California Backs Some West-Facing Solar Panels to Meet Peak Demand

Last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) revised the guidelines for its New Solar Home Partnership – a 360-megawatt program within the 3,000-MW California Solar Initiative (CSI) – to provide an incentive for builders to …

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IEA Sees the Future of Solar: Lower Costs and More Energy by 2050

by Kristine Wong

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Clean Energy Victory Bonds: Another Way to Finance the Solar Boom?

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How Does Solar Stack Up Among the World’s Top Cleantech Companies?

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Sunshot Initiative Brings $53 Million in Funds to Speed the Solar Boom

Souped-up solar cells, speedier PV system installations and U.S.-manufactured solar at globally competitive prices are just a few of the end goals for projects recently awarded a total of $53 …

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Why the North Carolina Solar Industry is Set to Take Off

Smart policies, strong incentives and abundant investments puts North Carolina solar in the hot spot for strong growth in the coming months, according to a report from Pew.

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Employees at 3 Big Companies Now Have Cheap Home Solar as a Job Perk

If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, …

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YieldCos, Crowdfunding Among 4 Megatrends Shaping Solar Financing

In recent years, we’ve witnessed the rapid erosion of many traditional barriers to solar adoption. Almost daily, there are new, sunny reports and forecasts regarding solar’s plummeting costs. But as …

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Wind and Energy Efficiency Made the Big Drop in US Emissions Happen

A new report from Greenpeace finds that renewables and energy efficiency make up for 70% of the US’s drop in emissions — a far bigger share than fracking.

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The Cost of Solar Dropped 15% in 2013, Prices Will Fall More by 2016

A new report from NREL finds that the ongoing price drops that have brought the cost of solar down by 30 percent since 2010 will continue until at least 2016.

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SolarCity’s New Bond Offering Lets Everyone Invest in Home Solar

On top of new storage-plus-solar deals for businesses, lease-to-own models, and business partnerships, SolarCity has just cooked up a new way for everyday Americans to invest in the solar power …

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In Europe (and Everywhere Else), Solar is Cheaper than Dirty Energy

Hopefully, there’s not much surprise in a recent European Commission report (PDF) explaining that the real “direct total cost” of 20th-century energies like coal and nuclear is actually higher than …

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A Look at the Energy Efficiency Trends that Save Everyone Money

A new report shows how far we’ve come in energy efficiency: Electricity use is declining even as the population grows, so we’re spending less on energy.

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California Backs Some West-Facing Solar Panels to Meet Peak Demand

California has added a limited incentive for west-facing solar panels — but it is more about meeting peak demand than getting the most energy from the sun.

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