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India Issues Annual Targets for 100-Gigawatt Solar Mission

August 17, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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India Solar Targets

Can India install 5 gigawatts of rooftop solar by 2017? India has released a year-by-year roadmap for its aggressive solar target of 100 gigawatts by 2022. Rooftop solar is slated to account for 40 percent of the target, while larger grid-scale projects will make up the rest.[read more]

19 Graphs That Explain Solar Panels for Home Owners (With Maps!)

July 17, 2015 by Lindsay Wilson
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Solar Adoption Information

Every week or two I get an email asking for information about going solar. Although I’ve had solar panels myself for three years, and have a bit of solar info on my website, I generally refer people off to other resources in the full knowledge they aren’t ideal. Today I’m going to fix that.[read more]

Solar in the Circular Economy: A New Business Model

May 19, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Solar Economics

Solar is great. It is an abundant, free, and omnipresent source of energy. We just need to convert it into a form of energy we can use: heating, cooling, or electricity. The only problem is that in order to convert it, we need to manufacture specific equipment (collectors, panels, inverters), and that is costly.[read more]

The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast

May 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar in the South

Anyone who's ever sat out on a Georgia afternoon or wandered outdoors in the bright Florida sunshine, knows the solar power potential in these two Southeastern states is enormous. Now, after a slow start, so is the headway the clean power technology is making in the Southeast's two most populous states.[read more]

What Tesla's Powerwall Home Energy Storage Battery Means for Texas

May 16, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tesla and Texas

There is enough solar energy potential in Texas to power the world twice over. Yet currently we rank 10th in the nation (behind New Jersey) with 330 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power about 57,000 homes. Texas is a state of almost nine million households.[read more]

Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You; You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part I: Assault and Battery

May 4, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Energy Storage and te Future

Some predict that lithium-ion batteries will become so cheap that homeowners and businesses will combine the technology with equally inexpensive solar panels and go off the grid. The scenario seems unlikely, but the debunking of this myth doesn't dispel all of a utility's fears.[read more]

Half of Americans Say Solar Is Important, But Only 6% Say They'll Buy PV Today

April 23, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Adoption Roadblocks

Solar and wind power top the list of energy sources that Americans identify as most important to their energy future, according to a new survey from SolarCity and research firm Clean Edge. Solar took the top spot among all major demographics and across all geographies, with wind a close second at 42%.[read more]

And the Winner Is: Distributed Generation

April 11, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Not a day goes by when I don’t learn something new about what solar energy can do and frankly, how many falsehoods exist about “the problems” that it theoretically causes. But what I love most is when facts and data bust the myths being spouted and today, we got an extremely cool new set of truths.[read more]

Virginia's General Assembly likes Solar Energy. Will That Be Enough?

March 29, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Virginia’s General Assembly broke new ground in February when it passed legislation declaring up to 500 megawatts of utility solar power “in the public interest.” The language will help projects gain regulatory approval from the State Corporation Commission, which has been hostile to renewable energy.[read more]

UtilityAPI: Automating the Customer-to-Solar Data Connection

March 28, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar, Customer Data Connection

UtilityAPI is taking on a major choke point in the often difficult solar customer acquisition process -- the cumbersome and frustrastingly time-consuming process of getting utilities to actually cough up their customers’ energy usage and billing data.[read more]

Study: Solar PV in the Built Environment Could Power California Nearly 5 Times Over

March 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2007, when the cost of a rooftop solar system hovered around $8 per watt, engineer and solar advocate Bill Powers proposed an ambitious plan: replace a proposed transmission line for Southern California with 2,000 megawatts of PV systems across San Diego.[read more]

Sometimes it Takes a Community to Go Solar

March 8, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Community Solar

 

You don’t have a south-facing roof. You have too many trees in your yard. You may not be committed to staying in your house for the next ten to fifteen years. Or maybe you rent, or don’t have the upfront money to install. These may be some of the reasons why you can’t go solar. You are not alone.[read more]

Something Astounding Just Happened in the Solar Energy World

February 12, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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You've read the Hawaiian announcement last week about micro inverter manufacturer Enphase. It alluded to a big thing but I couldn’t quite work out what had happened so I called some friends. The reality of what these guys just did and have achieved in the real world is really quite astonishing.[read more]

Can Microinverters Stabilize Hawaii's Shaky Grid?

February 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Hawaii Grid Stability

Hawaii leads the U.S. in rooftop solar penetration, with one in nine customers, tying their PV systems into the state’s grids. About 3/5 of those solar systems use microinverters from Enphase, who lead the market for DC-to-AC devices that sit at the solar panels themselves, rather than next to the power meter.[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]