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How To Conserve Electricity & Save Money

Wasting energy is a big flub. It hurts you financially, and it hurts our environment. Electricity is a notable portion of our basic bills, but many of us carelessly use electricity and then blindly pay the bill. If you’re interested in stepping out of that cycle, hopefully the tips below on how to conserve electricity […]

October 10, 2013

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Is Solar Power Worth It?

This question is a popular one these days, and it’s getting more and more popular every day, as more and more people think about going solar and then actually go solar. But the question remains for hundreds of millions of people: is solar power worth it? Well, on a solar power website, what do you […]

October 7, 2013

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Huge Solar Power Plant Inaugurated In California

A huge solar power plant, the 8th-largest in the world, was just inaugurated in California over the weekend. The Catalina Solar PV plant is actually owned by the French energy company EDF Renewable Energy.   The giant solar PV power plant includes 1.1 million solar panels on 900 acres in Kern County, California. The projection is that […]

October 3, 2013

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FPL About To Offer More Solar Rebates

If you’re in the large Florida Power & Light region of Florida, now might be an excellent time for you to finally look into going solar. A new application period for solar rebates starts on October 15. Florida Power & Light (FPL) announced the new rebates just yesterday. The rebates will total about $9 million. They are for […]

October 3, 2013

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Solar Power Advantages And Disadvantages

Everything has its advantages and disadvantages, its pluses and minuses. So, naturally, there must be a number of solar power advantages and solar power disadvantages too, right? It’s been awhile since I ran down a list of solar power advantages and disadvantages, so I figured this topic was ripe for a refresher. Solar Power Advantages […]

September 30, 2013


Google’s Massive Solar Power Plant Hits Major Milestone

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a massive 392 MW solar farm being built in the Mojave desert. Its investors include Google, NRG Energy (one of the largest energy companies in the US), and BrightSource Energy (which is the lead developer). At 392 MW, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will be the largest solar […]

September 26, 2013

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WSJ Article On Solar Subsidies Misses The Beat

Generally speaking, reading and debunking horrible clean energy or electric vehicle stories in the mainstream media is not something I enjoy doing. But someone has to do it, and since I’ve been studying cleantech in depth for several years now and am in the blogging business, that someone seems to increasingly be me. Unfortunately, the […]

September 25, 2013

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$11 Million In Annual Xcel Energy Benefits From Solar Customers

Here on Cost of Solar, We focus a lot on the benefits individuals themselves receive from going solar. And we’ve written a bit about much broader benefits to society as a whole. However, something sort of in the middle are the benefits solar customers deliver to their electric grids and other grid customers. Let’s take a […]

September 23, 2013

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Google Loves Solar Impulse Solar Airplane, Becomes Official Partner

Across America 2013:Final leg from Washington DC. to New-York City. HB-SIA © Solar Impulse |Revillard| The Solar Impulse solar airplane thrilled countless Americans this year on its Across America tour. The creators and pilots of the plane also met with some notable business and political leaders (such as Richard Branson and the US Secretary of Energy). […]

September 20, 2013

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Solar Panel Costs Drop 60% In US Since Early 2011, Can Now Power 1.5 Million US Homes

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research recently released their latest quarterly report regarding the US solar energy market. There are a ton of interesting facts from the report, such as the solar panel costs fact above. Just a few of these cool solar power facts are in the infographic below. Many […]

September 18, 2013

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