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Community Energy Storage Brings Solar, Utilities And Ratepayers Together

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Michael Puttre on Feb 10, 2016

With innovative technology and collaboration, companies and utility customers stand to benefit from a mix of renewables and storage.

Home Appraisers See A Premium For Rooftop Solar

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Nora Caley on Jan 13, 2016

Owning a rooftop solar system increases the value of a home for sale, and new research can help real estate valuation professionals determine how much of a premium an array adds. Ben Hoen, a researcher with the U.S. Department of [Read More]

Building Codes Challenge Racking And Mounting Companies To Sharpen Their Pencils

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Michael Puttre on Dec 15, 2015

Building codes exist to make people safe. The codes also impose costs on manufacturers required to meet those codes. In the low-slope rooftop photovoltaic systems market – which is the centerpiece of the growing commercial and industrial (C&I) solar segment [Read More]

Brattle Study On Utility-Scale Solar Piques Environmentalists’ Interests

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Nora Caley on Nov 18, 2015

The Brattle Group has released a study that says utility-scale projects are more cost-effective than distributed solar. The report, which was prepared for First Solar, compares the generation cost of 300 MW of utility-scale solar with 300 MW of solar [Read More]

Look Closely At Solar Installation And Safety To Avoid Getting Burned

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Pete Wilcox on Nov 11, 2015

The sun could become the world's largest source of electricity by 2050, and solar photovoltaic systems could generate up to 16% of the world's electricity, the International Energy Agency recently reported. This could prevent the emission of more than 6 [Read More]

Building Codes For PV In Seismic Areas Are Ready For A Shake Up

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Michael Puttre on Nov 04, 2015

There are regions of the world that have both high irradiance for solar power and high risk for damaging earthquakes. California, perhaps, best exemplifies this combination of features. However, places such as Japan, which is investing heavily in solar power, [Read More]

Claims For Defective Solar Panels Could Be Covered By General Liability Insurance

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John D. Green on Sep 23, 2015

Several solar panel manufacturers and their distributors have been sued in class actions alleging that certain models of panels are defective and need to be replaced. Class actions can be very expensive to defend, and the ultimate liability can also [Read More]

Solar And EVs Seem Like A Match Made In Heaven, But The Devil Is In The Details

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Nora Caley on Sep 16, 2015

It seems like a perfect combination: solar power and electric vehicles (EVs). Simply set up some charging stations that are powered by solar panels, and the EV driver can enjoy an emissions-free recharge. After all, solar costs are decreasing, and [Read More]

IRS Ruling Could Be A Huge Boost For Community Solar Investment

Generally, an off-site community or shared solar energy project is considered an attractive way to generate solar energy due to the efficiency gains in both installation and maintenance costs. These result from economics of scale and the use of relatively [Read More]

The U.S. Solar Domestic Hot Water Industry Is Dissolving Itself

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Thomas Lane on Sep 02, 2015

The U.S. solar domestic hot water (SDHW) industry is in a state of dissolution due to historic trends and self-inflicted wounds. Two historic trends and associated events have severely damaged the SDHW industry; the rapid fall in natural gas (NG) [Read More]