10 percent of the nation’s population and generate over 15,000 solar jobs.[read more]

India's 100 GW Solar Target Could Create 1 Million Jobs by 2022

February 20, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Solar Target and Jobs

Delhi is abuzz as the first renewable energy-financing summit organized by the Indian government, RE-Invest 2015, wrapped up with commitments totaling 266 GW of renewable energy in the next 5 years. For context, the country currently has about 250 GW of total installed power from all sources.[read more]

A Solar System Is Installed in America Every 2.5 Minutes

January 14, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Installation Speeding Up

In 2013, we reported that a solar installation was being completed every four minutes in America. Installation volumes have increased considerably since then. According to new data, the U.S. solar industry completed a project every two and a half minutes in 2014, which were the result of $15 billion in investment.[read more]

It Was $40 Billion Cheaper to Install 32GW of Solar Globally in 2013 than in 2012

November 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Install Pricing Drop

Between 2012 and 2013, global investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation dropped $28 billion. When scientists say we need a dramatic surge in zero-carbon energy sources, the drop seems like bad news. It's certainly not good by climate action standards. But it's not as bad as it sounds either.[read more]

How to Choose a Great Solar Supplier

August 18, 2014 by Nigel Morris

We very recently did some work helping to update and further educate consumers with Solar Citizens, speaking with hundreds of engaged solar owners around the country. And we are currently working with Greenpeace on a similar exercise.[read more]

California Utility SCE Selects Vendors for 1.3GW of New Solar Projects

August 10, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Southern California Edison has signed contracts for more than 1,300 megawatts of new solar power across seven large-scale projects, according to a release. The utility has also recontracted 225 megawatts of geothermal energy with the existing California source, Geysers Power.[read more]

Plug and Play Solar: A Framework to Dramatically Decrease Solar Soft Costs

July 29, 2014 by Brian Vieweger

Plug and Play Solar and Soft Cost Reduction

At Intersolar North America this year, one of the unexpectedly interesting talks I attended was entitled Plug and Play Systems for Residential Rooftops. This probably sounds to most people like a gimmick. Plug and play solar panels have been around for a long time but have never been widely used.[read more]

Will Oklahoma Solar Energy Be Okay?

April 28, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Oklahoma has very recently become yet another in a string of solar energy and infrastructure battlegrounds, because of a legislative bill that solar advocates feared could impose extra charges on utility customers who install rooftop solar panels.[read more]

8 Ways to Make Solar Energy Installations Faster, Safer, and Cheaper

March 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Cheaper Solar Installation

There are eight key installation practices, including mounting systems, structural components, and roof attachments, that will make residential rooftop solar systems more reliable -- and help to avoid potentially expensive repair costs in the future.[read more]

Soft Costs Reductions are Essential for Solar Energy Industry

December 23, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Solar Energy Soft Costs

What needs to be done to accelerate adoption of solar in the U.S.? The price of solar cells is continuously dropping and financing mechanisms are put in place to create affordable solar. Yet despite the seemingly obvious fiscal choice to switch to solar, it still remains an exceedingly hard sell.[read more]