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Cost of Solar PV Less Than Grid Electricity in 42 of America’s 50 Largest Cities

It wasn’t that long ago that the dream of affordable home solar electricity was really just more for the upper class, and for the ultra-technical and early adopters. But over the last couple of decades, and in the last few years in particular, not only has the cost of solar panels dropped and their efficiencies …

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January 13, 2015

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Are You Looking Into Solar Residential Energy?

You may have noticed that residential energy, in the form of renewables and especially solar, has been taking off recently. This development greatly benefits those who own, rent, or lease homes. Shelton Group, the leading US communications agency entirely focused on sustainability and energy efficiency, surveyed over 2,000 Americans online about residential energy through Survey …

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January 11, 2015

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California Solar Permitting Guidebook Could Speed Solar Permits

Attaining a permit for a home solar installation may be getting quicker and more efficient in the state of California, thanks to the release of a new guidebook and resources for local governments seeking to streamline the solar permitting process. California has been a solar leader in rooftop installations, but one of the barriers to …

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January 7, 2015

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Solar 101: The Basics of a Solar Home (Video)

In this TEDxHickory presentation, retired educator Metaleen Thomas uses her experience of designing, building, and living in her own solar home (with no previous solar experience) to illustrate the basic concepts of home solar, and illustrates how cost-effective a solar home can be. Find out how you can go solar today! Related: Solar 101: What …

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January 5, 2015

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Home and Community Solar Energy Prices at All-Time Lows

If you’re considering buying into a home or community solar project in the future, then you may want to do it within the next year or so. Both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have recently found that home and community solar facilities (“solar gardens”) will remain great price investments …

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December 31, 2014

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Solar App Tracks Electricity Production and Home Energy Use

One of the neat aspects of residential solar power, beside the obvious benefit of being able to generate affordable clean renewable electricity, is the ability to make power production (and consumption) more transparent to the homeowner. Through web interfaces, and now with mobile solar apps, solar homeowners can track the exact amounts of electricity produced …

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December 19, 2014

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Solar 101: What It’s Like To Live In A Solar Powered House (Video)

Although solar power has gone mainstream enough these days that many people may understand that they have the option of going solar at home, and are in favor of it, sometimes that’s as far as it goes, and home solar still remains somewhat of a mystery to them. When asked about the details of how …

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December 11, 2014

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Solar Powered Cars: Solar PV + Plug-In EV Resources

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are a great way to economically produce clean energy at a set cost, for years to come, and when sized appropriately, can go a long way toward helping a home or business achieve energy independence. And not only can going solar put money back in your pocket, but because solar power …

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December 9, 2014

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The Solar Rooftop Revolution, Animated

When it comes to residential solar, we live in exciting times, as the price of solar panels keeps dropping, while other energy costs keep rising, and advances in solar technology are increasing panel efficiencies all the time. Given that we don’t often see a drop in energy prices, so we can pretty much count on …

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December 3, 2014

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Does Solar Power Make Sense for Your Home?

Home solar power keeps getting more popular by the week, and with good reason, but is it right for your home? With the cost of solar panels dropping, and the price of energy rising, solar power can be a great investment for homeowners, not only for the boost in property value, but also for helping …

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November 21, 2014

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