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Latest Solar News
The EU Plans To Get 30 Percent More Energy Efficient By 2030

The European Union has introduced an energy savings goal of 30 percent by 2030, a goal that goes beyond the EU’s current energy efficiency target of 25 percent by 2030. [Editor’s note: This article, by Katie Valentine, originally appeared on … Continue reading

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Google’s Offering $1 Million to Improve Home Solar Inverter Technology

“Smaller is baller,” “Min it to win it,” “Think shrink.” Those are the puns Google is using to promote its new competition: $1 million to whomever can invent a working power inverter for solar and other forms of renewable energy … Continue reading

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The PACE Financing Tool that Puts Solar on Your Roof Can Also Save You Water

We’ve long been big fans of PACE financing as an easy way to motivate homeowners to put solar on their roofs. Property assessed clean energy, as we wrote last month, is a simple way to add the cost of a … Continue reading

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How Can We Bring the Electric Grid into the 21st Century?

It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days. What will the 21st century grid look like? This is one of the key questions the Department of Energy is asking as part … Continue reading

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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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