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How the Solar Industry is Trying to Improve its Environmental Footprint

While solar energy’s benefits are clear, the industry has yet to set standards for the social responsibility and sustainability of its supply chain. There’s already a solar industry scorecard available from the nonprofit advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, where … Continue reading

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There’s Lots of Room to Do Energy Efficiency Better — Especially in the US

A recent scan of energy efficiency in 16 nations showed that all fall short of their potential. But the collective wisdom among these countries offers a path forward. Following close upon their World Cup win in Brazil, Germany also comes … Continue reading

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SEPA’s Julia Hamm Gets Into the Ring to Stop Solar Industry Fights

When the solar industry and utilities come to blows over getting more renewable energy on the grid, Julia Hamm isn’t afraid of getting in the middle of it. In fact, it’s her job to do so. As CEO and president … Continue reading

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How Utilities in 14 States are Encouraging Homeowners to Drive EVs

While the increase in the number of utilities offering electric vehicle tariffs has been incremental over the past year, a strong increase in future EV sales will likely cause more regulators to implement sweeping statewide changes. That’s one of the … Continue reading

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A Map of High Electricity Costs Is also a Map of Who Should Go Solar

One of the most common questions from people who are considering installing a home solar system is, “will it save me money?”. And while the answer is usually a complicated “it depends,” a good rule of thumb is that if … Continue reading

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Tata Solar Offers Interest-Free Loans for Residential Solar Financing in India

On Thursday, major Indian solar manufacturer and developer Tata Power Solar announced plans for a new nationwide initiative that will help prospective residential solar users acquire interest-free loans for up to $4,000 for their products. Tata Power Solar, India’s largest … Continue reading

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How Repurposed EV Batteries Can Make Home Solar Storage More Affordable

Lithium-ion batteries have led the mobile digital revolution, not to mention the electric vehicle boom, but they’re just more dead weight without proper recycling. Giving them productive life after death has been an ongoing research concern, especially for the burgeoning … Continue reading

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Go Solar, Go Electric: Siemens, Sunrun Partner on Clean Cars and Homes

In a bid to motivate even more electric vehicle drivers into a completely carbon-free ride, EV charging system manufacturer Siemens is partnering with solar installer Sunrun. The deal announced late last week offers users of Siemens’ VersiCharge EV home charger … Continue reading

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Solar Homes Don’t Make the Grid More Expensive for Non-Solar Homes

Net metering advocates received a shot in the arm last week when an independent study in Nevada concluded that over the next three years, solar homes will not shift costs to non-solar homes — and will, in fact, provide benefits … Continue reading

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Solar Panels are now Cheaper than Ever, Study Finds

Spot prices for solar modules around the world hit 63 cents per watt in 2014′s second quarter — an all-time low. [Editor's note: This article, by Jeff Spross, originally appeared on ThinkProgress, and is reprinted with permission.] Spot prices are … Continue reading

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