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    Solar Growth in the US Needs a Boost from Aussie-Style Efficiency

    American solar installations may be up 40 percent year-over-year, but don’t get excited. That’s still too slow compared to some of its competitors, who are schooling the U.S. in efficiency and investment, mainly by taking a day, or less, to … Continue reading

    Solar in Alberta: CanSIA Calls on Province to Achieve its Solar Potential

    It’s time to go solar in Alberta. That’s the thrust of a new policy paper just released from the Canadian Solar Industries Association, which urges Alberta’s provincial government to tap into its solar power potential. The CanSIA paper, “From Proven … Continue reading

    The Good Bad News from Clean Edge’s Solar Leadership Rankings

    There’s good and bad news to deliver when it comes to the American solar leadership landscape. The good news is that solar has gone mainstream across the United States. The bad? More battles are brewing on the sunny horizon. The … Continue reading

    Utilities that Support Renewable Energy, Efficiency are Still a Rare Breed

    A handful of the largest holding companies of investor-owned utilities in the U.S., such as NV Energy, Xcel Energy, PG&E, Sempra Energy and Edison International, are deploying from 17 to 21 percent of their energy from renewable energy sources. Yet … Continue reading

    15 Million Solar Homes Could Provide Half of Calif.’s Energy by 2050

    The Golden State is by far the largest state in the U.S. – with an estimated population of 38.3 million as of July 2013, it’s nearly 50 percent larger than the second most populous state (everything else may be bigger … Continue reading

    How Minnesota’s e21 Initiative Bridges the Utility – Home Solar Divide

    The battle for America’s energy future has been showcased as a David-vs.-Goliath slugout between big investor-owned utilities and proponents for renewable energy. Yet in Minnesota, a statewide initiative is quietly bringing together utilities, regulators, policymakers, industry and clean energy advocates … Continue reading

    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

    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

    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

    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