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This Rooftop Solar Assessment Tool Could Reveal the Solar Potential of Every Roof in the City

A rooftop solar mapping and assessment tool developed at MIT could eventually make it dead simple to discover the solar potential of every single rooftop in a city. The tool, called Solar System, uses high resolution mapping data to create a 3D model of the entire community, including roofs and trees, and then calculates their …

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September 26, 2014

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Solar helps schools in many ways (seia.org/research-resources/)

New Report Shows Solar Helps Schools Save Big

With school budgets stretched thin all over the USA, welcome news comes from the Solar Foundation and the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. You’ll be surprised how much money solar helps schools save. The study on solar in U.S. schools, called Brighter Future, has found that nearly 2.7 million K-12 students now attend schools that …

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September 25, 2014

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Solar Leasing or Solar Ownership? Ultimate Solar Calculator Helps You Decide

The cost of solar continues to go down, down, down, and so the question is not whether or not to go solar. To lease or not to lease your solar panels, that is the question. If you’re in the market for a home solar system and have the cash or access to a low-cost financing …

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September 22, 2014

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. Fusion.net has more short interviews about renewable energy, electric cars, and battery technology, as part of a larger story about …

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September 10, 2014

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Austin Solar: City Chooses Solar For Default Energy Generation Through 2024

Austin, Texas, may be currently known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” but in coming years, it may also come to be known as the solar capital of Texas, thanks to the city’s recent resolution to make solar power the default generation resource through the year 2024. As part of the city’s climate …

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September 5, 2014

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Verizon Puts $40 Million Into Local Solar Facilities

If you live in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, or New York, you’ll soon be seeing some great local solar installed at Verizon’s corporate facilities in your state. More than 44,000 solar panels will be set up. The new equipment for the country’s largest wireless carrier consists of high-efficiency rooftop, parking structure, and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic …

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September 3, 2014

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Wisconsin solar incentives: Solar farm in Walworth County, Wisconsin (energylawwisconsin.com)

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 …

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August 29, 2014

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