Cost of Solar News

Check out the latest news and events surrounding solar energy and the green energy movement.

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Farm solar energy opportunities expand in Ohio

As well as being environment-friendly and economical for home and commercial purposes, photovoltaic solar energy has a lot of applications for farms everywhere. The US Department of Agriculture tells us that 36,331 farms use solar energy, making it by far the most common type of renewable energy technology for farming in this country. (Other stats place […]

September 19, 2014

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California Solar Incentives Increased for West-Facing Solar Panels

In what may be a first, California is increasing solar incentives for new homes built with west-facing solar panels, through the New Solar Homes Partnership. Conventional wisdom for orienting solar panels in North America is to face them to the south, but as we’ve pointed out before, that may not always be the best direction […]

September 17, 2014

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University of California Goes Solar With Largest Solar PPA By Any US University

As part of the University of California’s sustainability initiatives, which includes going carbon neutral by 2025, the huge educational institution has signed two “groundbreaking” solar power purchase commitments, making it the largest purchaser of solar power by any US university. The solar power purchase deals, through Frontier Renewables, will add 80 MW of solar capacity […]

September 11, 2014

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Going Solar Makes Good Business Sense (Video)

In this short piece, Marco Krapels (Partner, Pegasus Capital Advisors & co-founder of The Solutions Project) makes a very convincing argument for businesses going solar, starting with the basic economics of the cost of electricity. has more short interviews about renewable energy, electric cars, and battery technology, as part of a larger story about […]

September 10, 2014

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Wisconsin Solar Incentives & Solar Energy Facts

The state of Wisconsin offers incentives to help people improve energy efficiency, increase insulation in their homes and businesses, and convert to solar and renewable power. Solar power increased in Wisconsin in 2013 by 17%. Among Wisconsin solar incentives are a rebate program, several tax breaks, a loan program, net metering, and property-assessed clean energy […]

August 29, 2014

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New Solar Mounting System Allows East-West Facing Roofs To Go Solar

For homes with roofs that face to the south, and that have an appropriate pitch for mounting solar panels, installing an efficient home solar system is fairly straight-forward, because both the roof orientation and angle (pitch) are optimal for harvesting clean energy from the sun. And while there is some indication that facing solar panels […]

August 26, 2014

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Long Island Gets Residential Solar Loan Program Through NYSERDA & PSEG

Thanks to the combined efforts of PSEG Long Island and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), two low-interest solar PV loan options are now available to all PSEG Long Island residential customers. It’s not just the traditionally sunny states that are joining the solar revolution, as states such as New York […]

August 15, 2014

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Rooftop Solar and Electric Cars Can Be a Win/Win

Going solar at home or at your business can be an excellent investment, not only financially, but environmentally as well, and when combined with a smart grid and smart appliances, can further optimize our energy consumption. But one element of daily life, transportation, doesn’t fit very well into a renewable energy world, at least when […]

August 6, 2014

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Honda’s Open Source Smart Home Aims for Zero Net Energy

Installing rooftop solar on your home is a great way to save money, generate clean electricity, and lock in long-term electricity costs. But putting photovoltaic solar panels on a standard home, which may have issues with efficiency, isn’t nearly as effective as designing them into the home from the beginning, where they can be an […]

July 18, 2014

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New Solar Financing Options Make Owning as Easy as Leasing

Solar leasing has been a hot topic lately, as leasing solar panels from a third party is a simple and low-cost way for homeowners to go solar. Solar leasing can allow homeowners to get a solar power system installed on their house for $0 down (or close to it), and to then immediately start saving […]

July 11, 2014

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