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Connecticut Solar Energy — Solar & Storage Incentives, Solar Installers, Solar Costs

Connecticut enjoys one of the fastest-growing solar markets among the smaller US states. One reason is because the Nutmeg State actually receives more sunshine than most of the solar farms in Germany, with an average of close to 4.5 hours of direct sunlight for every 10 square feet (approx. 1 square meter). It may be …

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November 27, 2016

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Arizona Solar Energy – Solar & Storage Incentives, Solar Installers, Solar Costs

As one of the sunniest states in the US, Arizona has enjoyed early and great success as a leader in solar energy production. With 2,453 megawatts (MW) of solar installed, the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranks Arizona as #2 for total installed solar capacity. Arizona ranks number 2 in SEIA’s Top 10 States …

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November 14, 2016

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Colorado Solar Energy – Solar & Storage Incentives, Solar Installers, Solar Costs

Although snowbound in winter, Colorado is also famous for its sunny skies. In fact, Pueblo Colorado ties 7th place as the sunniest US city, according to NOAA’s annual average % possible sunshine ranking, with an average of 76%. Only Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas have sunnier cities. It’s no wonder, then, that Colorado ranks high in …

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November 14, 2016

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Hawaii Solar Energy – Solar & Storage Incentives, Solar Installers, Solar Costs

Looking at the map, Hawaii appears to be an ideal solar market. Every sun-worshipper on Earth knows the value of a Hawaiian vacation for its fabulous solar insolation. High electricity prices due to the huge costs of importing fossil-fuel-based energy resources make renewables like solar and wind power a no-brainer for Hawaiians. And, for the …

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October 24, 2016

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California Solar Energy – Solar Incentives, Installers, Costs

California is ground zero for solar energy in the United States. So, it seems logical to start our state-level solar energy deep dives here. In the article below, I’ll provide as thorough a look at California solar incentives + solar installers + solar costs as I’ve seen anywhere. Actually, it is more thorough than anything I’ve …

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June 6, 2016

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Congress Approves Extension of Solar Investment Tax Credit

The approval by the US Congress of a five-year extension to the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is expected to be a boon for both residential solar installations and utility-scale solar farms, and could add another 140,000 solar jobs, as well as lead to $125 billion in new private sector investments. The scheduled sunset of …

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December 29, 2015

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Georgia solar energy

Join the Fight to Extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit

Since 2006, the US federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has been an instrumental part of the widespread adoption of solar energy, both for residential and commercial buildings, and has been integral in creating some 150,000 jobs in the U.S. as well as pumping nearly $70 billion into the economy. But the sunset of that 30% …

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October 6, 2015

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Michigan solar

Net Metering Review: Value of Solar Energy Higher Than Retail Electric Rates

If there’s one aspect of residential solar that the anti-solar crowd, especially utility companies, loves to gang up on, it’s probably net metering. You could argue that the 30% Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit is right up there on the list as well, but for some reason a year-end tax credit seems a lot …

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August 11, 2015

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New Initiatives Aim to Bring More Solar to Low Income Communities in US

Even as the average cost of solar is dropping to the point where it’s now equal to, or less than, the cost of grid electricity in many large US cities, going solar is still a bit beyond the reach of many Americans with low to moderate incomes. And for renters and others without adequate rooftop …

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July 14, 2015

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Minnesota community solar garden (blog.solarmoxie.com)

The Power of Sun Shines Bright with Minnesota Community Solar

It’s cold in Minnesota, but the state has abundant and strong sunshine most of the year, so despite the snow factor, you should not be surprised that community solar programs—mini-power plants—are springing up there. Just this past week in Minnesota, SolarCity, the nation’s #1 solar power provider, and SunShare each made news with plans to …

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June 21, 2015

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