Installer's Survey Shows Solar Energy Customers Predominantly Middle Class

Massachusetts installer New England Clean Energy surveyed nearly 250 of its customers and found that the majority of households installing solar are middle class.

U.S. Renewables Continue To Outpace Coal, Oil And Nuclear In New Capacity

New U.S. capacity from renewables so far this year is almost 35 times that of coal, oil and nuclear combined - 3,598 MW vs. 104 MW. Solar and wind are running virtually neck-and-neck, with 1,671 MW and 1,614 MW, respectively.

Energy Department Invests Millions More In Cost-Cutting Solar R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $53 million to dozens of research and development (R&D) projects that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy.

TVA Reconsiders Solar's Role And Value In New Resource Plan And Grid Study

Critics point to wide variations in caps and premiums paid for solar under the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) current plan. The utility agency says it will incorporate more solar stakeholders in future programs.

After Massachusetts' 'Godfather Of Solar' Exits, Will The New Gov. Step Up?

Bay State solar developers and suppliers look back on the legacy of Gov. Deval Patrick while awaiting Massachusetts’ incoming chief executive.



SolarWorld says it is planning to add a new solar panel production line and expand solar cell production at its factory in Hillsboro, Ore. The additions, slated for 2015 at an estimated cost [Read More]

Solar and wind power helped the California grid maintain reliability during a challenging summer this year. According to the California Independent System Operator (ISO), grid operators were up against heat waves, historic drought [Read More]

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October 2014 - Volume 7, Number 10

Marketplace: High-Efficiency Modules

Future Solar Cost Reductions Hinge On Raising Solar Cell Efficiencies

With panel prices about as low as they can go, the industry turns to new R&D and production techniques.


Industry At Large: Installation Safety

Solar Safety By The Book: Spelling Out Expectations

Given the dangers of working with electrical equipment, everyone on a solar job site must work from one set of safety protocols.

Industry At Large: Reit Rules

Can REITs Do A Good Turn For Renewables Investments?

New rules supposedly make REITs more attractive, but they mostly signal capital interest.

Marketplace: Solar Thermal Systems

For Solar Thermal Installs, Project Management Trumps Technology

L.A.’s ReGreen handles multiple large projects by letting the clients set the agendas.

Industry At Large: California RPS

California’s Flirtation With 50% RPS Could Jilt Solar Generators

Renewables penetration could result in curtailment in the interest of grid management.

Industry At Large: Grid Interconnection

Hawaiian Electric’s Solar Plans Put New Focus On DG Interconnection

The island utility struggles to reconcile PV demand with sharp grid quality constraints.

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The North American solar sector's overarching goal is to make solar energy a practical, affordable, alternative energy source for commercial and residential applications. To achieve this, prices [Read More]



People want renewable energy, and they are willing to pay an excise tax to fund it. At least, that's what advocates for the Lafayette Clean Energy Initiative [Read More]


There is a real sense that solar policymaking in the U.S. is at a crossroads. While a large number of states have adopted renewable portfolio standards, net-energy [Read More]


It can be argued that understanding trends in the efficiency of photovoltaic cells is instrumental to understanding the future economics of solar energy. While unequivocally true, this [Read More]





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