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Cost of Solar Power in California May Soon Drop

As we’ve explained previously, there isn’t a simple answer to the question of the cost of solar, due to the many different variables that can affect the price of a solar PV array, which go beyond the relatively straightforward costs of the solar panels themselves. But one thing that wasn’t mentioned in our article about …

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May 30, 2014

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New Map Compares Solar PV and Grid Efficiency Across US

If you’re curious about the viability of solar power in your location, a new map comparing the efficiency of grid power versus the average efficiency of a solar PV system at locations across the US might give you some helpful insights. For those located in the Southwestern US, with abundant sunshine and heavy dependence on …

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May 22, 2014

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Portable Solar Generator Designed and Built by Hawaiian Contractor

One of the great things about solar power is its flexibility and scalability, which makes it as useful on the home as it is on the jobsite. A solar power system can be used to provide clean affordable energy for homes and businesses, but a smaller system, in the form of a portable solar generator, …

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May 21, 2014

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Factors Influencing the Cost of Residential Solar

When considering a residential solar power system, one of the first of many questions that gets asked is, “What is the cost of a residential solar system?” and a similar question, “What is the price of residential solar power?” It would be incredibly simple to address those questions if there was one single definitive answer …

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May 20, 2014

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White House Goes Solar (Again)

There’s something quite symbolic about putting solar panels on an iconic US government building such as the White House, and although the building went solar back in 1979, during the Carter administration, it was solar thermal for hot water, not electricity, they were generating. And that solar system was removed just 7 years later, after …

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May 14, 2014

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Personal Solar Charger Delivers Full iPhone Charge in 2 Hours

For those interested in getting started with solar power at home, small solar devices can be a great entry point, as the current state of solar charging technology allows for powering gadgets and mobile devices with the sun’s energy, without having to make a big investment. We recently covered a solar tablet charger that was …

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May 12, 2014

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The Ripple Effect of Moms Going Solar

“Meet four great moms who are choosing renewable energy – for their kids and for the future. “What better decision could you have made as a mother?” A film by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood. Part of the Postcards from Climate Change series.”

May 9, 2014

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Cashing in with Solar Power on Staten Island!

From brownfield to solar park: Staten Island’s Freshkills Park will be the home of NYC’s largest solar installation, providing 10 MW of solar electricity and nearly doubling the City’s current renewable energy capacity. Solar power might seem more of a fit in states known for being incredibly sunny, such as Arizona, California, or Hawaii, but …

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May 8, 2014

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Google & SunPower Partner to Finance Residential Rooftop Solar Leases

A big financial partnership between Google and SunPower will make it a little easier to go solar. The money from the fund ($100 million from Google and $150 million from SunPower), will be used to buy residential rooftop solar panel systems, which will then be leased to homeowners at a cost that’s typically below that …

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April 30, 2014

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10 Utilities Accounted for 82% of All Integrated Solar Capacity Last Year

When it comes to integrating solar power into the energy distribution system, the solar PV array that the homeowner or building owner installs is only one part of the equation, because the local electric utility company is a key component of this renewable energy revolution. Without participating utilities, home solar would be relegated to standalone …

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April 29, 2014

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