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'Terrordome' is Nothing to Fear; Keeping Up with the Joneses on Energy Use, Solar Panels

November 5, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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Terrordomes and Solar Energy

The falling price of oil took over energy news in many outlets. But there was also news of a certain other energy price coming down. “Solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S. states” by 2016 and all 50 by 2020, wrote Tom Randall in Bloomberg.[read more]

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How to Value Distributed Solar Energy: The Net Metering Debate

October 7, 2014 by Nate Gilbraith
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The net metering debate have been heating up, bringing with it consequences for all electricity consumers. I explore the factors that make it hard for utilities, panel owners, and solar energy companies to agree on an appropriate pricing mechanism.[read more]

Solar Policy Battle: IRS Now Part of Fierce Debate Over How to Value Solar Energy

September 30, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a downstream solar advocacy group whose members include SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sungevity, Sunrun, and Verengo, just sent out a release revealing that the conflict over solar valuation has escalated to the point of requiring a decision from the IRS.[read more]

Worldwide Solar Market to Grow 75% by 2019 to Over 65 GW

September 9, 2014 by Brian Vieweger
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Solar Market Growth

With prices continuing to drop, solar has been rapidly growing for the past several years. Reports have started to come out that agree that solar growth will be strong in the coming years. The solar industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8.3% worldwide.[read more]

A Rising Tension: 'Value-of-Solar' Tariff Versus Net Metering

April 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Pricing Solar

The Alliance for Solar Choice, a group made up of leading solar service providers, is a staunch defender of net energy metering. And that has brought it into conflict with solar advocates calling for a more precise "value of solar" calculation.[read more]

Solar for $1/W - Really?

March 29, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Can you get a solar system at under the magical $1/W? You betcha. But I am increasingly of the view that systems priced at these levels are either built with smoke and mirrors or there is a magic formula that a very select number of companies have managed to find.[read more]

Cheapest Solar Ever? Austin Energy Buys PV From SunEdison at 5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

March 12, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Austin and Cheap Solar

City-owned Austin Energy is about to sign a 25-year PPA with Sun Edison for 150 megawatts of solar power at "just below" 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. The power will come from two West Texas solar facilities, according to reports in the Austin American-Statesman.[read more]