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Utility Failures Could Become Perverse Incentives for More Solar Energy Growth

September 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There are several reasons for healthy growth projections in solar. There are more affinity marketing promotions in your mail and email these days. There are more financing options such as crowd-sourcing, PACE, third-party ownership via power purchase agreements, and more.[read more]

Mexico's Solar Energy Revolution

September 23, 2014 by Jacob Sandry

Mexico and Solar

In Mexico a growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year. Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And they want to solve this dreary problem with renewables.[read more]

New Report Finds California Solar Installations Nearly Doubled in 2013, Thanks to Good Solar Policy

August 16, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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California Solar Policies

A new report ranks the top states in terms of solar energy, with California once again taking the top place for installed solar energy capacity. The report emphasizes the importance of favorable governmental and state policies in encouraging solar energy adoptions.[read more]

On the Contrary World Bank President Dr. Kim, Renewable Energy Is the Future

August 11, 2014 by Justin Guay

The World Bank and Renewable Energy

In the 21st century, it's hard to take anyone seriously who thinks coal, not clean energy, is the future for dynamic, emerging economies. But that's exactly what Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, did this week.[read more]

As the Solar Industry Eyes Storage, Experts at Intersolar Talk About Key Growth Markets

July 11, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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This week’s Intersolar North America conference, the world’s largest solar power confab, has dedicated multiple tracks of its multi-day schedule to energy storage. That’s a lot more attention than the single, hour-long session dedicated to marrying batteries with solar panels at last year’s show.[read more]

Solar Energy Jumps to 22% of New US Generation Capacity in 2013

April 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Solar Energy Growth

Natural gas was the clear winner in capacity additions for electric utilities in 2013, but grid-scale solar was the clear runner up, providing about 22 percent of new generating capacity. Solar's contribution is up significantly from 2012, when it provided less than 6 percent of new generation.[read more]

Celebrating a Solar Energy Milestone with Big Clean Energy Implications

March 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar Energy Adoption

California can feel good about the fact that it has more than half of all the solar rooftops in America, but there’s more to celebrate – the 100,000th such installation. This milestone demonstrates the substantial opportunity we have to make use of this ample and clean energy source – the sun.[read more]

A Solar Car for the Masses?

February 25, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

It’s car show season again, with the annual crop of car-model launches. My biggest regret in missing this year's Washington DC Auto Show was not seeing the Ford “C-MAX Solar Energi” concept, an unlikely marriage of electric vehicle (EV) and solar photovoltaic panels (PV).[read more]

Mexico as Bellwether for an Unsubsidized Solar Eenrgy Future

January 8, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

While subsidies have driven the thriving solar markets of Germany, Japan, China and the U.S., botched efforts in Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic have driven markets to collapse. But with Mexico and the rest of Latin America, we're seeing renewable markets evolve with far less government largesse.[read more]

Solar October in the Pacific

December 13, 2013 by Boyd Arnold
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Solar Energy October

How was the month of October for you? Can you still remember it after all that turkey? After reading these statistics about the solar industry, you’ll be remembering October 2013 for a long time and thinking about our energy landscape in a new way.[read more]